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For the past thirty years of my career I have worked as a trial lawyer in the courts of Chicago and the surrounding counties. As a Chicago native, my goal is to help families plan and care for thier loved ones. Sometimes in life we are pres...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Guardianship, Probate
I specialize in working closely with individuals, families and closely-held business owners. I am a good listener, which aids me to not only hear what you are telling me, but to understand what your concerns and needs are. With over 35 years of ...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Tax, Wills & Living Wills, Probate, Estate Planning
BACKGROUND Michael A Otte, Associate Attorney, is in his sixth year with the p ractice. His practice focuses on trust and probate administration. Additionally, Michael’s particular area of expertise is in elder law matters, including Medic...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate, Guardianship
Peter S. Coorlas concentrates in probate litigation. Peter was an Assistant State's Attorney for Cook County, Illinois, for 30 years, serving in the Special Litigation and Municipal Litigation Sections of the Civil Actions Bureau. Although Pet...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Guardianship, Probate, Elder Law, Wills & Living Wills
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A trust is an arrangement whereby someone owns and manages money or property for another person's benefit. Like a guardianship, a trustee has decision-making authority over the trust property, but no court is involved in the trustee's action–the person who creates the trust defines the scope of the trustee's power. There are many different trust types, including probate trusts, income trusts, spendthrift trusts, and educational trusts. For example, a living trust allows you to manage your property while you are alive and to direct who will manage it if you become incapable of doing so. In essence, you choose your own “guardian” in advance and avoid having the court do it for you. A trust attorney reviews the many reasons for establishing a trust with you, and can ensure your trust will be legally valid.