Estate And Trust Administration After A Loved One's Passing

After the passing of a loved one, you may need to take many legal steps to settle his or her estate. Working with a lawyer can help ensure that your loved one's estate is administered efficiently and in accordance with legal requirements. At Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban & Wentworth, we provide comprehensive legal representation for clients throughout Central Illinois in estate administration, trust administration, probate and related issues.

Probate & Estate Administration

In Illinois, probate is a court-guided process to gather a decedent's assets, pay the decedent's debts, and distribute his or her assets in accordance with either an estate plan or the laws of intestacy. This process is very particular in Illinois and our attorneys have decades of experience handling probated estates in the courts of Central Illinois.

Depending on the size of the estate and the nature of the assets, there may be methods to avoid probating the estate. Our attorneys are experienced in advising families through the pros and cons of different administration methods. We enjoy counseling clients and seek to build consensus among family members.

Our firm has extensive experience with tax law as it relates to estates. We routinely draft estate tax returns for large and complex estates. We also regularly advise clients on income tax matters and prepare income tax returns for estates.

Working With Individuals And Institutions

Our attorneys have a long-standing track record working with clients who require straightforward legal advice. We represent both individuals and trust departments/financial institutions in estate administration matters. Having experience working with different parties has allowed us to build the necessary skills to handle even the most complex estate administration cases.

Estate Litigation And Contested Estates

We are also trained litigators who routinely handle disputed estates. When presented with a challenge, we understand the importance of thorough preparation and active communication with our clients. Our attorneys handle matters concerning:

  • Contested estates
  • Will contests
  • Guardianships
  • Trust disputes
  • Fiduciary litigation
  • Beneficiary disputes

Our lawyers have positive reputations within the community and are known for their abilities in negotiating and also in litigating cases. We proactively communicate with our clients and listen to their goals before developing an effective legal strategy to pursue.

Our Partners Jim Grebe, David Wiest and John Dundas head our Probate and Estate & Trust Administration team along with the assistance of our partner Boyd Roberts, and associates Kyle Tompkins, Kevin Day and Logan Block.

Contact Our Lawyers

Please contact us by calling 309-637-1400 or by completing a short online form. Our office is located in Peoria, and we handle cases throughout the surrounding areas.