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In many people’s minds, the term “probate” is a source of dread and even horror. Quite often, individuals associate probate with things like delay, expense, and long-drawn-out legal disputes. In reality, these fears are largely unjustified. Stated simply, probate is a court-supervised way of handling the property of a deceased individual.

Probate in Illinois

In Illinois, probate is handled by the executor named in the will of the deceased. If the deceased person did not designate an executor, the court will name one for the estate, and the functions of the executor include the following:

  • Prove the will is valid, usually a perfunctory, routine matter.
  • Identify and inventory the assets of the deceased.
  • Arrange an appraisal of the assets.
  • Pay any outstanding debts or taxes.
  • Distribute the remaining property as designated in the will, or as state law directs when there is no will.

It should be noted that in Illinois probate is necessary when:

  • The deceased owned real estate assets individually rather than jointly.
  • All probate assets combined are worth more than $100,000.

Vital Assistance from the Experienced Probate Attorneys in Rockford at Crosby & Crosby

At Crosby & Crosby, we understand that navigating the probate process can be a daunting task. A probate attorney plays a vital role in guiding you through the complexities of settling a loved one’s estate, ensuring that legal requirements are met, and the deceased’s wishes are honored.

Our experienced Rockford probate lawyers can offer invaluable assistance in various aspects of the probate process, including:

  • Validating the Will: We ensure that the deceased’s will is valid and legally binding, addressing any disputes that may arise.
  • Inventory of the Estate: Our team helps in identifying and cataloging the deceased’s assets, including property, investments, and personal belongings.
  • Debt Settlement: We assist in notifying creditors, settling outstanding debts and estate taxes, and ensuring that all financial obligations are met following the probate laws.
  • Distribution of Assets: Our attorneys facilitate the fair and legal distribution of assets to beneficiaries, as specified in the will or according to state laws if there is no will.
  • Legal Representation: We provide representation in court, handling any legal issues or disputes that may emerge during the probate process.

Our probate lawyers in Rockford, IL at Crosby & Crosby are committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive legal support during what can be an emotionally challenging time. Our goal is to make the probate process as smooth and stress-free as possible for you and your family.

We invite you to schedule an initial free consultation with our experienced probate attorneys. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about how we can assist you and to discuss the specifics of your situation.

Let us help you navigate the probate process with confidence and ease. Contact the law firm of Crosby & Crosby today to take the first step towards peace of mind during this critical time.

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