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After a loved one passes away, their estate often goes through a court process known as probate or estate administration.  It is through this process with a probate law attorney that your loved one’s assets are managed and distributed.  The legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person depends on whether or not the deceased died with a will and the value of the estate.

Probating A Will

After a person’s death, probate begins when a will is filed, the will is validated, and an executor is appointed.  The executor is responsible for gathering all of the deceased’s assets, notifying all creditors, paying the verified debts, and then distributing the remaining assets to the heirs or legatees.

Administration of an Estate

If someone dies without a will, a legal proceeding called administration must take place.  This court proceeding is similar to probating a will; however, here a court determines who the administrator will be, approves the affidavit of heirship, and approves the distribution of the assets.

Estates under $100,000.00

In Illinois, if a person passes away and leaves a personal estate totaling less than $100,000.00, their estate will not have to be probated but can be handled using a Small Estate Affidavit.

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