Dealing with the loss of a loved one is hard under any circumstances, though it can be particularly challenging when you are also tasked with that person's legal issues. When someone does not leave behind any estate planning documents, or someone disputes those documents, their estate is likely to go into probate. Once in probate, the court will handle the assets, expenses, and debts of the deceased. Dealing with probate court can be especially hard for a grieving family attempting to legally obtain the assets they know their loved one intended for them. If you are dealing with a situation where a loved one's estate has gone into probate, our firm can help.
Our firm understands that you are going through a difficult time following the loss of your loved one, which is why we want to make the legal process as easy for you as possible. We will use our ample resources to evaluate your situation and determine how to handle any familial disputes and divide all assets fairly and appropriately.
Understanding Probate Court
An estate may go into probate if someone contested the will, or if there were no estate planning documents to express the wishes of the deceased. Once in probate, it will be up to the court to determine how the deceased's properties and assets should be divided among his or her family members or loved ones. Probate can be complicated and emotional, which can sometimes lead to family arguments.
Why You Need a Probate Lawyer
It is the job of the court to determine the intentions of the deceased and divide his or her properties fairly. In addition to determining the ways in which the assets, expenses, and debts of the deceased should be legally divided, probate court will also determine how taxes on the estate will be paid.
The duties of a probate attorney may include, but are not limited to:
- Keeping track of all accounts and assets of the deceased
- Settling disputes between any beneficiaries
- Dividing assets according to the wishes of the deceased
- Determining the taxes on the estate
- Managing any debts or payments owed by the deceased
- Appraising relevant properties and assets
- Collecting and distributing life insurance
Choose Ahmad Law Firm
The probate process is typically emotional and long, which is why it is so crucial to work with an experienced, skilled legal team. Our compassionate Arlington Heights probate attorneys will guide you and your family through each step of the process, and we will help you protect the best interests of your loved one.