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Phyllis Schlafly

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Found in Case Involving Phyllis Schlafly Trust

Following the death of Phyllis Schlafly in 2016, a dispute arose among two of her adult children regarding an alleged breach of fiduciary duty in the disposition of assets that were held in trust. Read More
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Second District Revives L…

Second District Revives Lawsuit Between Siblings who were Co-Trustees of Parents’ Trust

The 2nd District Appellate Court recently ruled that the Kendall County Court committed reversible error when it dismissed a lawsuit brought by the plaintiff against his two siblings arising out of the their unequal division of a trust estate. Read More
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Trusts are not Only for R…

Trusts are not Only for Rich People

After going through three years of law school and practicing law for over sixteen years, I can tell you that trusts are not just for rich people. There are honest to goodness reasons why most everybody can benefit from having a trust. Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
Illinois Moves to Expand…

Illinois Moves to Expand Vote-by-Mail Measures

The Illinois House and Senate have both passed a bill that would greatly expand voting by mail in the upcoming presidential election as well as make November 3 a state holiday this year. SB 1863 now awaits Gov. J.B. Pritzker's signature. Read More
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Categories: Legal News
Trustee's Attempt to Evad…

Trustee's Attempt to Evade Service Rejected

Illinois’ Third District Appellate Court recently affirmed the judgment of a Grundy County trial court in favor of the trustee of one trust against the trustee of another trust, rejecting the defendant trustee’s attempt to evade service of proces… Read More
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Categories: Contested Estates
Supreme Court Rebukes Nin…

Supreme Court Rebukes Ninth Circuit for Answering Question not Posed by the Parties

The Supreme Court vacated a decision by the Ninth Circuit Appellate Court involving the conviction of an immigration consulting firm owner after the Ninth Circuit improperly expanded the scope of the questions presented on appeal. Read More
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Categories: Supreme Court
Second District Applies S…

Second District Applies Savings Statute to Will Contest

The Second District disagreed, however, and in so doing has unequivocally answered “yes” to the question of whether the Savings Statute applies to will contest complaints. Read More
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Categories: Contested Estates
Supreme Court Punts on Se…

Supreme Court Punts on Second Amendment Case; Preserves Issue for Election Cycle

Justice Kavanaugh’s concurring opinion sheds light on the conservative justices’ frame of mind and makes clear that they are willing – no, eager – to wade back into Second Amendment waters. Read More
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Categories: Supreme Court
HLF Remains Open During C…

HLF Remains Open During COVID-19 Pandemic

Although the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted normal operations for businesses of all shapes and sizes, HLF is technologically nimble and remains open to meet all of your legal needs remotely. Read More
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Categories: Firm News
Cook County Practice Beco…

Cook County Practice Becomes Law of the Land

Cook County’s informal rule of prohibiting pro se litigants from representing decedent's estates has a basis in law. The First District has left no doubt that a person seeking to represent a decedent’s estate must be represented by an attorney. Read More
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