Probate: Upon the death of an individual, there are certain assets that must be transferred through the probate process to the heirs or beneficiaries of the decedent. Proper estate planning can avoid this probate process. Please review the Area of Practice Section entitled Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning to learn more about how you can avoid the probate process.

If however, you find yourself in a situation where you require the assistance of an attorney to probate certain assets of an estate, Eckinger Law Offices, Ltd. has experience in the probate process to efficiently and effectively complete all aspects of the probate process, including estate and individual taxation issues.

Guardianship: In some cases, a guardianship is required for a person who is not medically or legally competent to manage their financial affairs, medical treatment or living arrangements, such as incompetent adults and persons under age 18. Eckinger Law Offices, Ltd. provides legal representation to file and obtain guardianship through the Probate Court. We have also been appointed as legal guardian for those individuals that do not have an appropriate or convenient family member or friend to act as legal guardian. We can also assist a guardian that requires legal representation to obtain court approval to expend funds, file the inventory report and various other guardianship matters.