Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&AResponsive Law
- Real Estate Law
- Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
- Personal Injury
- Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
- Business Law
- Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
- Insurance Claims
- Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
- Arbitration & Mediation
- Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
- Estate Planning
- Guardianship & Conservatorship, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
- Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
- Insurance Defense
Free Consultations in Wrongful Death and Personal Injury cases
- Credit Cards Accepted
Contingent Fee Agreements are available in Wrongful Death and Personal Injury cases.
Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
Our firm has a schedule of regular hourly fees for all cases except Wrongful Death and Personal Injury cases, which are accepted on a contingent fee basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- Supreme Court of Illinois
- ID Number: 6207081
- United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
- United States District Court - Northern District of Illinois
- English: Spoken, Written
- Spanish: Spoken, Written
- Cicero, France & Alexander, P.C.
- - Current
- Hearing Officer
- Winnebago County
- - Current
- I preside over cases involving violations of the Winnebago County Illinois Zoning, Building, Health and Animal Control Ordinances.
- Hyzer, Hyzer & Jacobs
- Kostantacos, Traum, Reuterfors & McWilliams, P.C.
- Law Clerk
- United State District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - Honorable Philip G. Reinhard
- Northern Illinois University College of Law
- J.D. (1991) | Law
- Honors: Graduated with Honors
- Activities: Member of the Law Review Member of the National Moot Court Team Best Oral Advocate Research Assistant to Dean Leonard P. Strickman
- University of Iowa
- B.B.A. (1987) | Finance
- Activities: I was a member of the University of Iowa Soccer Team
- State Bar of Illinois
- Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association
- Winnebago County Bar Association
- - Current
- Activities: Past Chairman of the Real Estate and CLE Sections Past President of the Winnebago County Bar Foundation
- Illinois State Bar Association
- - Current
- Instructor, Rockford, IL
- Rockford Area Association of Realtors
- I provided instruction to Rockford Area Realtors regarding the local Joint Approved Contract for the Purchase and Sale of Real Estate (Residential, Commercial/Industrial, Farms, Condominiums), Agency and Ethics for many years. I have also spoken at various Continuing Legal Education courses over the past 29 years.
3 Questions Answered
- Q. Can I trim branches of a neighbor's tree that are hanging over my property and fence? With or without notifying her.
- A: Yes - Technically your property extends from the ground up. That being said, many contractors are hesitant to cut portions of a neighbor's tree since they do not want to be caught up in a legal dispute. Also, I'm sure they would want to be darn sure where the property line is....
- Q. A sale was conducted, the deed was recorded, but
- A: Generally the County Recorder will not record a deed without transfer taxes. However, there are a number of situations where a transaction may be exempt from having to pay transfer taxes. See 35 ILCS 200/31-45(a). Several municipalities also have transfer tax ordinances which require a tax to be paid by either the seller or the buyer. I don't believe that the fact a tax was not collected on the transfer voids that transfer. Also, there is no requirement that a purchaser sign the deed in order for a transfer to be valid.
- Q. How to get letter of administration?
- A: In order to receive Letters of Administration, you must first open a Probate Estate. I'm assuming that the decedent did not have a will, so you will be opening an intestate estate. You will need to provide an Affidavit of Heirship, an Oath and Bond, a Petition to Probate the Intestate Estate and for Letters of Administration. Each of the heirs must be notified and can consent to your appointment as the Representative. If the Estate is less than $100,000, then you can proceed with a Small Estate Affidavit and avoid probate altogether.
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