A Walk on the Wild Side of Estates and Probate

  • Wed, August 14, 2024
  • 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Webinar


  • Corporate Sponsor members + 1 free guest.
  • Fee may be applied against new membership dues if request and application is received within 14 days of event.


An IRELA CLE Webinar

A Walk on the Wild Side of Estate and Probate

Richard Bales

 Proper Title

MCLE approved for 1-hour General CLE credit

Registration is Free for IRELA Members
Non-Members ~ $50*

All real estate attorneys know the rules of estates and probate. That is, when the homeowner dies and the family of the deceased homeowner wants to sell the homeowner’s home, and the family hires an attorney to handle the sale, the attorney knows that he or she has two basic options: One, the attorney can probate the decedent’s estate and then prepare either an executor’s deed or an administrator’s deed to the purchaser, or two, the attorney can collect deeds from all of the decedent’s heirs and deeds from all the decedent’s legatees (assuming that the decedent had a will).

But what if things don’t work out according to plan? What if, for example, the sole heir of the deceased homeowner has a judgment recorded against him? What if the family has not seen or heard from a heir in many years?

All attorneys know that many times things don’t work out according to plan. When that happens, the attorney has to go to Plan “B”—and that is what most of “A Walk on the Wild Side of Estates and Probate” is—the attorney’s Plan “B.”

Richard F. Bales

Dick Bales is underwriting counsel for the Naperville office of Proper Title. He has worked in the title insurance industry since 1977. He graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville in 1973. He received his juris doctorate degree from Northern Illinois University in 1983. In the summer of 2023 IRELA gave Bales its Lifetime Achievement award.

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