Throughout my life, I have been involved in real estate acquisiton, rehab, managment... more
Throughout my life, I have been involved in real estate acquisiton, rehab, managment and sales. My academic studies at Northwestern include an MBA with a concentration in real estate. I am a licensed real estate broker. Since starting my private practice, I have been involved in real estate closings, real estate litigation, divorce real estate litigation, probate litigation involving rea... view profile
The Principal of Otis Law Group, Ltd., Donna L. Otis (fka Donna L. Moore), is... more
The Principal of Otis Law Group, Ltd., Donna L. Otis (fka Donna L. Moore), is recognized for her knowledge of elder law, estate planning, administration, and probate (including decedent's estates and guardianships)matters. She is a speaker on legal topicsdirectly affectingminority communities, including the needfor planning fordisability and death.
I received both B.A. and Juris Doctor degrees from Northern Illinois University (... more
I received both B.A. and Juris Doctor degrees from Northern Illinois University (2002, 2008). While attending NIU College of Law, I supported the establishment of the Real Estate Law Society and served as Vice President during its year of inception. I was a member of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. Since working at Roberts & Caruso, My work has been published by the DuPage County Bar Associatio... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.