Probate and Estate Administration

Probate and Estate LawWhen an individual dies, certain assets of the decedent (non-probate) may be transferred by contract, such as joint and survivorship property, payable on death accounts, transfer on death property, and most life insurance and retirement benefits. Other assets (probate) may be transferred through proceedings in Probate Court. Most persons die owning both probate and non-probate assets, all of which generally require some type of documentation to complete the transfer. There are advantages and disadvantages in using non-probate or probate proceedings. Hawbecker & Garver, LLC is experienced at counseling individuals on the best manner in which to hold one's assets.

It is the Probate Court's responsibility to ensure the probate assets are collected, maintained, and distributed among the decedent's heirs, beneficiaries, and/or creditors according to the direction of the decedent as expressed through a will and the laws of Illinois. This process is known as the administration of a decedent's estate. Hawbecker & Garver, LLC, can help guide families through this process.