Lawyers in Oak Lawn, Illinois
Experienced Representation in Estate Planning and Probate Administration
At the law office of George J. Witous, P.C. in Oak Lawn, we have over 60 years of combined experience representing individuals throughout Oak Lawn and the southwest Chicago suburbs. We counsel clients on all matters involving estate planning and probate administration. We work closely with clients who are homebound, including the elderly, and will travel to meet you at your home or other convenient location. Contact us to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys.
We Assist You With Your Wills, Trusts and Other Estate Planning Needs
When we assist you with estate planning, we begin by identifying your assets and obligations, as well as your objectives. We will work closely with you to help you understand the different tax saving strategies, as well as the different strategies for passing assets to friends, family members or charitable institutions, including the use of wills and trusts, the gifting of property during your lifetime, or the joint ownership of property. Once we have determined the best strategy to meet your needs, we will prepare all the documents required to establish and implement your estate plan, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney and health care directives. We will also help you set up guardianships or conservatorships for your child.
We Can Help Guide You Through the Probate Process
If you have been designated as executor, administrator or personal representative of the will of a loved one, or if a loved one has died without an estate plan, we can help you oversee the orderly distribution of the estate. We will prepare all the documents required by the probate court and will appear as your advocate in any hearings or proceedings. We will help you provide an accounting of assets, pay the last debts and tax obligations of the estate, and ensure that property is distributed according to the terms of the will or Illinois intestacy laws. We will also represent you in probate litigation, should there be a will contest, a claim against the estate or a challenge to the distribution of the estate.
Why You Want an Attorney for Estate Administration Matters
Illinois law does not require that you be represented by an attorney to prepare an estate plan or in proceedings to administer and settle and estate. The process, however, is very complex and full of pitfalls which could ultimately defeat the objective of your estate plan or subject you to litigation if you have improperly administered an estate.
For experienced representation in estate planning and probate administration matters, contact us to schedule a confidential consultation. Consultations are offered by appointment during our regular office hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment at other hours.
George J. Witous, P.C.