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Bryan R. Bagdady

Bryan R. Bagdady

Business Litigation, Probate Litigation, Bankruptcy and Business Contracts
  • Business Law, Collections, Bankruptcy ...
  • Illinois
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Summary

I am a business and estates attorney who has been practicing law for more than 30 years. I founded Corporate & Estate Legal Services, Ltd. to focus on the needs of my business clients and to handle bankruptcy and probate cases. I have decades of experience handling a wide variety of business contracts and business lawsuits. I represent both plaintiffs and defendants. I genuinely enjoy analyzing and resolving civil disputes. If claims and demands can be resolved amicably, that's great. If not, then we litigate. I was a debater in high school and college. I have been performing these claims-based functions for quite literally my whole life. 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 am also known to be somewhat demanding on my clients. I expect that my clients will be open, honest, candid, and truthful in all aspects of dispute resolution. If you are willing to be truthful and to abide by the requirements of the law, I will zealously advocate on your behalf.

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 academic and 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
    Collections
    Bankruptcy
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Intellectual Property
    Trademarks
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Fees
  • 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
Illinois
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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.
Education
DePaul College of Law
J.D. (1982) | Law
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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
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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
Member
Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Corporate & Estate Legal Services, Ltd.
Blog
CELS Blog Page
Legal Answers
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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Corporate & Estate Legal Services, Ltd.
17W220 22nd Street
Suite 410
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Toll-Free: (312) 300-6843
Telephone: (312) 300-6843
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Call during business hours or email at Bryan@celsinfo.com