Category: Probate

How to Make Probate Easier for Your Loved Ones

probate attorney

Many people view estate planning as protecting their hard-earned property and assets, though the focus of estate planning is also largely on the protection of your close family members and other loved ones. If you pass away, they will be going through an emotionally difficult time, so it is important to take steps to make the legal process of…

Read More

How Can You Obtain Emergency Guardianship?

emergency guardianship

If an adult becomes incapacitated and does not have a power of attorney in place for someone to take over their affairs, it can be necessary to initiate the guardianship process. However, this process can take time – especially if someone objects – and there might be the need for a guardian to be in place immediately. Discuss the…

Read More

Seeking Guardianship of a Loved One

guardianship attorney

If you have a loved one who is struggling to care for themselves, it can be a difficult situation. In addition, if they do not have a power of attorney in place, how can someone step in and take over their affairs? In Illinois, seeking guardianship might be the right option. What is Guardianship? There are two types of…

Read More

Who Would be Your Descendants in Illinois?

descendant estate

Descendants are – simply put – people who descend from you. These are some of the individuals who will inherit your estate under Illinois law if you pass away without a will. Similarly, if your parent or grandparent passes away without a will, you might inherit some of their property as a descendant. Like every state, Illinois has laws…

Read More

Who is Involved in the Probate Process?

probate attorney

After a person passes away, their estate must go through a process known as probate. During probate, any will the decedent left is proven, and the estate is administered. Some of the specific tasks that occur during probate include paying off debts and taxes, identifying the assets of the estate, and transferring assets to the appropriate parties. There are…

Read More

How Long Does Probate Take?

Illinois probate attorney

After a loved one passes away, the last thing you want is to go through a complex legal process. However, in most situations, it is necessary to resolve a probate case before the deceased person’s estate can be distributed and closed. It is natural to wonder: how long does this generally take? While no two probate cases are the…

Read More