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Oflaherty Law, Illinois Attorneys

Elmhurst Probate Attorney | Estate Administration Attorneys

Elmhurst Probate Attorney | Estate Administration Attorneys

​​If you are the executor, trustee or administrator of a loved ones estate, you do not have to do it alone. Our experienced Elmhurst probate attorneys are here to guide you through the process. Our excellent communication with our clients, extensive experience, and affordable rates make the experience of probate or estate administration as easy as possible for you and your family.

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​​If you are the executor, trustee or administrator of a loved ones estate, you do not have to do it alone. Our experienced Elmhurst probate attorneys are here to guide you through the process. Our excellent communication with our clients, extensive experience, and affordable rates make the experience of probate or estate administration as easy as possible for you and your family.

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Why O'Flaherty Law for My

Probate & Estate Administration

Matter?

In this video, Elmhurst probate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty describes why O'Flaherty Law is the best choice for your probate matter.

  • We Are Cost Effective!  We understand that the last thing you and your family need at this difficult time is expensive legal fees.  Our experienced Elmhurst attorneys will handle your probate matter efficiently and effectively.  We are proud of our affordable rates! 
  • We Go Above-And-Beyond For You And Your Family!  At O'Flaherty Law, we have a singular focus on providing experienced legal work and excellent service to our clients.  Many of our clients have taken the time to write us glowing testimonials after being assisted by our Elmhurst probate attorneys.  In 2016 we were the recipient of the Avvo Client's Choice Award.  Kevin O'Flaherty was honored to receive the Best Under 40 Award from Suburban Life Magazine in 2015.  We have built a reputation for making every client's experience with our firm a positive one, despite the difficult times that we are helping them navigate. 
  • We Are Comprehensive!  Probate cases often intersect with other areas of law that other probate attorneys are not capable of handling.  Our team of Elmhurst attorneys collectively have experience in nearly every area of law, and we take a collaborative approach to ensure that the best legal mind is focused on whatever issue may arise in your probate matter.  Whether your probate case requires experience in real estate, family law, business law, or litigation, we have the resources to handle the issue in house to make sure you are getting the best representation possible. 

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What to Expect From a Consultation

The purpose of a free 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. Although most consultations are complimentary, some may carry a charge depending on the type of matter and meeting location.

Please contact our friendly

Elmhurst Probate Attorneys

at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation:

O'Flaherty Law of Elmhurst

110 E. Schiller Street, Ste. 200B
Elmhurst
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IL
60126
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See below for our other locations. If our office locations are not convenient for you, we are happy to speak with you by phone.  ​​​

Hours:
9 am - 5 pm Mon - Friday
After 5 pm by Appointment
11 am - 3pm Saturday & 11 am - 2 pm Sunday by Appointment

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Meet Our Owner

Kevin O'Flaherty oversees all legal matters and is actively involved in making sure every client's case, big or small, is handled with excellence and attention to detail. He is available to contact through phone and email and his rates are available upon request.

Here's What Our Clients Have to Say:

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Kevin O'Flaherty was instrumental during the purchase process of my new house. I highly recommend him and the entire firm!

An excellent client experience, I recommend O'Flaherty Law to all of my clients that have a need for consultation in family law.

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Kevin O'Flaherty was instrumental during the purchase process of my new house. I highly recommend him and the entire firm!
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An excellent client experience, I recommend O'Flaherty Law to all of my clients that have a need for consultation in family law.
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Kevin is an excellent attorney. He helped me incorporate by business and provides legal counsel as need. I highly recommend him.

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Discovery and Evidence In A Will Contest and Proving the Decedent’s Intent in Illinois

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In this article, we discuss what evidence can be used in a will contest and answer the following questions: What happens when someone contests a will?, What different types of evidence can the proponent of a will use to establish prima facie?, What evidence can the contestant of a will bring forward?, and What happens when a will contest fails or succeeds?

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What Is The Difference Between Supervised Administration And Independent Administration?

In this article, our Elmurst probate lawyers explain the difference between supervised and independent administration of a probate estate. By default, probate cases are administered independently, meaning that the executor need only appear before the court at the initial hearing to open the probate case and at the final hearing to close the case.  All decisions will be made independently of the court, and the inventory and accounting need not be filed with the court, but instead must simply be delivered to heirs and creditors. 

If any heir or creditor requests supervised administration, the request will be granted automatically unless the will expressly provides that the estate is to be administered independently, in which case the requesting party will be required to show good cause for supervised administration. If a request for supervised administration is granted, the executor must seek approval from the court for all major decisions and must file the accounting and inventory with the court and have it approved by the judge.  Supervised administration requires more work for the executor and his or her attorney.  The purpose is to allow the court to monitor the executor's actions when there are potential or actual disputes between interested parties. 

Read an article by our Elmhurst probate attorneys regarding Supervised vs. Independent Administration. ​​

What Are The Stages Of A Probate Case?

In this article, our Elmhurst probate lawyers explain the stages of a probate case.

  • Step 1: Filing the Petition for Probate.  The prospective executor files a petition to open the probate case, asking that the will be admitted to probate (if a will exists) and asking the court to appoint him or her executor and issue Letters of Office giving the executor authority to administer the estate.   Notice of the probate case must be mailed to the decedents heirs and known creditors. 
  • Step 2: Publication. The executor must publish notice of the probate case in a newspaper for the benefit of unknown creditors or heirs whose addresses are unknown.  
  • Step 3: Claims Against The Estate.  After the notice has been published, creditors of the estate will have six months to file claims for payment from estate funds.  
  • Step 4: Inventory. The executor must prepare an inventory listing the assets that he or she has collected and deliver it to each interested party.  In a supervised administration, the inventory must be approved by the court. 
  • Step 5: Accounting & Receipts of Distribution.  The accounting shows how the estate's assets will be distributed to creditors and heirs.  The executor must deliver this to each interested party.  Like the inventory, the accounting must be approved by the court in a supervised administration.  The executor will also mail receipts of distribution to every party who received a distribution of the estate.  The receipt is signed by the party who received the distribution and returned to the executor as proof that the distribution was received.  
  • Step 6: Verified Report and Final Hearing.  Once all distributions have been made from the estate, the executor will file a Verified Final Report with the probate court, certifying that he or she has completed all of his or her duties as executor.  Notice of this final report must be sent in advance to all interested parties, unless the executor has received executed receipts of distribution from all parties entitled to a distribution.  The receipts of distribution will also be filed with the court.  Once these documents are in order, the court will hold a final hearing closing the probate case and discharging the executor of his or her duties.  Read more about the Probate Process from our Elmhurst probate attorneys. ​

Read the full article by our Elmhurst probate lawyers explaining the stages of a probate case in Illinois.

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