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George Jefferson’s Long Lost Brother?

The Will of Sherman Hemsley, who played George Jefferson on the pioneering sitcom The Jeffersons from 1975 to 1985, is being contested in a Texas probate court. Hemsley, who had been battling lung cancer, died at his home in El … more

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Divorce and Your Estate Planning

When an individual is considering a divorce, his or her estate planning is likely low on the list of priorities.  However, divorce is one of those significant changes in your family situation that should trigger an immediate review of your … more

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Murderer Inherits Victim’s Estate; Court Intervenes

On December 17, 2008, Dianne Edwards (“Edwards”) was choked to death.  Edwards’ Will, which was admitted to probate on October 5, 2009, named her daughter, Deanna Palladino (“Deanna”), as the sole beneficiary of Edwards’ estate, which consisted mainly of Edwards’ … more

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Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples

On June 1st of this year, the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act(the “Act”) went into effect and the State of Illinois began recognizing Civil Unions.  As a result, members of Civil Unions should enjoy the same protections … more

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The Mistress Gets the Condo

An issue that arises when gifting specific property by Will or Trust is whether the beneficiary is entitled to anything if the property is sold prior to the giftor’s death.  The doctrine of “ademption” provides that a bequest may only … more

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Elizabeth Edwards’ Will & Privacy

Elizabeth Edwards, who passed away on December 7, 2010, left a Will which made a significant omission.  The Will, signed on December 1, 2010, just days before her death, makes no mention of her estranged husband and former presidential candidate, … more

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Reviewing Your Existing Estate Planning Documents

A common question from clients is whether and when their existing Estate Planning documents should be reviewed.  In the past, the answer was simple—documents should be reviewed when there is a significant change in your family or financial situation, but … more

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Powers of Attorney and Divorce

It is common practice for one spouse to name the other as his or her agent for health care and property, but what happens to those Powers of Attorney if the couple gets divorced? The Illinois legislature has provided a … more

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