Cook County Probate Litigation Attorneys
Probate is known for being a long, expensive process. The Chicago probate attorneys of Lois Kulinsky & Associates, Ltd., use more than 30 years of experience to get people through probate proceedings as quickly and inexpensively as possible.
We can provide attentive service in a comfortable environment. By working as a team to maximize every dollar, we make our fees affordable. We accept payments on credit cards or through an installment plan.
What is Probate?
Probate is the legal process of proving a will is valid after the will's holder has died, or of administering estates when the decedent does not have a will. In Illinois, probate attorneys must first file the will with the appropriate court, then petition to have the court approve it and appoint an executor. The executor then administers the estate once it is approved by the court. If the will is not approved, the court distributes the estate according to Illinois law.
Even though the probate process has become much more efficient in the last 20 years, it is still often lengthy and expensive. Our experience means we are able to find the fastest path through this complex system, striving to keep costs down while doing everything necessary to see that your loved one's goals are accomplished.
There are ways to avoid probate altogether through careful estate planning. For example, if you put your assets in a trust of some type, such as a revocable living trust, you will be able to bypass all probate proceedings. Placing real estate in a land trust can also accomplish this goal. Also, with a will, there is a six-month creditors' waiting period before disbursement. With trusts, there is no waiting period.
Learn more about probate by reviewing the resources offered on this website, including an estate planning FAQ.
Contact Us for a Free Half-Hour Initial Consultation
Contact us to speak with our Illinois probate attorneys. For your convenience, our main office is in Wheeling and we also have an office in Libertyville. Free half-hour initial consultations are available for new clients.