The Illinois probate process is a court-supervised legal procedure that is sometimes (but not always) required after someone dies. Its purpose is to make it clear who inherits the deceased person's property and to make sure valid debts and taxes are paid. Probate is handled by the deceased person's executor, who must: (1) prove in court that a deceased person's will is valid (usually a routine matter if a person has a will); (2) identify and inventory the deceased person's assets; (3) have those assets appraised; (4) pay debts and taxes, and (5) distribute the remaining property as the will (or if there's no will, state law) directs. Please contact our office to get more information and assistance with your probate matters.