How Are Heirs Determined in Illinois?

How Are Heirs Determined in Illinois? An heir is someone who is legally entitled to receive property upon a person’s death. Every state gets to decide who the natural heirs of a decedent are, and the states will publish their own laws of descent and distribution outlining heirship.  The laws of descent and distribution are

What To Do If You Are Named Executor of a Will

What To Do If You Are Named Executor of a Will in Illinois If you have been named Executor of another person’s will in Illinois, then you are probably wondering what needs to be done during the person’s lifetime and upon their death. Acting as an Executor is a crucial role but one fraught with

How to Find Assets of a Deceased Loved One

How to Find Assets of a Deceased Loved One When a person passes away, it is up to his or her Executor (if one was appointed in a Will) to find any assets of the estate. This is referred to as “marshaling the estate assets.” If the decedent had no Will then an Administrator may

What Happens to My Student Loans Upon Death?

What Happens to My Student Loans Upon Death? If you went to college and now have significant student loan debt, you may be worried about what might happen to those student loans if you were to pass away before repaying them. Student loan debt has been steadily rising in the United States, with soaring college

The Dangers of Using a Small Estate Affidavit in Illinois

The Dangers of Using a Small Estate Affidavit in Illinois If you’ve had a loved one pass away and the duty has fallen to you to collect assets and pay outstanding bills, you’ve no doubt heard of a small estate affidavit. Perhaps you went to the bank to access your parent’s bank account to pay