Atty. Edward J. Stawicki
Chicago Probate Attorney
Contesting a will, trust, or guardianship arrangement has a greater success rate if an experienced attorney is by your side. Defending against a contested guardianship or defending the validity of a will or trust requires knowing current laws and knowing the best course of action to take given your situation.
Because probate cases can be incredibly complex and tend to arise at an emotional time, it's that much more critical to work with an experienced attorney to represent you effectively. At Stawicki Law Office, we've successfully resolved numerous disputes involving will & trust contests, breach of fiduciary duty, financial abuse of elderly persons, guardianship litigation & more. Stawicki Law Office is a recognized law firm in estate, trust, and probate litigation.
What Is Probate?
Probate is the legal process in which a deceased individual’s heirs receive his or her assets. It also ensures that the deceased individual’s outstanding debts and taxes are paid off using the funds from his or her estate.
In short, probate is the court process used to oversee the closing and resolution of any issues that need to be resolved after an individual’s death. The probate process is lengthy and very court-process intense.
As a qualified Chicago probate attorney, we assist you with organizing this process including: handling all court appearances, probate filings, public notices, assigning an “Executor” (or “Representative”) and also litigating any claims against the estate from creditors or family members.
Probate, Estate, & Trust Litigation
These kinds of cases are already emotionally hard and much can happen during the probate process. Have peace of mind knowing no matter the nature of your case and situation, Stawicki Law Office is more than capable of representing your best interest effectively and aggressively.
We are prepared to handle a variety of cases in relation to probate, estate and trust litigation including:
Probate Law and Court Procedures Are Complex
Probate law and its process can be complicated to navigate. It's best to have a highly skilled and experienced attorney to effectively represent you. To ensure the best possible result for your probate case, contact Stawicki Law Office as soon as possible.
Commonly Asked Probate Law Questions
Administering a loved ones estate plan or contesting a will and/or trust comes with many questions and can be confusing which is why you as the individual should not go at it alone. During a probate case, many difficulties can arise and in all reality, no matter the issue or type of dispute, it is almost certainly legally complex.
There are many laws that govern how you can contest a will or trust since there are laws that protect the trustees and the person who signed their last will & wishes, however, as an experienced probate attorney in estate litigation, we can determine the best strategy for you.
In Illinois, you can make a living trust to avoid probate for virtually any asset you own such as real estate, bank accounts, vehicles, etc. You need to create a trust document (similar to a will), giving someone legal rights to take over as trustee after your death (called a successor trustee). Then —and this is crucial — you must transfer ownership of your property to yourself as the trustee of the trust. Once all that's done, the property will be controlled by the terms of the trust. In the event of your death, your successor trustee will be able to transfer it to the trust beneficiaries without probate court proceedings.
Experienced Chicago Probate Law Firm
Probate can be a complicated process.
It is possible to avoid it completely, or at least reduce the amount of time and money your family will have to spend in probate court. See if these options are applicable in your case by scheduling a consultation.