Sorry to hear about your father. First, I presume since he is on a ventilator, he is not conscious or competent to answer questions about whether he has a will or not. Second, as long as he does not have a spouse (who is currently alive and to whom he is currently married), you and your siblings...View More
I just want to know how is she doing medically and I'm not being told anything. I ask the nurses and I'm being told you are not the sister I can say anything to. I'm also worried what is going to happen when she does go back home to my brother's house because he made visiting... View More
If you believe the power of attorney (POA) is being abused or your mother’s best interests are not being served, you have the right to contest it. You would typically need to file a petition with the court to review the actions of the POA and evaluate your mother's current competence. The...View More
Me and my ex wife won a lump sum from a settlement from a malpractice suit our son received his amount and is not available until he is 18. Is there a trust I can have his money put in so when he turns 18 he will get a small portion amount or being able to withdraw funds for college if he decides... View More
Sounds like the settlement proceeds for your son were placed only a restricted bank account. The better choice would have been to place the money in a structured settlement, which the money could have been paid out in portion throughout time. You will need to consult with an attorney in your area...View More
The power of attorney for property, also known as a durable power of attorney, does not authorize anyone to own your property. In fact, it does the exact opposite. The agent under the power of attorney MUST use the assets ONLY for the Principal.
The legal document stated that id been given the full inventory list/asset list and that he forced me to sign it and said that I wasn't allowed to look at that paper bc I didn't have a lawyer. Is there anyway someone could help me? I feel like he screwed me out of my share or my full... View More
In Illinois petitions to reopen an estate are governed by 755 ILSC 5/24-9. Estates may be reopened to permit the administration of a newly discovered asset or to permit the administration of an unsettled portion of the estate. The petition may be filed by any interested person. You will need to...View More
If your grandparents did not have a will, the default inheritance rules of the State of Illinois apply. Under the default inheritance rules, the first in line to inherit are the spouse and children of the decedent. Grandchildren would only inherit assets if their parent (the child of the decedent)...View More
What is the best way to put the house in my name? Are there any options where it can be gifted to me so I don't have to take out a loan? Would buying it be best (and would a first-time homeowner's credit apply?) Are there any other options? I plan actually to live in the home and not... View More
Your grandparents can deed the property to you, but this is problematic because there is a mortgage on the property. The mortgage likely contains an acceleration clause that states upon transfer of the property to a third party, the mortgage will be immediately due and payable on full. Further, if...View More
My sister claims to be my mother's poa. She takes all of her money out of a joint account between her n my mom and deposit it in her account. Her gas bill is overdue by 1,000 dollars. She takers her to no appointments me and my wife do. My mom thwrclains she doesn't even want her in the... View More
Anyone acting under a power of attorney has a fiduciary duty to act in the principal's best interest. If your sister simply took your mother's money, then she is arguably in violation of that duty. Since your sister will not likely respond to a written demand (based on her text message)...View More
It is great that you are looking for alternatives for savings that will not affect your SSI payments. A primary consideration is whether the alternative would be a countable resource or not. A CD is usually countable except when the terms of a timed deposit will prohibit early withdrawal...View More
First, call your lawyer and ask why he hasn't followed through. There may be some obstacle that's needs to be removed first, and he's working on it for you. Second, if your lawyer doesn't have a good reason for not following through, find another attorney. You can record...View More
Trying to fill out an Executors Deed. I have one executor but about 6 heirs/grantees. Do I just list each heir and their percentage and say individually? For example: John Doe (20%) individually, John Doe Jr. (20%) individually, etc. Should percentages not be included?
There is a guardian (co-guardians in this case), a will, and a trust. The ward dies, the will has no written instructions for disposition of remains. Who is the 1st person legally responsible for making decisions about the disposition?
The guardian, the guardian who also is executive... View More
Powers of attorney and guardianships end at death. The only person with any legal authority is the executor of the will, who will have letters of office. That person has to see to it that bills are paid, including the funeral, cremation, etc.
We are moving to Illinois and buying a house with our son as we are in our 70's. We are taking title as joint tenancy with rights of survivorship. If we need to be in nursing home in the future and medicaid is paying, will they be able to do estate recovery on the house after we die with... View More
Your joint tenancy with right of survivorship strategy avoids estate recovery BUT could trigger a huge Medicaid penalty period. There are better ways to do this, usually involving an irrevocable trust with a reserved right of occupancy.
You should look at the Illinois Secretary of State information relating to the transfer of jointly owned title from a decedent's estate. This link should help. https://www.ilsos.gov/publications/pdf_publications/vsd275.pdf
My dad gave me $215,000 to buy a house as a gift. The mortgage broker prepared a gift letter for me (19) to purchase this house in my sole name. I dislike my dad and he is toxic to my mental health. Down the road, I would like to kick him out of my house, since my name is on the mortgage and... View More
I think there is some confusion about what the attorney is likely asking.
Going only by your question, and having not seen the trust or the details, the grantor does need to add some information regarding additional beneficiaries. The missing blank which needs to be filled in is, what...View More
Tax laws and ERISA Qualification laws come to mind. Banking Statutes also cover Trust Regulation. Securities Law may often be indirectly determinative. There are probably many others. Obviously Anti-Trust Statutes. State Laws control most disputes, but Trusts often involve several possible...View More
Oh my, yes, there are a TON of federal statutes that impact trust planning, too many to list. You will find a great deal in the Internal Revenue Code and also Title 42. That is not necessarily a complete list, but it is where a great many exist, and it is a good start.
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