Skilled and Efficient Services in Illinois Probate

Probate is known for being a long, expensive process. The Chicago probate attorneys of Lois Kulinsky & Associates, Ltd., use more than 45 years of combined 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.

Avoiding Probate

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 our estate planning FAQs.

Contact Us for a Free, Half-Hour Initial Consultation

Contact us online or call the firm to speak with one of our lawyers. Our main office in Wheeling and Buffalo Grove can be reached at 847-459-4448, and the number for our secondary office in Libertyville is 847-281-0200. We represent clients in the north and northwest suburbs and throughout the greater Chicago area.