What is Probate in Illinois?

by Kevin Williams on Dec. 08, 2014

Estate Wills & Probate Estate 

Summary: Explanation of probate in Illinois.

Probate in Illinois is a term that refers to the Court process of administering a deceased person’s estate.  In the administration process, the representative of the estate must collect all of the deceased person’s assets and pay all final debts of the estate.  Once this has been done, the representative must make distributions of any remaining property according to the deceased’s Will, or, in the absence of a Will, according to the Illinois laws of Intestacy. 

By making a Will, you can direct a Court regarding who you want to serve as the representative of your estate (your Executor), and you can give specific directions about how you want your property to be distributed upon your death.  Because of how beneficial Wills are in a person’s estate plan and in the probate estate after death, it is advisable for everyone to have at least a basic Will.

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