Dying is unavoidable, stress and excessive fees are not.  A probate proceeding is required whenever a person dies and leaves assets where ownership becomes unclear, sometimes referred to as Probate Property. 


Typically, a husband survived by his wife will have very little, if any, Probate Property because most husbands and wives owner their property in “Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship”.  When the one spouse dies, ownership and all jointly held property would automatically transfer solely to the surviving spouse.  However, if the surviving spouse subsequently dies without retitling their assets, then all of her property will likely become probate assets.  Therefore, the same asset can be alternatively a probate or non-probate asset.

Once it has been determined that probate assets exist, the expense of probate can very greatly based upon whether or not the decedent(s) has a will, whether the probate assets exceed $100,000.00 in total value, whether the decedent owned real property outside the state in which he resided, and finally the location, disposition and demeanor of the heirs.


The professionals at Webster & Schelli are ideally suited to assist you through the probate procedure.  With their tax, legal and accounting backgrounds, Michael Webster and James Schelli, Jr. can provide all the services you are likely to require including the filing of the estate tax and income returns.  If you are in need of our probate services or would simply like to learn more, please complete the probate questionnaire and contact us to schedule an appointment.

If you have any questions about our services in the Probate area, you can click on the Contact Us button or simply call our office at (630) 416-4500 and schedule an appointment.

Please take a moment to fill out our Probate Questionnaire