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FAQ: How Does Illinois Law Affect Inheritance?

As Benjamin Franklin once observed, death and taxes are two of the only certainties in life. They come together in the world of estates. Each state runs estates and inheritance differently through laws directing what happens to an individual’s property when they die. Illinois’ inheritance laws are no exception. Navigating the probate process in Illinois can pose difficulties. Vantage...

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How Much Does a Probate Lawyer Cost in Illinois?

As you navigate through grief, you may also find yourself thrust into the unfamiliar world of handling a deceased loved one’s estate. Illinois typically requires probate when the estate’s value exceeds $100,000. This legal process oversees the settlement of the deceased’s financial matters and the distribution of assets to beneficiaries. One common question in different probate cases is, How...

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How Long Will It Take to Probate a Will in Illinois?

Inheriting from a loved one can be a bittersweet experience. While receiving cherished possessions or financial resources brings comfort, the legal process of settling the estate, called probate, can feel daunting. One of the most common questions heirs in Illinois have is, How long does probate take in Illinois? The duration varies based on several factors.  Understanding the Illinois...

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Is There an Inheritance Tax in Illinois?

Your inheritance may be the largest sum of money you receive at one time. Unsurprisingly, you may wonder whether and how much tax you will pay on it. While there is no inheritance tax in Illinois, the amount you receive may be less than expected if the estate is subject to Illinois’ estate tax. This tax is paid from...

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Is a Lawyer Required to Probate a Will in Illinois?

Losing a loved one is never easy. On top of the emotional pain, you may also face legal and financial hurdles while settling their estate. This process, called probate, can be complex and confusing. One question many people wonder about is, Do you need a lawyer to probate a will? The short answer? It depends. Illinois law doesn’t require...

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When Is Probate Required in Illinois?

Like most states, probate is crucial in distributing a deceased person’s assets and ensuring respect for their wishes in Illinois. However, figuring out when is probate required in Illinois and which assets are involved can be confusing. Understanding probate law is crucial for individuals and families to navigate the process confidently. Below, we look at the probate requirements in...

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The Illinois Probate Process from A to Z

Managing a complicated legal process is rarely at the top of anyone’s list after losing a loved one. Yet, someone must ensure the deceased’s estate is opened, distributed, and closed properly. Typically, someone closely related to the deceased through blood or marriage takes the lead on managing the estate, with the assistance of a probate attorney. Going through probate...

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