Southern Illinois Probate Lawyer

Probate - Trust - Estate Administration

A Southern Illinois Probate Lawyer can help you close estates and make sure that any disputes or other issues are resolved in a timely fashion. Probates and probate-related matters can quickly become complicated. An experienced advocate on your side will make the process much simpler for you and your loved ones.

We work with executors, administrators, personal representatives and heirs, helping you take the necessary action to successfully close the estate of a loved one. We will also handle any probate litigation that may arise, including will contests.

Call (618) 993-2222 to speak to the Lawler Brown Law Firm today.


The probate administration process is designed to ensure the efficient, effective transfer of property. In spite of this, if you have to navigate the probate courts after losing a loved one, this process is likely to seem anything but effective and efficient.

At Lawler Brown Law Firm, we serve the people of Southern Illinois and assist in handling all types of probate law matters. Our knowledge allows us to effectively and efficiently navigate the probate courts. We understand the challenges you might be facing. Our team has helped clients facing a wide range of legal needs, and we want to use that experience to help you and your loved ones.

Contact us today to schedule your confidential consultation regarding estate administration. Call (618) 993-2222 or simply fill out our convenient online contact form to get started.

What is Probate and How Does It Relate to Your Situation?

Probate is simply the process that establishes the validity of a will and the executor of the estate. Though that might seem simple, things can quickly get complicated during the actual administration of an estate. In some cases, probate is avoided by the establishment of a living trust by the decedent before his or her passing. However, there are often many types of “property” that aren’t covered by a living trust. In other words, regardless of how easy the process might seem, there are typically some loose ends that must be tied up.

Though probates don’t always require a great deal of time or effort, they can be overwhelming for those that are charged with the task of executing a will. How long and difficult your probate or estate administration will be dependent on the specifics of your situation. At the Lawler Brown Law Firm, we can assess your needs and create a plan to address every aspect of the probate or estate administration.

Let us meet with you and your loved ones to help you better understand the task in front of you. Contact the Lawler Brown Law Firm today by calling (618) 993-2222 or filling out our online contact form.

The need for estate administration generally arises at a time when most people would rather do anything but worry about legal issues. We understand this. When you come to our offices for assistance with probate administration matters, you can leave your concerns to us. We will handle all aspects of the process, so that you can focus on your family and the grieving process. We will keep in close contact with you throughout the entire process and answer any questions you might have along the way.

Our clients count on us to do the heavy lifting, and we take our relationships with our clients seriously. If you want to learn more about how we can help you with probate and estate administration, you should contact the Lawler Brown Law Firm today to speak to our Southern Illinois probate lawyers.


The probate administration process is not always smooth.  Disagreements may arise over the intended meaning of language or the decedent’s mental capacity at the time of a will’s creation, leading to will contests. The beneficiary of a trust may question the distribution of assets or a lack of proper accounting measures, leading to trust litigation. These challenges can be stressful and, if handled poorly, can lead to legal troubles for the executor of a will. However, when you work with an experienced estate administration attorney, you can be sure that you are always on safe legal ground.

If you are engaged in a will contest or preparing for trust litigation, we can represent you. Come to our law office today to discuss any of your probate law concerns. We frequently represent individuals, families, beneficiaries, executors, trustees, guardians, banks and trust companies when fiduciary claims arise, and provide valuable counsel to fiduciaries about their duties in order to assist them in avoiding future claims.

We are experienced in handling diverse and complex fiduciary litigation issues involving:

  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Will contests
  • Undue influence claims
  • Challenges to fees
  • Actions taken by Agents under Power of Attorney
  • Removal of fiduciaries.

If you need legal representation for these or any other probate-related issues, we encourage you to contact the Lawler Brown Law Firm today to learn more about your legal options. Contact us today by calling (618) 993-2222 or filling out our convenient online contact form.

A Complicated Process During a Difficult Time for You and Your Loved Ones

Few people have experience dealing with estates. Probates, wills, trusts and other similar matters are incredibly complex for those who have never been through estate administration before. Yet, our legal system is set up so that these complicated processes are tasked to people who have just lost a loved one. It can take a great deal of time and effort just to figure out what is required of you and how to handle the task in front of you.

We know how overwhelming the process might seem, and we want to help. We will review the estate and determine the best course of action for your situation. We will then go about the business of closing the estate, filing all necessary paperwork, corresponding with all necessary parties and resolving disputes that might arise during the estate administration process.

Know that you don’t have to face this task alone. The Lawler Brown Law Firm is here to help you and your loved ones. Contact us today to speak to our Southern Illinois probate lawyers.

When Should You Hire a Southern Illinois Probate Lawyer?

Generally speaking, the more complicated an estate and the more assets the deceased owned, the greater the need for an attorney. However, even smaller estates can quickly become complicated. One of the most common reasons people hire probate lawyers is to avoid mistakes in the probate or estate administration process. If you make critical errors during the process, you could be opening yourself up to a lawsuit. No one wants to be sued while trying to navigate the estate administration process. Hiring an attorney insulates you from the likelihood of making mistakes.

Your attorney can give you legal advice throughout the entire process. Probate attorneys are invaluable during probate or estate administration, and this is especially true if there are any disagreements with heirs or if the will is contested in any capacity. In these cases, an attorney will help resolve these disputes and serve as your advocate against any challenges you might face.

Why Clients Choose to Work with the Lawler Brown Law Firm

We have been helping people with their legal needs for a decade. Our attorneys know that every single case requires a different approach, and we will assess your needs to determine the best path forward. Our firm believes that clients deserve more than basic legal representation. We get to know our clients and offer them the best service possible throughout their case.

The Lawler Brown Law Firm is committed to making our clients’ lives as simple as possible by helping them overcome any legal issues they might face. When it comes to probate and estate administration, clients often come to us during some of the most challenging times of their lives. They trust us to be their advocates, and we take that responsibility seriously.

Our team wants to meet with you and your loved ones to help you better understand the challenges you are facing. Contact the Lawler Brown Law Firm today by calling (618) 993-2222 or filling out our online contact form.

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