I am the trustee for my deceased father's house in Berwyn, IL. All mail (including real estate and City of Berwyn garbage/sewer/water bills) has been delivered, per my instructions, to my address in Chicago for years. But by accident I just discovered an envelope (in my father's house mailbox which hasn't been used in years) from the City of Berwyn, postmarked 6-23-2017, containing four (4) Notices of Default Judgment and hefty fines imposed for "blight" citations. To my knowledge, the City of Berwyn never delivered Citation Notices nor Hearing Notices to my father's house/address nor to mine. What legal recourse do I have at this point and how do I proceed?
2 Answers from Attorneys
Get an attorney, have them contact Berwyn's attorney.
You have a decent chance of vacating everything. You should RUN not walk to a local attorney and have her/him file motions to vacate immediately. The proceed with municipality attorney, mayor, etc. But get it on file immediately.