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Bryan R. Bagdady

Bryan R. Bagdady

Business Litigation, Probate Litigation, Bankruptcy and Business Contracts
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  • Illinois
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I founded Corporate & Estate Legal Services, Ltd. to focus on business contracts, commercial litigation, estate planning and probate cases. I have decades of experience handling civil litigation and commercial contracts. I represent both plaintiffs and defendants. I have a broad spectrum approach to B2B litigation. I can negotiate deals, document agreements, litigate, pursue post judgment collection, and prosecute or defend judgments on appeal.

I was a scholastic debater in high school and college. I am very comfortable with commercial litigation, chancery litigation, probate litigation, and all manner of business torts.

My experience affords me the luxury of handling all phases of dispute resolution including pre-suit settlements, trial advocacy, post judgment enforcement, and appellate advocacy. At most firms, these functions are splintered across different departments and between multiple lawyers. If you retain Bryan as your attorney, then all of these functions are consolidated into one point of contact.

I graduated from Northwestern University where I studied economics. I earned my law degree from DePaul University College of Law. At Northwestern University, I was awarded the Wyman-Hibbs Debate Scholarship for outstanding achievement in the field of competitive debate. If you have a contract, case, or legal claim that you wish to discuss, give me a call or drop me an email. I will be happy to speak with you.

Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Intellectual Property
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
  • Free Consultation
    Free Initial Consultation.
  • Contingent Fees
    I accept contingency fee cases for qualified business disputes involving claims in excess of $250,000.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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7th Circuit
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Professional Experience
Founding Attorney
Corporate & Estate Legal Services, Ltd.
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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.
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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.
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Illinois  # 6184235
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Websites & Blogs
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28 Questions Answered
Q. how to get a family member out of home.
A: Illinois has a partition statute to handle situations concerning jointly held real property. The statute is found at 735 ILCS 5/17-101, et seq. If you read section 105 you will see that the court has the power to determine if the property can be divided among the parties without prejudice to any of the parties. If the property cannot be so divided, which is typically the case for a single family home, then the court can declare that the property be sold and the sale proceeds divided between the various owners. I recommend that you read the statute. Good luck with your situation and I hope this helps. - Bryan.
Q. I have been separated from my husband for years and he has recently passed away. Am I entitled to anything of his
A: If your husband died with a will, you should review the provisions of the will. If he died without a will, then the Probate Act provides at 755 ILCS 5/2-1, that "Sec. 2-1. Rules of descent and distribution. The intestate real and personal estate of a resident decedent and the intestate real estate in this State of a nonresident decedent, after all just claims against his estate are fully paid, descends and shall be distributed as follows: (a) If there is a surviving spouse and also a descendant of the decedent: 1/2 of the entire estate to the surviving spouse and 1/2 to the decedent's descendants per stirpes....(c) If there is a surviving spouse but no descendant of the decedent: the entire estate to the surviving spouse." If your husband passed with a valid will, then you should read the Probate Act provisions concerning a Spousal Award. Please review 755 ILCS 5/15-1 and the subparagraphs stated in the provision. I hope this helps. - Bryan.
Q. I had verbal contract with my mother on a building. Now 5yrs later after paided off she evicts me for nonpayment of rent
A: You have encountered a Statute of Frauds Issue. I authored a blog on this topic. I think it is relevant. Portions are stated below: If you enter into contracts in Illinois, you should at least be aware of the Frauds Act. Illinois law limits certain claims and actions if they are not supported by a writing signed by the party to be charged with the claim or action. This statute is known as the Illinois Frauds Act. It states in section one: “That no action shall be brought, whereby to charge any executor or administrator upon any special promise to answer any debt or damages out of his own estate, or whereby to charge the defendant upon any special promise to answer for the debt, default or miscarriage of another person, or to charge any person upon any agreement made upon consideration of marriage, or upon any agreement that is not to be performed within the space of one year from the making thereof, unless the promise or agreement upon which such action shall be brought, or some memorandum or note thereof, shall be in writing, and signed by the party to be charged therewith, or some other person thereunto by him lawfully authorized.” 740 ILCS 80/1. Please be mindful that when the statute says “writing” that writing must be signed by the party to be charged. If you intend to sue someone to enforce an agreement and the Frauds Act requires the agreement to be in writing and that writing must be signed by the party you sue. The purpose of the Frauds Act is to prevent fraud, not facilitate it, and courts will not apply the statute if the result would be to perpetrate a fraud. As you might expect, the fact pattern can become important in any Frauds Act analysis. There are several situations where the Frauds Act becomes an important legal impediment to any right or cause of action. • An agreement for the sale of lands or any interest in land for a term longer than one year. If you are buying real property, use a written agreement. If you are entering into a multi-year lease, use a written agreement. These transactions are sufficiently complex or detailed that a written agreement is warranted even if the Frauds Act did not exist. It is important to remember that the Frauds Act is an affirmative defense. If you are sued on an oral agreement and you fail to raise or plead the affirmative defense, you may be barred or prevented from using the statute as a defense. In addition, there are recognized defenses to the Frauds Act. For example, the defense may be waived, subsequently acknowledging the oral agreement may bar the Frauds Act, a claim of equitable estoppel may be brought against the Frauds Act defense, and the full performance doctrine will allow a contract action when the plaintiff has fully performed the terms of the oral agreement. Full Performance Doctrine. If a party has fully performed their side of the agreement, then the Frauds Act won’t bar a contract action. There are also circumstances under which partial performance will suffice, but that topic is beyond this blog. For anyone reading this blog, the important take-away is that you should look at the Frauds Act if you have any doubt that your agreement needs to be reduced to a writing. In my opinion, if the agreement is worth performing, then it should be worth the time and effort to put it in writing. Even if the agreement is simple and straight forward, it is a good idea to put the agreement in writing. This helps the parties to clarify their understanding and it forces the parties to express their understanding. This process leads to clarity. If the written contract helps to avoid confusion or misunderstanding in the future, then it has served its purpose. If you have ever litigated an oral contract, then you probably already understand the value and usefulness of a clean written contract.
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