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Probate & Estate Administration

Belleville, Illinois Probate Lawyers

Do you have questions about probate law in Illinois? Johnson & Johnson frequently assists out-of-state clients and local clients with probate needs in and around St. Clair County. We have been handling estate administration for four generations. Johnson & Johnson is your local resource for all probate law matters.

To discuss probate questions or problems with a lawyer, call Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law at 618-207-4137 to schedule your free initial consultation. You can also e-mail our firm and we will be in touch with you soon.

What Is Probate?

Probate is the process of paying the bills and distributing the assets of an estate after death. Probating an estate involves managing thousands of details, both legal and non-legal. Johnson & Johnson represents executors, family members and heirs who may be unfamiliar with the probate administration process. With more than 35 years of experience in Illinois probate, our attorneys are prepared to handle the many issues that can arise during probate, including the valuation of family farms and the tax implications of transactions.

Do You Live Out of State? We Can Help.

Probate can be time-consuming, especially if you love out-of-state. Johnson & Johnson can help you avoid multiple trips to Illinois. We can handle the sale of the family home, disposition of assets, closing of estates and court appearances. Your travel can be lessened to one trip to sign documents and open the estate.

Probate Litigation and Will Contests

A number of problems can arise - or become apparent - at the time a Will is probated. Was a Will changed to become more favorable to one heir because of undue influence? Was the deceased the victim of financial abuse by a caregiver? Did the deceased write, or change a Will when he or she was no longer mentally competent? Were some heirs forgotten in the Will who now want to bring a claim?

Trusts pose another set of problems that may require trust litigation. Were funds in the trust mismanaged, causing financial losses? Is there a problem with the named trustees? Did the trust specify trustees who are no longer alive?

The probate litigation attorneys at Johnson & Johnson represent heirs and beneficiaries, executors and trustees who want to bring or to defend against trust litigation or contested wills or guardianships. Our years of experience and thorough knowledge of estate and probate law work to your advantage in court.

Contact our firm if you feel that you have been treated unfairly in a probate proceeding and want to contest a will or challenge the terms or management of a trust.

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