Section Newsletter Articles From Lauren Evans DeJong

What is the Jones Act? By Lauren Evans DeJong Law Related Education for the Public, October 2017 The Jones Act has been in the news lately, most particularly with calls for waiver of the Act. But what is the Jones Act?
Estate planning during dissolution proceedings By Lauren Evans DeJong General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, August 2017 There is no limit to the estate planning vehicles that can be used during the pendency of dissolution proceedings.
LRE news By Lauren Evans DeJong Law Related Education for the Public, July 2017 An introduction to this issue from co-editor Lauren Evans DeJong.
The Pledge of Allegiance and the battle between civil rights & civics education By Lauren Evans DeJong Law Related Education for the Public, July 2017 The history of the Pledge of Allegiance and the legal challenges to its recitation provide not only an interesting exploration of the tensions between the important role of schools and other units of government in promoting civic values and education while also maintaining the rights of Americans to exercise their religious freedoms and civil rights.
2016 amendments to the health care power of attorney By Lauren Evans DeJong General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, August 2016 The 2016 amendment addresses some of the concerns raised with the 2015 rewrite of the statutory short form power of attorney for health care. While some concerns have not yet been addressed, many see the new form and its amendments as a step in the right direction. If you haven’t done so already, now is a good time to update your office forms to comport to the amended statute.
The growth of law-related education By Lauren Evans DeJong Law Related Education for the Public, August 2016 Illinois now requires one full semester of civics for all students enrolling in high school on or after July 1, 2016.
Illinois’ new small estate affidavit By Lauren Evans DeJong General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, March 2016 A small estate affidavit allows for the administration of small estates (in Illinois, personal assets valued under $100,000) without the necessity of court proceedings.
Trusts no longer trapped by residency of grantor By Lauren Evans DeJong General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, October 2014 Linn v. Department of Revenue is a taxpayer victory, as it now makes it possible for many trusts to escape Illinois income taxation due to the lack of nexus with the State of Illinois.

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