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February 2019 Archives

People in all income and asset situations can use trusts

For those in Illinois who are preparing for the future by determining what kind of estate plan would be best-suited for them, it is often viewed as easier and more expedient to simply have a basic will. While in many cases, this is wise, there are other strategies that might be better. Trusts are just such a device. Some might be under the impression that trusts are only for those with significant income and assets. However, that is not true. When deciding whether to use a trust or not, having legal advice from a law firm that specializes in estate planning is a must.

Illinois fathers again seek change to state custody laws

There has long been a worry that fathers were viewed in a secondary manner in Illinois child custody cases. Since mothers will often be given custody with the father getting visitation rights as a noncustodial parent, many deemed this as unfair. Fathers who are thinking about this and want to make certain they are given an opportunity to have custody or equal custody, it is important to keep track of developments in family law issues and to have legal advice to state their case successfully.

Many older people do not take estate planning seriously

Crafting an estate plan is something all Illinois residents should do. While it is important for people of all ages, it is even more critical for those 55 and older. However, recent research indicates that those in this age range have not taken the necessary steps to draft estate planning documents. According to Merrill Lynch and Age Wave, almost half of those 55 and older have failed to craft any estate plan. Since many family disputes, financial problems and more have emanated from the failure to take this basic step, it is important to understand the importance of these documents and to discuss them with a legal professional.

How is the amount and duration of spousal support determined?

Illinois couples who are getting a divorce will frequently be in dispute over a litany of issues. Family law can be a complicated matter with many concerns for both parties. When one spouse is ordered to pay spousal support - also referred to as alimony or maintenance - the amount that will be paid and how long it will last are common worries. On the other side of the coin, the receiving spouse will want to know how much he or she will receive and its duration. Understanding what the law says about this is a fundamental part of a case. So too is having legal advice throughout the process.

What guidelines are used for child support in Illinois?

When a couple in Illinois ends a marriage, they must consider how they will handle child support. It is important to have a grasp on what state law says about the process in which it is calculated. All parents will agree that support for their children is an integral point that should not be ignored. However, there are frequent disagreements as to the amount that must be paid. The goal of the guidelines is to have a basis of what will be paid. This is to avoid dispute and make the process as reasonable for both sides as possible. However, there can still be disagreements about support. Having legal advice is imperative in these cases.

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