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Stephanie Sexauer

Stephanie Sexauer

Owner, Probate Practice, Sexauer Law, P.C.
  • Probate, Elder Law, Estate Planning...
  • Illinois
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Ms. Sexauer focuses her practice on probate matters, including: elder law, guardianship, estate planning, wills, trusts, and will contests. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. Stephanie speaks Spanish fluently and is regularly selected by Cook County judges to serve as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for disabled adults. Stephanie also serves on the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.

Practice Areas
  • Probate
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner, Lawyer
Sexauer Law, P.C.
- Current
Ruben Garca, P.C.
The John Marshall Law School
Dean's Scholarship
The John Marshall Law School
Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar # 6311374
Articles & Publications
2014 Supplement of Guardianship for Disabled Adults, Advance Directives and Mental Health Law
Speaking Engagements
Vice Chair, CBA Young Lawyer Section's Estates and Trusts Group Annual Seminar, Chicago Bar Association 321 S. Plymouth Court Chicago, IL 60603
Chicago Bar Association
Moderated a 3 hour panel on pitfalls in estate planning, estate administration, and guardianship.
Vice Chair, CBA Youn Lawyer
Center for Conflict Resolution
Websites & Blogs
Sexauer Law PC
Legal Answers
25 Questions Answered

Q. I've heard certain estates are exempted from probate. How do I know if mine does too?
A: Generally, estates are subject to probate in Illinois if there is more than $100,000.00 or the person owned real estate. If there's no real estate, or the amount of other assets is less than $100,000.00, a document called a Small Estate Affidavit can be used. However, some people choose to do things like joint ownership on accounts, payable on death beneficiary designations, etc. to try to avoid probate. These plans sometimes work, and sometimes they're big failures, for a variety of reasons. I can name twice as many disasters as I can success stories of using a plan like those. You should speak with an estate planning attorney who you trust to discuss your specific situation. Powers of Attorney are extremely powerful documents that you don't mention, and anyone over 18 should consider having them. They are relevant during life, not at death. Please feel free to give me a call if you have anymore questions.
Q. Do heirs have rights to any paperworks receipts,etc of an estate? Brother/I being refused info by attorney & executor
A: You should be able to consult with the executor and his/her attorney. Alternatively, you can go to the court clerk's office and request to look at the file yourself. Additionally, you can hire an attorney whose job it is to advise you of our rights and secure access to information.
Q. Is there laws for treatment of patients in a rehabilitation center
A: That is not right and should never have happened. I'm sorry to hear it did. Please feel free to call me to further discuss (Stephanie Sexauer 312-300-4743).
Q. How do you make allowances for pets in your estate plan?
A: This can be done using what's called a pet trust! It can either be a stand alone document, in your trust, or referenced in your will to be created upon your death.
Q. Mom lived, died & will filed in IL. She was sole owner of property (IN). Do I file probate in IL? How do I get tiltle?
A: Hi there, Unfortunately, you'll need to file a probate here in Cook County, IL, and what's called an ancillary probate in Indiana. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any additional questions. Best, Stephanie Sexauer Sexauer Law, P.C. (312)300-4743
Q. My sister had no other assets, the account jointly owned my name and her name under my social security number.
A: You may need an attorney to help you, either with probate or what's called a small estate affidavit. It depends on the amount of the check.
Q. I have a check issued in my name and my deceased sister. I need to cash the check. My sister had no will.
A: Depending on the amount of the check, and if your sister had any other assets, you may or may not be able to avoid probate to cash the check. There are other considerations, including heirship and potential creditors. You should contact a probate attorney in your county.
Q. My house and property will be a large proportion of my estate. My children (twins) are my only immediate beneficiaries.
A: Hi there, The best way to strategize your estate plan is likely a simple, revocable trust, though you should call an attorney in your area to have a more thorough evaluation first. You likely want to avoid probate, and a trust will accomplish that. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (312)300-4743 or email at, and I'll be happy to speak with you. Best, Stephanie Sexauer *Please note, this does not constitute legal advice and we have not established an attorney/client relationship.
Q. Is it illegal for a sibling to obtain a death certificate from a funeral home in Illinois?
A: No, a relative should be able to. Please direct your question to an attorney in your area. Best, Stephanie Sexauer *please note that this communication does not constitute legal advice and we do not have an attorney/client relationship
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Chicago, IL 60601
Telephone: (312) 300-4743
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