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  • I need to publish in the newspaper. What newspaper(s) may I use?

    Tribune Publishing

    Phone: 866-399-0537
    Fax: 312-527-8183

    Email: suburban.legal@tribpub.com

  • Is there a fee to file a claim?

    Amount of claim less than $150.00 = no fee
    Amount of claim $150.00 to $499.99 = $20.00
    Amount of claim $500.00 to $9,999.99 = $40.00
    Amount of claim $10,000 or more = $60.00
  • What is the fee for Letters of Office?

    Letters of Office are $2.00 each
  • Is there a fee to file an accounting?

    Yes, the fee is $25.00
  • What forms are needed to open an Estate?

    The original petition and the fee.
  • Once the estate is filed do I call to set the court date?

    Yes, you may call to set the court date or you can indicate the date in the cover letter 
    when you file the estate.
  • Can a new estate be filed through the mail?

    As of January 1, 2018 all civil filings must be submitted electronically through a certified Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP).  For more information please our e-Filing page.

  • What information is needed to file a Will?

    We will need the original Will and the date of death.
  • On what days and times are probate hearings held?

    Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays - Attorney Cases Only
    9:00 a.m.

    Fridays
    9:00 a.m. (pro se)
  • Should the Small Estate Affidavit be filed with the Circuit Clerk's Office?

    No, the Small Estate Affidavit should be brought to the financial institution that 
    is holding the funds.
  • Can I file an original Will by mail?

    Yes, the original Will can be filed by mail.  Please make copies 
    of the Will for yourself before mailing the original.
  • Is there a fee to file a Will?

    No, there is no fee to file a Will.