Probate and Estate Administration
When someone close to you passes away, there may be several things left to do.
Sometimes the estate needs to be probated in court. Sometimes that is not required.
Sometimes there is a will, sometimes a trust, sometimes neither of these.
And this may just scratch the surface. Administering the estate may entail gathering accounts, transferring their home or other real estate, collecting life insurance, dealing with vehicles, paying final bills and expenses, and more.
We can assist the Executor or Representative of the estate to determine the next steps, any deadlines, and to navigate the process as smoothly and easily as possible.
The issues in the administration of a decedent’s estate may vary from case to case and family to family. Some of the common themes are:
– Transferring the home or other real estate to named heirs;
– Selling real estate when multiple heirs have a fractional interest;
– Gathering assets;
– Transferring vehicles;
– Distributing property;
– Dealing with accumulated bills and creditors;
– Pursuing claims or litigation on behalf of the deceased;
– Doing a final accounting.
Contact us for assistance with these or other issues in the estate.
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FROM OUR BLOG
- How do you divide inherited real estate?How do you divide up inherited real estate? There are several strategies to deal with this kind of scenario, whether in estate planning or after the death of the owner.
- Are probate records public?Probate proceedings are public in nature. When privacy is important, consider estate planning.
- “I’m An Only Child. Do I Really Need A Probate Attorney?”It’s easy to assume that being an only child is a formula for avoiding probate court, but that often is not the deciding factor.
- Myth: “If I have a will, I don’t have to worry about probate.”People sometimes believe that making a will is sufficient to avoid probate. Often, a will only serves to guide the probate process.
- Do I need a probate attorney?When someone close to you passes away, there may be some steps needed to handle the decedent’s estate and wrap up his affairs properly. Here are eight common signs that you need a probate attorney.
- How indecisiveness can destroy an estate planBoth to avoid a lapse in the will and also to take steps to preserve one’s legacy, then, it is important to be decisive.
Need help with probate?
You may not have chosen to become an executor of an estate. But you don’t have to handle it alone.
Contact us and speak with a Chicago Probate Lawyer.