Illinois law requires probate proceedings in the event a parent passed away and she owned either any real estate or personal property of $100,000.00 or more. However, if your mom passes away with no real estate and her other assets are less than $100,000.00 at the date of her death, then probate proceedings are unnecessary. The entire process can then be handled with the use of an Illinois Small Estate Affidavit. Your attorney can assist you in the preparation of this affidavit for a relatively small fee. It can also be done quite rapidly, sometimes while you wait. Please also be aware the Illinois law requires the filing of the will within 30 days of the date of death if the will is in your possession after the date of death. If you are looking to administer you parent’s estate, contact the attorneys at McCarthy, Callas, & Feeney, P.C, at 309-788-2800.