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You want the probate process to go smoothly. Or, maybe you're contesting a will or trust. Whether you're planning your estate or handling the affairs of a loved one, our Probate Attorneys in Arlington Heights are here to provide the experienced assistance you need.
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Christi M.

Kevin's firm handled setting up my will and trust recently. They took something that seemed intimidating and made it easy to understand. I've also referred a couple clients to Kevin - he's trustworthy, approachable and very fairly priced.


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About Arlington Heights Probate Attorney:

The Probate Process Explained

Probate is an essential legal procedure mandated in every state following someone's death, especially if they've left behind a last will and testament. This process validates the will, appoints an executor, and ensures the decedent's assets are distributed according to their wishes. For residents of Arlington Heights, IL, the process is overseen by the nearest circuit court and involves various steps, including notifying creditors, settling debts, and managing the estate's assets. The complexity of probate can vary greatly, often necessitating the expertise of a probate attorney, especially in cases involving substantial assets or disputes.

A Real-World Example of Probate Success

Consider the case of John, an Arlington Heights resident whose uncle passed away, leaving him as the executor. Despite a clear will, the estate's considerable assets and debts overwhelmed John. It was only with the support of a skilled probate attorney that he could navigate the probate process efficiently, ensuring all obligations were met and assets distributed rightfully, showcasing the invaluable role such attorneys play in these critical times.

Costs and Considerations

When considering hiring a Probate Attorney, costs are a significant factor. Probate Attorney Costs in Arlington Heights vary based on the estate's complexity and the amount of legal work required. It's crucial to discuss fees upfront to understand the financial commitment involved. A good attorney for probate will provide clear, transparent pricing and tailor their services to meet your specific needs.

Avoiding Probate: Is It Possible?

Many individuals wonder if they can circumvent the probate process. The answer is yes, under certain conditions, such as having a living trust, small estates, named beneficiaries on financial accounts, or jointly owned property. Planning with these strategies in mind can simplify or even eliminate the need for probate, showcasing the importance of early and effective estate planning.

Directions to Our Arlington Heights Location:

  • From Schaumburg (via IL-58/E Golf Rd): Take IL-58/E Golf Rd east directly into Arlington Heights. The destination will be on the north side of Golf Rd.
  • From Palatine (via IL-53 S): Take IL-53 S to the exit for E Golf Rd/IL-58. Head east on E Golf Rd towards Arlington Heights. Continue to the address on the north side of the road.
  • From Mount Prospect (via IL-83 N): Head north on IL-83 N, then take a left onto E Golf Rd heading west towards Arlington Heights. The location will be on the north side.

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The purpose of a consultation is to determine whether our firm is a good fit for your legal needs. Although we often discuss expected results and costs, our attorneys do not give legal advice unless and until you choose to retain us.

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Illinois Probate Deadlines

The Illinois probate process ensures legal certification of an estate, enabling the distribution of assets, and settlement of debts and taxes, typically managed by an executor. This procedure can stretch over a year if disputes arise. Essential deadlines include a 30-day period following death for several actions, including declining executor roles, filing for Letters of Administration, and submitting the deceased's will. Furthermore, the process incorporates deadlines for notifying relevant parties, cataloging assets, and contesting wills, concluding with a 14-month limit for estate closure, subject to court review for any extensions.

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What Happens When a Will is Discovered After Probate?

Discovering a will after the probate process can lead to the reopening of the estate, affecting how assets are distributed and potentially invalidating the initial probate proceedings. If a previously lost will is found, it must be authenticated before it can influence the probate process. Individuals wishing to contest a will post-probate must have a legitimate legal basis to do so, adhere to specific time constraints, and consider mediation or arbitration as possible alternatives to court litigation.

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