Category: Contested Estates

Avoid These Mistakes in Your Estate Plan
Contested Estates Lawyer
Posted March 17, 2020

Before creating an estate plan, it is important for testators to consider their goals and options, while also being careful to avoid certain mistakes that could be damaging to the estate and the testator’s beneficiaries. One of the best way to avoid mistakes and a potential will contest is to speak with an experienced contested […]

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The Difficulty of Contesting a Will vs Challenging a Trust
Contested Estates Lawyer
Posted February 18, 2020

One of the most important tasks of an estate planning attorney is to ensure the tools used to create an estate plan can stand up to a legal challenge by a beneficiary. This is especially important when drafting a will, because it is generally considered easier to successfully contest a will than it is to […]

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How Long Does it Take to Contest an Estate in Illinois?
Contested Estates Lawyer
Posted December 19, 2019

Although we all hope we will be able to avoid family conflict and litigation through the proper planning and administration of our estates, the reality is, poor communication, general misunderstandings and strained family relationships can cause major problems – even with the most well-executed estate plan. Contesting a will tends to be a complicated process, […]

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Contesting a Living Trust
Contested Estates Lawyer
Posted October 10, 2019

While all estate plans are supposed to take care of a person’s final affairs, the way in which that is achieved depends on the type of instrument used to protect and distribute the assets in question. For instance, many people choose to create living trusts, which allow individuals to hold their own property in trust, […]

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What You Should Know About Contesting an Estate in Illinois
Contested Estates Attorney
Posted September 12, 2019

Even when a testator takes reasonable steps to ensure his/her will is valid under state law, that person’s estate could still be contested in probate court. Contesting an estate is a complicated matter, which involves sensitive and complex legal issues. Making even a minor mistake can have costly consequences. If you find yourself grappling with […]

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Was a Loved One Forced Into Signing Their Will?
Contested Estates Attorney
Posted August 14, 2019

A person’s final wishes concerning the dispersal of his/her assets, a decedent’s last will and testament is usually ironclad. However, this is only true if the will was executed properly and fully complies with state law – which means the testator was not unduly influenced when disposing of his or her estate. Even though wills […]

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How to Contest a Will in Illinois
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted June 20, 2019

Losing a loved one is a difficult, emotional and painful event. Processing this type of loss can become even more complicated for individuals who have reason to believe the will of a deceased relative or friend is not valid. When it comes to concerns about the validity of a decedent’s will, those who find themselves […]

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How Much Time Do I Have to Contest a Will?
Contested Will Attorney
Posted December 12, 2018

Although many people assume that they have an unlimited amount of time to contest a will, the reality is that Florida law caps the amount of time that claimants have to contact a probate court and file a will-related dispute. To ensure that you have a firm grasp of these laws, please contact a member […]

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Payable-on-Death Accounts
Contested Estates Attorney
Posted May 22, 2018

When a person passes away, his or her estate is usually distributed by a probate court. This court-supervised process tends to be expensive and time-consuming, so most people attempt to avoid it by establishing a trust or creating a payable-on-death account. The latter, which are also known as PODs, are set up for a number […]

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Most Common Reasons to Contest a Will
Contested Will
Posted April 23, 2018

Even when a person creates a will, a relative or other interested party can still contest that will after the testator’s death, but only if there is evidence of fraud, lack of testamentary capacity, or proof that the will does not meet the necessary legal requirements. However, proving that a will is not valid is […]

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