Cook County family law attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains recent changes to Illinois spousal maintenance laws.
Cook County Divorce: Recent Changes to Illinois Spousal Maintenance Law
In this article, our Cook County lawyers explain recent changes to Illinois Spousal maintenance laws. The income threshold at which courts may deviate from statutory guidelines has been doubled from $250,000.00 to $500,000.00 per couple. This generally means that less spousal maintenance will be required for couples in this range. In addition, the statutory guidelines for the duration of maintenance payments has been reduced for many couples.
Cook County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the purpose of healthcare powers of attorney.
Cook County Estate Planning: Why Should I Have a Healthcare Power of Attorney?
In this article, our Cook County lawyers explain why it is important to have a Healthcare Power of Attorney as part of your estate plan. A Healthcare Power of Attorney allows you to appoint a loved one to make healthcare and other life decisions on your behalf if you are not mentally competent to do so. Together with a financial power of attorney, which appoints a loved one to make financial decisions in that situation, the healthcare power of attorney can make a stressful and costly guardianship proceeding unnecessary if you become incompetent due to old age, illness, or accident.
Cook County probate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the Illinois probate process.
Cook County Probate Explained
In this article, our Cook County lawyers explain the probate process. We explain how to start a probate case by filing a petition for letters of office. We also explain the ancillary documents that must accompany the petition such as an affidavit of heirship, oath of office, and notice to heirs and legatees. We discuss required notices to heirs and creditors, as will as reports that must be presented to interested parties and the court.