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Q: I just read the article regarding the lady that has not received her release of mortgage document from her lender. If it was my big box lender, she would not get the release of mortgage until she pays the special release and mail fee. I had to pay $158.50 two years ago to get it.

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Q: My friend signed a quitclaim deed to her husband in case they were to get divorced. Last year, he unexpectedly died due to a heart attack and other complications. Does the quitclaim deed still hold? If it does, the title to the house is in his name only. He was a poor money manager, and she did not want to incur his debts, so even filing taxes were separate.

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Q: I own a condo that I rent out. The association charges me $100 per year as an “annual administration lease fee.” Isn’t this creating two “classes” of owners in the association?

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Q: My wife’s father is close to death and he has moved all of his investments into his bank in the form of cash. He said that was done to help my wife and her brother avoid probate on those instruments. It’s not a lot of money (approximately $250,000), but since I will be doing his taxes for 2022 I’m wondering whether I will have to pay taxes on that cash. Also, will my wife and brother-in-law owe a federal gift tax on amounts over $14,000?

CHICAGO — University of Illinois Chicago professor Dick Simpson has lived a life in Chicago’s political and academic spheres for more than 50 years: 44th Ward alderman from 1971-1979; executive board member of the Illinois Political Science Association, a former congressional candidate, political consultant, author and has served on transition teams that advised elected officials such as ...

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Q: My widowed sister owns a modest home in DuPage County, Illinois. It’s entirely paid off. Her intent is to leave her house to me (she has no children) when she passes. I’m retired and rely on Social Security benefits and a small pension. I am concerned about what my “costs” would be if I do receive the house via her will.

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Q: I am in somewhat of a similar situation as the article you wrote about a new owner raising the rent on their existing tenant. In my case, the owner of my apartment died, and their daughter is now selling the building in which we live. We’ve had a few showings, and it looks like some of the interested buyers want to buy the building and tear it down.

CHICAGO — There are a lot of books written about Chicago and why not? This is an ever-fascinating place, filled with vivid characters, interesting places and buildings, and dramatic, funny or often bloody events that have and continue to provide enough material for hundreds of novels, nonfiction works and guidebooks. Many of these Chicago books are excellent, some modestly appealing and more ...