Articles From Colleen L. Sahlas

Grantor trust administration in Illinois: A primer, part 3 By Colleen L. Sahlas & Emily Vivian Trusts and Estates, July 2019 The third part of a three-part series outlining the role and duties of the acting successor trustee in Illinois trust administration of a self-declaration of trust where the grantor/settlor has become disabled or is deceased.
Thank you to our authors By Colleen L. Sahlas & Jennifer Bunker Skerston Trusts and Estates, July 2019 A thank you to the authors who contributed one or more articles to the Trusts & Estates newsletter in the 2018-19 bar year.
Grantor trust administration in Illinois: A primer By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, June 2019 The second part of a three-part series outlining the role and duties of the acting successor trustee in Illinois trust administration of a self-declaration of trust where the grantor/settlor has become disabled or is deceased.
Drafting a FSBO residential real estate contract: Questionnaire for your clients By Colleen L. Sahlas Real Estate Law, May 2019 You as the attorney can properly draft the residential real estate sales contract from the get-go, rather than “fixing” it during the attorney approval period.
Ethics corner By Jennifer Bunker Skerston & Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, May 2019 A note from co-editors Jennifer Bunker Skerston and Colleen Sahlas about the newsletter's ethics column.
Grantor trust administration in Illinois: A primer By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, May 2019 What to do when you represent the successor trustee of a grantor trust and the grantor has passed away, resigned, or been declared disabled for purposes of acting as trustee.
A summary of the Trusts & Estates Section’s November 2018 business meeting By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, January 2019 A summary of the November 2018 Trusts & Estates Section's business meeting, including CLE, legislation, case law, and technology updates.
A summary of the Trusts & Estates Section’s September 2018 business meeting By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, December 2018 A summary of the September 2018 Trusts & Estates Section's business meeting, including CLE, legislation, and technology updates.
Welcome to the October 2018 newsletter By Colleen L. Sahlas & Jennifer Bunker Trusts and Estates, October 2018 An introduction to the issue from the co-editors, Colleen L. Sahlas and Jennifer Bunker.
A better strategy: Reduce the contract purchase price in lieu of credits to buyers By Colleen L. Sahlas Real Estate Law, August 2018 By lowering the contract purchase price, you will simplify the transaction, save yourself additional work, and advocate for the best interests of your clients. 
Co-editors’ note By Colleen L. Sahlas & Jennifer Bunker Trusts and Estates, August 2018 An introduction to the issue from the Trusts & Estates Section Council's newsletter co-editors, Jennifer L. Bunker and Colleen L. Sahlas.
Co-editors’ note By Jennifer L. Bunker & Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, July 2018 A note from the Trusts & Estates Section Council's newsletter co-editors, Jennifer L. Bunker and Colleen L. Sahlas.
A summary of the Trusts & Estates Section’s April 2018 business meeting By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, July 2018 A summary of the April 2018 Trusts & Estates Section's business meeting, including subcommittee reports, legislative updates, case law updates, and more.
Thank you to our authors By Jennifer L. Bunker & Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, July 2018 Thank you to our authors from the 2017-18 bar year.
A summary of the Trusts & Estates Section’s February 2018 business meeting By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, May 2018 A summary of the February 2018 Trusts & Estates Section's business meeting, including subcommittee reports, legislative updates, case law updates, and more.
A summary of the Trusts & Estates Section’s December 2017 business meeting By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, April 2018 A summary of the December 2017 Trusts & Estates Section's business meeting, including subcommittee reports, legislative updates, and case law updates.
Getting to know the Trusts & Estates Council members By Colleen L. Sahlas & Jennifer Bunker Trusts and Estates, January 2018 Learn more about members Michelle Hanlon and Colleen Sahlas.
A summary of the Trusts & Estates Section Council’s September, 2017 business meeting By Colleen L. Sahlas & Jennifer Bunker Trusts and Estates, January 2018 Find out what this Section has been up to and what the future holds.
Getting to know the Trusts & Estates Council members By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, December 2017 Learn more about Council members Sarah M. LeRose and James Lestikow
Getting to know the Trusts & Estates Council members By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, November 2017 Learn more about Section Council member Tiffanie B. Powell.
Getting to know the Trusts & Estates Council members By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, October 2017 Learn more about Trusts & Estates Section Council members Michael R. Lucas and Michael L. English.
A summary of the Trusts & Estates Section’s June, 2017 business meeting By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, October 2017 Find out what this section has been up to lately.
Getting to know the Trusts & Estates Council members By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, September 2017 Learn more about members Steven Novak and Zisl Edelson.
Getting to know the Trusts & Estates council members By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, August 2017 Learn more about members Kathryn Van Eeuwen and Kerry R. Peck.
Keep litigious proclivities out of real estate transactions By Colleen L. Sahlas Real Estate Law, July 2017 A litigator’s strategies may be effective in litigation, but in a residential real estate deal they can backfire, be destructive, and even jeopardize your client’s contractual rights.
Include trustee’s acceptance language in an instrument conveying real property out of a land trust into a living trust By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, June 2017 When conveying real property out of a land trust to a living trust, don’t rely on the land trust company to prepare an instrument of conveyance that includes a written acceptance by the trustee of a trust to fulfill the new Illinois Statute at 760 ILCS 5/6.5(a).
A summary of the Trusts & Estates Section’s February 2017 business meeting By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, June 2017 Check out what the section has been up to recently.
Avoiding liabilities when working alongside real estate agents By Colleen L. Sahlas Real Estate Law, May 2017 Working relationships between attorneys and agents in real estate can often be positive and valuable. But it’s critical to understand and address the roles between agents and attorneys, define the boundaries, and be wary of potential liabilities that could result from working alongside them.
What NOT to include in your attorney modification letters By Colleen L. Sahlas Real Estate Law, August 2016 Modification letters that haven’t been thought through or well written can result in undermining our client’s best interests.
A baker’s dozen considerations before probating small or insolvent decedents’ estates By Colleen L. Sahlas Trusts and Estates, March 2016 This article addresses those cases where probate is optional, and offers a number of factors for you to consider as you and your client determine whether or not probate is the most prudent course of action for a certain insolvent or small estate.

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