Wills, Probate & Estate Administration
Estates Lawyer in Central Illinois
Wills ◊ Probate ◊ Estate Administration
At the offices of attorney Phillip M. Kirby, in Springfield and Mason City, we have protected the rights of individuals throughout central Illinois for over 36 years, handling wills, probate and estate administration. We know that decisions about how your assets will be divided can be difficult and emotionally challenging. We will take all the time necessary to learn your goals and objectives, explain your options and help you put in place plans that meet your goals.
We believe that the most effective legal counsel takes place on an individual basis. When you hire us to handle your estate planning or probate matter, you will always work directly with attorney Kirby.
Our Estate Planning Practice
When you hire us to help you put a plan in place for the orderly distribution of your assets upon death, we will start by gathering as much information as we can about your financial situation, as well as your estate planning objectives. Once we have a clear picture of what you want to accomplish, we will carefully explain the different strategies available to help you meet your goals, including the use of wills and trusts, the re-titling of assets to avoid probate, and lifetime gifts.
Based on your specific objectives, we will recommend an approach. Our goal will always be to minimize the tax consequences on your estate while ensuring that property passes according to your wishes.
Once you have determined how you want to proceed, we will prepare and execute all the documentation necessary to put your plan in place, including
- powers of attorney
- living wills
- healthcare powers of attorney
If you have minor children or others who would need care in the event of your death, we can help you set up a guardianship to protect their interests.
Our Probate and Estate Administration Practice
We work with executors, administrators, personal representatives and heirs, helping you satisfy the requirements to successfully settle the estate of a loved one through the probate process. We can help you get appointed as an executor or administrator, work with you to prepare and file an accounting of the assets of the estate, assist you with the payment of all final debts and taxes of the estate, and oversee the orderly distribution of property in accordance with the terms of the will.
We will prepare all the documents required to complete the process and will act as your advocate in all hearings or proceedings during the process.
Contact the Kirby Law Office
To arrange a confidential consultation, contact us online or call us at 217-726-9875. We schedule appointments weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Our Springfield office is located near the Lincoln Home area.