James G. Ahlberg's answer If you received the subpoena and a check for witness fees and mileage, you must go. If there no check was enclosed with the subpoena, you must either go or have an attorney appear on your behalf to ask that the subpoena be quashed for failure to pay the witness fee.
James G. Ahlberg's answer In a legal sense, no, particularly in the sense of a vehicle or other item requiring an actual title. If a minor was left property in a will it is typically held for the minor's benefit by someone appointed by the court as a guardian of their estate for that purpose, for example.
James G. Ahlberg's answer You best bet is to file a paternity action to get an order declaring you to be the boy's father. Once you have that you're on much more solid footing when you go to claim your son. In this situation it's cheaper and easier to get things straightened up at the outset rather than trying to fix up a mess afterward.
Drew Ball's answer Illinois statutes contain “Intestacy Laws” that determine who receives a deceased person’s assets in the absence of a valid will. These laws apply only to probate property; as a review, probate property must be distributed by the court and include assets which are owned solely by the deceased individual and which has no designated beneficiary.
In Illinois, the relevant intestate laws applicable to your father and you seems to be as follows:
Marilyn Johnson's answer Your son needs to immediately file a petition with the court to establish his paternity. He also needs to obtain a restraining order prohibiting the mother from leaving the state so that the matter is litigated in Illinois.
Marilyn Johnson's answer Yes, your former husband can get a withholding order for child support and serve it on your employer. You should appear in court on each and every court if you do not have an attorney. You should inform the court of your situation with your children as it can effect the child support amount. You certainly do not have to cook for your former husband or do errands for him as this will not effect the amount of child support that you may be ordered to pay.
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