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Lloyd M. Nolan

Lloyd M. Nolan

35 years Experience - Quality Legal Services at a Fair Price.
  • Probate, Bankruptcy, Divorce ...
  • Illinois, Missouri
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Reviewed by Ronald J. Eisenberg April 7, 2018
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Lloyd has a solid legal background and years of experience but most importantly, he's a hard-working, honest attorney who looks for solutions to his clients problems. In addition, having known Lloyd for more than a decade, I have never heard anyone say a negative work about him.
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Summary

It's difficult when a loved one passes away, but there are a number of tasks which need to be completed in a timelly manner to ensure that his or her intentions are fulfilled. The limitations period for filing a Probate Estate in Missouri is one year from the date of death. There are a number of tasks to be completed and it is important to contact a skilled professional as soon as possible.

I handle each case personally. I have 35 years experience in Probate, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce, DWI Defense, Personal Injury and Auto accident cases. I have handled every level of litigation, trials and appeals, in the State and Federal Courts of Missouri and Illinois. My varied experience allows me to effectively address my clients' needs, even where areas of law overlap. I strive to provide high-quality legal services with integrity at a fair price. Call me for a Free Initial Consultation.

Many smart people have no Estate Plan whatsoever. Many of us don't consider our estate plans because it seems unpleasant or something to be considered in the distant future. If you have no Will, then the law of your State will determine who receives your assets. Generally, it costs more to handle a probate proceeding when there is no Will, because the court will require the posting of a Bond which is not usually required if there is a Will. If you are a single person a may be more difficult to determine your heirs, particularly if you have no children or siblings. Beyond this, you may not want all of your assets to be distributed to your next of kin and, without a Will, you have no input as to who will handle the affairs of your estate. It is important for everyone to do some Estate planning, even if it's just the basics of a Will and power of attorney. Powers of attorney are critical for everyone, because this document allows you to grant authority to a trusted person to handle your affairs in the even of your disability or incapacity.

Practice Areas
  • Probate

    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests

  • Bankruptcy

    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief

  • Divorce

    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce

  • DUI & DWI

  • Estate Planning

    Guardianship & Conservatorship, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills

Video Chat and Conferencing
  • Skype
  • Zoom
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    I offer a free consultation, up to 30 minutes, on all new matters. There is never a fee to discuss your auto accident or work injury case, regardless of the length of the consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I also work out payment plans for those who do not want to use the credit card option.
  • Contingent Fees
    I accept all Injury Cases and most Probate Cases on a contingent fee basis with no attorney's fees upfront. You pay me nothing until you recover.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I strive to provide basic legal information and answer basic questions over the phone for my clients. If I don't have the answer or solution to your issue, I'll help you find someone who does.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
Supreme Court of Illinois
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Missouri
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8th Circuit
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Misouri
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U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • German: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner - Attorney
Law Office of Lloyd Nolan
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Solo practice handling all stages of litigation, trials and appeals. Divorce, Bankruptcy, Criminal, Probate and Injury Cases. Represented hundreds of clients in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, including Illinois Counties of the Metro East.
Volunteer Attorney
Legal Advocates for Abused Women
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Handled various cases pro bono representing victims of Domestic Abuse and Violence in various courts in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.
Associate
John Livingston Attorney at Law
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Associate in General Practice law firm handling Divorce, Probate, Criminal trials, Motions, general litigation.
Associate Attorney
David L. Naumann & Associates
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Associate attorney representing numerous Criminal defendants in Missouri State Courts and also Federal Court practice. Handled all Divorce and Domestic Relations cases for the firm. Handles all Illinois practice for the firm. Handled all Bankruptcy, Federal Court actions for the firm.
Associate Attorney
Schrempf & Metz PC
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Associate attorney in law firm handling legal research, preparing pleadings, and handling Motion practice in Illinois Courts in Madison County and St. Clair County. Personal injury Defense and Plaintiffs' work, including representing various Municipalities of the Illinois Municipal League.
Research Assistant
Southern Illinois University School of Law
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Research assistant for Professor performing legal research and writing on various topics.
Law Clerk
Illinois Attorney General
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Worked in the General Law Division conducting research and preparing briefs and pleadings for the representation of various state agencies and the consumer protections division of the AG's office, between second and third year of law school.
Education
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
J.D. | Law
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Honors: Graduate Assistant to Associate Professor Laurel Wendt.
Activities: Alpha Phi Omega, Prison Legal Aid internship.
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Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
B.S. | Government
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Professional Associations
Missouri State Bar
Member
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Illinois Bar
Member
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Speaking Engagements
Moot Court Judge , Carbondale, Illinois
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Served as Judge for Law Student Mock Court Trials
Film and the Law - Professional Ethics , UMKC CLE , University of Missouri, St. Louis Campus
UMKC School of Law
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
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Lloyd Nolan, Attorney at Law
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Why you need a Power of Attorney
Blog
Should You Set up a Revocable Living Trust
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Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning
Legal Answers
13 Questions Answered

