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Probate - Frequently asked Questions 


Is there a fee to file a Will? 

No, there is no fee to file a Will.

Can I file an original Will by mail?

Yes, the original Will can be filed by mail.  Please make copies
of the Will for yourself before mailing the original.

Should the Small Estate Affidavit be filed with the Circuit Clerk's Office?

No, the Small Estate Affidavit should be brought to the financial institution that
is holding the funds.

On what days and times are probate hearings held?

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays - Attorney Cases Only
9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. (pro se)

What information is needed to file a Will?

We will need the original Will and the date of death.

Can a new estate be filed through the mail?

Yes, a new estate can be opened through the mail.

Once the estate is filed do I call to set the court date?

Yes, you may call to set the court date or you can indicate the date in the cover letter
when you file the estate.

What forms are needed to open an Estate?

The original petition and the fee.

Is there a fee to file an accounting?

Yes, the fee is $25.00

What is the fee for Letters of Office?

Letters of Office are $2.00 each

Is there a fee to file a claim?

Amount of claim less than $150.00 = no fee
Amount of claim $150.00 to $499.99 = $20.00
Amount of claim $500.00 to $9,999.99 = $40.00
Amount of claim $10,000 or more = $60.00

I need to publish in the newspaper.  What newspaper(s) may I use?

Contact information for Publishing in the Newspaper

Tribune Publishing

Phone: 866-399-0537
Fax: 312-527-8183



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