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Facing the intricacies of probate can feel overwhelming. The guidance of a Bloomington probate lawyer, tailored to each phase, guarantees a seamless progression. Explore the transformative impact of adept legal support in handling your loved one's estate with both efficiency and empathy.
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Bloomington Probate Attorney at O’Flaherty Law

Probate can be overwhelming. A Bloomington Illinois probate attorney, phase by phase, will make it smooth sailing. See the difference of having an experienced attorney to help with your loved one’s estate with both speed and compassion.

How can our Bloomington Probate Attorneys help you?

A Guide by Bloomington Probate Lawyers

Dealing with the aftermath of a loved one’s passing is tough. The legal stuff involved in managing the estate of the deceased is just more stress. That’s where a good Bloomington probate attorney comes in. These attorneys will guide you through the probate process with care and detail no matter what probate issues are involved, so the estate is settled according to the wishes of the deceased.

What is Probate

Probate is the process of proving the will of the deceased, inventorying their assets, paying debts and taxes and then distributing the remaining assets to the beneficiaries or those named in the will. The process can be complex and varies depending on the size of the estate and the will. Our experienced attorney knows Illinois probate law.

Services by our Illinois Probate Attorney

  • Legal Representation and Guidance: From filing the will to distribution of assets, our probate attorney represents and guides you through the entire Illinois probate process. We make sure all legal requirements are met and help you avoid common mistakes that can delay or complicate the process of probate court and probate administration.
  • Asset Inventory and Valuation: Identifying and valuing the deceased’s assets is a critical part of the probate process. Probate attorneys provide legal services in preparing an inventory and getting fair market values, so assets are distributed fairly among beneficiaries.
  • Debt Settlement and Tax Filings: Our Bloomington probate attorney helps estate administrators identify outstanding debts and liabilities, advise on settling those obligations and prepare and file any necessary tax returns.
  • Other: From preparing a small estate affidavit, to real estate transactions, to legal services for various other legal matters involving probate and estate planning, we can help family members in general.

A Story of Speed and Compassion

John, a Bloomington resident, is a great example of how a probate attorney can make a difference during a tough time. John’s father had passed away leaving a small estate and a handwritten will. Overwhelmed by grief and the legal system, John reached out to our Bloomington probate attorney.

The attorney was both fast and compassionate. They took the time to listen to John’s situation, not just give legal advice but also emotional support. The attorney reviewed the will, made sure it was filed properly and guided John through the process of inventorying his father’s assets.

One of the issues John had to deal with was his father’s outstanding debts. His attorney advised him which debts to pay and which to dispute, reducing the estate’s liabilities. They also provided additional legal services by preparing and filing the estate’s tax returns, making estate tax easy.

In the end, thanks to his Bloomington probate attorney’s hard work and experience, John was able to distribute his father’s assets to the beneficiaries sooner than expected. The attorney’s probate knowledge and compassion turned a difficult process into a manageable one.

Why Choose our Bloomington Probate Attorney?

  • Local Knowledge: Local laws and regulations matter. Our IL probate attorney knows Illinois probate law so you can be sure compliance and speed.
  • Personalized Service: Every estate is different. A probate attorney in Bloomington provides customized service to fit each client’s needs and situation.
  • Peace of Mind: Maybe the biggest benefit is the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one’s estate is in good hands. With a professional handling the legal stuff, you can focus on what matters most—honor your loved one.

Probate can be a tough and emotional process. Probate can also include contested estates. But with our experienced and compassionate Bloomington probate attorney, you can navigate these waters smoothly and have your loved one’s wishes respected and estate settled.

Directions to the Bloomington Office

From Normal, IL

  • Route: Take Veterans Pkwy south. Turn right onto E Washington St, left on N Center St, then right onto W Jefferson St.

From Le Roy, IL

  • Route: Head west on I-74. Take Exit 135 for US-150 W into Bloomington, continuing on W Market St. Turn right onto N Center St, then left onto W Jefferson St.

From El Paso, IL

  • Route: Go west on IL-251 S to I-39 S. Merge onto I-55 N, take Exit 160 for I-55BL into Bloomington. Turn left onto E Washington St, right on N Center St, then left onto W Jefferson St.
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207 W. Jefferson St STE 313

Bloomington, IL 61701

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Monday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday
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Thursday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday
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I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

- Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, Owner

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When Is Probate Necessary in Illinois?

The necessity for probate in Illinois primarily depends on two factors: the overall value of probate assets and how they were titled by the deceased individual. If an estate exceeds $100,000 in total worth (including any items specifically bequeathed through a will or distributed under intestacy laws), then probate proceedings are typically required. If real estate is part of those assets – unless ownership was structured via joint tenancy arrangements like tenancy by entirety or living/successor beneficiary trusts – then it must go through formal succession procedures.

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