Cook County probate attorneys
Probate is the legal process by which a person's debts are paid and assets are distributed upon his or her death. The court, through an administrator, decides who should receive the property and what debts should be paid. Estate Administration includes the probate process as well as non-probate transfers of the deceased's assets.
In addition to distributing assets, the probate process also collects and preserves the estate assets, notifies known creditors of the death, and pays and keeps track of expenses, debts and taxes. There is also a requirement that the filing of the will, if there is one, be published so any challenges to the probate process can be made.
In Cook County all probate matters are handled in Chicago at the Daley Center. If a person was a resident of Cook County when they passed away, their probate case will almost certainly be handled at the Daley Center. Most of the Chicago probate lawyers that we know have offices in the City of Chicago because they want to be close to the court house. We do know a few suburban lawyers that focus their practice on probate law that also come downtown when needed.
If you have general questions about a Chicago probate matter, or would like a referral to a Chicago probate attorney. we would be happy to help. Call us any time at (800) 517-1614 or complete our “contact us” form.
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The following links have additional information on Illinois probate laws. For additional information please see:
- Cook County probate matters
- Filing a Will in Illinois Probate Courts
- How are attorneys fees paid in probate cases?
- Illinois Probate Overview
- Intestate Laws in Illinois
- The Role of an Executor in Illinois Probate Matters
- What Happens When Someone Dies Without a Will in Illinois?
- What Makes a Great Estate Planning or Probate Lawyer?