Watching Probates

WatchIllinois will search through thousands of Northern Illinois Probate public records to find matching records for your Watches. If you are trying to find information on a person or a phone number that you know, WatchIllinois may be able to locate that information in Probate public records.

What is Probate?

Probate is the legal process of settling the estate of a deceased person, which resolves all claims and distributes the decedent's property. In Illinois, if a person passes away, and their possessions were titled only in their name, then the heirs have no authority to sell them, unless the property is "probated." A probate court supervises probate in order to ensure the decedent's property is distributed according to the direction of his will and the laws of the state. A probate record is not a death notice, it is only the notice that the estate has entered the status of probate.

Probate cases are filed in each respective county and deal with individual estates. WatchIllinois will scan previously recorded Probate public records, as well as new Probate public records as they are added weekly.

What information can be found on Probate public records?

Typical information that can be found on Probate public records includes: Name of the deceased, address, date of death, address of the deceased's property, name of trustee (also known as the personal representative who is designated to handle the estate), trustee contact information, property value, and more. Probate public records provide an excellent tool in helping locate information.

How far back do Watch Illinois Probate public records go?

The list below represents which Illinois counties Watch Illinois will check to find Probate public records, and also how far back the data goes.

  • Cook Probate - Since 5/7/2004
  • Dekalb Probate - Since 5/21/2004
  • Dupage Probate - Since 4/30/2004
  • Kane Probate - Since 5/7/2004
  • Kendall Probate - Since 5/14/2004
  • Lake Probate - Since 4/30/2004
  • McHenry Probate - Since 4/30/2004
  • Will Probate - Since 5/7/2004
  • Winnebago Probate - Since 11/3/2006

Understanding a Probate Record:

  • Input Date: This is the date the record was typed into Record Information Services' database. Not to be confused with the date of transaction, or date of record.
  • Case Number: The reference filing number.
  • Filing Date: The date the probate was filed at the clerk of the circuit court's office.
  • Testate: Yes indicates that the deceased left a will.
  • Property: Yes or No if the deceased owned property.
  • Property Value: This is located within the probate file, and we do not verify this amount.
  • Trustee Information: The trustee or "personal representative" is the person the court has appointed to take care of the affairs of the estate.
  • Telephone: Available on some records, this is the phone number of the trustee.
  • Do Not Call: If there is a phone number on the record, and the individual is on the Do Not Call List, then you will see a Y here for Yes.
  • DNC Date: DNC is the National Do Not Call List. This is the date this phone number was last scrubbed against the Do-Not-Call List. We scrub our records twice monthly. You will only see a date here if there is a phone number on the record.
  • Census Age: The median age is identified by using the census block as a benchmark which does reflect a more accurate picture of a geographic area.

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Step One: Create an Account

Step Two: Create your Watch**

Step Three: View results instantly

Step Four: Receive ongoing weekly updates if new public records are filed

** A Watch is the criteria you are searching for in Northern Illinois public records, such as a Person, Business, Phone Number, or Property Pin Number

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