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ESTATES
(755 ILCS 5/) Probate Act of 1975.

755 ILCS 5/15-2

    (755 ILCS 5/15-2) (from Ch. 110 1/2, par. 15-2)
    Sec. 15-2. Child's award.
    (a) If a minor or adult dependent child of the decedent does not reside with the surviving spouse of the decedent at the time of decedent's death, there shall be allowed to that child, exempt from the enforcement of a judgment, garnishment or attachment in the possession of the representative, a sum of money that the court deems reasonable for the proper support of the child for the period of 9 months after the death of the decedent, in a manner suited to the condition in life of the minor child and to the condition of the estate. The award may in no case be less than $10,000 and shall be paid for the benefit of the child to such person as the court directs.
    (b) If a deceased resident of this State leaves no surviving spouse, there shall be allowed to all children of the decedent who were minors at the date of death and all adult dependent children, exempt from the enforcement of a judgment, garnishment or attachment in the possession of the representative, a sum of money that the court deems reasonable for the proper support of those children for the period of 9 months after the death of the decedent in a manner suited to the condition in life of those children and to the condition of the estate. The award may in no case be less than $10,000 for each of those children, together with an additional sum not less than $20,000 that shall be divided equally among those children or apportioned as the court directs and that shall be paid for the benefit of any of those children to any person that the court directs.
    (c) The changes made by this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly apply to a decedent whose date of death is on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 96-968, eff. 7-2-10.)

755 ILCS 5/15-3

    (755 ILCS 5/15-3) (from Ch. 110 1/2, par. 15-3)
    Sec. 15-3. Allowance, notice and review of award.) (a) The representative shall apply to the court to make the award when an award is allowable and is not waived or barred, and when an award is allowed, shall mail or deliver a copy of the award to each person in whose favor the award is made, unless service is waived.
    (b) On petition of the surviving spouse, the representative, an heir or legatee, or a creditor of the estate, the court may hear evidence and may increase or diminish the award as justice requires.
(Source: P.A. 79-328.)

755 ILCS 5/15-4

    (755 ILCS 5/15-4) (from Ch. 110 1/2, par. 15-4)
    Sec. 15-4. Selection.) (a) The surviving spouse is entitled to receive the amount of the award in money or, at the election of the surviving spouse, to accept payment thereof in whole or in part in goods and chattels of the decedent not specifically bequeathed, at their appraised value. The selection shall be made in writing by the surviving spouse within 30 days after he is notified in writing of the allowance of the award and shall be filed in the court. If the surviving spouse dies before the expiration of the time within which he may make the selection, the representative of his estate may make the selection for the benefit of the estate.
    (b) If the decedent leaves no surviving spouse, the children of the decedent have the same right of selection of goods and chattels as the surviving spouse under this Section. The selection shall be made and filed in the same manner as the surviving spouse's selection.
    (c) If a surviving spouse or child entitled to make a selection is a ward his representative may make the selection on his behalf.
(Source: P.A. 80-1415.)

755 ILCS 5/Art. XVI

 
    (755 ILCS 5/Art. XVI heading)
ARTICLE XVI
RECOVERY OF PROPERTY AND DISCOVERY OF
INFORMATION