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In this article, our Downers Grove probate attorneys explain when probate is necessary in Illinois.
Probate is a court proceeding in which the probate court will oversee the distribution of a deceased individual's estate to creditors and heirs. Probate is typically required in Illinois if the deceased individual owned any real estate outside of a trust or more than $100,000.00 outside of a trust or payable-on-death accounts.
In this article, Downers Grove probate attorneys describe the Illinois probate process.
If probate is necessary, the first step in administering an estate is to file a petition to admit the will to probate and for the issuance of letters of office to the executor. This is accompanied by several ancillary documents such as an Affidavit of Heirship, Oath of Office, and Notice to Heirs and Legatees. We also explain the various documents that must be filed to initiate the probate case, as well as the process for notifying creditors and heirs, and preparing an inventory and final report in order to distribute assets properly.
In this article, our Downers Grove estate lawyers answer frequently asked probate questions about probate in Illinois, including whether you need an attorney in a probate case, how probate bonds work, how probate is handled if the deceased individual owned real estate in multiple states, and what to do if you are named as the executor in a will.