Cook County Probate Attorney

Probate Lawyer for Decedent Estate Administration, Litigation, and Guardianships in Beverly and the South Suburbs of Chicago

The end of a loved one's life is a difficult time for the person's family that can be mentally and emotionally draining. In a time of mourning and personal upheaval, the financial and legal implications of your loved one's passing may not be your primary focus, but it is important to ensure that their wishes and estate plans are honored and that surviving family members are provided for.

An experienced probate lawyer can remove some of your burdens by offering legal guidance and helping you handle all of the details involved in the administration of the decedent's estate, and can also represent you in litigation for any probate disputes. At The Marques Eason Law Group, we serve clients on the South Side of Chicago and the South Suburbs in probate and decedent estate matters with a breadth of legal knowledge and compassion for your family's needs.

Chicago Probate and Decedent Estate Administration Attorney

When a person passes away in Illinois and their estate is valued at more than $100,000 in total, it will usually go through the probate process. If you have been named the executor of your family member's estate, you have an important responsibility to ensure that all details are administered appropriately. The Illinois probate process includes:

  • Validation of the decedent's estate
  • Settling of the decedent's debts and obligations
  • Distribution of assets according to the decedent's will, or Illinois succession laws in cases without a will
  • Execution of non-financial terms of the will, including guardianship of minor children

This process can be complicated for large or complex estates, and a probate lawyer can provide valuable assistance to guide you through the process of administering the decedent's estate and protect you from any claims of misconduct.

Oak Lawn Probate Litigation

Difficulties can arise during the probate process when family members disagree with the terms of the decedent's will or argue with each other over the distribution of assets. This can cause even more emotional stress for people who are already grieving and present serious legal challenges that may require litigation.

Our Attorney Marques Eason defends executors against misconduct claims and defends heirs from attempts by other family members to contest the terms of a will. He also provides litigation in cases involving fraudulent estate documents and can represent families in disputes with creditors during the settling of debts.

Evergreen Park Adult Guardianship Lawyer

Sometimes in the last months or years of a family member's life, they become physically or mentally impaired to the extent that they cannot effectively communicate their desires or make informed decisions about their life, health, and finances. In these cases, you may seek legal guardianship of your adult family member to have the ability to make these important decisions on their behalf. You may pursue guardianship of the person, allowing you to make decisions involving their daily care, health, and living situation, or guardianship of the estate, allowing you to make decisions about their property and assets. We can help you demonstrate the need for adult guardianship and guide you through the process of legally obtaining it.

Contact Our Beverly Probate Attorney Today

You do not have to handle the loss of a loved one on your own. You can contact us at 773-973-3755 for any probate law assistance, as well as divorce and family law and a range of residential and commercial real estate legal services. We serve clients in Beverly, Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Chicago Ridge, Matteson, Harvey, and throughout the South Suburbs and the South Side of Chicago.

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