The money was ordered to my father by circuit court of Cook County, Chancery Division, but he never claimed them. I filled out a small estate affidavit to give to the office holding the monies and was told by the legal aid office in the Daley center that I needed to obtain the "service list" from the case file first before filing the small estate affidavit. Going through the case file thoroughly I found no service list. I contacted the other party to the case and they refused to give me the service list because of conflict of interest.
I am wondering if I really need the service list and, if I do, what can I do now since I cannot obtain the service list either from the public file or from the other parties records? Do I need an attorney? is it worth it for $15,000? Thanks
You're getting run around for no good reason. A service list is simply a list of all the attorneys and parties in the case. You won't find it as a separate document. The best place to look is at a notice of filing or notice of motion and there's usually a service list attached. Use the most recent document of this type and be sure to include the law firm filing that document since they won't include themselves on the list. You really shouldn't need an attorney, just look at the court file itself. Good luck!
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Mr. Long is right on point with what a "service list" is and how it can be found. As to whether you need an attorney, the answer is maybe. It shouldn't cost you more than $200.00 to consult with an attorney to make sure that you are doing this correctly and perhaps a few additional hours of work to get the matter taken care of for you.
I would suggest the attorney route if you run into a dead end or if your headache becomes more than you can handle.
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