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.