After your loved one passes away, the last thing you want to think about is a legal case. However, many estates in Illinois have to go through the probate process, and this is not something that you should ignore. Seek help from a Rolling Meadows probate attorney if you are facing a probate case.
One question we regularly hear is how long does probate take? It is natural to wonder this, as you likely want to get the case closed and move forward with your emotional recovery as soon as possible. The length of your case depends on different factors, and we can evaluate and advise what to expect in your probate case.
First, if an estate is worth less than $100,000 and other requirements are met, you can use the simplified probate process in Illinois, which is shorter and less complicated than traditional probate. For estates over $100,000, you can expect:
- Time for the court to validate the will
- Time to notify creditors and allow them six months to file claims against the estate
- Time to file tax returns
- Time to identify and distribute all remaining property and assets
This process usually takes twelve months or longer, depending on possible complications. If someone decides to challenge the personal representative’s actions, contest the will, or raise another legal dispute that needs to be resolved, it can extend the probate process significantly.
Let a Rolling Meadows Probate Lawyer Help Your Family
Probate can be much easier on you and your family with the help of Rolling Meadows probate attorney Charles Newland. You do not have to navigate this process alone, and we help personal representatives as well as people with possible disputes. Contact us online or call 847.797.9300 to set up an appointment and discuss your concerns.