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  • Grounds for contesting a will in Illinois

    Grounds for contesting a will in Illinois: After a loved one’s death, there is nothing more unsettling than finding out that they left a will which (1) appears to be the product of coercion by some outside individual or (2) was executed after the decedent lost the mental capacity to sign a will. If you…

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  • Contesting a Will in Illinois Based on Lack of Capacity:

    Contesting a Will in Illinois Based on Lack of Capacity: Illinois law recognizes that any testator (the person who executed the will) must have sufficient mental capacity to complete his or her will (also known as “testamentary capacity”). Sometimes the testator will execute a will shortly before their death or during a time when they…

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    Contesting a Will in Illinois Based on Undue Influence:

    Contesting a Will in Illinois Based on Undue Influence: Illinois law recognizes that individuals may be subject to the undue influence of those around them. When someone is a victim of undue influence, the result is the creation of a will which does not truly reflect their wishes and leaves most or all of their…

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    What is the Difference between Estate Tax and Inheritance Tax?

    What is the Difference between Estate Tax and Inheritance Tax? It is easy to confuse the terms “estate tax” and “inheritance tax”. Most people do not know if these terms are synonyms or if they are actually different types of taxes. The current political discussion over “death taxes” only makes this discussion more confusing. In…

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