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Death, Taxes, & Gifts: Protecting Loved Ones from Probate

What is Probate? Everyone dies. While this is mostly an uncomfortable topic- it does not have to be. All of our loved ones can be protected with estate planning and / or a will. Probate happens when a person dies with a will, and that will must be approved by the courts. How Does it…
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Saving Lives & Reducing Physician Liability

What is Medical Battery? Picture this: Patient comes in for operation (stent). Doctor is out of the office. Patient only wants Doctor to perform surgery. Doctor-in-Training (Fellow) operates on Patient. Patient operation? Very unsuccessful. Patient has body painfully reconstructed. Lawsuit. Case documents can be downloaded on TheCelesteFirm.com (Click here). Medical Battery means that doctors, nurses,…
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Property Tax: Lower Your Tax Bill

What is Property Tax? Homeowners, landowners, real estate investors generally pay property tax. Property tax is a bill sent by the government, based on the value of your house or property. Many in Cook County, Illinois (Chicago) feel that property taxes are too high- forcing hundreds of thousands to move to other states. How Does…
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Establishing Residency in Divorce

In order to establish residency, there must be a physical presence, and an intent to remain in that place permanently. Once residency is established, the focus is on abandonment. A court in Illinois has jurisdiction over a divorce case if either spouse has been a resident of Illinois for 90 days. However, before or after…
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Petition for Divorce

In a petition for divorce, the individual who files first will usually have greater control as to certain aspects. This individual will have a say in the divorce proceedings initially by getting to decide the court dates, and if the couple spends equal time in two different states, deciding the venue. The individual who files…
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ABA Legal Rebels

Expunging records with new technology by webmaster@abajournal.com. In the United States, an estimated 70 million people have a criminal record. Being tagged with this scarlet letter can affect a person’s ability to…

The Fundamental Rights of Parents

In the major Supreme Court decision, Troxel v. Granville, Justice O’Connor expressed the view that the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause protected the fundamental right of parents to make decisions concerning the care, custody, and control of their children. Secondly, there is a traditional presumption that fit parents acted in the best interest of their…
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Summons and Alias Summons

A summons is a document issued by a court which informs a person that a complaint has been filed against them. A summons falls under Rule 4 of the USCS Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. This document must be served with a copy of the complaint. To avoid unnecessary expenses of serving the summons, the…
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Automated Chicago Crime Report January 2020

The Celeste Firm helps clients and the community understand legal information. To download an automated crime report, go to robot.thecelestefirm.com.

Business Solutions: E-Punch Card

Keep track of employee time and attendance with E-Punch. With hourly or salaried employees, you need a simple, easy-to-use system to: Record clock in-times and clock out-times; Keep track of clock in locations; and Calculate the total hours worked in a day. The Celeste Firm E-Punch Card system helps you manage employee time and attendance.…
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