If you have been named as an executor of a Will or trustee of a trust, or if you are an heir or named to receive property from a loved one’s estate, it is important that you understand your rights and duties and know what to expect. Our attorneys work with you to make sure that all matters are handled in accordance with Illinois law and the decedent’s wishes. In most cases, estate administration can be simple and fairly inexpensive. One option for Illinois residents who had less than $100,000 in assets titled in their name individually and no real estate at the time they died, is a Small Estate Affidavit. With this simple document the decedent’s personal property can be distributed without the need to file a probate action. Our attorneys are also skilled in assisting our clients in resolving estate disputes, including negotiating Family Settlement Agreements to avoid expensive and protracted litigation.