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Wills, Probate, Estates and Guardianship

Probate Division

Hears cases involving wills, estates, probate and guardianship.

Self Help Resources

American Bar Association

Estate Planning FAQs - webpage

Chicago Bar Association

Resource Guide for Persons with Disabilities - Webpage

What About Your Will? - Webpage

Senior Will? - webpage

City of Chicago

Family & Support Services - Senior Services - webpage

Cook County Clerk

(Birth Certificates/Death Certificates)
50 W Washington St
East Concourse Lower Level - Rm 25
Chicago, IL 60602
General Information: (312) 603-7790
Vital Records - webpage

Cook County Public Administrator

(When the decedent’s estate has no administrator)
69 W. Washington St., Room 2640
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 603-0100
Cook County Public Administrator - webpage

Cook County Public Guardian

(For cases where no one is available to be guardian of the disabled person; an agency is required to be guardian of the person and/or estate; and there are assets GREATER THAN $25,000).
69 West Washington St., Ste 1800
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 603-0800

Cook County Recorder of Deeds

(For ALL property deed inquiries)
118 North Clark Street
Room 120
Public Information Number: (312) 603-5050

Cook County Treasurer

(Funds Deposited per Court Order in Probate Case, Inheritance Tax, Refunds)
118 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 443-5100

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

General Information: (888) 473-4858
(For inquiries about banks and financial institutions)

Illinois Department on Aging

Information: (800) 252-8966 (inside Illinois)

Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission

An executive state agency created to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities. By providing legal representation, investigating complaints of rights violations and providing state guardianship for Illinois' population with disabilities, the Commission has given voice to those who have previously gone unheard.

Illinois Legal Aid

Illinois Legal Aid video library - videos on a wide range of topics, including:
  • Family Law - adoptions, child support, custody, divorce, domestic violence, paternity, visitation
  • Life Planning - guardianship, powers of attorney, estate planning, probate, wills
  • Senior Citizens - guardianship, powers of attorney, trusts, wills, health care, benefits programs, insurance, housing, consumer, discrimination

Illinois State Bar Association

Estate Planning articles - webpage

Illinois State Treasurer

General Information: (312) 814-1700

Minor Guardianship Assistance Help Desk of the Circuit Court of Cook County

Minor Guardianship Forms (Person Only)
69 W. Washington, Suite 1020
(312) 603-0135

Loyola University School of Law Adult Disabled Pro Se Help Desk

Sponsored by the Loyola University School of Law Elder Law Initiative
Adult Disabled Guardianship Forms (Person Only)
Probate Division - Room 1202 of the Richard J. Daley Center
Please check with our Claims Counter (Counter 7a) and our Public Information Counter (Counter 8a) for current days and hours.

Civil Legal Services Organizations to Contact for Legal Advice and Assistance

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

(For Minor Guardianship Questions)
33 N Dearborn Street
Suite 400
Chicago, IL
(312) 332-1624

Guardianship Services Associates (a private, non-profit social services agency)

Provides information, assistance and actual guardianship for those in need, as well as counseling, referrals and assistance with durable powers of attorney.
41A South Blvd.
Oak Park, IL
(708) 386-5398


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