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Estate Administration

Experienced Illinois trusts and estates attorneys help guide you through the process
Probate comes after what is typically a painful emotional loss. The knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorneys at Sheehan & Sheehan, Lawyers, P.C. have more than 30 years of experience in probate law. They know how to ease the stress of probate by guiding executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.

The process of probate

Most executors have rarely, if ever, probated a will and know little about the process. Sheehan & Sheehan, Lawyers, P.C. can guide you through the complex probate process, including:

  • Filing the will with the Illinois probate court
  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
  • Finding and collecting assets
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying estate taxes
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate

Valuing and managing the estate
Sheehan & Sheehan, Lawyers, P.C. assists executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. They have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. They can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles, and other collectables for accurate valuation, management, and possible sale.

Probate disputes
Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. Sheehan & Sheehan, Lawyers, P.C.’s professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally charged process of probating a challenged will, or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of their client to preserve cordial familial relationships, the attorneys are adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, they assertively defend their client’s beneficiary rights within the Illinois probate court.

Contact the thorough estate-planning lawyers at Sheehan & Sheehan, Lawyers, P.C.
Sheehan & Sheehan, Lawyers, P.C. serves clients in Springfield and throughout Illinois. Call at 217-953-4364, or contact them online.