MyDec to be Required for All Cook County Illinois Real Estate Conveyances

Effective January 21, 2019, prior to recording, all Cook County property conveyance instruments must be accompanied by an electronically-completed Cook County Real Estate Transfer Tax Declaration, aka, a “MyDec,” which can be completed via the Illinois Department of Revenue’s MyDec Transfer Tax Portal – The requirement to use MyDec is already in effect for all property transfers in the City of Chicago, and is being extended to all property in Cook County, including “exempt” and “non-exempt” transfers. This requirement does not alter any local municipal requirements for transferring property, and must be fulfilled, even if the instrument is accompanied by a Grantor/Grantee Affidavit.

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Transferring Real Property from an Illinois Estate

Find the Illinois laws for dealing with a decedent’s real property at 755 ILCS 5/20.

Probate is a court-supervised, lawful distribution of a deceased individual’s assets. The nature of the probate case depends on whether the decedent died testate (with a last will and testament) or intestate (without a will). In both cases, someone acts as the decedent’s personal representative and performs the tasks associated with settling the estate.

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