It is often the case that if your loved one did not engage in effective estate planning during his lifetime then upon his death it may well be necessary for you to open a probate estate.  This is true whether your loved one died testate (with a will) or intestate (without a will).  It's also true if he had a revocable trust and failed to fund it during his lifetime.

We've all heard the probate horror stories, but, generally in Illinois the process is not onerous. There are, however, numerous steps that need to be taken and hurdles to overcome.  Often people don't know what they don't know about the probate process and because of that can find themselves involved in one of those passed around probate horror stories.

Some of the things that many are unaware of include the fact that 1) there is a period of time where distributions can't be made from the estate so special steps need to be taken to provide for the surviving spouse and dependent children; 2) there is a procedure for dividing items of personal property and household goods when the personalities of the beneficiaries make the process complicated; 3) when handled properly creditors have a limited time in which to file a claim for repayment of debts and 4) a final income tax return is due for your loved one along with annual fiduciary income tax returns for his probate estate.

We thoroughly understand how probate works and we can help make the process easier for you and your family.  We can help with the simplest to the most complex aspects of the probate process, including the filing of federal and state estate tax returns.  Let us help you through one of the most difficult of times.