My brother-in-law (sister deceased) left everything to me in his will. House, money, car, etc. I am going through the attorney that he used to draw up his will to help me with everything. I payed for his funeral, medical bills, upkeep/utilities on his house, etc. out of my pocket. His attorney said that in Chicago it will probably take until June 2013 until everything is settled and is charging me $250 an hour and wanted $2,500 up front and will take the remaining out of the settlement. Can you tell me if this time frame is accurate and if so why so long. Also, maybe some details on what all this attorney has to do so I can get an idea of what to expect on her charges?