Distributing your property after your death can be an emotional process for your loved ones. Probate court is needed when a person dies and has property or assets only in their name. But it can complicate things when that person owned real estate property or assets in another state. Maybe you have a vacation home in Florida that you want to pass on to your nephew. In this instance, your beneficiaries will have to deal with ancillary probate.
This probate proceeding is required in addition to the primary probate court and is necessary when properly or assets are located in a state other than where the owner died. The ancillary probate process can be complicated but is made worse if the deceased person does not have a will (also called intestate).
Let’s answer a few Frequently Asked Questions:
In short answer – what is ancillary probate?
Which probate court has jurisdiction over the property or assets?
Does this only include property?
Who begins the ancillary process?
Ancillary probate can be a costly process for your beneficiaries. There are additional court costs, account fees and attorney fees. One final question people often ask is; can ancillary probate be avoided? And the answer is Yes.
An estate planning attorney can help you establish your estate plan for everything to work together. When planned and established correctly, you can help your heirs avoid the hassle of ancillary probate.
Call us for more information on setting up an estate plan specifically designed for you, especially if you have assets or property located somewhere other than Illinois. Contact one of our lawyers today and schedule an appointment at 630-864-5835.
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