Have you recently lost a loved one? We represent clients who wish to be appointed as a Representative of an Illinois decedent's Estate and/or as Successor Trustee of a deceased loved one's Trust. Call us at (630) 575-0400.
We Focus Our Practice in Probate & Decedents' Estates:
Probate in Cook County, DuPage County, and Kane County, IL
Representing and Advising Trustees, Executors & Administrators
Serving as Executor, Administrator or Trustee
Representing Beneficiaries of Estates & Trusts
Testate estates (a Last Will exists)
Intestate estates (no Last Will exists)
Illinois Small Estate Affidavits
Bond in Lieu of Probate
What Our Decedents’ Estate Clients Say About Us:
"We hired Colleen when my mom passed away. Colleen helped me through many complicated legal situations as we got everything sorted following her passing. Her thorough nature, attention to detail and pleasant demeanor combined to make for an outstanding experience. She also worked incredibly well with the other financial people & businesses working on our various accounts. I can't imagine working with anyone better or more knowledgeable. I will certainly return to her in the future when her services are needed. Hire Colleen with confidence."
Joel, Western Springs, Illinois
"When my husband's brother passed away with no Will and leaving behind a huge mess of real estate and personal property and complicated financial issues, we were recommended to Colleen Sahlas. She made a situation that was overwhelming so much easier. She is incredibly kind and very efficient. Several complications arose during the probate process, and Colleen handled them with grace and efficiency. We highly recommend Colleen."
Ross and Patricia, El Cajon, California
"Colleen is an excellent attorney. She worked tirelessly to help me through the complicated process of unwinding my father's estate, ensuring that I was fully informed and upholding my responsibilities as Executor. My wife and I turned to her to prepare and execute our wills, living wills, health care and property powers of attorney documents, and establishing a trust to safeguard our assets and ensure that they are managed according to our wishes. She is personable, professional, and trustworthy and I highly recommend her. "
David W. - Chicago, Illinois
"I am extremely pleased to recommend the Law offices of Hoy & Sahlas, LLC.
Several years ago I was given the responsibility of being an executor of an estate for a close friend that passed. The will was extremely unique and complicated, with over 15 payouts and to include a charity organization. Several payees had specific requirements to fulfill. Colleen had much empathy for me as I worked through grieving and the daunting task of taking care of the estate. She efficiently handled the research and paperwork needed to fulfil the wishes of my friend in his will as it went through probate. Colleen responded quickly and thoroughly to my questions and uncertainties. What started out as a daunting task became manageable and doable with Colleen's professionalism, efforts and guidance. Through our conversations and communications, Colleen put my mind at ease, and the probate went smoothly. My wife and I were so impressed that we worked with Colleen to set up and handle our trust.
I look to Colleen for professional guidance and the personal guidance as I would ask a friend. "
Keith - Palos Park, Illinois
"The Law Offices of Hoy & Sahlas, LLC was a referral from a dear friend. We were dealing with numerous issues relating to the estate of my mother-n-Law. Colleen Sahlas was our Attorney. She made this process for us stress-free. She explained in detail yet simple enough for us to understand. It was a difficult time; however, Colleen's patience, support, and guidance truly helped us through this process. She completed the forms and contacted us with results in a very short time. If we had any questions or issues dealing with the estate, she was available should we need her for guidance. Fortunately, everything she provided such as legal documents and instructions, we had no issues with the various organizations, title transfer, banks, etc. In addition to her knowledge and wisdom, she was very personable, spiritual, kind and caring. We also asked her to help with our own Estate; Trust and Will. Our prayers were answered to have been blessed to have met Colleen to help us through this difficult time. We also met her parents David Hoy and his Wife. Should we need any legal assistance in the future, I would not hesitate to ask Colleen again. Thank you again Colleen!!"
Conrad and Tillie - Darien, Illinois
"I hired Colleen Sahlas to represent me as my probate attorney after my mom passed away suddenly. It was an extremely tough time for me personally and Colleen took every possible step to ensure that my family's affairs were handled properly and with the utmost expediency. She not only represented me in probate but also represented me in matters relating to my father's passing a few years earlier & his subsequent trust. No matter the task, Colleen executed everything with poise & professionalism. Time and time again over the past year, she proved herself to be consistently thorough, detail-oriented and personable throughout the entire time. On top of that, she provided comprehensive monthly notes on all of her billable activity, giving me confidence that I was being treated fairly. I cannot think of someone I would want to represent me more than Colleen and feel lucky that I was able to find her in my search. You won't find someone better to work with out there. "
Joel - Western Springs, Illinois
"I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the very professional and caring handling of my duties as executor of my sister-in-law's estate. Since this was all so very new to me I was at a real loss as to what to do and how to do it. You were extremely sympathetic to the complex situation confronting me at that time. There were numerous heirs, complex bequeaths as well as property to be assessed and sold during a time, I might add, that was not conducive to quick and easy sales. Your vast knowledge of real estate law saved me many pitfalls and hassles along the rocky road to sold, thank you for your expertise! Needless to say there was a tremendous amount of bookkeeping, banking and correspondence which you and your staff handled professionally and expeditiously. I could not have done all of this alone, I was fortunate to have you and your staff helping me. Thank you for your moral support as well as your expertise, I would, and have, recommended The Law Offices of Hoy & Sahlas, Ltd. to my relatives and friends. "
Margaret - Oak Park, Illinois
"Colleen is an excellent lawyer! Compassionate, knowledgeable, and thorough. She was indispensable in helping me settle my mother's estate. She has my highest recommendation!"
Sherilyn - Western Springs, Illinois
"Colleen is an excellent attorney. She worked tirelessly to help me through the complicated process of unwinding my father's estate, ensuring that I was fully informed and upholding my responsibilities as Executor. My wife and I turned to her to prepare and execute our wills, living wills, health care and property powers of attorney documents, and establishing a trust to safeguard our assets and ensure that they are managed according to our wishes. She is personable, professional, and trustworthy and I highly recommend her."
David - Chicago, Illinois
"I was introduced to David and Colleen by my parents. My parents worked with these two great people for 10+ years prior to their passing. Colleen has continued to work for my family in many, many ways. Real estate sales, trust work, LLC work and closing my parents estate. I would not go to any other firm or consult with any other attorney. I highly recommend Colleen and David for their professionalism, knowledge and caring heart. Thanks for your help. This is why I come to you. You always relieve my stress about this stuff. You are such a blessing. "
Margaret - Mokena, Illinois
"Colleen, I want to thank you for the guidance and legal expertise you provided in finalize my uncle's estate. It relieved my anxiety having your assistance, especially in regards to your communication with the attorney and beneficiaries overseas. I certainly will be in touch if I should need further help with any other legal matter. "
Irene - Des Plaines, Illinois
"Many thanks for walking with me on this journey and providing your counsel and support. Thank you so much for all the help and support you have given me. A year ago I was feeling overwhelmed, nervous and a little scared but you have been there to help me navigate and move through this MOUNTAIN. With a heart full of gratitude. "
Theresa - Downers Grove, Illinois