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Probate Attorneys in Rockford IL

Seasoned Legal Professionals for Probate & Estate Administration

At Estate Law Partners, LLC in Rockford, we are committed to using our years of experience and knowledge of the law to help clients resolve all probate and estate administration matters. We proudly represent personal representatives and executors of estates, and we are familiar with the different legal issues you will have to contend with following the death of a loved one.

How Our Probate Lawyers Can Help You

Our legal team provides clients with a comprehensive Probate Settlement System so that they can take control of the probate and estate administration process. The Probate Settlement System we offer at our firm includes:

  • Paperwork Preparation - We take care of all the necessary paperwork for personal representatives and executors, including filling out documents and filing them in the right probate court.
  • Court Appearances - We can appear for all probate hearings and resolve any disputes or issues that arise during those hearings.
  • Settling Estate Expenses - We can handle all of the financial aspects of probate, including paying bills from the estate account, taking care of estate taxes, and other expenses of the estate.
  • Regular Updates - We provide regular reports to the personal representative/executor so you can remain informed on what is happening at every step.
  • Financial Inventory - We organize, appraise, and account for every penny that is owed to the loved one's estate.

Estate Law Partners, LLC focus our efforts solely on planning and administering estates, so you can trust that we are capable of delivering top-notch legal representation when you need us most. Our compassionate attorneys are here to listen to your concerns and answer your questions.

Probate with a Will vs Without a Will

If there is a Will for the estate, the Executor named in the Will handles the probate process and will resolve aspects of the estate according to the Will's instructions. This can include distributing assets to the designated beneficiaries and transferring the care of minor children to the designated guardians.

If there is no Will, the estate will be probated according to state law. Typically, assets will be distributed to an immediate relative, such as children or parents. The custody of minor children may end up with the surviving natural parent or the court may appoint a guardian.

Is Probate Required for Every Estate?

Probate is not required for every estate. In Illinois, probate is required for estates with over $100,000 in assets or if there is real estate involved. Individuals may be able to avoid probate by creating an organized estate plan that makes probate unnecessary, such as placing assets into a trust.

How Long Will the Probate Process Take?

In Illinois, the average probate case takes about 9 months to complete, but can be completed within 6 months. However, the process can take much longer if there are disputes that arise or other complexities that can further delay a case. Some cases can take years to complete if parties contest a will and the case requires litigation.

How Much Does Probate Cost?

The cost of probate will vary greatly depending on many factors, such as the types of assets involved, potential creditor claims, court fees, attorney's fees, administrative expenses, etc. On average, the cost of probate in Illinois can range from $4,000 to $6,000 for a simple estate, but the cost can be higher when complications arise.

Complete Guidance Through the Probate Process

If you are facing a probate with or without a will, contact our probate attorneys for personalized guidance. We can handle all the complex details while keeping you informed throughout the process.

If you need an attorney who can bring simplicity, order, and control to the probate process, call us at (815) 335-9950 to schedule your free consultation.

Why Clients Choose Our Firm

We designed a Probate Settlement System for our clients that draws from our more than 15 years of experience. Our Probate Settlement System simplifies probate and emphasizes transparency so that clients can easily navigate the legal process. Our friendly legal professionals will make all contacts with the court and the creditors on your behalf. We will also use our expertise, skills, and resilience to advocate for your best interests each step of the way.

What Are the Duties of a Personal Representative/Executor?

Personal representatives/executors are responsible for the following tedious and perilous duties:

  • Providing notice to the decedent’s creditors
  • Filing an initial account of the estate’s financial activity
  • Obtaining a Federal Tax ID Number for the estate
  • Identifying and collecting assets of the estate
  • Preparing and filing tax returns on behalf of the decedent
  • Distributing assets and closing the estate

Call Estate Law Partners, LLC in Rockford, IL at (815) 335-9950 if you need legal assistance regarding probate and estate administration. Request your free consultation with our legal team today.

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    [Matt] was very engaging and rephrased any questions we didn't udnerstand.

    “Matt was able to answer my questions without all the legal mumbo jumbo. He was very engaging and rephrased any questions we didn't udnerstand. Due to COVID pandemic, we were limited to a phone ...”

    - Steven
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    “He was very helpful in answering our questions and providing guidance that we understood.”

    - Troy
    He took the time to understand our goals and our family situation. He was friendly, thorough, and very knowledgeable.

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    - Mark
    Krause Donovan was wonderful...they asked all the right questions, were patient with our back and forth, and everything was wrapped up successfully.

    “My husband and I needed a will and turned to Krause Donovan for their help after the firm had invited us to a "what is estate planning all" about dinner/meeting. Having a will was something we knew we ...”

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    Nelson was very understanding and put me at ease from the introduction. He thoroughly explained processes, answered all questions, took the time needed, and was detail-oriented.

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