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Lombard estate planning attorneysWhen a family member or close friend passes away, figuring out what paperwork you need to find can be overwhelming and confusing. Especially if you are the executor of the estate, you will have several important responsibilities including paying the deceased person’s bills and taxes, manage their assets, obtaining a death certificate, and more. You will need access to several different documents in order to complete these tasks. If you loved one created an estate plan before they passed away, finalizing their affairs will be much easier than if they had no plans.

For this reason, and many others, everyone should have a will, trust, or other estate planning tool in place – even if they do not own a great deal of high-value assets. When you pass away with an estate plan, the burden on your surviving loved ones is significantly less that it would be if you did not have an estate plan.

Locate the Following Documents When a Loved One Passes Away

When a friend or family member passes away and you are responsible for settling their final affairs, there are many different pieces of information and paperwork you will probably need. These include but may not be limited to:

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illinois divorce health care lawyerDivorce raises many questions and the continuation of health care coverage deserves an immediate answer. To alleviate concerns regarding the continuation of coverage for you and your dependents, plan on addressing your health care rights with an experienced Illinois divorce attorney early in your divorce discussions.

For those residing in Illinois, the Illinois Spousal Continuation Coverage Law (2003) provides continual coverage for up to two years if all criteria has been met. The following Q & A section summarizes your rights under the Spousal Continuation Coverage Law:

Q: Who is protected?

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This case began with the Illinois divorce of Donald and Lois Weiss.

At the time of the divorce, Donald was required to maintain three policies of life insurance on his life to benefit Lois. Lois sold her rights to one of the life insurance policies back to Donald in 1994, but he was still required to maintain the other two policies.

By 2007, 25 years after the divorce, Donald decided to stop paying on the two insurance policies. Lois took him back to court, and after Donald did not show up to defend himself, the Illinois Court swayed in Lois’s favor for just over $80,000 and awarded the ownership of the policies to her. The court also found Donald in contempt.

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