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Estate Planning – Probate

Experienced Illinois trusts and estates attorney
With more than 30 years of experience, James L. Tungate at the Tungate Law Offices, Ltd. possesses in-depth knowledge about all aspects of trusts and estate issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate tax issues
  • Executorship duties
  • Guardianship
  • Living wills


  • Living trusts
  • Probate
  • Probate and will disputes
  • Wills drafting and execution

Estate planning
James L. Tungate is an experienced attorney who can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning. I thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. I can draft a will that reflects your desires and can establish living trusts if they would be beneficial to your estate.

I apply my extensive knowledge about Illinois probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. I assist executors in all steps of the process, including:

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate
    fairly and expeditiously
  • Filing the will with the probate court in Illinois
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate


  • Valuating the estate
  • Managing and liquidating assets, as appropriate
  • Paying taxes and other debts
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring professionals and experts, when necessary

Probate disputes
When disputes occur between beneficiaries, I successfully represent your interests. I have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. I am a skillful mediator and litigator and can negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or, when necessary, can fastidiously pursue your rights in court.

Contact a meticulous estate planning lawyer today
To schedule a consultation today, call the Tungate Law Offices, Ltd. at 815-432-4979 or contact me online.