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4 reasons why someone might contest a will during probate

Every adult should have a will in place. This document can accomplish many goals, from establishing a person's wishes for asset distribution to making the probate process easier for loved ones. 

However, there are circumstances under which someone might contest a will, or question its validity during probate. There are several reasons why people contest wills, and below, we examine four of them. We also discuss some basic steps people can take to prevent will contests.

Sepsis: a serious (and often avoidable) problem in nursing homes

Nursing home facilities typically promise to provide a loving, attentive environment for the senior patients in their care. Unfortunately, too many fail to follow through with these promises. Instead, patients are subjected to neglect and abuse that threaten their safety and lives.

One particularly troubling issue that nursing home patients can face is sepsis. 

New recommendations made to keep children safer in crashes

Serious car accidents happen every day. And despite our best efforts, we cannot stop every dangerous driver from causing a crash.

However, there are things that motorists can do to stay safer in the event of a motor vehicle accident. One such step is to ensure everyone is buckled up properly, including and especially our children in the back seat. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics made a slight adjustment to their recommendations regarding children in rear-facing car seats that they feel could save the lives of toddlers.

Understanding contested and uncontested divorces

There are typically two types of divorces available in most states. Separating couples approaching a divorce should educate themselves on the differences between contested and uncontested divorces.

Whether your divorce goes to court or not will depend upon the investments you each have made in your marriage, as well as your considerations regarding the best interests of your children.

Signs of abuse or neglect in a nursing home facility

Nursing home facilities are supposed to be places where loved ones with health care needs can get the attention and treatment they need. We also expect them to be places where our loved ones are treated with dignity and compassion.

Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. In facilities across the state, there are nursing home residents who are victims of abuse and neglect. Because these victims cannot always speak up or fight back, it can be up to family members to take action to protect them. This means keeping an eye out for signs of mistreatment or poor care in a nursing home.

3 back-to-school mistakes to avoid if you share custody

A new school year is fast approaching. If you are like most parents in Illinois, you have already spent time helping your children get ready.

However, it is crucial to also prepare yourself for a new year, particularly if you share custody of your children. You can do this by understanding and avoiding some common mistakes co-parents might make when their kids go back to school.

Proceed with caution when dividing complex assets in divorce

Like many states, Illinois requires an "equitable" division of marital property in divorce. Unfortunately, many spouses have less than a fair division in mind.

It's common for people to bring a revenge mindset to divorce. They want to hurt the other spouse, whether that is financially, through access to children or in some other manner.

Determining if distraction contributed to a car accident

Did you know that hundreds of thousands of drivers have been injured in accidents involved a distracted driver? In just one year, according to the most recent reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 391,000 people were injured in a crash with a distracted driver; nearly 3,500 people were killed.

These numbers paint a troubling picture of how common it is for people to drive while distracted. That said, it can be a challenge to prove that a person was distracted at the time of an accident. However, it is not impossible.

Who is liable when a dog bites someone in Illinois?

If you or a loved one ever suffers a serious injury due to a dog bite or attack, you may wonder who, if anyone, may be legally responsible for your injuries. In some states, the law says the owner of the dog may be liable, but only if they already knew the dog had a propensity for violence. Since the dog essentially gets one free bite/attack before the owner knows it is actually dangerous, this particular legal principle is known as the "one-bite rule."

Fortunately for victims of dog bites here in Illinois, we do not follow the one-bite rule.

What happens during probate?

After a loved one passes away, family members and friends can be dealing with considerable grief. Having to settle the person's affairs often makes this difficult situation even more upsetting, and many people don't know what to do.

In this post, we will discuss briefly what happens during probate in an effort to make the process a little easier.

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