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Practice areas & skills: Probate, Elder Law, Trusts, Medicaid & Medicare, Estate Planning
I believe in compassionate and ethical representation of my clients. Throuhout my practice, I have learned that clients value communication as one of the most essential aspects in choosing a lawyer. Anyone who hires a lawyer wants to be kept inf...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning, Foreclosure, Guardianship, Debt Collection
I have been very fortunate to work with some of the finest estate planners and litigators in northern Illinois. I have experience in the difficult emotional environment that often surrounds families in crisis. I serve clients in the area of E...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Guardianship, Elder Law
Deborah B. Cole is a partner and member of the firm’s Estate Planning Group. Deborah has built her practice based upon her belief that professionally done estate planning is essential for every adult American. Although some estate planners focus o...
Practice areas & skills: Probate, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Real Estate, Mediation
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Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.