A new, higher limit for small-estate affidavitsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2004Lawpulse, Page 508The ceiling for small estate affidavits has doubled from $50,000 to $100,000. But will it make the well-meaning people who serve as affiants more attractive targets for lawsuits?
Getting paid, part 2: A new probate pitfall to avoidBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2004Lawpulse, Page 62If your client is seeking payment from an estate, make sure you file a claim with the probate court even if the estate representative knows about the debt; that knowledge might not put the estate on the hook, according to a new appellate court ruling.
Can a parent inherit from a stillborn child?By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2003Lawpulse, Page 594A fascinating, if perplexing, Illinois Supreme Court opinion seems to say that a fetus can have an estate for inheritance purposes.
Illinois Supreme Court cares for caretakersBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2002Lawpulse, Page 392The high court upholds the Probate Act provision that allows a claim against the estate by selected relatives who serve as custodial caretakers.
Probate Court Report #2: Take care with heirshipBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2002Lawpulse, Page 114Do a little probate work? Then take heed: failing to properly prepare an affidavit of heirship can lead to embarrassment or worse if the will falls through.
Nice Guys Finish Last in Wills and Estate PlanningBy Anne E. TharApril 2000Column, Page 235Confused elderly parents, estranged (and strange) children; estate-planning practice can pose serious malpractice risks for the best of lawyers. Here's what to watch for.
Making the Most of the New Illinois Perpetuities StatuteBy Richard A. Campbell and Christopher D. DwyerNovember 1999Article, Page 594Illinois' recently enacted rule-against-perpetuities statute permits estate planners to create perpetual trusts, and that opens new estate-planning possibilities. The authors describe the options.
The Lawyer’s JournalBy Bonnie McGrathOctober 1999Column, Page 514Insurance policies and the discovery rule; read the fine print.