Illinois Probate: The Basics
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Illinois probate, the laws that deal with the collection and distribution of a dead person’s estate, can seem complex and unapproachable. However, it is possible in many cases to approach Illinois probate yourself. Read on for more information about do-it-yourself Illinois probate.
How to Bypass Illinois Probate
Luckily, some types of property can bypass the Illinois probate process altogether. These include property that is jointly held (co-owned houses, cars, or bank accounts) and contract assets such as IRAs, living trusts, or life insurance policies. Consult with an experienced Illinois probate attorney to discuss the potential tax consequences of planning an estate with non-probate assets.
Additional Illinois Probate Resources:
Nineteenth Circuit — Probate Court
Also, see our article on Illinois Probate Procedure