Estate Planners Adopt and Adapt the New HCPOA FormBy Ed FinkelApril 2015Article, Page 20Illinois has a new, plain-language statutory health care power of attorney, and lawyers are getting used to it – and, in some cases, tweaking it to suit their practices.
A more user-friendly statutory POA for health careBy Janan HannaApril 2014LawPulse, Page 162Proposed legislation would revise the HCPOA form to make it easier to understand and help principals better communicate their wishes about end-of-life treatment.
Get Ready for the New Illinois Power of Attorney ActBy Mary D. CascinoNovember 2010Article, Page 568A sweeping rewrite of this important Act creates new statutory POA forms for healthcare and property that better protect principals, agents, and third parties. Here's what you need to know - and see the link to new statutory forms on page 569.
The POA Act amendment that wasn’tBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2010LawPulse, Page 230Have you gotten that press release saying the Illinois Department of Public Health has "mandated new language" for healthcare POAs? Well, it hasn't.
The Perilous World of POA AgentsBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2008Article, Page 398They're responsible for tedious recordkeeping, and they risk raising the family's ire - even being sued. Who wants this thankless job?
What’s a POA agent worth?By Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2008LawPulse, Page 384Agents are entitled to reasonable compensation. But what's reasonable?
Stepping up the fight against elder abuseBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2008LawPulse, Page 334A leading elder-rights advocate says the Illinois legislature and judiciary can do more to prevent and identify elder abuse.
Estate Planning for the Rest of UsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2007Article, Page 520Most people don't have estates large enough to owe tax when they die. But they still need estate-planning advice.
POA amendments help protect incapacitated principalsBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2006LawPulse, Page 458The new law empowers the Department of Aging and its provider agencies to go to court to require agents to produce their records, which will help authorities identify and stop abuse.
POA perilsBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2006LawPulse, Page 398The supreme court's opinion in In re Winthrop is valuable reading for attorneys who sometimes find themselves preparing a power of attorney for Party A at the behest of Party B.
HIPAA and POAs revisitedBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2005LawPulse, Page 110Experts still say you shouldn't have to amend your POAs to make them HIPAA compliant, but maybe it's better to be safe than sorry.