Decedent Estates

A decedent's estate is the property and assets of a deceased person. The term "decedent" is used in legal terms related to estates and trusts.

In Cook County, the Probate Division handles all Decedent Estates cases involving the administration of both testate and intestate estates including the following: 

  • Petitions for Letters of Office;
  • Will Contests and Petitions for Will Construction and related Testamentary Trust Contests;
  • Claims filed against the Estate;
  • Citations to Discover and/or Recover Assets; and
  • Petitions to establish Heirships.

For additional information, including links to important forms and how to connect with the Decedent Estate courtrooms, review the content below.

    Courtrooms and Judges

    The five decedent estate courtrooms are:


    Courtroom Clerks do not have phone access

    For inquiries regarding courtesy copies, scheduling, zoom information and proposed orders, please first review the assigned judge’s Standing Order. You may contact Joseph Fleming at (312) 603-7546 or or the Probate Division Staff Attorney at (312) 603-7545 or with administrative or procedural inquiries.