Category: Contested Wills

Who Can Contest a Will?
Posted March 26, 2019

Under Illinois law, certain individuals who believe that a loved one’s will does not actually reflect that person’s wishes, whether because of undue influence, incapacitation, fraud, or improper execution, are often able to contest the will itself. However, even if evidence of fraud or undue influence exists, a person can only contest a will if […]

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What Steps Do I Need to Take If I Want to Contest a Will?
Contested Will Attorney
Posted February 18, 2019

Are you concerned that your loved one’s will was not made according to his or her actual interests? Or did you recently lose a loved one and learn that another will was drafted toward the end of his or her life at a time in which capacity was in question? Not all states allow individuals […]

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Partial Invalidation of a Will
Posted February 07, 2017

Generally, courts are reluctant to revoke the will of a testator and only do so when there is compelling evidence that a will was signed under duress, the testator lacked testamentary capacity, or that another existing will revokes a prior document. These challenges must be brought within six months of the will’s admission to probate […]

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Contesting a Will Based on Revocation
Posted December 05, 2016

Illinois courts are wary of revoking a person’s will as it is generally presumed that testators are competent at the time of a will’s execution. However, there are a few ways that an heir or family member can contest the validity of a will, one of which is to claim that a will was previously […]

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Contesting a Forged Will
Posted November 08, 2016

Contesting a Forged Will Provided By: Alan G. Orlowsky Courts are reluctant to throw out a person’s will because of the presumption that wills represent the intent of their makers. However, in some cases, it is possible to overturn a will if there is evidence of fraud, undue influence, or forgery. Because of the state’s […]

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