When To Hire An Illinois Probate Attorney

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when to hire an Illinois probate attorney | estate and probate legal group

Preparing for or going through the probate process can be overwhelming and a probate attorney can help you through the process. Did you know that all estates with a value of over $100,000 must go through probate court in Illinois? When working with the court system, it usually helps to have a lawyer on your side. But there are some specific times when you may want to hire an Illinois probate attorney.

When You Might Need an Illinois Probate Attorney

There are several different situations when you might want to contact an Illinois probate attorney, including:

  • To help the executor of a will.
    If you are an executor, working with an attorney will help ensure you don’t miss any duties or responsibilities that you are legally required to do. This can include filing the proper documents with the courts, ensuring all debts and taxes are paid and distributing the assets to heirs and beneficiaries.
  • Help uphold the will.
    If a beneficiary contests a will, you want an attorney on your side to help enforce the last wishes of your loved one.
  • If your loved one died without a will.
    Dying intestate means your loved one did not have a will, and the courts must now decide how to distribute the assets. There is a legal process of who receives assets – for example, it all goes to the spouse, then to children, then to other family members.
  • If you want to contest a will.
    Perhaps you doubt the validity of your loved ones will. In this case, you can hire a probate attorney to help untangle the mess that was left behind.

Having an experienced probate attorney on your side is important. From the beginning (writing your will) to the end (finalizing and closing the estate), a probate attorney can help you every step of the way.

Cook County Probate Lawyer

Do you have questions about Illinois probate, or are you the executor of a loved one’s estate? If so, an experienced probate lawyer can advise you on the best options for your situation. To talk to a qualified probate attorney in Chicago, contact the Estate & Probate Legal Group at 630-864-5835

Areas We Serve: Cook, Dupage, Kane, Lake and Will counties.