Contested Wills in Roselle, Illinois

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In Roselle, Illinois there are particular procedures permitting certain people to challenge the validity of a will. This is recognized as a "will contest" or "contested will."

Occasionally, when a person who expected to be included in a will is left out, their natural assumption is that there was some mistake, or that the will was made through improper means, such as duress or fraud, or that the will is an outright forgery.

If a lot of money, or some specifically valuable property, is at stake, the person who was left out might want to go to court and allege that the will was invalid. When left out of a will, a family member might naturally assume that some kind of mistake has been made, whether this is really true or not.

Like any legal matter, however, this should not be taken lightly. Will contests can foster conflict and strife within families who are already mourning a loved one. This can cause grave and irreversible damage to family relationships.

When Can a Will be Contested in Roselle, Illinois?

There are many reasons that a court in Roselle, Illinois might invalidate a will.

One big reason to invalidate a will is the fact that the will was made under duress. "Duress" simply means forcing somebody to do something they don't want to, using some kind of threat. Normally, the threat involves some type of physical harm. The most obvious example would involve putting a gun to somebody's head and telling them to write a will containing the terms desired by the gunman. Such a will, assuming the underlying facts can be proven in court, will never be valid. Of course, the validity of a will rarely becomes an issue until the testator has died, which may be years after the will was drafted. This means that proving the circumstances under which the will was made can often be very difficult. However, there are certain facts, such as the devise being to an "unnatural" beneficiary (somebody the testator didn't know very well, for instance), and the beneficiary being in a position of power over the decedent, are enough to at least create a suspicion that something is wrong.

Another thing to consider is the mental capacity of the person making the will. If, at the time the will was made, the testator was insane or heavily intoxicated, the will is likely to be held invalid by a court, if the underlying facts can be shown.

There are many other facts that might make a will invalid, and therefore serve as grounds to contest a will. If a will is effectively contested in Roselle, Illinois, and held to be invalid, this normally results in the property being distributed as if the decedent had died intestate (without a will). This means that it will usually go to the decedent's closest living relative.

Can a Roselle, Illinois Contested Will Attorney Help?

Contesting a will is often hard, and never fun. However, the entire process can be made more bearable if you have the help of a reliable Roselle, Illinois attorney, and the process will probably be much more manageable.

Talk to a Wills, Trusts and Estates Law Attorney now!

Life in Roselle

Roselle, Illinois is a city that straddles the border between Cook County and DuPage County. It has a population, as of the 2000 Census, of about 23,000 people.

Roselle was first incorporated in 1922, Roselle started out as an agricultural community, like much of the Midwest. However, in the economic boom that began shortly after the end of the Second World War, urbanites began to flock to the new suburban developments that were cropping up all across the country. Chicago was no exception, and scores of suburban commnities sprouted around it, Roselle being just one of them.

Roselle, Illinois is generally classified as a "bedroom community" for Chicago, meaning that it is almost entirely residential, and most of the people who live in Roselle work in another city, such as Chicago, and commute to work.

This means that the community of Roselle gets a piece of the massive amounts of wealth produced in a large, thriving, industrial city like Chicago. Accordingly, Roselle is fairly well off, economically. Less than 2% of the population of Roselle, Illinois lives below the poverty line.

Thanks to its proximity to a major city, and its economic stability, Roselle, Illinois and the surrounding areas are home to a thriving legal community. It's likely that you'll be able to find a Roselle, Illinois lawyer who can help you with a legal problem. If you need legal counsel, you should contact a Roselle, Illinois lawyer immediately.

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