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No-contest clauses, also known as in terrorem “by way of threat” clauses, are provisions in wills that provide that if a beneficiary of the will “a legatee” challenges the validity of the will, he or she will forfeit his or her inheritance or receive only a nominal inheritance.
In this article, we explain Illinois formal proof of will hearings in probate, also known as will prove-ups, including the difference between formal proof of will and will contests, what happens at a formal proof of will hearing, who has standing to file a petition for formal proof of will, and the deadline to file a formal proof of will petition in Illinois.
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