Probate is the formal legal process that gives recognition to a will and appoints the executor or personal representative who will administer the estate and distribute assets to the intended beneficiaries. –American Bar Association
Probate has very specific notice and time requirements that make hiring the right lawyers essential to efficient establishment and administration of a decedent’s estate or guardianship.
Death Without a Will
Probate also describes the legal process that appoints an administrator or personal representative to administer and distribute assets to the heirs of a deceased person who dies without a will.
What is Guardianship?
Guardianship of a Disabled Adult
The Probate Division of Cook County courts also oversees the appointment of guardians who act on behalf of disabled adults who lack the ability to make decisions regarding their personal care and/or finances.
Can a Guardian be appointed for a minor child?
Guardianship of a Minor Child
Guardians may also be appointed for the benefit of minor children who need adult care or who have come into funds is excess of $10,000.