A will is an important document because it ensures that your final wishes regarding your property, assets, and other belongings are carried out. However, there are several situations where a person’s last will and testament could be deemed invalid.

The Illinois probate lawyers at Charles T. Newland & Associates can ensure that your will is properly drafted, valid, and enforceable. Please give us a call today to learn more about how we could assist you with all of your probate issues, including drafting your will, today.

Situations Where a Person’s Will Might be Declared Invalid

There are several scenarios where a person’s will might be rendered invalid. Those situations include the following:

  • A previous will had not been destroyed prior to drafting a new will.
  • The will was not properly witnessed, signed, or notarized by the appropriate parties.
  • The testator (the person making the will) did not have the sufficient mental competence to draft a valid will, possibly because of dementia or another temporary or long-term mental impairment. This refers to mental capacity at the time they signed the will, not before or after the fact.
  • There was some type of fraud or undue influence involved in creating the will, and the will does not represent the true intent of the testator.

Talk to a Skilled Illinois Probate Lawyer Today

If a will is declared invalid, it could ultimately be contested by others who may have an interest in the subject property or assets. The skilled team of attorneys at Charles T. Newland & Associates can ensure that your will is properly drafted and that it reflects your intentions with regard to all of your belongings, property, and other assets.

For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with an Illinois probate attorney, please call today at 847.797.9300 or contact us online for more information about how we could assist with preparing your will.