At some point in your life, you will likely be directly involved in the probate of an estate. That may be because you were named as the Executor of the estate of a family member or loved one who recently passed away, or you might be the beneficiary of an estate. Even if you manage to avoid being involved in the probate process as an Executor or beneficiary, you still need at least a basic understanding of the probate process so that you can properly plan your own estate. Toward that end, the Waukegan probate attorneys at Hedeker Law Ltd. [Read more…] The post Waukegan Probate Attorneys Explain the Probate Process appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Probate avoidance is one of the most common estate planning goals. Given the time and expense involved in probating an estate, it is not surprising that many people try to set up their estate plan in a way that avoids probate altogether. A common tool used when trying to avoid probate is a revocable living trust. If you recently lost a loved one who left behind a living trust, you may be wondering if you need a trust attorney to help you settle the trust. In most cases, the answer is “yes.” There are, however, several factors that you should [Read more…] The post Do I Need a Trust Attorney to Settle a Living Trust? appeared first on Hedeker Law.
The death of a loved one is typically followed by a period of grieving and an outpouring of emotions on the part of the family and close friends. By necessity, it is also followed by the legal process referred to as “probate” during which time the decedent’s estate is administered and estate assets are ultimately transferred to the new owners. Although probate can be full of bumps and minor obstacles along the way, it is normally a relatively uneventful process. Occasionally, however, the probate process can turn into a contentious legal battle as a result of a challenge to the [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Probate Attorneys Explain What Happens When Someone Contests a Will? appeared first on Hedeker Law.
The loss of a loved one brings with it a wide range of emotions, often including anger, depression, and denial among them. When the terms and provisions of the decedent’s Last Will and Testament are revealed, it can cause another emotional response altogether, especially if those terms and provisions are not what you were expecting or anticipating. If you find yourself questioning the validity of a loved one’s Will, you may have the right to legally challenge the Will during the probate of the estate. Given the complexity of a Will contest, and the importance of the outcome, you should [Read more…] The post Probate Lawyer Offers Tips on Recognizing a Fraudulent Will appeared first on Hedeker Law.
If you recently lost a family member or close loved one, you are undoubtedly trying to manage the emotional aftermath of your loved one’s death. At a time like this, the last thing most people want to focus on is legalities; however, someone must handle the legal and practical ramifications of your loved one’s death. Specifically, the decedent’s estate must be probated. If you are charged with handling the probate of the estate, the first thing you y need to do is decide which type of probate is required. To help you make that decision the Lincolnshire probate attorneys at [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Probate Attorneys Explain the Different Types of Probate appeared first on Hedeker Law.
You have probably listened to well-meaning friends and family members tell you how important it is for you to have at least a basic estate plan in place. If you are like over half of all Americans, you have yet to create a plan despite listening to their well-intentioned advice. Sometimes, the best way to impress upon someone the importance of doing something is to explain what will happen if they don’t do it. With that in mind, the Lincolnshire probate attorneys at Hedeker Law, Ltd. explains what happens to an estate if there is no Last Will and Testament. [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Probate Attorneys Explain What Happens to an Estate If There Is No Will appeared first on Hedeker Law.
There is a very good chance that you will be directly involved with the probate of an estate at some point in your life. Your involvement might be the result of being appointed the Executor of the estate of a recently deceased loved one or because you volunteer to be the Personal Representative of a loved one who recently died intestate, or without a Will. You could also find yourself part of the probate of an estate because you are a beneficiary, heir, or creditor of the estate. If you find yourself involved in the probate of an estate, you [Read more…] The post Tips from a Probate Lawyer appeared first on Hedeker Law.