Thomas Topal owned real estate in Benld, Ill., when he died on March 15, 2017. The mortgage on the property was held by First National Bank in Staunton, Ill.
In February 2020, Associated Bank N.A. (Associated) acquired First National Bank and succeeded it as mortgagee.
On Oct. 22, 2020, just over 2 ½ years after Topal passed away, his heir, Catherine Petrak, filed a petition seeking to admit his will to probate. Petrak died on Dec. 5, 2020. Attorney Robert Smith was named executor for her estate in a separate probate case and as independent administrator of Topal’s estate.