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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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Biography

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.

Education
DePaul College of Law
J.D. (1982) | Law
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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
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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.
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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
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
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7th Circuit
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Fees
  • 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
    Collections
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Intellectual Property
    Trademarks
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Legal Answers
Q. If a will is signed by the testator on one date and the witnesses on a different date is the will still good?
A: NO. 755 ILCS 5/4-3 requires that every will be in writing, signed by the testator or by some person in his presence and by his direction and attested in the presence of the testator by 2 or more credible witnesses. Under your scenario, the "credible witnesses" did not attest in the presence of the testator. In my opinion, you have a defective will and the court will not likely admit the will to probate.
Q. If I won monetary judgement and know that the other party will not pay, what is the next step?
A: You should reference 735 ILCS 5/2-1401 for post judgment proceedings. Make sure that your order is final and appealable, meaning that it resolves all claims brought against all parties in the action. Assuming that to be the case, you will likely want to file a citation to discover assets, a garnishment, or a non-wage garnishment. How you proceed depends upon where the judgment debtor is located and what you know or don't know about assets. Start by reading the statute. If the judgment debtor owns real estate, then you may want to file the judgment against the real property. Judgments accrue interest at the rate of 9% per annum from and after the date of the judgment, but they don't collect themselves.
Q. My dad passed away and without my knowledge my sister sold his home and kept the money.What can I do to receive my part?
A: Assuming that your sister did not have proper authority to sell the property or act on behalf of your father's estate, then you need to open an estate (assuming one is not open) or intervene in any pending estate and have the authorized representative file a petition to recover assets. There are candidly too many variables here that are not set forth in your question, but if your sister acted without court authority, the court will afford a remedy. It is incumbent upon you to act.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Corporate & Estate Legal Services, Ltd.
Blog
CELS Blog Page
Contact & Map
Corporate & Estate Legal Services, Ltd.
17W220 22nd Street
Suite 410
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Toll-Free: (312) 300-6843
Telephone: (312) 300-6843
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Call during business hours or email at Bryan@celsinfo.com