The law offices of Hoy Sahlas LLC

Decedents’ Estates, Probate, Small Estates & Trust Admin.

We Focus Our Practice in Probate & Decedents’ Estates:

  • Probate in Cook County, IL
  • Probate in DuPage County, IL
  • Representing Executors & Administrators
  • Advising Executors & Representatives 
  • Serving as Executor or Administrator
  • Representing Beneficiaries of Estates & Trusts
  • Testate cases (having a Will)
  • Intestate cases (no Will)
  • Small Estate Affidavits
  • Bond in Lieu of Probate
  • Trust Administration

    When a Loved One Passes Away - Answers to Your Questions:

    FAQs about Probate, Decedent’s Estates and Trust Administration:

    Losing a Loved One and Hiring Legal Counsel 

    When a Loved One Passes Away in Illinois

    Will my loved one’s estate go to probate?

    Are You an Heir or Beneficiary of a decedent’s estate or trust?

    What Happens at the Reading of the Will?

    What Happens if a Person Dies Without a Will in Illinois?

    Illinois Probate Procedure, the Personal Representative, and Distribution of Assets

    Illinois Small Estate Affidavits


    FAQs about Making Arrangements and Finding Assets:

    Making Arrangements, Sending Notices and Finding Documents

    Checklist of Assets Your Deceased Loved One May Own

    Handling Financial Affairs after the Death of a Loved One


    Getting Legal Help


    What Our Decedents’ Estate Clients Say About Us:

    “Thank you, Colleen.  I don’t know if we ever fully conveyed how much we appreciated your work on (our brother’s) Estate.  We really did, and you made a very difficult situation much more palatable!” Trish & Ross - San Diego, California

    “I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the very professional and caring handling of my duties as executor of my sister-in-law’s estate.  Since this was all so very new to me I was at a real loss as to what to do and how to do it. You were extremely sympathetic to the complex situation confronting me at that time. There were numerous heirs, complex bequeaths as well as property to be assessed and sold during a time, I might add, that was not conducive to quick and easy sales. Your vast knowledge of real estate law saved me many pitfalls and hassles along the rocky road to “sold”, thank you for your expertise! Needless to say there was a tremendous amount of bookkeeping, banking and correspondence which you and your staff handled professionally and expeditiously. I could not have done all of this alone, I was fortunate to have you and your staff helping me. Thank you for your moral support as well as your expertise, I would, and have, recommended The Law Offices of Hoy & Sahlas, Ltd. to my relatives and friends.”  Margaret - Oak Park, Illinois

    “Thanks for your help in the conclusion of my father’s estate.  We appreciate the work you did for us but also the manner in which it was done.  As you may have heard, my brother has just recently been discovered to have bone cancer.  It seems to be serious.  Our trust is in the same Lord whom you have also testified to serve.  That trust gives us considerable comfort.  Thanks again.” Paul - Geneva, Illinois

    “Just a note to say how very grateful we are for you and the wonderful work you have done for us.  It’s been a pleasure doing business with a firm of high standards and integrity.  Thank you and may you be blessed.” Craig & Nancee - Glen Ellyn, Illinois

    I, as the executor of an estate knew I needed a qualified lawyer. I called a person who immediately recommended the Law Offices of Hoy & Sahlas. I met with them, and found, to my delight, that they were the lawyers I was looking for.  The entire estate was done with utmost care and without delay. I would recommend Colleen Sahlas, who does the highest quality of work, and with complete cooperation at all times!  Thank you Colleen for the excellent service rendered.”  Howard - Wheaton, Illinois 

    I appreciate your help.  You folks have been a blessing to me and my family through this difficult time.  I know why my Mom trusted you so.” Kathy - Woodridge, IL

    “Colleen and I have worked together on several estates and trusts.  She has the highest integrity and is prompt and complete in her work.”  Jean Sredl, Certified Public Accountant - Riverside, IL


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