A testate probate is one in which the decedent died with a valid will. The will must have been properly executed according to Illinois law, designating beneficiaries and the executor of the estate.
In intestate probate is one in which there is no valid will. In this situation, the court determines the beneficiaries based on state law. Since there is no executor in an intestate probate, the court also designates an administrator, a person close to the decedent who will assume the same responsibilities of the executor.
Intestate probates can become contentious affairs. Since the court cannot divine the wishes of the decedent, certain family members may feel treated unfairly and a will contest may ensue.
At Bush & Heise, Attorneys At Law, our lawyers represent interested parties in a broad range of probate and estate administration matters. We routinely represent administrators in intestate probate proceedings, guiding them through the complex legal terrain of the probate process.
In every probate issue we handle, we strive to achieve the most favorable outcome for our client, while sparing them from the unnecessary expense and acrimony of a legal dispute.
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If you are seeking an experienced attorney for a guardianship, our Illinois law firm is here for you. Contact us today online or by telephone at 847-241-4209 to discuss your situation with an experienced Illinois testate and intestate probate attorney. We offer evening and weekend appointments, and we accept MasterCard and Visa payments for your convenience.