Guidance In Probate And Estate Administration Matters
Taking care of a loved one’s final affairs can be challenging, in part, because you are trying to grieve the loss of someone important to you. Depending on circumstances, it can also be technically complex.
While the probate and estate administration processes are common and often considered “routine,” each estate presents its own unique challenges and potential issues, particularly concerning assets and beneficiaries. Most people who are not attorneys feel ill-equipped to handle these matters on their own since mistakes can turn into contentious and time-consuming disputes.
More Than 30 Years of Experience
If you’ve been named the executor of a loved one’s estate, Doug Belofsky can help. He is an experienced probate lawyer with more than 30 years of experience assisting clients with the challenges of dealing with an estate administration.
He can help you can be confident that all legal matters are attended to properly. This will prevent inadvertent mistakes and reduce the likelihood of disputes developing between beneficiaries.
The Probate Process In Illinois
Probate is officially the act of “proving” the validity of a will, but that’s just one of many necessary tasks to be completed. Taking care of these tasks takes far more time and requires more legal knowledge than the average executor has.
Here is a partial list of what probate involves:
- Making regular court appearances
- Collecting a decedent’s assets and cataloging them
- Making a public notification of death in order to let creditors make final claims on the estate
- Paying creditors and settling claims
- Filing a final tax return for the estate
- Distributing remaining estate assets to heirs according to the terms of the will
Mistakes in any of these steps can lead to added time and expense, which is why hiring an attorney is a good idea. Conversely, an attorney who is highly familiar with the probate process can also recognize opportunities to save money and time by dispensing with tasks that may not be necessary.
What Our Firm Can Do For You
Doug Belofsky brings nearly three decades of legal experience to each case. As a probate attorney who also helps clients with estate planning, he has an in-depth knowledge of this area of law. By working with him, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that an experienced professional is overseeing all details of your case. And if something unusual or out of the ordinary occurs during the process, you can be sure that Doug knows how to effectively address it.
During a time when you are trying to grieve the loss of someone you love, our firm can handle most of the procedural and legal details for you, leaving you free to focus on personal matters.
Contact The Firm To Learn More
Based in Northbrook, Illinois, the Law Offices of Douglas Belofsky, P.C., serves clients throughout the area. To schedule your initial consultation and learn more about how the firm can help you, call 847-464-9303 or fill out our online contact form.