Navigating Probate And Estate Administration With Confidence And Personal Service
Being named the administrator or executor of another person’s estate is a measure of the trust and confidence that person has placed in you. This is a time when the advice of an experienced probate attorney is essential. At Blacha Law Office, LLC, we serve clients in all aspects of estate administration and probate.
Our attorneys can provide you with the legal guidance you need during the probate and administration processes after a loved one has passed. We work with clients throughout greater Joliet, including residents of DuPage, Will, Cook, Kane and Kendall counties. Our goal is to make the process transparent to you so you can focus on your life and your family.
Guiding You Through The Illinois Probate Process
Our lawyers are prepared to resolve whatever issues arise throughout the probate process, so you can focus on what matters most. We can guide you through the steps, including:
- Opening a probate administration without a will
- Submitting the will to the probate court for approval
- Sending notices to any interested parties such as beneficiaries, close relatives and creditors
- Publishing required legal notices
- Paying bills that need to be paid (and protecting the estate from false claims)
- Conducting an inventory of the estate’s financial assets and real property
- Distributing the estate’s assets according to the terms of the will
- Closing the estate (ending the probate process)
Whether your situation involves a modest estate with a will or there is a minefield of family disputes, we can efficiently navigate the process, protect your interests and make sure your loved one’s wishes are respected. You can rely on our knowledgeable attorneys to take care of the legal issues so you can focus on grieving and moving on with your life.
Prepared To Answer All Your Questions
Probate can often be difficult to understand. Our team will work with you to ensure that you understand the process and that your case proceeds through this process effectively. To begin, we have answered a few of our clients’ most frequently asked questions.
What does probate mean?
Probate consists of the legal processes of administering an estate after a person’s death. The exact probate process differs depending on factors such as whether the person in question had a valid will at the time of their death.
What happens if someone dies without a will?
If the person died without a will or the probate court judges their will invalid, the probate court handles the estate’s assets according to intestate laws.
What if a beneficiary or another party disagrees on some part of the will?
Disputes are another wrinkle that can arise throughout the process, from creditors pursuing legal claims to recover assets to family members challenging the terms of a will. If the parties cannot negotiate a resolution, then litigation is not uncommon.
We have the seasoned legal judgment you need to understand all your legal options and cut through any misinformation you may have about probate law.
The Hands-On, Individualized Attention You Deserve
Our personalized style lends itself well to resolving the needs of our clients. We will work with you one-to-one to understand your specific family dynamics and tailor legal guidance accordingly during the probate process. We bring decades of experience to every case, so we understand that different situations require different solutions. Personalized legal services also mean going beyond run-of-the-mill lawyer services. To best tailor our representation to you, our attorneys maintain an internal website and email system dedicated solely to communicating with you. Responsiveness to client communications and needs is a keystone of our practice.
Representing A Spectrum Of Clients
For nearly two decades, we have guided administrators, family members, heirs and others throughout the probate process. We have helped administrators work through the probate process efficiently and effectively. We also represent beneficiaries to protect their interests. From simple cases involving a valid will to winding down complex estates, you can rely on our knowledgeable attorneys to take care of the legal issues so you can focus on grieving and moving on with your life.
Seek Our Knowledgeable Assistance Today
We encourage you to reach out to us as soon as possible, as mistakes made early in the process can be hard to undo later. To discuss your estate planning needs, call 630-283-1987 or email the firm. We have offices in Naperville and Joliet. We are also fluent in Polish.