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Factors that often lead to probate litigation in Illinois

Circuit court judges in Illinois oversee many cases involving disputes regarding executors of estates as well as numerous other aspects related to the estate administration process. Such judges are called upon to issue rulings in probate litigation when a person or group of people challenge a last will and testament. When an objection is filed, the litigation process helps the court determine whether or not the decedent in question was of sound mind when he or she signed a will and whether someone intentionally interfered with the execution of an estate plan or somehow caused duress or wrongful influence upon the estate owner.

Probate litigation expected following Aretha Franlin's death

Rhythm and blues fans in Illinois and throughout the world have been paying tribute to music superstar Aretha Franklin, who recently passed away. In addition to being known for her powerful voice and tremendous success in the music industry, she was also known for being an intensely private person. An expected probate litigation process is about to change all that, however, because information regarding her estate will soon be made public.  

Want to avoid probate litigation? Here's how

Many Illinois families, like others throughout the nation, sometimes find themselves entangled in family discord in the days and weeks that follow a loved one's death. It is not easy to be faced with legal issues surrounding a decedent's final will and testament or other issues regarding inheritance or fiduciary duties. There are several proactive steps one can take to try to avoid probate litigation. 

3 major myths about estate planning

Estate planning mistakes can cause enormous problems for your family. They can cause siblings to fight, they can cause you to pay too much in taxes and they can leave everyone in a state of confusion and chaos after you pass away.

Support available for heirs and beneficiaries in Illinois

When an Illinois resident executes an estate plan, he or she may include numerous documents and designate various people to fulfill crucial roles. For instance, children, grandchildren, spouses or others may be named as heirs and beneficiaries. While it sounds simple enough, you might be surprised how common it is for feuds to arise regarding a parent's or other loved one's last will and testament.  

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