Crystal Lake Illinois Family Law Blog

Being single doesn't mean you don't need a will

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Being young and single doesn't mean you don't need a will. Being young and single should be a big reason why you get a will created. Many young, single people like to live life to the fullest. They go on adventures that they might not get to enjoy at an older age. If they are able to, they travel the world. A will helps to protect your assets should die at a young age.

If you are single, and have no will, all of your assets and property will be handled by the state if you should die. This means that your assets will not go to your siblings, your parents, your grandparents, nieces or nephews, or even friends. Even single people can leave property to others in their will. It's a smart move in the event that you die at a young age.

How to protect your family in your estate planning documents

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Sitting down with a family law attorney to draft estate plan documents is a very difficult situation for some people. The thought of dying prevents a lot of people from doing this important task, leaving their loved ones in a tough spot upon their death. Putting these documents together now not only protects you should you become incapacitated, but it also protects your family and here's how.

First and foremost, you must create a will above all else. Get a will in place first and then move onto other documents and issues. The will names guardians for your minor children as well as other important issues you want to express upon your death.

Settled swiftly and simply: Skipping the stressful divorce

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Just because you know your marriage isn't working any more doesn't mean that you want a long, drawn-out, painful divorce that involves a lot of fighting. Whether you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are hoping to end your marriage on good terms and even stay friends, or whether you both simply want to get the divorce process over with as quickly and painlessly as possible, a messy divorce rarely benefits anyone.

Sometimes, though, no matter how eager you both are to make the process swift and straight-forward, you may suddenly find yourself in the midst of a complicated and emotional legal battle without even being sure how you got there. Fortunately, there are a few tips to help save the time, money and stress that otherwise might accompany a chaotic and stressful divorce.

Group aims to have Equal Rights Amendment ratified in Illinois

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A group of more than 200 people met at the Hyatt Place in Normal, Ohio, last week to march in support of the Equal Rights Amendment that has yet to be ratified in the state. The event was created and run by the ERA Illinois Coalition of Bloomington-Normal.

The goal of the rally was to make people aware that Illinois still has not passed the Equal Rights Amendment. The second goal was to make it known that the community wants support regarding the ERA from local and state government.

Helping your kids adjust to living in 2 homes

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One of the most difficult adjustments that kids have to make after their parents' break-up is moving between two houses. Whether the custody arrangement provides equal time with both parents or the majority of time with one, it can still be stressful for a child.

Kids don't want to feel like they are visitors when they're with a parent. There are things that parents can do to make their children feel comfortable and at home, regardless of which residence they're in. This is particularly important for the parent who spends less time with the kids.

What should I talk about prior to marriage with my partner?

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Couples heading for marriage in Illinois should discuss a host of different topics prior to saying their vows. Marriage is not an easy venture, even for the most romantic couples that love to communicate well with each other. So, what should you talk about with your partner prior to marriage?

Let's lead off with the most important discussion to have prior to getting married; sex. That's right. This is very important because you don't want to go into marriage with an idea of your sexual relationship only to have it turn out to be something different. Find out now where your partner stands with regard to your sex life as a couple and where you stand.

Rights surrounding your pension following high-asset divorce

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Divorce has become a common occurrence across the country today and the same can be said for high-asset divorce. A divorce is labeled as high-asset when there are significant assets being divided in the agreement. They come in the form of properties, money, investments, collections or retirement accounts.

When it comes to pensions, a pension that is earned during the course of a marriage typically belongs to both parties in the marriage as a joint asset. But, the bottom line here is that it is ultimately up to the court to decide how the pension will be handled. The court will also determine if the survivor benefits are payable.

The honor and duty of being executor of a will

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Someone you know has just named you to be the executor of his or her will. Maybe it was a parent or sibling, an old friend or someone from work who has no family and considers you trustworthy. As much of an honor as this may seem, administering an estate is also an incredible responsibility.

If you are fortunate enough to know of your designation ahead of time, you have an advantage because you can gain some understanding about what the job requires, along with your obligations. However, if this appointment came as a surprise after someone's death, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. You may be wondering what to expect and if there are any negative contingencies you should prepare for before you begin.

Reasons for updating your estate planning documents

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Estate planning is an important part of life, one that many put off until it is too late. For those who have planned ahead and have created an estate plan, there are certain times in life when these documents should be updated. We will discuss those reasons and their importance in today's post.

A common reason why many people have to update their estate plan documents is due to the death of named individuals in the plan. These named individuals could be beneficiaries, executors, powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney and more.

Parents and children could be helped by change in support rule

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A change in the child support rule in the state of Illinois could help both parents and children. It is scheduled to take effect on Monday, July 3, according to a report from the Journal Courier. The system currently in place used to pit parent against parent in an all-out battle for child custody based on who could pay more in support. That looks like it will change dramatically come July.

When the change goes into effect on Monday, it will move the process to more of an income share. This will encourage the courts to look at the income of both parents, including the net household income, when determining who will pay child support and how much will be paid. The courts will also take a look at the cost of living where the parents live and the amount of time the children spend with each parent.