What Happens If You Inherit Firearms in an Estate?

In the event that a loved one passes away, what should do you do if you inherit their firearms? Many people have estate plans, which include items such as wills or trusts to delegate their property and effects to loved ones and friends, but even if no estate plan is in place and a loved one dies and their personal effects include firearms, there are certain legal considerations to keep in mind. 

There are already a lot of emotions and stressors that surface when a loved one passes away and you have to deal with the personal items in their estate. But when beneficiaries of the estate suddenly become in possession of firearms from the estate, there are many other common concerns and problems.

Both Federally and Illinois, there are specific firearm laws for beneficiaries to take into consideration.

If the recipients of the estate do not have a Firearms Owner Identification Card (FOID), what steps should they take?

Can an estate be held liable for unregistered firearms?

Attorney Ryan N. Hejmanowski and Attorney Gwendolyn J. Sterk discuss some legal considerations for families dealing with firearms in a probate matter in Illinois. 

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For more than 15 years, Attorney Ryan N. Hejmanowski has been dedicated to serving the needs of those in Will, DuPage, Cook, and Kankakee County, from Joliet to Chicago Heights, and Orland Park to Kankakee, as well as the surrounding communities.

To connect with Ryan or to schedule a free consultation, visit: https://rnh-law.com/ or call (708) 279-4050

To learn more or to connect with Sterk Family Law Group, P.C. or Gwendolyn Sterk, call 815-600-8950 or visit https://www.sterkfamilylaw.com/   or complete the form below:


This is a legal advertisement from Sterk Family Law Group. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be construed as such. This article is for informational and educational purposes only.

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