Experienced Legal Assistance After Death or Incapacity
The death of a loved one can result in a variety of duties such as paying bills and accounting for assets so that they can be distributed. If you are in charge of these duties after the death of a loved one, you need to follow probate laws closely. To ensure that you are wrapping up your loved one's estate correctly and to protect yourself from liability, work closely with an experienced attorney.
Representation and Advice for Probate, Trusts and Guardianship
I am Palos Heights probate attorney Paul A. Smolinski, and through Palos Elder Law, Ltd., I assist families in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois with all aspects of estate planning, including the complicated legal tasks that occur after a death.
Some of the legal tasks I assist clients with include:
- Probate: This is the legal process for administering a deceased person's estate and distributing his or her assets. If you are a personal representative for an estate, I can help you identify all assets, pay bills and funeral expenses, and sell and distribute estate property properly. By correctly handling the estate, you can be protected from liability.
- Trust administration: If a person has avoided probate through a trust, the administrator of that trust must ensure that debts are paid, tax laws are complied with and other laws followed with regard to the trust. I can help protect you from liability by advising you on administration of trusts.
- Guardianships: If a person becomes unable to mentally or physically make decisions about himself or herself, a guardian may be appointed if the person does not have powers of attorney in place. I assist with this complicated process, which is handled in probate court.
Sometimes the death or incapacitation of a loved one causes urgent elder law questions. I understand these situations, and I am prepared to help clients with time-sensitive elder law matters.
Orland Park Guardianships Lawyer and Probate Attorney
With 25 years of experience, I have the knowledge of law and understanding of your situation to provide guidance as you go through probate, guardianship or trust administration. To schedule an appointment, reach my office at 708-377-3860 (toll free 866-207-4904), or contact my office online.