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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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M. G. December 12, 2023
Professional, Knowledgeable and Kind My husband and I hired Stephanie for estate planning. She was incredibly knowledgeable and easy to work with. She made us feel comfortable and confident every step of the way. She clearly cares about her clients and is passionate about what she does. I would recommend her to anyone in a heartbeat. My husband and I work in a high-risk industry and we both sleep better knowing our affairs are in order and that our family will be taken care of after we're gone.
Harry P. March 31, 2021
Overcharged for services She was hired end of 2019 to file on our behalf to notify the court of misappropriation of funds involving a trust. She had a very aloof and laid back attitude and she often ran late to our hearings. This wasn’t to my liking but again this is a personal preference at this point. She took over three months to “research” the matter and her billing practices were interesting to say the least. She charged for emails, phone calls down to the minute. Best of all her legal assistant presented us an invoice using the same rates as a lawyer minus the credentials. When asked why her assistants rates were as so she replied by simply saying: “ Good catch”. Next she charged us for the time she spent consulting and talking over our case with the other and only other lawyer at her firm. Throughout my years I have never seen such type of charges unless additional counsel is needed. Keep in mind we hired her to file a fairly simple motion. Make a long story short she seemed knowledgeable but dragged her feet a lot and padded the bill a whole lot more charging down to the most minute of items. She even charged me for the email containing her final invoice. If you hire her keep a close eye on your billing cause she racks her fees fast and high. -
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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 Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Elder Law
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Nursing Home Abuse
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner, Lawyer
Sexauer Law, P.C.
- Current
Ruben Garca, P.C.
The John Marshall Law School
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Dean's Scholarship
The John Marshall Law School
Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar  # 6311374
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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
51 Questions Answered
Q. In Illinois, is it required to have all heirs names on the estate bank account?
A: Hi there,

No, the name of an estate bank account should include the name and title of the representative: "John Doe, executor/administrator of the Jane Doe Estate".

Thank you, and wish you the best of luck!
Q. Who gets IRA payout when someone dies without beneficiary in IRA but with a will and living trust? Can it go to trust?
A: I’m so sorry to hear of your loss; I hope you’re hanging in there.

When someone has a trust, the purpose is to avoid probate. The way you avoid probate when you have a trust is to fund the trust by making sure the trust is listed as beneficiary (or owner) of assets. There are potentially tax benefits to naming individuals, and especially spouses, as direct beneficiaries of retirement accounts, just for your information.

Since that didn’t happen here, a probate court will be necessary to use the pour over will to pour over the retirement accounts into the trust. This will require the named Executor to hire an attorney to administer the estate.

Eventually, after debts/costs, the retirement accounts will be paid to the trust and split among the trust beneficiaries, as determined by the language of the trust.

I hope this helps, and good luck!

Stephanie M. Sexauer

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Q. What do I need to do my mother passed with no will she has estate and a vehicle thanks
A: I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing; I hope you're hanging in there.

Her estate may need to go through probate. Probate court proceedings are needed when 1) someone owns real estate or 2) other cumulative assets that don't name a joint owner or beneficiary exceed $100,000.

Please reach out to a probate attorney for further guidance. I wish you the best of luck!

Stephanie M. Sexauer

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Sexauer Law, P.C.
100 N. LaSalle Street Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60602
Telephone: (312) 300-4743
Fax: (312) 300-4893
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
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