It is a sad thing when a loved one passes away. It is even more tragic when the details of that loved one’s wishes concerning his or her final wishes remain unclear. It is unfortunate, but people often squabble and get into really heated arguments over the final estate of their loved one. It can get especially caustic when the will (or the lack of one) has no clear directives. Depending upon the state this occurs in, the laws change as to what happens next. In this article, the state of Illinois will be dealt with concerning final estates. This is where the experienced eyes of Estate Litigation Attorneys in Chicago IL, will come in handy.
When a loved one dies, his or estate becomes an issue that must be dealt with. What happens is that the property is collected, debts remaining are paid, and the remaining property is distributed to the family members, or if there is a will, to those in the will. In the case there is no will, the inheritance laws of Illinois come into play. The settling of the estate becomes a “small estate” matter if the value of it is less than $100,000 with no land involved. An affidavit detailing the effects of the estate would be filled out and notarized. It would be used to distribute the property without having to go through the probate process. In the case that probate court becomes a necessity or your choosing, two types are offered: limited or full supervision. The latter simply means that the judge becomes more involved in the matter. Whichever of the two you choose, the judge will appoint someone as legal representative of the estate.
Of course, the entire process can become more complex, and you need the services of Estate Litigation Attorneys in Chicago IL. The Law Offices of David Blocher have been representing the estate interests of Chicago area clients for over 20 years. They represent clients in the areas of power of attorney, probate, guardianship, wills, trusts and of course, estate planning. You can visit them on Facebook page to get more advice.