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If his probate estate was under $100,000, then you can use a "small estate affidavit" to collect any personal property (i.e. the lawsuit proceeds) held by another party. You complete the affidavit, have it notarized, and then you give copies to anyone holding personal property or money owed to or owned by husband and they then have to turn it over to you.
This is a link to instructions, the forms, and common questions: IL Small Estate Affidavit