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.
Proper estate planning includes much more than just deciding how your estate assets will be distributed after your death. What additional components you include in your comprehensive estate plan will depend on your unique needs and goals. One common estate planning goal, however, is probate avoidance. A Vernon Hills probate lawyer explains why you might want your estate to avoid probate and offers some common probate avoidance strategies. What Is Probate? When you die, you will leave behind an estate that is made up of all the assets you owned at the time of your death. Probate is the legal [Read more…] The post Vernon Hills Probate Lawyer Explains Probate Avoidance Strategies appeared first on Hedeker Law.
You have undoubtedly been urged by well-meaning family and friends to take the time to get started on your estate plan. The first step in estate planning, for most people, is to execute a Last Will and Testament, which you have yet to do. Part of the reason you don’t have a Will is because you don’t really see the need for one. Like many people, you are under the impression that in the absence of a large and/or valuable estate, there is no real need for a Will. This is a common misconception in estate planning. The truth, however, [Read more…] The post Vernon Hills Probate Attorneys Explain Intestate Succession appeared first on Hedeker Law.
If you recently lost a family member, or someone else close to you, you are undoubtedly going through a difficult time full of strong emotions. If the decedent named you as the Executor of his/her estate, you may be wondering how you can possibly focus on the practical and legal aspects of probate when you are still grieving the loss of your loved one, particularly if this is the first-time you have served as an Executor. It certainly will not be easy; however, with the advice and guidance of your loved ones, along with an experienced probate attorney, you can [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Probate Attorneys Provide Tips for the First-Time Executor appeared first on Hedeker Law.
When a family member or loved ones dies, it is typically a time filled with heightened emotions and difficult decisions. The last thing most people want to think about are the practical and legal ramifications of their loved one’s death. If, however, you were named as the Executor of the estate in the decedent’s Last Will and Testament, or you have been elected to handle the probate of the estate if the decedent died intestate (without a Will), you will be forced to consider those aspects of the decedent’s death. If this is the first time you have administered an [Read more…] The post Common Probate Mistakes to Avoid appeared first on Hedeker Law.
If you recently lost a family member or loved one, the last thing you may wish to think about are the practical and legal ramifications of your loved one’s death. If, however, you were named as the Executor of the estate in the decedent’s Last Will and Testament, you are obligated to focus on the probate of the estate. If you have never served as the Executor of an estate before, you may not know where to start. Although no two estates are exactly the same, there are some common steps you will likely need to take when you probate [Read more…] The post How Do I Probate a Will? appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Were you recently informed that you are the Executor of the estate of a recently deceased loved one? If so, and you have never served as an Executor before, you are likely wondering where to start. Navigating the Illinois probate process can be complicated, particularly when you are also grieving the loss of a loved one. Although the probate process is never exactly the same for any two estates, there are some common steps in the process. Ideally, you should retain the assistance of an experienced Illinois estate planning attorney to help you probate the estate; however, it may also [Read more…] The post Navigating the Illinois Probate Process appeared first on Hedeker Law.