Did My Divorce Invalidate My Power of Attorney?

What is Power of Attorney? There are basically two types of Power of Attorney or POA. The first is “Immediate” and the second is “Springing”. An “Immediate” power of attorney becomes effective as soon as the person you have designated as capable of managing your financial affairs signs the document in the event you become

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The Divorce Decision Is Made, Now What Comes Next?

So, you have decided your best course of action is to dissolve your marriage with your spouse? Before you do anything, it’s important to get your ducks in a row. Determine what you own, what you owe and get a good idea of each party’s annual salary. Once you have a handle on your assets,

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Problems With a Neighbor’s Tree – What Should You Do?

Trees can be a beautiful feature on your property, but they can also cause legal problems for a homeowner. If the limbs of your tree hang over your neighbor’s property or block a view, your neighbor can pursue legal recourse. Likewise, if you have trees planted between your property and your neighbor’s property, and the

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How is Legal Paternity Established in Illinois?

When a child is born to unmarried parents, the father faces several hurdles related to his rights under Illinois law. A common misconception is that the execution of a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) will grant visitation and custody rights to the father. The fact is, a VAP does not provide any protection and only

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Who Gets the Diamond? How Assets are Divided During Divorce

Illinois law requires that property in a divorce be divided equitably, but that does not necessarily mean that it will be equal. Some couples agree on how to divide what they own while other couples need the help of an attorney or a mediator to come to a settlement. Couples who are unable to come

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How Does the Probate Process Work?

The probate process in Illinois is a legal procedure supervised by the court that is sometimes needed after the death of a loved one. It is used to make it absolutely clear who will inherit the property of the deceased and to make sure that all of their taxes and debts are paid. The executor

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Prepaid Legal Services for Divorce: Why This Is Not a Good Idea

Prepaid legal services are growing in popularity and are often offered as an employee benefit in the United States. Like insurance, prepaid legal services allow you to pay a set amount monthly to help cover costs for future legal issues. Although minimal help is available through these services, some people try to use them to

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What is the Difference Between Annulment and Divorce?

A divorce and an annulment have the same result: they both end a marriage. But there is a difference between the two. With a divorce, you are still considered to have been previously married. With an annulment, it’s like the marriage never existed. Some people end up in awkward situations where all they want is

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