Choosing the right attorney to represent you in an Illinois contested estate litigation action can play a critical role in the outcome of your case. In general, it is usually better to choose an attorney who focuses his/her practice in this area, as he/she will typically have more success in navigating the Illinois Probate Court system. The legal field is very diverse and expansive, and choosing an attorney who has a more precise understanding of estate litigation will enable him/her to handle your case with greater confidence and skill.
It is also important to find an attorney who will fit your specific personality. Some attorneys are very aggressive and pushy, while other attorneys are more laid-back and analytical. Since you could be working with your attorney for several years on one estate litigation matter, it is critical to work with an attorney you are comfortable with, and can trust.
In addition, if you have an Illinois contested estate under $500,000.00, it is likely that a settlement prior to a full-blown trial would be in the best interests of all involved as attorney's fees alone can exceed $100,000.00 for each party if a case requires years of litigation ending in a complicated trial. Thus, for smaller Illinois contested estates (under $500,000.00), it is oftentimes better to hire an experienced probate attorney who is effective in negotiating and settling estates prior to trial.
If you have an Illinois estate litigation matter, contact us today to see how we can help you resolve the estate. In our practice, we represent Executors named in a Will (as well as Administrators who have already been appointed by a local Probate Court) to settle litigation related to an estate. If you are an Executor (or a court-appointed Administrator) with a contested matter, give us a call at (630) 898-4789 to set up a free initial consultation.
The Law Office of Kevin Williams, 2295 Bannister Lane, Aurora, IL 60504, (630) 898-4789