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- Business Law
- Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
- Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
- Estate Planning
- Guardianship & Conservatorship, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
- Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
- Intellectual Property
- Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
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I accept contingency fee cases for qualified business disputes involving claims in excess of $250,000.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- 7th Circuit
- Founding Attorney
- Corporate & Estate Legal Services, Ltd.
- - Current
- Corporate & Estate Legal Services, Ltd. was founded in July of 2013 to represent small and mid-sized businesses as well as individuals. The firm focuses on business to business collection litigation, general business litigation, employment and restrictive covenant litigation, probate litigation, chapter 7 bankruptcy services, trademark applications, and intellectual property litigation.
- DePaul College of Law
- J.D. (1982) | Law
- Honors: DePaul College of Law 711 Student admitted to practice in Courts as Senior Law Student.
- Northwestern University
- B.S. (1978) | Economics
- Honors: Wyman Hibbs Debate Scholar. President of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
- Activities: Northwestern Debate Society, Gymnastics Club, Sigma Chi Fraternity.
- State Bar of Illinois  # 6184235
Websites & Blogs
- Corporate & Estate Legal Services, Ltd.
- CELS Blog Page
- B2B Collection Suits
30 April 2020
- Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
1 April 2020
- Seventh Circuit declares that it has jurisdiction to hear tax claims and penalties…but you need to act promptly.
12 February 2020
16 Questions Answered
- Q. Executor of estate is possibly going against what is written in the will.
- A: The executor is lawfully charged with the obligation and the right to marshall the estate assets. Part of the obligation of marshalling includes protecting assets. The executor would be within her rights to secure the house. Having said that, the executor is also obligated to file an inventory which identifies the assets of the estate. If you feel that personal property is missing from that inventory, you may be in a position to file a petition to remove the executor for failing to identify or protect those assets. Since all court proceedings are expensive, this mechanism should not be used to argue over trivial matters. You don't want to spend $400 per hour arguing over a $25 item. Hope this helps. - Bryan.
- Q. How do I find status and location of a sick possibly incompetent executer of my mother’s estate?
- A: Whoever holds the will at the time of death is obligated by law to file it with the court or as you say "turn the will over" to probate. So don't view that as something done behind your back. You can file a petition to remove the executor and identify yourself as a replacement executor based upon our status as a more direct descendant than your niece. Depending on how long your sister is in the hospital, she may well be able to respond to the petition and factually assert that she is capable of continuing her duties. I can't answer that question as I don't know the health specifics. If the estate was opened in Cook or DuPage county I can help you. Call me at 312-300-6843. - Bryan.
- Q. My mother passed and there is no will, my sisters and I agree to sell the home and split the money, how do we do that?
- A: If a decedent passes without a will and the estate has a value exceeding $100,000, then you need to open an estate and someone must be appointed as the Administrator of the intestate estate. There is a slew of information the court will want at the beginning stages in order to determine who should act on behalf of the estate and who are the heirs. Once you have an administrator and you have identified heirs, then you can begin the process of asking permission to sell the property. If you want to buy the property, then you should reach an agreement with all interested parties and support the price with an appraisal or court order allowing you to buy out your siblings. If you don't properly document the arrangement and obtain court approval, you remain open to a later claim that the amount you paid was not fair or adequate. If the house and other estate property are worth less than $100,000, then you may proceed with a small estate affidavit. Be sure to read 755 ILCS 5/2-1 et seq. (meaning all of the material that follows). Sincerely, Bryan.
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