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Our experienced Illinois probate attorneys are here to guide you through every step of the probate process, ensuring that your loved one's estate is handled with care, respect, and legal precision. Let us help you find clarity and peace of mind in probate matters.
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About Probate Attorney Elgin IL:

Our Illinois probate attorneys will walk you through every step of the probate and estate administration so your loved one’s estate is handled with care, respect and legal precision. Let us help you find peace of mind in probate.

How can our Elgin Probate Lawyers help you?

What is Probate in Illinois

Probate is the legal process of distributing the assets of a deceased person to heirs or beneficiaries. It’s a necessary step in settling estates big or small and involves validating the will, paying debts and distributing assets according to the will or Illinois law.

Probate Facts:

  • Small Estate Affidavits: For estates under $100,000, probate without the formalities.
  • Testate vs. Intestate: Estates with a will (testate) and without a will (intestate).
  • Executors and Administrators: From asset preservation to final tax returns.

Probate litigation is another potential avenue of our legal representation, which may involve disputing estate planning documents like a will or trust, tackling capacity or undue duress issues, or even property disputes. In addition, probate litigation could entail addressing a perceived wrong in how the executor or administrator is handling the estate.

A Probate Story in South Elgin

The Johnson family was faced with probating their father’s estate. Without knowledge of Illinois probate laws they didn’t know where to start. That’s when they called our law offices for one of our probate lawyers.

We reviewed the estate which was just over the limit for a small estate affidavit and required formal probate. As the family was grieving we took on the burden of the probate process from filing the paperwork to managing creditor claims and distributing assets.

Our Process Included:

  • Communication: Keeping the family informed every step of the way, explaining complex legal terms.
  • Asset Management: Creating an inventory and valuing assets for distribution.
  • Creditor Negotiations: Paying debts to preserve the estate’s value.
  • Final Accounting: Transparency and accountability in asset distribution.

Thanks to our probate lawyers, the Johnson family could focus on healing knowing their father’s estate was in good hands.

Why Choose Our Elgin Probate Attorneys?

Personalized Service

We understand the emotional weight of probate and offer customized support to ease your burden.

Benefits of a Comprehensive Law Firm 

Our team of lawyers and paralegals have extensive experience  handling the nuances of your legal matter but also consider how other areas of law might affect your case. We often consider angles that aren’t obvious to an attorney with experience in only one practice area. 

A Law Firm that Handles Simple and Complex Cases 

Some legal issues are quick, requiring fast efficient services. You want those knocked out fast with the most efficient cost possible. But, for more involved cases, we take the time to get it right and work hard to get the outcome you want. 

A Team That Collaborates on Your Case 

We’ve had many legal clients complain that their last firm just didn’t have the resources or understanding to manage their case. Our attorneys regularly communicate across the firm, getting input from several legal professionals without the additional cost. 

Our Skills and Services 

Our skills and experience span decades and many different practice areas. We truly want to provide a comprehensive legal solution for our community. When you’ve got a legal question, we want to be the first law firm you think of because you know you can trust us to have the answers or tell you the next best solution. 

Open Communication 

No one wants to be sitting in the dark, unsure of what’s going on with their case. Part of our core practice model is to regularly update our clients on the status of their case. 

Relationships Built on Trust and Communication 

Dealing with legal issues can be stressful. You don’t need added stress from an attorney that is slow to communicate and hasn’t given you a clear plan to resolve your case. Trust comes from knowing your attorney has your back and best interests in mind. 

Competitive Fees with Excellent Service 

We are not a free legal aid firm. We pride ourselves on offering top-tier service at a competitive local price. Legal solutions cost money but putting them off only leads to more headaches and financial problems.  

Probate matters and estate administration can be overwhelming and emotional, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Our probate lawyers will provide you with the care and expertise you need to make sure your loved one’s estate is settled according to their wishes and Illinois law. Contact our law offices for a free consultation with our legal team, and let us help you with your probate needs.

How To Reach Our Elgin Location:

From Schaumburg, IL:

  1. Start on I-290 W.
  2. Merge onto IL-390 W.
  3. Take the exit toward US-20 W/Elgin.
  4. Follow US-20 W to Shales Pkwy in Elgin.
  5. Turn right onto N. Airlite St.

From St. Charles, IL:

  1. Head north on IL-31 N toward Elgin.
  2. Turn left onto State St.
  3. Continue onto W. Chicago St.
  4. Turn right onto N. Liberty St.
  5. Turn left onto E. Highland Ave and right onto N. Airlite St.

From Hoffman Estates, IL:

  1. Get on I-90 W.
  2. Take the exit for IL-59 N.
  3. Merge onto IL-59 N.
  4. Turn left onto W. Highland Ave.
  5. Turn left onto N. Airlite St
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16 N Airlite St #3

Elgin, IL 60123

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Tuesday
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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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