Probate and Guardianships

Administration of Estates and Trusts

The aftermath of a loved one's death is a difficult time, as you come to terms with your loss and grief. This already challenging period is made more complicated by the need to administer the deceased's financial affairs. Locating assets, notifying creditors and heirs, and filing documents with various financial institutions can seem confusing and overwhelming.

With the assistance of a experienced lawyer, a representative of an estate or a successor trustee does not need to figure out the process alone. Legal advice can help resolve probate and trust matters more quickly. Families can have peace of mind knowing that all the details have been properly addressed, and focus on healing from their loss.

Attorney Kevin Barry has been helping families administer their loved one's estates for nearly 25 years. Barry Law, Inc. takes pride in providing clients with the support and legal guidance they need to navigate the often-complicated probate process. The firm also counsels successor trustees in the management of trusts.

Guardianships of Disabled Adults and Minor Children

When an adult is unable to make decisions for himself or herself due to disability, a legal guardian may need to be appointed. Common scenarios in which guardianship becomes necessary are:

  • A child with special needs turns 18 and becomes legal adult, but still requires a loved one to make decisions on his or her behalf
  • An elderly loved one suffers mental deficiency without a financial or health care power of attorney in place, a family member needs to seek guardianship for the loved one's protection
  • An adult suffers a traumatic injury and is no longer able to manage their own medical or financial affairs

In circumstances such as these, Barry Law can help families successfully petition for guardianship and advise them as to their responsibilities and the rights of the protected person. We take pride in offering our clients the legal knowledge, advocacy, and compassion they need when pursuing a guardianship.

Attorney Kevin Barry often serves as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL), an attorney appointed by the Cook County Court to represent the interests of the protected person (ward) in guardianship matters. Only select attorneys with significant experience in guardianship cases are chosen to act as GALs by the court.

Work With an Experienced Probate and Guardianship Attorney

Attorney Kevin Barry has nearly 25 years' experience in the practice of law, including advising hundreds of families in estate administration, trust administration, and guardianship matters. Barry Law invites you to contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss your probate or guardianship case. We look forward to putting our experience to work for you, and offering support, advocacy and guidance as you navigate the complexities of the court system.