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Cost-Effective

When we started our firm in the midst of the recession, we learned to survive in a lean environment and pass the savings on to our clients.  As the economy has improved, we have not changed our philosophy.  We are hungry to grow our client base, and so we have intentionally set our rates below what the market will bear.  Our mission is to make each client walk away feeling that they got more value than they paid for.  This is easier to do when we make our prices affordable.

Client-Focused

The secret to our success as a firm is incredibly simple: we build a personal relationship with each of our clients and treat them with the respect that they deserve.  We pride ourselves on our open lines of communication, frequent check-ins with our clients, and our accessibility.  We are here to help you in any way we can, often leveraging our network of resources to assist you with non-legal issues that you may be having.  We are your one-stop problem-solver and trusted adviser.  All attorneys say that they provide excellent client service, but, unlike other attorneys, we practice what we preach.  We make sure every client walks away happy . . . period.

Comprehensive

We are your community law firm.  Our business is built on long-term relationships with our clients.  Our clients have the luxury of building trust over time with one team of attorneys, rather than having to find a new attorney for each different type of matter that arises over the course of their lives.  No one attorney can be an expert at everything.  That is why we have worked hard to assemble a team of attorneys with extensive experience in different areas of expertise.  Our attorneys work together closely to bring our collective experience to bear on any issue that may arise for our clients.

Great at What We Do

Since our business comes entirely from referrals and community involvement, our reputation for quality legal work is our greatest asset . . . and it is extremely important to us.  Each of our attorneys is truly experienced in his or her practice areas, with the highest personal standards of excellence.  We are proud of our reputation in the community, and we did not achieve it by accident.  Our reputation for excellence comes from hard work, continuing education, and an above-and-beyond approach to our clients’ cases.

More information about our Champaign County Will Contest & Disputes:

Our highly experienced Champaign County will contest attorneys will be your advocate and fight for your rights during your will dispute. Our attorneys help executors defend a will, beneficiaries or individuals who know their rights aren't being protected.We will focus in on key issues of any case to help you create a formal objection to the validity of the will. Our dedicated teams of attorneys will ensure you are put in the best position to succeed and receive a favorable outcome. Explore our cost effective solutions to get what you need out of your will contest case. 


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Champaign County Will Contest & Disputes

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Champaign, IL 61821

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Undue Influence in Champaign County Will Contests

In this article, our Champaign County will contest attorneys discuss who has standing to contest a well as well as the process of contention and the statute of limitations behind filing a will contest. If an interested party believes that a will that has been admitted to probate is the result of mental incompetence, undue influence, or fraud, he or she may file a petition to contest the validity of the will in the probate court in which the will has been admitted.  Evidence will be presented by both sides and a trial will be held to determine whether the claims of the interested party who filed the petition cause the will to be invalid. Any “interested person,” as defined by the Illinois Probate Act, may file a petition to contest a will.  The Illinois Probate Act defines an “interested person” as an heir, legatee, creditor, person entitled to a spouse’s or child’s award and the representative. The executor or administrator has a duty to defend the validity of the will against will contests unless the executor or administrator reasonably believes that the contested will is invalid. The validity of a will can be contested on a variety of bases, known as “causes of action.”  These include undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity, fraud, forgery, compulsion, or other improper conduct, revocation, and noncompliance with formalities of execution.


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Undue Influence in Champaign County Will Contests

In this article, our Champaign County will contest attorney examine undue influence in will contests and give you the information you need to understand what it is and how they are used in will contests. “Undue influence” is one of many bases for arguing that a will is invalid, other causes of action include lack of testamentary capacity, fraud, revocation, and noncompliance with formalities of execution.

“Undue influence” occurs when a person executing a will or trust (“a testator”) has his or her own will overpowered by another’s improper or wrongful constraint or persuasion, which causes the person executing the will or trust to act in a way he or she would not have acted in the absence of the undue influence.  

‍The undue influence must have occurred at the time that the will was drafted, and must have tended to deprive the testator of the ability to freely make decisions.  The mental capacity of the testator is an important consideration in undue influence cases.  In cases where the testator was in a weak or disabled mental state, less evidence is required to prove undue influence than when the testator has full command of his or her faculties.


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Testamentary Capacity in Champaign County Will Contests

In this article, our Champaign County will contest lawyers discuss lack of testamentary capacity as used in will contests as a cause of action. Lack of testamentary capacity is one of several bases for arguing that a will or trust is invalid, including undue influence, fraud, revocation, and noncompliance with formalities of execution. In order to invalidate an Illinois will or trust based on lack of testamentary capacity, the person challenging the will must establish that at the time the will or trust was executed, the testator did not have the mental capacity to:

  1. Know and remember his or her children and other immediate family (referred to by the term of art “natural objects of his or her bounty”);
  2. Understand the property he or she owns; and
  3. Plan for the disposition of his or her property.

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