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Death and Taxes

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes” and Probate concerns them both.

Probate: Practices

What is Probate?

Speaking From The Grave

Probate is a legal process that takes place after someone dies. In Illinois, a person can pass away "testate" (with a will) or "intestate" (without a will). The laws governing the distribution of property and the settling of debts can be complicated, and the process can be long and costly to the estate as it usually requires that the person put in charge, the executor or administrator:

  • prove that a deceased person's will is valid 

  • identify, inventory and appraise the deceased person's property

  • pay outstanding debts and taxes, and

  • distribute the remaining assets or property according to either the will or state law, where there is no will 

It is possible to void Probate Court with early and careful Estate Planning. Contact Bell Advocate today to explore your options.  

Probate: Specialty


Small Estate Affidavit Preparation

Average $700 - $1000 plus court costs 

Large Estates: Personal or Real Property

Average $2800 - $5000 plus court costs 

Contested or Creditor Claims

Average $5000+  plus court costs 

Probate: Features

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