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Timothy S O'Brien

Timothy S O'Brien

O'Brien Estate Law, LLC
  • Estate Planning, Business Law
  • Illinois, New York
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With almost 20 years of legal experience, Tim O'Brien brings a mature eye to estate planning. As the father of young kids, he also understands and appreciates the needs of families with school-age children. In his work with O'Brien Estate Law, LLC, Tim works to make sure his clients don't get cookie cutter estate plans. He takes the time to understand each person's or family's wishes and builds the plan around their specific circumstances. Tim also firmly believes that an estate plan is not just something you do and put on a shelf. Each plan needs to be reviewed as life's circumstances change. One of his favorite things about working with families is giving them the peace of mind that a parent's legacy will continue and their children will be cared for as the parent wishes.

Northwestern University
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University of Illinois - Chicago
Honors: Cum Laude; Law Review Editor; Moot Court; Order of the Coif
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Marquette University
B.S. (1996) | Business Administration
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Professional Experience
Managing Partner
O'Brien Estate Law, LLC
- Current
Eighty 20 Partners
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Director of Legal Services
DWF Group
Managing Attorney
Adecco Group
Executive Director
Open Books Ltd
Assistant Attorney General
Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Research Attorney/Clerk
Illinois Appellate Court
Associate Attorney
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Articles & Publications
Clean Your House: Practical Steps to Take Before Implementing Project Management
American Bar Association Law Practice Today
Speaking Engagements
Why Estate Planning Matters, Lunch and Learn, Oak Park, Illinois
Maximize Productivity Through Design Thinking and Lean Principles, TECHSHOW 2024, Chicago
American Bar Association
People, Process, Technology Triumvirate, TECHSHOW 2024, Chicago
American Bar Association
Quick, What's The Status?, ABA Webinar CLE Series, Virtual
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Panelist on CLE discussion about the use of project management to run a law firm as efficiently as possible.
Professional Associations
State Bar of Illinois
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American Bar Association
Activities: Real Property Trusts and Estates Division Law Practice Division
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Illinois State Bar Association
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Supreme Court of Illinois
ID Number: 6286995
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New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
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  • Free Consultation
    Free 15 minute consultation. Must be booked in advance.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Father is on ventilator and unsure if there’s a will. His older sister is taking titles and other things out of his home
A: Sorry to hear about your father. First, I presume since he is on a ventilator, he is not conscious or competent to answer questions about whether he has a will or not. Second, as long as he does not have a spouse (who is currently alive and to whom he is currently married), you and your siblings would be next in line to inherit his estate. Third, it is not clear what your father's sister is taking from the house. If they are items that legally belong to her or your father gave her permission to take the items, she is entitled to retrieve them. If they are not items that legally belong to her and she does not have permission, she is interfering with the legal order of who should inherit those items, and it could potentially be theft.

Finally, you mention you and your siblings are beneficiaries. It is not clear from your question what you are beneficiaries to. If these are insurance policies, retirement accounts, or a pension, your father's sister has no legal claim to these accounts and there is a possibility this could get distributed to you and your siblings without the court's involvement.
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O'Brien Estate Law, LLC
1011 Lake Street
Suite 418
Oak Park, IL 60402
Telephone: (708) 613-5124