Category: Contested Estates

Should I Contest a Relative’s Will?
Contested Estate Attorney
Posted June 21, 2017

Wills can be contested for a number of different reasons. For instance, a will may not have been signed and executed in accordance with state law or a decedent may have lacked the testamentary capacity to draft a will in the first place. However, it can be extremely difficult to successfully contest a will. As […]

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Estate Valuation
Contested Estates Attorney
Posted May 08, 2017

The value of a testator’s possessions can and does cause conflict in the administration of many estates. However, there are steps that testators and executors can take to help ensure that valuations are completed carefully and accurately. Furthermore, there are a number of federal regulations with which property owners must comply when valuing their assets […]

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Executor Responsibilities
Contested Estates Attorney
Posted April 12, 2017

Executors have many important responsibilities when it comes to administering a testator’s estate. For this reason, anyone who is considering creating or altering a will should take great care when assigning someone to be an executor. Choosing an irresponsible person to be the executor of your estate can have serious consequences, so if you are […]

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How to Avoid Estate Contests
Contested Estates Attorney
Posted March 20, 2017

Estate planning can be a complex and time-consuming process that requires compliance with a series of procedural rules. Failing to comply with these regulations can lead to a will being contested, so if you live in Illinois and want to ensure that your own will or trust is created in accordance with state law, it […]

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Defending a Will Contest
Contested Estate Lawyer
Posted January 23, 2017

While many will contests are based on a valid belief by an heir that a testator was taken advantage of in his or her old age or that a will was forged and so does not represent the testator’s wishes, others are the result of complaints by disgruntled family members who believe that they did […]

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Contesting a Will: Undue Influence
Posted September 22, 2016

Contesting a Will: Undue Influence Provided By: Alan G. Orlowsky One of the most common reasons that family members dispute a will or estate is the concern that the testator was the victim of undue influence. Courts are reluctant to override a testator’s wishes, so it can be difficult to establish that undue influence impacted […]

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How Do I Defend A Contested Will?
Posted July 13, 2016

How Do I Defend A Contested Will? Provided By: Alan G. Orlowsky In Illinois, the executor of an estate has a legal obligation to defend the will in the event it is contested by parties who believe they have a financial standing in its execution. Whether the petitioners of the contest are beneficiaries named in […]

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Do I Need A Lawyer To Contest A Will In Illinois?
Posted July 07, 2016

Do I Need A Lawyer To Contest A Will In Illinois? Provided By: Alan G. Orlowsky If you or your family is considering contesting a will in Illinois probate court, you may have many questions about how the procedure works. The Illinois Probate Act of 1975 lays out specific mechanisms that will govern the legal […]

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What Are The Legal Grounds To Contest A Will In Illinois?
Posted June 16, 2016

What Are The Legal Grounds To Contest A Will In Illinois? Provided By: Alan G. Orlowsky When someone close to us passes away and we are named in his or her estate, we expect their last will and testament to be made while in sound mind and body. However, sometimes beneficiaries are not granted all […]

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Using No Contest Clauses To Prevent Contested Estates
Posted June 08, 2016

Using No Contest Clauses To Prevent Contested Estates Provided By: Alan G. Orlowsky While most of us expect a peaceful, timely, and harmonious allocation of our estate upon our passing, there may arise situations where the beneficiaries of our estate may feel jilted. Sometimes, these hard feeling may result in litigious action that can spiral […]

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