Do all Estates pass through the Probate Court in Illinois?
No. In fact, the majority of Illinois Estates will not pass through Probate Court. Many Estates simply do not have sufficient assets that require a Probate, while many others pass outside of Probate by means of joint tenancy accounts, land trusts, and/or living trusts.
In Illinois, a probate is generally only necessary when real estate must be transferred, or when more than $100,000.00 in personal assets must be administered. A probate might also be needed, though, when there are assets in multiple jurisdictions (such as property in two different states) or settling an insolvent estate with multiple claims against the estate.