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Avoiding probate by using TOD accounts

Planning your estate should not feel overwhelming or impossible, even if you are new to the idea altogether. With a TOD account in the state of Illinois, it may be possible to skip the probate process when leaving assets, businesses, and properties to those in your...

How could someone violate probation?

Not every criminal case ends with an acquittal or the dismissal of charges. The accused may find that the judgment involves probation, which has the benefit of keeping the person out of the Illinois prison system. Of course, the defendant has to follow the rules of...

Is it time to review your estate plan?

Your estate plan is crucial to ensuring that everything goes as smoothly as possible after your death. But in order for it to work to its fullest extent, you must personally keep it up to date with the happenings in your life. This means reviewing your estate plan...

What happens if you refuse to take a DUI breath test?

As in other U.S. states, when you receive a driver’s license in Illinois, you accept the right of law enforcement officers to request a breath test if they suspect you are driving under the influence. The legal term for this is “implied consent”.  You also have the...

Home inspections and renegotiations

Whether you are buying your first home or your last, the process involves enough moving parts to make things exciting and a little frightening. Home inspections remain an essential element of closing the deal. This step in the home-buying process presents both...