Jack P. Cranley, Attorney at Law

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Estate Planning, Probate, Wills, and Trust in Madison County, Illinois

What’s your plan for the end of your life? Do you know what will happen with your property, money, or other belongings? Let our legal team at Action Law Center help you prepare you and your family for these unfortunate events and ensure that all your final wishes are carried out. We help with matters of Wills, Trusts, Probate Administration, Powers of Attorney

Assisting in Your Estate Planning Needs:

We proudly provide a full range of estate planning and settlement services to our clients throughout the Glen Carbon, Illinois area and surrounding communities. We assist with minimized income, gift, estate and generation-skipping taxes. We can also assist with wills, probates and other complex documents.
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Common Probate FAQ's

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In the State of Illinois, probate is the legal process that is required for most deaths and oversees the process of dividing the deceased’s assets and debts among their surviving friends and family members. The probate process is handled by an executor who is named in the will or by the court.  The executor must complete the following tasks to satisfy the court:

  • Prove the deceased person’s will is valid
  • Make a record of the person’s assets
  • Have an appraisal of the assets
  • Settle any outstanding debts and taxes
  • Distribute the remaining property

In the state of Illinois, a probate proceeding is necessary for situations in which the deceased person’s assets are owned solely (not jointly) and a total value of more than $100,000.

The probate administrator or executor is whomever the deceased names in their will. This is usually done by a lawyer or close family member or friend that’s experienced in the probate process.

A contested will is one that is challenged by a friend or family member for a variety of different reasons. Someone may feel they should have inherited more, inherited something else, that there was a problem with the execution of the estate or some other reason.