Navigating Legal Questions During A Difficult Time
Losing a loved one is never easy, but if you have the responsibility of handling the person’s estate after they are gone, you must deal with difficult decisions during an emotional time. Whether your deceased loved one left a will or not, you may have to probate the estate in court. The estate settlement legal process known as probate can be complex, time-consuming and costly – but less problematic when you have an attorney who can guide you and advocate for your rights.
Have you hit a snag trying to make sense of a deceased relative’s will in probate court? Did your loved one die without a will, leaving the family to figure out what to do? Are you wondering how to handle bills that keep coming in the mail? For more than 25 years, attorney Robert S. Thomas has helped many individuals and families – including beneficiaries, trustees and executors – resolve probate issues.
Representing Your Interests In Probate Court
Probate proceedings deal specifically with:
- The validity of a will
- The location and valuation of a decedent’s assets
- The transfer of assets and property to heirs or beneficiaries
- Attention to financial responsibilities and debts of the decedent
An executor (if there is a will) or administrator (if there is no will) is appointed by the court as the personal representative. This appointee collects assets, sells or transfers real estate, pays debts and distributes the remainder of the estate to beneficiaries. These duties are carried out under court supervision. The entire case can remain in court for more than six months — sometimes longer if there are disputes.
You may not need to probate an estate if the value is less than $100,000. In addition, not all property goes through the probate process. Don’t be deterred by the many potential obstacles that probate presents. We can help you make sense of your case and devise a clear way forward.
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For assistance resolving your specific probate issue, call our Arlington Heights office at 847-392-5893 or contact us by email.