Q. I filed bankruptcy in July2020 it was discharged in Nov. 2020. Now lawyer wants more money to handle a lien on my home.
A: That is an interesting set of facts. I must advise you that I am not licensed in New York, so I can only discuss how I believe things would be in Missouri under Missouri law. This means that you will need the services of an experienced bankruptcy attorney in New York. Perhaps I can at least point in the right direction, since the U.S. Bankruptcy laws are the same, even though the State laws regarding judgment liens may differ. You mention that you "retained" a lawyer in July, 2019, and it seems that a judgment was taken against you in February, 2020. You later filed your bankruptcy case in July, 2020 and you were discharged "2 weeks ago." It sounds as though you first retained the bankruptcy lawyer in July, 2019, at which time they were aware of the lawsuit. If the lawyer was retained for a bankruptcy case, the lawyer was not simultaneously retained to handle the lawsuit -- these are two separate matters. If nothing was done about the lawsuit (summons), then the creditor would have been able to obtain a default (no response) judgment against you. This resulted in a judgment lien. It seems that you later reengaged the bankruptcy attorney and filed your case in July 2020, which resulted in a successful discharge. Although the debt as a personal judgment against you is discharged, the bankruptcy discharge does not remove the judgment lien from your property. (This is the result of having ignored the lawsuit prior to the bankruptcy). To avoid the lien, a separate Motion to Avoid Lien would need to be filed in your bankruptcy case. A Motion to Avoid Lien is not part of a normal proceeding and I would bill separately for handling that matter. As another attorney has commented, (and I agree), $1000.00 to handle a lien avoidance would be a bargain. Keep in mind that, it you do nothing, interest will accrue on the judgment at the lawful rate until it is paid. Unless the lien is avoided, you will not be able to sell or refinance without the judgment and interest being paid in full.
Q. How long after a person dies do you have to ask to send the estate to probate?
A: The period in which an Estate must be opened in Missouri is One Year from the date of death. I'm not sure how your sister was able to take everything without a probate estate being opened. If the 2 vehicles and the 3 houses you mentioned were titled in such a way that your sister became the owner upon your father's death, that is one thing. If however, there were no such deeds or vehicle titles in place, then your sister could not have obtain legal title to any of the houses or vehicles -- further examination of the situation is warranted. As for her taking cash, you would need to be able to prove what was there. Although you cannot open a full estate, you can still file a proceeding for Determination of Heirship in the Probate Court of the County where your father resided when he passed away. An action for Determination of Heirship would result in a Court Order determining what your father owned on the date of his death, who his legal heirs were and the Court would enter a Judgment dividing the assets among the heirs. You need to contact a lawyer who is experienced and skilled in probate law as soon as possible.
Q. If your car was repossessed in montana is it still considered a secure debt when filing chapter 7 bankruptcy?
A: No. A secured debt is a debt secured by the collateral in your possession. When the vehicle is repossessed by the Creditor, the collateral is in the Creditor's possession and the debt is no longer "secured."
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Law Office of Lloyd Nolan
13321 N. Outer 40 Road
Suite 700
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Telephone: (314) 725-1880
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