A murder conviction is no longer needed for application of the "slayer statute"July 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 348On April 29, 2010, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, upheld a decision of the Circuit Court of Macon County finding that the "slayer statute" prevents an individual deemed insane for criminal purposes, but nevertheless cognizant of murdering a person, from receiving any property, benefit or other interest he may have received by a death he caused.
Compensation for Family CaregiversBy Margot GordonMay 2010Article, Page 256Custodial claims enable family members who cared for a now-deceased relative to be compensated for their years of unpaid or underpaid caregiving. Here's how it works.
Where there's another will, there may be a wayBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2009Lawpulse, Page 598The failure to contest a will does not always bar an action for intentional interference with an expectancy of inheritance, the supreme court rules.
Illinois’ new will repository lawBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2009Lawpulse, Page 330Legislation headed to the governor will give lawyers a place to deposit wills for long-lost clients.
Five Wishes: "zero cases of litigation"June 2009Column, Page 274We're flattered that authors Koenig and Hyde ("Be Careful What You Wish For: Analyzing the Five Wishes Advance Directive," IBJ May 2009) pored over our document, and as would a law student studying a model contract, found areas that might-could-maybe-potentially become a problem.
Will construed according to plain and ordinary meaningNovember 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 554On September 5, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Peoria County ordering the proceeds from the securities found in the decedent's home to the charities in her will, and the beneficiaries to pay the 2005 and 2006 real estate taxes on the residences bequeathed to them.
Court affirms sua sponte dismissal of willAugust 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 390On May 19, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Champaign County which sua sponte dismissed an Illinois action, and vacated its earlier order admitting the will of Charles Ray Hoch to probate because of a similar case pending in Louisiana.
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.