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Wheaton IL Probate Lawyers

Attorneys for Probate of Wills in Glen Ellyn, Naperville, and DuPage County

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After the death of a loved one, his or her last will and testament may need to go through probate so you and other beneficiaries of the will can receive the deceased's property and assets. The probate process can be complex; however, an experienced estate planning attorney can assist you with collecting all the information and documents you need to enter a will into the probate process. The probate lawyers at Anderson & Associates, P.C have over 30 years of experience in helping clients probate wills so they can receive the property their loved ones intended for them.

When Do I Need to Probate a Will?

A will may need to be probated if the following situations apply:

  • If the deceased person owned an account that is payable upon his or her death, such as life insurance or a retirement account, and the beneficiaries of the account died before the deceased person or no beneficiaries were named for the accounts, the accounts will need to be probated in order for the deceased's beneficiaries to receive them.
  • In most cases, if the deceased owned property in his or her own name with others, the deceased's share will be probated so it can be brought out of the deceased's name and into the beneficiaries' names.
  • If the deceased person does not have a last will or testament and owned assets as a tenant in common and/or there are no designated or surviving beneficiaries, then the deceased's assets will have to go through probate in order for the deceased's heirs-at-law to receive the estate.
  • If the deceased person did have a valid will and testament, his or her assets would have to be probated so that the assets can be in the names of the beneficiaries that are listed in the will.

The Probate Process

In order for a will to be entered in the probate process, a petition must be filed with a court. The petition must include:

  • The name of the testator (the individual who made the will) and where he or she lived at the time of death.
  • The date and location of death.
  • The date of the will and a statement that include's the petitioner's belief that the will is the valid last will of the testator.
  • The estimated value of the testator's personal and real property in Illinois.
  • The names and mailing addresses of all the testator's legatees and heirs. The petition should also detail if any of them have a disability or are minors.
  • The name and mailing address of the will's executor.
  • The name and home address of any personal fiduciary (attorney, banker, financial advisor, etc.) acting or designated to act on your behalf when settling your estate or managing your assets.

Experienced Probate Lawyers in DuPage County

At Anderson and Associates, P.C., we understand the emotionally difficult time you are going through. A loved one has passed away and now you must ensure that the estate is distributed according to his or her wishes. Our attorneys can help you collect all required paperwork and represent your case in court. Let us make the process more easier. Call us at 630-653-9400 or contact us online. We serve clients throughout DuPage County including Winfield, Warrenville, West Chicago, Glen Ellyn, Lisle and Naperville.

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400 S. County Farm Road, Suite 320
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
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