A Practical 'How To' Guide to Illinois Probate Practice and Laws for the non-lawyer and the Lawyer


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Probate Illinois is designed to give you the latest practical and legal information about administering and probating estates in accord with Illinois law. Interpreting the meaning of the Illinois Probate Act can be a formidable task.  Help is just a few clicks away.  Also, here will be found the locations of the Illinois Courthouses, names and phone numbers of Probate Judges and Clerks and secretaries, copies of probate forms and specific information about the practical and legal aspects of getting an estate through the various circuit courts of the State of Illinois. This is a "HOW TO" Guide regarding the Illinois Probate Act and the practical aspects of the probate process for both the non-attorney and the attorney.

 

You can find Illinois probate information for your particular situation if you know the name of the city, town or village where your decedent lived when they died and you will be taken directly to the information for the Circuit Court that has probate jurisdiction over that decedent's Illinois estate. In some instances you may have to determine in which County your decedent lived, as several towns are in more than one county. If you know the county name, then you will be taken directly to the probate information for that Illinois County's Circuit Court. You will also find links to the Illinois Statutes relating to Probate laws and Rules adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court and various Circuit Courts relating to the probate procedures in those courts.

 

The Law office of Paul P. Didzerekis provides this information. Mr. Didzerekis has practiced Probate Law and Estate Planning in Illinois for more than 45 years and has lectured on probate law and provides legal services in the areas of probate, estate administration, estate planning, general civil litigation and real estate law. He will be pleased to answer your probate questions if you will submit them through the "Contact Us" buttons on the left side of this page or below.  Mr. Didzerekis, for the past eight years, has been selected by his peers to be among the top 5 % of lawyers in Illinois practicing in these areas and is therefore a member of the Leading Lawyers Network. He was recently (January 2004 and in 2011) listed in "West Suburban Living" magazine as a lawyer that other lawyers would choose when they personally needed estate planning or probate assistance. By appointment of the Illinois Governor, he served for ten years as the Public Administrator of DuPage County, Illinois. As the former Public Administrator he probated and administered the estates of individuals who died without known heirs and other estates as assigned to him by the Probate Judge of DuPage County, Illinois. He is past Chairman of the DuPage County Estate Planning and Probate Committee of the DuPage County Bar Association. Mr. Didzerekis is a past Member of the DuPage County Board and the DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission. He has served on the Republican Central committee of DuPage County and the boards of directors of several charities and service organizations and published numerous articles on Probate, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts and other law related subjects.

 

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Probate and Estate Administration

If you have been named executor in a will and don't know what to do or if you have recently experienced the death of a parent, spouse or child and need help figuring out what to do about their estate or if you are the heir to an estate and don't feel your interests are being fairly represented, then the Didzerekis Law Office can help.

The probate process can be confusing and difficult and you need an attorney who is expert at handling all aspects of the probate process and can guide you through it.  Whether you are dealing with a multi-million dollar estate or simply deciding whether or not probate is necessary we can help you make the right decisions that are in your best interest and in the best interest of the deceased person whose estate you are trying to protect.

If you have been named as an executor, call us.  We can help.

 You can begin by doing the following:

1)  Determine if the decedent had a will.  To find out, ask close family or friends or determine whether the deceased had a safe or safety deposit box where he or she might have kept important documents.

2)  Determine who the potential heirs of the deceased may be, including the parents, spouse, children, grandchildren and siblings.  Obtain the full names, addresses and other contact information of each of them.

3)  Determine what assets the deceased owned at his or her death.   Did they own a home or other real property, bank and investment accounts, a closely held business, IRAs, 401 (k) or insurance policies?  Collect any legal documents such as deeds, title insurance policies, beneficiary statements or business agreements or the like associated with any of these assets that the deceased owned.  Checking the decedent's income tax returns from past years is a good way to determine what assets he or she owned.

4)  Put together a list of the decedent's debts including any mortgage, lines of credit, credit cards, utility bills, etc.  Usually, the best way to determine creditors of the deceased is by collecting the mail of the deceased person and check for invoices and bills.

Once you have completed steps 1 through 4 above you are prepared to begin the probate process.  Call the Didzerekis Law Office and we can take you the rest of the way.  If you can't quite get through the above on your own, call us and we will put everything together for you.

 

If you are an heir to an estate and don't feel that your interests are being protected, call or email us.

Although the majority of executors and attorneys attend to their obligations conscientiously, there are times when those responsibilities can be confusing or overwhelming.   This can be a problem when it's unknown whether the deceased left a valid will, a will is contested, a child or spouse is left out of a will or an heir has simply lost touch with the family or there is bad blood between family members.

The Didzerekis Law Office specializes in the planning process as well as the probate process, so we know what the court's consider important when determining whether a testamentary document, such as a will or a trust, is genuine.  We know how to determine the intent of the author of a will or trust.  We know the rights of heirs when no testamentary document exists or when the will or trust does not follow state law, such as leaving a spouse out of a will.

Because we understand the numerous problems and potential issues that can exist when an estate plan has not been properly prepared or isn't being followed, we can help you determine whether your claim against an estate is valid and worth pursuing.

 

Call us at 630-653-7710 or email us today and we will be pleased to give your case a free evaluation.  Email us at PPD@PAUL-DIDZEREKIS.COM.

 

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This material provided by: The Law Offices of PAUL P. DIDZEREKIS, Attorney at Law, 610 W. Roosevelt Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187 (630) 653-7710, Fax (630)653-7731,
E-Mail: PPD@paul-didzerekis.com.

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