Probate by the Numbers

Anyone who is thinking about estate planning thinks (or should be thinking) about probate. Probate is the term that generally describes the administration of an estate of a deceased person. Probate is also the process for administrating the estate of a deceased person that is established in the State Probate Act.  That process is handled…

Estate Planning Trend (or the Lack Thereof)

The sign is a clue to what a recent article in the Trusts & Estate section of WealthManagement.com identifies as a trend away from estate planning and, therefore, toward more probating of estates. (The Shift from Estate Planning to Estate Probating)  In other words, the author believes the national trend indicates a penchant for putting off doing estate planning. The…

New Law Makes Small Estate Administration In Illinois Easier

The handling of small estates has always been problematic. The probate process is not quick, or easy or cheap. The probate process can particularly be a burden on small estates. For years, the State of Illinois has provided an alternative mechanism for handing small estates, but the limitations excluded many estates that might otherwise qualify, making it…