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Intestate Succession: What Happens When Someone Dies Without a Will?

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Ideally, when you pass away, all of your affairs will be in order. You will have set up your insurance policies, your trusts, and your will so that your assets will be distributed in accordance with your wishes and your family will be well-cared for. Not everyone plans ahead, however, and unexpected events occur…. Read More »

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Al Lee Discusses Incapacity Planning on Popular Retirement Lifestyle Podcast

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Firm partner Alfred S. Lee returned to The Retirement Lifestyle Show with Roshan, Adrian & Erik last month to discuss incapacity planning. Al was previously featured on the show earlier this year, when he talked about the basic elements of an estate plan and why having an estate plan is essential. In this latest… Read More »

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The SECURE Act: Elimination of the Stretch IRA and New Rules for Younger Participants

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

On January 1, 2020, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the “SECURE Act”) became law and it significantly and fundamentally alters retirement in the United States. The SECURE Act potentially affects anyone with a defined contribution plan, which includes 401(k)s, defined benefit pension plans, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), and… Read More »

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What is a Lifetime Trust?

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Estate planning can be complex. Many people think they only need a will, and their assets will be protected. In fact, there are many more options for protecting the welfare of your family and ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Events may arise in your life that can derail your… Read More »

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Eviction Moratoriums and COVID-19

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

There is virtually no aspect of ordinary life that COVID-19 has not affected in some way. In order to provide much needed relief, Congress enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020. Both were signed into law by President Donald J…. Read More »

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Issues and Rights of Transgendered Individuals in Estate Planning

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that protected transgendered individuals from workplace discrimination. This has brought the rights of transgendered individuals and, more broadly, rights of the LGBTQIA+ community to the forefront of the national consciousness. This article examines some of… Read More »

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What is a Small Estate Affidavit?

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

When a person passes away and leaves behind an estate with little guidance, complications concerning the administration of their estate are likely to ensue. Ideally, the estate can avoid court and probate, and the inheritance process can be effectuated smoothly and efficiently. One way to avoid probate court when administering qualifying estates is to… Read More »

“Non-Essential”: Church Closures in the Era of Covid-19

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

My wife and I could feel our excitement mounting as we pulled into the church’s parking lot.  We were about to attend our first, in-person worship service since the Covid-19 pandemic began in March.  We were thrilled, but by the number of open parking spots, it was clear that others were still wary.  Over… Read More »

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Are Nonprofits Different From Tax-Exempt? What’s the Difference?

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

People often use the phrases “nonprofit” and “tax-exempt organization” interchangeably. While qualifying nonprofit organizations often benefit from tax-exempt status, the two terms are not synonymous. Not all nonprofits are tax-exempt, and not all tax-exempt organizations are nonprofits. Below, we discuss the difference between the terms “nonprofit” and “tax-exempt.” Reach out to a knowledgeable Illinois… Read More »

The Retirement Lifestyle Show

Firm Partner Alfred S. Lee Discusses Estate Planning on Popular Retirement Lifestyle Podcast

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Our own Alfred S. Lee was recently featured on the popular podcast, The Retirement Lifestyle Show with Roshan, Adrian & Erik. This show discusses various changes in retirement, estate planning, long-term care planning, insurance planning, tax planning and more. Attorney Alfred Lee was interviewed as a guest for a recent episode entitled Retirement Lifestyle:… Read More »

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