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Probate is a court case in which the court oversees the distribution of a decedent's assets to his or her heirs and creditors. In order to administer an estate in Illinois, probate will be necessary if:
(1) The decedent owned any real estate outside of a trust that is not deeded with a right to survivorship for the decedent's spouse (even if there is a mortgage) outside of a trust; OR
(2) The decedent owned more than $100,000.00 in assets outside of either a trust or outside of accounts that are payable to a direct beneficiary upon death.
If probate is necessary, the person responsible for administering the estate, known as the executor, must have letters of office issued by the probate court before he or she can begin collecting the decedent's assets for distribution to creditors and heirs. The executor will also have to file accountings, notices, and reports with the court regarding the collection and distribution of these assets.
If you are the Executor or Trustee of an estate you should have our Lisle probate attorneys handle the legal aspects of estate administration. However, even when working with a probate attorney, there are still several actions you will need to take on your own. For a more detailed description of each of these actions, please read our Learn About Law article on the probate process here:
Let us help you through the process, which can be overwhelming. We want to make the process as easy as possible for you in your time of need.
In order to open a probate estate, our Lisle probate attorneys will file several documents with the probate court:
Upon filing of these documents, a hearing will be held to appoint the executor and admit the will to probate.