In Illinois, a person adversely affected by the will of a deceased person may contest the validity of that will.
Any claim contesting a will must be filed within 6 months after the court enters an order which admits the will to probate.
Merely destroying the original will may not be enough. If you're like most people, you'll make more than one will in your lifetime. We marry, divorce, have children, and acquire and dispose of property -- all of which affect how we want our wills to read.
Why isn't it enough to tear up the old will or throw it into the fireplace?
For starters, even if you destroy the original will, there might be copies lying around.
(To learn more about when you might want to review and update your will, check out Nolo's article When to Change Your Will.) If you decide the will you have now no longer reflects your current wishes, it's always best to simply make a new will.
What if you want to revoke your current will, but aren't sure what a new one should say, or you don't have time to get around to making one right now?
In order to contest a will, a person must have what the law calls “standing”.