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The Job of a Personal Representative in an Illinois Wrongful Death Case

You’ve just learned that you’ve been named as the personal representative of an estate in Illinois. The person who died may have been your relative or your friend. You want to do the right thing and act in the best interests of the estate, but you may not yet know what your role is if the death was caused by an accident on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, State Street, or another Illinois road.

What You’ll Have to Do As the Personal Representative of the Estate

As the personal representative of the estate you may:

  • Have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
  • Distribute any wrongful death damages that are paid to the estate among surviving family members.
  • Have other responsibilities in the administration of the estate that are separate from any wrongful death case.

There are significant responsibilities. However, the person who died named you as his personal representative because he trusted you to make decisions that were in the best interest of his family, or the court named you as the personal representative because of your relationship with the person who died and because you have the skills to make these difficult decisions.

You Can Do This—But You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

You can contact an experienced wrongful death attorney to help you. You can get all of your questions answered and be confident in the decisions that you are making. If you’d like help, or if you want to know more about the pros and cons of filing a wrongful death case after a deadly car crash in Rockford, then please fill out our online contact form today.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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