Frequently Asked Questions about Probate and Estate Administration

Naperville lawyer Denice Gierach has been providing comprehensive estate planning for more than 30 years, and many clients rely on her knowledge and expertise to answer their questions. Below, Ms. Gierach gives answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about probate proceedings, executors and trustees, and estate administration. Check out the full list of our frequently asked questions for more information, or visit our YouTube channel.

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If I have a will, will my family need to do a probate proceeding in court?

If I have a living trust, will my family need to do a probate proceeding in court?

Is there any way to make administration of my estate easier on my family when I die?

How is my business affected by my death?

How do I protect myself in the event that I become incapacitated?

Can my IRA be deferred after my death?

Who should I appoint to handle my estate?

Does the administration of an estate tie everything up for years?

Will my family be able to get distributions from the estate or from the trust to live on?

Can gifts made by the deceased be challenged by other beneficiaries of my estate after my death?

If my sibling is in charge of the estate and won’t give me information on the estate, do I have any options?

How do I find a good attorney to represent me in a probate or trust dispute?

 

If I have a will, will my family need to do a probate proceeding in court?

If I have a will, will my family need to do a probate proceeding in court?

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If I have a living trust, will my family need to do a probate proceeding in court?

If I have a living trust, will my family need to do a probate proceeding in court?

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Is there any way to make administration of my estate easier on my family when I die?

Is there any way to make administration of my estate easier on my family when I die?

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How is my business affected by my death?

How is my business affected by my death?

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How do I protect myself in the event that I become incapacitated?

How do I protect myself in the event that I become incapacitated?

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Can my IRA be deferred after my death?

Can my IRA be deferred after my death?

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Who should I appoint to handle my estate?

Who should I appoint to handle my estate?

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Does the administration of an estate tie everything up for years?

Does the administration of an estate tie everything up for years?

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What types of taxes will be due from my estate?

What types of taxes will be due from my estate?

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Will my family be able to get distributions from the estate or from the trust to live on?

Will my family be able to get distributions from the estate or from the trust to live on?

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Can gifts made by the deceased be challenged by other beneficiaries of my estate after my death?

Can gifts made by the deceased be challenged by other beneficiaries of my estate after my death?

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If my sibling is in charge of the estate and won’t give me information on the estate, do I have any options?

If my sibling is in charge of the estate and won’t give me information on the estate, do I have any options?

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What if the will or trust is ambiguous, or if there are provisions lacking?

What if the will or trust is ambiguous, or if there are provisions lacking?

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How do I find a good attorney to represent me in a probate or trust dispute?

How do I find a good attorney to represent me in a probate or trust dispute?

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