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No-Contest Clauses in Illinois Wills and Trusts

In this article, we will explain no-contest clauses in Illinois wills, and answer the question, “are no-contest clauses in wills enforceable in Illinois?”

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Illinois Formal Proof of Will Hearings Explained

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. 

​What is a formal proof of will hearing?

In a formal proof of will hearing, interested parties have the ability to challenge the admission of the will into probate by requesting that the executor present proof that the will was properly executed. 

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Tortious Interference with an Expectancy of Inheritance and Fraudulent Inducement

In this article, we will explain the torts of tortious interference with an expectancy of inheritance and fraudulent inducement, two common causes of action in Illinois probate litigation. In the context of Illinois probate disputes, both causes of action are brought against individuals who wrongfully deprive the plaintiff of his or her inheritance.  We will discuss the elements of each cause of action in Illinois and how they interact with Illinois will contests.

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