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The doctrine of implied warranty of habitability is used to protect purchasers from latent or unknown defects in a home.    A home buyer has a right to a house that is reasonably fit for use as a residence. In re Estate of Krpan, 2013 IL App (2d) 121424 (Sept. 12, 2013), involved a claim by a home buyer against a deceased seller’s estate that various latent defects were not disclosed at the time of sale.    The administrator of the estate argued that in order for the implied warranty of habitability to apply, the home must be uninhabitable.   The Appellate Court disagreed stating, “Contrary to the administrator's assertion, no precedent suggests that covered defects must be so severe as to drive the residents to vacate the structure despite normal steps to correct the damage. Such a warranty would be remarkably limited: short of a significant ga...
In Illinois judges make custody decisions based upon the best interests of the child after considering all relevant factors including:  the wishes of the child’s parent(s); the wishes of the child; the interaction and interrelationship of the child with his parent(s) siblings and any other person who may significantly affect best interests; adjustment to home, school and community; mental and physical health of all individuals involved; physical violence or threat of violence by potential custodian whether as to the child or another; abuse as defined by statute; willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the child and the other parent; and certain other factors. No single factor is determinative nor are they necessarily given equal weight and the court shall not consider conduct that does not affect a potential cus...

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What is a Living Trust? Many clients have heard about living trusts but have questions about what purpose a living trust serves as part of an estate plan. A trust is a legal document naming a trustee to hold legal title to property and requiring the trustee to manage the property according to the terms of the document.  A revocable living trust is an agreement you make during your lifetime and that can be revoked.  These trusts are often referred to as “grantor trusts” and “inter vivos trusts.”  If you create a trust, you can act as trustee and manage the assets in the trust for your own benefit.  In the trust document, you can name a trustee who will serve as a successor trustee if you become incapacitated, and a successor trustee who will serve upon your death. A trust typically provides instructions for the distribution of your assets, like a will would; howev...

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Does a Will Avoid Probate? It is important for everyone to have a Will.  A Will names an executor to handle your estate and gives instructions for distributing the assets of your estate.  The Will can provide that your executor does not have to obtain a surety bond to serve as executor, which is required if you pass away without a will. A Will can also name a guardian for your minor children.  A Will by itself is not a tool to avoid probate, but these important functions make a Will an essential part of every estate plan. In Illinois, if the assets in your individual name have a value less than $100,000 and do not involve real estate, then your estate does not necessarily have to be probated.  If your assets exceed $100,000 or include real estate and you wish to avoid probate, your property must pass directly to a beneficiary by a beneficiary designation or by a ...

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WHAT IS PROBATE? Many clients inquire about estate planning because they have been told by friends or family to avoid probate of their estates.  Still, some of these clients have questions about what probate really means.  Probate is not necessarily a process to be avoided by everyone. When we’re talking about the estate of someone who has passed away, probate means the process by which the court oversees administration of the state. Essentially, administration of the estate involves ·       the appointment of the executor, the executor’s notification of heirs and beneficiaries of the probate proceeding ·       the inventory of the assets of the estate ·       and the distribution of assets to the appropriate beneficiaries. At Prime Law Group, we’re glad to discuss with you ...
2013 Algonquin Township Assessment Publication On September 25, 2013, Algonquin Township published their assessments in the Northwest Herald.    The filing deadline for Algonquin Township October 25, 2013   2013 Marengo Township Assessment Publication ALSO, Marengo Township published their assessment on September 11, 2013 in the Northwest Herald, and the filing Deadline for Marengo Township is October 11, 2013...
On June 12, 2013, Greenwood Township published their assessments in the Woodstock Independent.    The filing deadline for Greenwood Township July 12, 2013...
On June 5, 2013, Richmond Township published their assessments in the Northwest Herald.   The filing deadline for Richmond Township July 5, 2013...

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McHenry County Family Law Attorneys We are proud to announce our new Family Law website. McHenry County Family Law is a website designed for our family law clients that may need information about a divorce, child support, child custody & visitation, paternity, probate, and guardianship.  For more information about Family Law issues contact Lance M. Green in our office at 815-338-2040 You may also find the site located at McHenry County Family Law Attorneys....

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