Are you ready for health care reform?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2010LawPulse, Page 502Important provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are kicking in, and lawyers - both as employers and counselors - need to take note.
Using Life Insurance to Secure a Maintenance ObligationBy Rob ShumakerSeptember 2010Article, Page 466What happens when a maintenance-paying spouse dies shortly after the judge signs the dissolution judgment? Is the maintenance recipient out of luck? That may depend on where the case arose.
The Collateral Source Rule after Wills v FosterBy Jennifer L. Tweeton and Erin N. GrahamApril 2009Article, Page 184A review of the supreme court’s decision in Wills, which allows plaintiffs to recover the “reasonable” (i.e., undiscounted) value of their medical expenses, even if paid by Medicare or some other third party.
Undefined “death benefits” include life insurance proceedsJune 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284On April 7, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Winnebago County ordering life insurance proceeds to be delivered to the decedent's children, instead of the listed beneficiary.
Life insurance cannot be used to secure maintenance paymentsMarch 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 124On January 3, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, reversed the judgment of the circuit court requiring the respondent to designate his ex-wife Sandra as the beneficiary of his life insurance policy as security for his maintenance obligation.
Medicaid Planning in Illinois: Are You Ready for the DRA?By Kirsten IzattNovember 2007Article, Page 586The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 requires estate planners to devise new ways to protect the assets of clients who face long nursing-home stays. Illinois hasn't implemented the law, but it will.