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Category Archives: Famous Wills & Estates

Two and a Half Men

The ‘Two and a Half Men’ Finale and Presumption of Death Probate

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

I finally got around to watching the ‘Two and a Half Men’ series finale on CBS recently. After 12 seasons, it was time to write its obituary. Surprisingly enough, I actually found the finale to be moderately entertaining. Perhaps it was due to the dialogue involving unclaimed property and death certificates. In a nutshell,… Read More »


Pets as Property: Testamentary Freedom vs. Public Policy

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

Some people consider, and treat, pets as their children. We love our furry friends and care for their well-being. Pets can, and often should be, part of an estate plan (Illinois even allows for pet trusts — a topic for a future blog). But there is an important legal distinction between pets and children…. Read More »


Ernie Banks Estate, Part 2: Probate vs. Non-Probate Property

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

A lot of people are following the Ernie Banks probate case with intense interest, attorneys included. I think part of the reason for the public interest is that a lot of people have either gone through a similar family situation, or know someone else that has. It has touched a chord. But this is… Read More »

Robin Williams

Legendary Comedians, Estate Battles and Your Stuff

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

The late George Carlin is one of my favorite comedians of all-time. One of his legendary routines revolves around how the meaning of life is basically finding “a place for all your stuff!” More recently, Jerry Seinfeld riffed on how we have “too many things” and that it’s all simply in different states of… Read More »

Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks and the Illinois Disposition of Remains Act

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

First, a confession: I am a lifelong die-hard Cubs fan (an inherited condition). Yes, I know, that can take a toll on one’s mental health. And yes, I actually do believe that ‘next year’ could be this year. Or at least next year. No player embodies Cubs baseball more than the legendary Ernie Banks…. Read More »


Happy July 4th: Estate Planning, American Revolution Style

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

Happy Independence Day from the Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch!  Whether you’re traveling, barbecuing or attending a festival or parade, we wish you a relaxing, happy and safe holiday weekend. When we think of the American Revolution we think of freedom.  At it’s heart, estate planning — managing and disposing of your property… Read More »

contingent fee

Contingent Fee Agreements in Estate Litigation

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

Occasionally I am asked if I can accept a contingent fee arrangement to represent a client in an estate-related matter.  A contingent fee means that the attorney’s fee is based on a percentage or fraction (e.g. 1/3) of the amount recovered for the client.  No recovery means no fee.  This type of arrangement is… Read More »