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Q: My husband turns 65 next month, and his private medical disability of around $4,000 will end. We have a monthly mortgage of $2,600, and one child with two years left in college. I take home $2,300 a month. Our home is currently worth $1.2 million, close to downtown D.C. and a walkable metro stop.

Q: I had a new will done and it was supposed to include everything I own, including my home, investments and other property. I now need to put my assets into the trust. I have three institutions that need to change my accounts to trusts.

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Q: Our condominium building has a unit where the owner died several years ago. No one has appeared to pay the real estate taxes or the homeowner association fees since the owner died. The association has a lien on the unit for the unpaid assessments.

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CHICAGO — There are charms and revelations to each of Chicago’s neighborhoods and many of them stay hidden in the past, barely a whisper. The West Loop with its buildings (small and tall) and its stories (touching and terrifying) and the thousands of people (good and evil) who have lived and loved and prowled there do more than whisper to Connie Fairbanks. They shout. “There is just so much to ...

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Q: My daughter bought a condo several years ago. Her condo is located in a suburb of Chicago. Last summer, she was notified that the complex was going to be reconverted to rentals. She was offered a price for her place along with an extra amount if she committed to selling by a certain date.

CHICAGO — Big Shoulders Books are free. You can request one. They’ll send you one. You might even be in one. Big Shoulders Books, founded at DePaul University a decade ago, has been one of the more quietly ambitious projects in Midwest journalism, though, in practice, the work is not written by professional journalists and its architects are faculty in the English department. The goal, ...

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Q: Can a unit owner sue their homeowners association for their failure to comply with the association’s bylaws and rules? Which governmental entity or agency oversees homeowners associations?

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