Charles E. Hutchinson

Charles E. Hutchinson

Principal of the Law Offices of Charles E. Hutchinson
  • Estate Planning, Business Law
  • Illinois
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Charles is a creative problem solver and long time resident of Illinois. He has lived in Wilmette since 2011 with his wife and their three children. He received his B.A. in History from the University of Kentucky. He has a Juris Doctorate from Chicago's John Marshall Law School and is licensed to practice in Illinois. Charles is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, Phi Delta Phi honorary Legal Society, and the Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce.

Following his entrepreneurial spirit he has had since a child, Charles started his firm right out of law school. Having his own firm allows him to follow what he believes to be a core truth, "The first priority is the clients", not the billable hours required of large law firms in the area. From the very beginning the idea behind the Law Offices of Charles E. Hutchinson, Esq. was to help people protect and safeguard their assets for themselves, and for future generations to enjoy.

When Charles isn't in the office, you might find him coaching one of his children's soccer teams, baseball or softball teams.

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Professional Associations
State Bar of Illinois  # 6313092
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Supreme Court of Illinois
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Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
  • English
Legal Answers
Q. My mother passed away with an irrevocable family trust. Under the terms I am the beneficiary. How do I get assets?
A: Your recourse is within two potential places. The first place may be in the trust itself which may give you the right to remove the executor. The second place is in the court of probate. The executor must follow the terms of the trust and can face harsh penalties for not doing so.
Q. good morning question my father inlaw set up a s trust for his family for the business he owned
A: The devil is always in the details. In general, the trust can only be changed by the grantor (the one who created it). Once the grantor passes away, the trust is as it is. However to fully address the issue it would be best to give all relevant documents to a lawyer for review. The answers regarding powers and duties of the Trustee fall within the text of the trust as well as any documents which may govern how the business is organized.
Q. Deceased gave & sold away items while living knowing that was dying. Now that passed away the family is threatening
A: An owner has every right to sell, gift, give away, trade, barter, destroy, or otherwise dispose of any or all of their worldly possessions. There is no law against eliminating the burden of "stuff" of one's own free will.
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Law Offices of Charles E. Hutchinson
607 9th Street
Wilmette, IL 60091
Telephone: (312) 259-0672