Probate Attorneys — LaGrange, IL.
Serving Hinsdale, Western Springs, Westchester, Brookfield & The Chicagoland Area
At Fornaro Law, we offer skilled legal service in probate proceedings and estate administration for clients throughout Chicagoland. If you need legal assistance in this area, we advise you to contact the firm to schedule a consultation with our probate lawyers to discuss your situation and needs. Serving as a representative of an estate is a serious responsibility and one in which you will need knowledgeable legal counsel for guidance throughout the process. You will want to ensure that both you and the estate are protected and that any problems or complications are handled effectively and per the law.
Probate Lawyers in LaGrange
Probate is the court-supervised process where an appointed representative handles the administration of an estate of a deceased person. The representative is responsible for identifying and collecting all of the property and assets, paying any financial obligations made against the estate, and distributing the remaining balance to the proper beneficiaries and heirs. The probate process is governed by state law, which sets forth the procedure for the settlement of an estate.
Many factors will determine how and if an estate is probated, including the value of assets and how they are titled, whether or not the decedent left a valid will, whether the estate is contested, and other considerations. Probate administration may be either supervised, requiring court approval for most actions taken by a representative or they may be independently administered, which allows the representative to take action without prior approval. Representatives are responsible for notifying and dealing with creditors, heirs, and other beneficiaries, with the collection, valuation, management, and liquidation where necessary of property and assets, such as real estate, investments, business interests, valuable collections, and personal property.
Fornaro Law Helps You Face Probate Challenges
Issues arise from various debts, funeral expenses and individuals in and outside your family that bring conflict into the process. Additional complications that can arise during probate may include:
- An heir contesting a will
- Problems with creditors
- Incomplete estate plans
- Conflicting plans
- Missing assets
- Executor not fulfilling their role
Fornaro Law services across a wide range of estate planning matters, which enables us the unique opportunity to see your probate needs from multiple sides. We are also prepared to represent you in litigation in and outside the courtroom. Call Fornaro Law today and schedule an appointment.