When someone dies in Illinois, oftentimes his/her estate will need to pass through the Probate court process. In order to begin Probate proceedings, the will (if one exists) and a petition to administer the estate needs to be filed in the local county court. If your loved one passed away while residing in Kane County, Illinois, his/her Probate estate will need to pass through the Kane County Probate court located in downtown Geneva, Illinois.
Kane County Probate Court
In the Kane County Probate court, there is currently one judge (Judge David Akemann) who handles all probate administration matters, and another judge (Judge Joseph Grady) who handles all guardianship matters. The court call for probate is heard on weekday mornings in Courtroom 110 of the Kane County Courthouse located at 100 S. 3rd Street, in downtown Geneva, Illinois. Typically, all chancery matters are heard first on the 9:30 a.m. court call in Courtroom 110, followed by the routine probate cases on the call for that day.
Also, the Kane County Probate Court system utilizes a Probate Administrator to coordinate all probate and guardianship matters in its court system. The Probate Administrator in Kane County is currently Diane Lilly. In her role as the Probate Administrator, Ms. Lilly acts as a liaison between the attorneys and the judges, and helps to organize the scheduling and handling of all probate and guardianship cases for the County.
Additionally, all probate filings (including the filing of original Wills) are done in the clerk's office in room 160 of the Geneva Courthouse. Their office hours are typically 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
How do I know for sure if Kane County is the right county for my loved one's Probate estate?
In Illinois, a Probate case is handled by the local county Probate court where your loved one was domiciled at the time of death. Thus, if your loved one's primary residence was in Kane County and he/she received his/her mail at this residence, then the Court will presume that Kane County is the county of domicile. This is true even if your loved one owned real estate or other property in another county, state, or country.
Aurora, Illinois is located in four counties. How does Probate work if my loved one resided in Aurora at the time of death?
The main part of Aurora, Illinois is actually situated in Kane County, with smaller parts located in DuPage, Kendall, and Will Counties. Generally, the Kane County Probate court will handle any Probate estate in which the deceased died in Aurora, Illinois. However, with the advancements in mapping technology (such as with Google Maps), it is fairly easy to determine the exact county of an address.
How long does Probate take in Kane County?
As with most Probate cases in Illinois, a typical Probate case will be completed in Kane County in six to twelve months. However, if there are circumstances that complicate the estate, it could potentially take much longer. If you would like to learn more about what causes delays in Illinois Probate estates, check out our page on how long a Probate takes in Illinois.
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