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Bryan R. Bagdady

Bryan R. Bagdady

Business Litigation, Probate Litigation, Bankruptcy and Business Contracts
  • Business Law, Collections, Estate Planning ...
  • Illinois
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I founded Corporate & Estate Legal Services, Ltd. to focus on business contracts, commercial litigation, estate planning and probate cases. I have decades of experience handling civil litigation and commercial contracts. I represent both plaintiffs and defendants. I have a broad spectrum approach to B2B litigation. I can negotiate deals, document agreements, litigate, pursue post judgment collection, and prosecute or defend judgments on appeal.

I was a scholastic debater in high school and college. I am very comfortable with commercial litigation, chancery litigation, probate litigation, and all manner of business torts.

My experience affords me the luxury of handling all phases of dispute resolution including pre-suit settlements, trial advocacy, post judgment enforcement, and appellate advocacy. At most firms, these functions are splintered across different departments and between multiple lawyers. If you retain Bryan as your attorney, then all of these functions are consolidated into one point of contact.

I graduated from Northwestern University where I studied economics. I earned my law degree from DePaul University College of Law. At Northwestern University, I was awarded the Wyman-Hibbs Debate Scholarship for outstanding achievement in the field of competitive debate. If you have a contract, case, or legal claim that you wish to discuss, give me a call or drop me an email. I will be happy to speak with you.

DePaul College of Law
J.D. (1982) | Law
Honors: DePaul College of Law 711 Student admitted to practice in Courts as Senior Law Student.
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Northwestern University
B.S. (1978) | Economics
Honors: Wyman Hibbs Debate Scholar. President of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Activities: Northwestern Debate Society, Gymnastics Club, Sigma Chi Fraternity.
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Professional Experience
Founding Attorney
Corporate & Estate Legal Services, Ltd.
- Current
Corporate & Estate Legal Services, Ltd. was founded in July of 2013 to represent small and mid-sized businesses as well as individuals. The firm focuses on business to business collection litigation, general business litigation, employment and restrictive covenant litigation, probate litigation, chapter 7 bankruptcy services, trademark applications, and intellectual property litigation.
Professional Associations
State Bar of Illinois  # 6184235
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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7th Circuit
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  • Free Consultation
    Free Initial Consultation.
  • Contingent Fees
    I accept contingency fee cases for qualified business disputes involving claims in excess of $250,000.
Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Intellectual Property
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Legal Answers
Q. Signed non-compete in IL, that I must give 10-day notice & name of my next employer before quitting. Do I have to do so?
A: Your question is missing some important information. Having said that, non-competes are not enforceable in Illinois unless they are reasonable under the circumstances. I do not believe that an Illinois court would find the requirement to disclose a new employer as being unreasonable. I suspect that there are additional restrictions in your agreement relating to whether or not you can actually work for this new employer, but those terms aren't stated in your question. There is also the matter of income limits. Effective in 2022, Illinois law provides that an employer may not enter into a non-compete with an employee earning less than $75,000.00. Again, the question does not identify this information, but if you are not a highly compensated employee, then that becomes another consideration. Good luck.
Q. My family received a judgement . But the law firm that was hired is refusing to give the money. What can be done.
A: I assume that when you say your family "received" a judgment that you mean that a judgment was entered in your or your family's favor and against some specific defendant or defendants. Obtaining a judgment does not mean that the defendants will voluntarily pay or satisfy the judgment. Those are two entirely different concepts. If the defendant does not voluntarily pay a judgment, then the judgment remains of record in the proceedings and the Judgment Creditor is entitled in Illinois to pursue a variety of post judgment remedies. Post judgment activities are considered cases in and of themselves and you should confer with someone who has experience handling such matters. If you suspect that the defendant will file for bankruptcy relief, then there are some additional tactical steps that should be evaluated in order to better protect your judgment in a bk proceeding.
Q. Grandma (decedent) quit claimed house to aunt (now deceased) no known will, not in probate. I am last living relative.
A: There is no such thing as "claiming" the house. If property is owned by someone who dies, then that property can be transferred by small estate affidavit if the amount is small and there is no real estate. Here, you are dealing with real estate, so the small estate affidavit is not an option. That means opening a probate estate. If you are the only living heir, then you are well-suited to present a petition to the court. If the property taxes were recently paid and you don't know who paid them, that is a red flag that the property taxes were in default and sold to a tax buyer. You need to act on that with due speed and purpose. There are time limits to when you can redeem and save the house from being acquired by the tax sale purchaser. If you don't understand these matters, then it is time to seek counsel. Whatever you decide to do, don't wait as time is your enemy.
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Corporate & Estate Legal Services, Ltd.
17W220 22nd Street
Suite 410
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Toll-Free: (312) 300-6843
Telephone: (312) 300-6843
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