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Top 5 – New year, new laws

What major changes take effect in 2018? Here are a few to be aware of:

  1. E-filing: Circuits with existing e-filing programs must switch to the statewide eFileIL system by July 1, 2018.
  2. Animal Protection: As of January 1, a pet's 'well-being' shall now be a consideration in property awards in Illinois divorce proceedings.
  3. Vital Records: Instead of requiring a surgical operation, as of January 1 a person seeking legal gender change on a birth certificate must undergo 'clinically appropriate treatment.'
  4. Guardianship training program: If a person is appointed guardian of a disabled adult—in any Illinois county other than Cook—he or she will be required to complete a training program that outlines the guardian's duties and responsibilities. This law becomes effective on September 8, 2018.
  5. Juvenile records and expungement: The newly created Youth Opportunity and Fairness Act expands automatic expungement of juvenile records and increases the confidentiality of those records.

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