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Stephen Sotelo

Stephen Sotelo

(Naperville, IL Real Estate Transactions Lawyer)
  • Real Estate Law, Probate
  • Illinois
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A native of Illinois, Mr. Sotelo is the proud son of a working class family. Mr. Sotelo graduated third in his law school class, summa cum laude, at Northern Illinois University College of Law. Practicing law since 2012, Stephen prides himself in providing legal services in the areas of real estate, probate, and civil matters. A s a former real estate agent, he provides a unique perspective to the legal side of real estate transactions.

Practice Areas
    Real Estate Law
    Residential Real Estate
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation
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    It is crucial to have an attorney who is sensitive to the financial tolls of civil litigation. With this in mind, we provide legal solutions that are no more complicated than necessary.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Education
Northern Illinois University
J.D.
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
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Awards
Illinois Rising Stars
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Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar Association
Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council
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9 Questions Answered
Q. How would you include the %'s in an Illinois Executors Deed when you have 1 executor but multiple heirs/grantees (6)?
A: An Executor's Deed or Administrator's Deed is generally utilized when the Representative is "selling" real estate to a third party. On the other hand, when a representative is merely releasing the estate's interest in the property and confirming title in the heirs (if no will) or legatees (if will admitted to probate), then the appropriate instrument to be recorded with the county land records office is a "Notice of Probate and Release of Estate's Interest". See the following example forms, which contain a column to state each heir/legatee's respective "share": -Cook County: https://services.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/Forms/Forms/pdf_files/CCP0421.pdf -DuPage County: https://www.dupagecounty.gov/CourtClerk/CourtForms/Forms/15070/ -Will County: https://www.circuitclerkofwillcounty.com/DesktopModules/EasyDNNNews/DocumentDownload.ashx?portalid=0&moduleid=518&articleid=87&documentid=478
Q. Grandma (decedent) quit claimed house to aunt (now deceased) no known will, not in probate. I am last living relative.
A: An attorney or title company will need to perform a title search/examination to confirm ownership of the property, but assuming your aunt was indeed the sole owner as a result of the quitclaim deed, then title to the property would now be with her lawful heirs (subject to timely creditor claims and subject to divestment if a will is located). If your aunt had no surviving spouse or descendants, then next in line to be her heirs are her surviving parents, brother, sister, or descendant of a brother or sister of the decedent (i.e., nieces, nephews, etc.), to the extent there are any. On the facts you proposed, it sounds like you may be the sole heir and may make claim to the house. To do so, you would need to petition the probate court in the county where your aunt resided at the time of her death, presumably the same county where the property is located, for letters of office and to declare heirship. You would need a lawyer for this. Before you go through the time and expense of probate, however, you may want to first try to determine if there is any equity in the property (approximate fair market less liabilities), lienholders, or other creditors. You say someone recently paid the taxes - perhaps a mortgage company? If there is no equity in the house, or worse, negative equity, then pursuing the property might not be in your interests.
Q. How can I get my money once it been court order by an judge,an the defendant does not want to pay?
A: In short, you will want to start supplementary proceeding to discover the defendant's assets. From there, you may be able to garnish the defendant's wages, obtain an order for a bank to turnover funds, levy assets, etc. ***Stephen Sotelo, The Fish Law Firm, P.C., 55 S. Main St., Suite 341, Naperville, IL 60540 (630)355-7590 ssotelo@fishlawfirm.com www.fishlawfirm.com *** This answer is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney-client relationship.
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