Hays Firm LLC
Mr. Hays concentrates his practice in the areas of probate, estate and trust litigation, small business law and commercial litigation, and is a member of the Trust and Estates divisions of both the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.
Probate Estate and Trust Administration
Hays Firm LLC works closely with families to guide them through the entire probate process and the administration of a decedent’s estate. The firm also provides individualized representation in connection with the management of the affairs of disabled individuals and guardianship proceedings.
Guardianship Estate Administration
Unfortunately, many individuals reach a point in their lives when – due to age, illness or injury – they are no longer able to safely make their own personal or financial decisions. If the appropriate documents are not in place, such as trusts or powers of attorney, it may be necessary to ask the court to appoint a guardian to manage the individual’s financial affairs and make personal decisions for them on their behalf. Hays Firm LLC represents and guides the guardian through the entire process in order to ensure that they have the knowledge and assistance necessary to protect their loved one’s best interests.
The firm works with individuals and families to ensure that our clients’ assets are protected and efficiently transferred to their loved ones upon their death. These services include drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other instruments to help clients meet their short and long-term goals. The firm provides asset protection planning services to clients as well. These services utilize various legal structures in order to provide a level of protection for a client’s property that is not possible through the use of simple trusts.
Estate & Trust Litigation
Unfortunately, disputes often arise among family and friends after a loved one’s death. Hays Firm LLC represents individuals in estate-related litigation including will contests and trust contests. In addition, the firm represents both beneficiaries and trustees in disputes related to trust property.
Corporate Law and Business Litigation
Hays Firm LLC works with a variety of different small and medium-sized businesses. The services we offer our business clients include: creating the appropriate business entity; effectively negotiating contracts; and efficiently handling business-related disputes, including litigation when necessary.
In today’s environment, lawsuits can be a fact of life for many business owners. Hays Firm LLC provides representation to its business clients in connection with various types of commercial disputes. This representation includes negotiations and litigation related to arbitration proceedings as well as lawsuits filed in Illinois state court or federal court in Illinois. Hays Firm LLC represents its clients’ interests against all types of adversaries from the largest corporations and insurance companies to private individuals.
Small Business Legal Services
Hays Firm LLC works with a variety of different small and medium-sized businesses. The services we offer our business clients include: properly creating the appropriate business entity; effectively negotiating essential contracts; and efficiently handling business-related disputes, including litigation, where necessary.
Liquor License Services
The most significant obstacle in the formation or operation of any restaurant or bar is the ability to obtain a liquor license that allows the business to operate within its desired municipality. Many business owners have sought counsel from Hays Firm LLC regarding how to transfer or obtain the necessary liquor licenses. In order to address this need, the firm provides all services related to transferring a liquor license, or obtaining a new liquor license from a local municipality, on a fixed-flat fee basis.