Wills and Trusts

Scott Air Force Base, Illinois Adoptions and Guardianships, St. Clair County, Madison County and Monroe County, Illinois Probate, Will and Trust Contests, Breach of Fiduciary Duties:

If you are a military family considering adoption, contact Blake Law Group, P.C. for a free consultation before your living or placement circumstances change.  In many instances we are able to complete an adoption even if a spouse has been deployed, and is currently not available.  Our Belleville, Illinois office is located in close proximity to Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  We have been involved in various adoptions, including step-parent adoptions, foster adoptions, military adoptions and agency adoptions.

Adoption creates a parent-child relationship between the adoptive parent and the adopted child for all purposes, including inheritance.  Adoption relieves natural parents of parental rights and all future responsibilities toward the adoptive person and terminates all legal relationships between the adoptive person and his and/or her former relatives, including inheritance rights, unless otherwise provided in the adoption decree.  Adoption of a child will terminate a natural parent’s obligations to pay future child support for the adoptive child, but does not have any effect on any past due child support.

A guardian is a person, other than the natural parent of a child, who has the right and obligation to provide for the care of a child or of an adult who has been determined to be incapable of handling his and/or her own affairs.  The person for whom the guardian is responsible is called a “ward”.  The guardian is also responsible for managing the ward’s financial affairs, unless a conservator has been appointed by a Court to do so.

Blake Law Group, P.C. is a well-known law firm, including handling elder law planning, which represents many clients, including military families, in the Scott Air Force Base, Illinois area.  Our commitment to excellence and our focus on individual needs and concerns of our clients is what sets up apart from other firms.  We are known as “problem solvers” and “trusted advisors” for our clients, taking a proactive approach to their needs.  We stress the benefits of a full analysis of legal problems facing a client, and we employ creative and flexible approaches to resolve those problems, all within the economic realities of the issue in question.

When a loved one passes away, sometimes the heirs do not get the full inheritance which they were meant to have.  Problems frequently arise after a family member’s death, either through miscommunication or an intentional withholding of information from the beneficiaries.  If you feel as though you did not receive your full inheritance, you need to take immediate action.  There are statutes of limitation as to when you can file a claim in Court.  Beneficiaries can be irrational, unreasonable and demanding.  The person in charge of the will or trust can be asked to do the impossible and then is at fault when it does not happen.  If you are nominated to be the trustee of a trust or the executor of the will then you need assistance, to make sure you do everything correctly, the first time, in a timely fashion.

A fiduciary duty is an obligation to act in the best interests of another party.  A fiduciary obligation exists whenever the relationship with a client involves a special trust, confidence and reliance on the fiduciary to exercise his discretion or expertise in acting for the client.  The fiduciary must not only accept that trust and confidence to exercise his expertise and discretion to act on a client’s behalf, when one person does agree to act for another in a fiduciary relationship, the law forbids the fiduciary from acting in any manner adverse or contrary to the interests of the client, or from acting for his own benefit in relation to the subject matter.  The client is entitled to the best efforts of the fiduciary on his behalf and the fiduciary must exercise all of the skill, care and diligence at his disposal when acting on behalf of the client.  A person acting in a fiduciary capacity is held to a higher standard of honesty and full disclosure in regard to the client and must not obtain a personal benefit at the expense of the client.

Illinois Attorneys Representing Scott Air Force Base, Illinois Members Including Located in St. Clair County, Madison County, Bond County, Washington County, Monroe County, Randolph County, Illinois and Members of the Military, Including Stationed at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, located in O’Fallon, Mascoutah, Okawville, Nashville, Belleville, E. St. Louis, Fairview Heights, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Granite City, Greenville, Shiloh, Swansea, Lebanon, Trenton, Breese and Carlyle, Illinois and Other Areas Located in the Central Illinois and Southern Illinois Regions.

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