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During the estate planning process, there are a number of documents that can be obtained to protect one’s assets and reflect one’s decisions about how matters will be handled at the end of a person’s life, as well as after their death. Living trusts are some of the most powerful estate planning documents, as they offer numerous benefits to both the trustee and the beneficiaries.
Understanding how a revocable living trust works and the advantages it provides can help families make informed decisions about estate planning topics. An experienced estate planning attorney can provide guidance on the available options, the
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There are numerous financial topics that will need to be addressed during the divorce process. If either spouse is a business owner, or if both spouses founded or acquired a family business together, business assets may be some of the most significant financial matters to address. 
Determining the value of a business is crucial to ensure that all marital property can be divided fairly and equitably. An experienced divorce attorney can provide valuable assistance during the business valuation process, while at the same time advocating for solutions that will protect their client’s financial interests.
The Importance of Business Valuation
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Divorce can sometimes bring out the worst in people. Due to the strong emotions that spouses might experience due to the breakdown of their marriage, they may lash out at each other in various ways, and in some of these ways, actions taken by one spouse can cause serious harm to the other. 
In some cases, this behavior can affect a spouse financially, and they will need to determine what steps they can take to protect themselves. A skilled family law attorney can provide valuable legal help in these situations, providing guidance on the remedies that may be available to
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When parents choose to end their relationship through a divorce or a legal separation, a child support Court Order will often need to be obtained to ensure that children’s financial needs are being met. In Illinois, the law provides clear guidelines on how child support will be calculated. However, these guidelines provide for what is known as a “basic child support obligation,” and additional expenses may also need to be addressed.
An experienced family law attorney can provide a parent with the necessary information about how an appropriate amount of child support will be determined, while also offering legal expertise
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When going through a divorce or legal separation, parents of minor children will need to consider a variety of topics related to child custody (now called “parental responsibilities” under Illinois law).. It is important to make sure these matters are addressed correctly, since the decisions made can affect parents and children for years to come. 
During the legal process, one of the most crucial tasks will involve producing a parenting plan that addresses the well-being of a couple’s children. An experienced family law attorney can ensure that a divorcing couple’s parenting plan aligns with Illinois law, while also safeguarding the
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There are some situations in life where personal relationships and the law will intersect. This is true with marriage, which is not just a romantic relationship, but also a legal partnership. Married spouses’ lives will be linked together, and, as a result, the 2 parties will have certain rights and obligations. A prenuptial agreement can serve as a pragmatic foundation for a marriage, ensuring clarity and fairness for both parties right from the beginning. 
While a prenuptial agreement (commonly known as a “prenup”) can provide a legal framework for a couple’s partnership, it may not necessarily affect a couple unless
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When couples are swept up in the romance of engagement and wedding planning, the idea of discussing financial matters and considering the prospect of a possible future divorce may seem far from appealing. However, entering into a prenuptial agreement before marriage can provide both parties with a sense of security and clarity. This legal document, crafted with the assistance of an experienced family law attorney, can help couples address financial matters and other important issues proactively, setting a foundation for open communication and mutual understanding in their marriage.
Understanding Prenuptial Agreements
A prenuptial agreement, often referred to as
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Getting a divorce can not only be difficult from an emotional standpoint, but it can also involve multiple financial issues. Among the many subjects that may arise, spousal support— also referred to as alimony or maintenance—may be a crucial aspect of post-divorce financial stability for both spouses. For those who are getting divorced in Illinois, understanding the nuances of the subject of spousal support is vital. In cases where spousal maintenance may be awarded by the court, spouses may be unsure whether this support will be paid on a temporary or permanent basis. An experienced family law attorney can help
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For couples that have a high net worth, the divorce process can get complicated. When a couple owns many different types of assets, determining the value of those assets, identifying whether assets are marital property or non-marital property, and making decisions about how assets should be divided, can be difficult. In these situations, a forensic accountant can play a vital role in ensuring that financial subjects will be addressed correctly. An attorney with experience in high-asset divorce cases can work alongside a forensic accountant and provide skilled representation during legal proceedings, advocating for their client’s rights and protecting their financial
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Family law encompasses many types of matters. Getting a divorce, addressing issues related to child custody, adopting a child, establishing paternity, or addressing other issues that will be handled in family court will all involve multiple types of legal considerations. Handling these matters can be difficult enough on its own, but the strong emotions that may sometimes be involved in these kinds of cases, and the stress of dealing with unfamiliar legal procedures, can make them seem overwhelming. Fortunately, an experienced family law attorney can be an invaluable guide and source of information during these types
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Many people believe that as soon as the divorce decree is issued, all issues relating to the divorce are over, never to be considered again. However, this is incorrect. Post-decree issues can and do occur, and when they do, careful navigation of such matters is important to ensure a fair resolution. If you have a post-decree problem you would like to address, it would be wise to contact an experienced family law lawyer in Illinois. Navigating these matters on your own is a recipe for disaster
Child Custody
One of the most prevalent issues involves seeking child custody modifications.
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In family law cases where the subject of child custody needs to be addressed, the court will always seek to find solutions that will provide for children’s ongoing needs, and ensure that stability can be attained. The “best interest of the child” standard is a legal principle that guides judges in making decisions about how parental responsibilities will be allocated, and how parenting time will be divided between parents. It is important for parents to understand this principle, and as they work to resolve child custody considerations, they will need to focus on protecting their children’s health, safety and well-being.
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The divorce process may involve a number of challenges. You and your spouse will need to make decisions about how a variety of legal and financial subjects will be addressed. One of the most important financial aspects of the divorce process involves dividing marital property between you and your spouse. In Illinois, property division follows what are called equitable distribution laws, and so under those laws, assets and debts acquired during your marriage will be divided fairly, but you are not required to split everything in half and equalize the share of the marital estate that each party will receive.
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When you choose to end your marriage through divorce, you will need to address many subjects in connection with your finances, your living arrangements, your relationships with your children and other family members, and other parts of your life. Dealing with all of this can be overwhelming, and it can be easy to overlook certain subjects that may not seem as important in the midst of legal proceedings and major life changes. Estate planning can be one topic that may seem like something that can be addressed in the future rather than right away. However, the topics which get
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The process of divorce is rarely easy, but it can become especially challenging in situations involving high levels of conflict between spouses. In these cases, emotions can run high, and spouses may struggle to find common ground on important issues such as child custody, asset division, and spousal support.
If you are going through a high-conflict divorce in Illinois, it is essential that you take steps to protect your rights. By being proactive and seeking legal guidance from a divorce attorney who has experience representing clients in high-conflict cases, you can ensure that your interests are safeguarded throughout the
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During divorces and other family law cases, parents may need to resolve subjects related to child custody, and they may disagree on how to divide or share parental responsibilities and parenting time. Child custody-related disputes can be emotionally draining and difficult for all parties involved. Resolving these disputes through litigation in court can lead to increased hostility between parents, and prolonged legal battles can have negative effects on all members of a family. 
Fortunately, there is an alternative method that offers numerous benefits for families who need to address child custody issues: mediation. To determine whether this option
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