How to Contest a Will in Illinois
A will is one of the most important documents used in an estate plan, allowing the testator to leave property to whomever they intend, name an executor of their estate, name a guardian for minor children, and more. And while wills can be used to mitigate tensions between family members regarding distribution of property and payment of debts after a testator’s death, wills can also be divisive. Indeed, parties may even dispute the validity of a will.
If you believe that a will is invalid and if you would be adversely affected by the execution of the will, you may contest the will. Here’s what you need to know–
Contesting a Will in Illinois
If you believe that you have a valid reason to contest a will in Illinois, Illinois Probate Act Chapter 5, Section 8-1 affords you six months from the date of the will’s admission into probate court to take action by filing a petition.
Not only must the will be contested within the six-month time period, but the person who is filing the petition must have legal standing to do so. In order to have legal standing to contest a will in Illinois, you must have a direct financial interest in the will, and, should the will be accepted by the court, this decision would be detrimental to your interest.
Grounds for Declaring a Will Invalid
Assuming that you have legal standing to contest a will and you bring forth your petition within the required time frame, the next step is being able to prove that the will is invalid based on one of the following grounds:
Seek Help from a Skilled Libertyville Estate Planning and Probate Lawyer
The requirements for contesting a will are rigorous, and attempting the process without the counsel of an experienced lawyer is not recommended. At the law offices of Johnston Tomei Lenczycki & Goldberg LLC, our experienced estate planning and probate lawyers can guide you through the process, and represent your interests if you believe that a will is invalid. Please call us today for a consultation, or send us a message directly using the intake form on our website.
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