Articles on Elder Law

Human Service Agency Updates Elder Law, September 2019 The Department of Healthcare and Family Services has announced that it will be opening 40 new dementia care settings as part of the Supportive Living Program.
Mark Your Calendars… Elder Law, September 2019 Upcoming events of interest.
Financial exploitation of the elderly: An overview By Eugenia C. Hunter Senior Lawyers, May 2019 Financial exploitation of the elderly falls into two general categories: fraud by strangers and exploitation by family and caregivers.
Short-term guardian form By J. Amber Drew Trusts and Estates, March 2019 A short-term guardian form typically used by parents leaving their kids with the grandparents.
Sibling rivalry By Michael H. Erde Elder Law, December 2018 Many estate plans go up in smoke because of family disharmony and conflict in court or because of a lifetime of estrangement among family members.
Appellate court’s estate planning advice By Michael J. Maslanka Elder Law, November 2018 In the recent case of Johnson v. Filler, the second district appellate court issued an opinion dealing with alleged legal malpractice by attorneys with regard to their preparation of wills and trusts.
GAL checklist By Eugenia Hunter Elder Law, November 2018 A checklist to use as guardian ad litem for a disabled adult.
Guardianship checklist By Eugenia Hunter Elder Law, November 2018 A guardianship checklist to use when representing the petitioner.
Short-term guardian form By J. Amber Drew Elder Law, November 2018 A short-term guardian form typically used by parents leaving their kids with the grandparents.
What every Illinois estate planner should know about elder mediation By Roselyn L. Friedman Trusts and Estates, September 2018 As the number of people living into their 80s, 90s, and beyond increases, many more families are dealing with difficult issues in connection with an aging parent whose wishes are to be honored and respected, including those about health care, living arrangements, and finances.
What every Illinois estate planner should know about elder mediation By Roselyn L. Friedman Elder Law, June 2018 As the number of people living into their 80s, 90s, and beyond increases, many more families are dealing with difficult issues in connection with an aging parent whose wishes are to be honored and respected, including those about health care, living arrangements, and finances.
When life gets complicated By Signe Gleeson Elder Law, June 2018 Professional care managers are an important part of the team when complex care issues arise as clients age or face chronic physical or mental illness.
When life gets complicated By Signe Gleeson Trusts and Estates, March 2018 Does your client need a 'professional care manager'?
Elder law desk reference: 2018 numbers and statistics By Martin W. Siemer Elder Law, February 2018 Keep these facts and figures handy!
New laws By Karen Alice Kloppe Elder Law, February 2018 A list of new Public Acts that may impact elder law practitioners.
Revisiting the Chicago Declaration on the Rights of Older Persons By Mark E. Wojcik Local Government Law, November 2017 The Chicago Declaration was intended to protect the rights of older persons in various areas, including autonomy and independence, participation in decision-making processes, and freedom of choice.
Illinois nursing homes reviewed; Survey said… By Michael J. Maslanka Senior Lawyers, October 2017 Rosewood Care Center of Swansea v. Price, decided August 22, 2017, provides guidance for when clients come to you with complaints regarding nursing homes.
Revisiting the Chicago Declaration on the Rights of Older Persons By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, October 2017 The Chicago Declaration was intended to protect the rights of older persons in various areas, including autonomy and independence, participation in decision-making processes, and freedom of choice.
Financial services industry responds to financial exploitation of seniors By James C. Krupp Elder Law, September 2017 The US Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a new rule proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. to protect seniors and other specified adults from financial exploitation.
Utilizing the Attorney General’s office to educate about local scams targeting the elderly By J. Amber Drew Elder Law, May 2017 Educating our clients is the best defense against any scams. And educating ourselves helps us to be better advocates for our clients.
You can help an elder this summer! By Susan L. DeCostanza & Karen Munoz Elder Law, May 2017 You may not have realized that you can visit an elder in your community and log pro bono hours at the same time, but you can.
Basics of involuntary transfers/discharges from nursing homes By Dolores Wigman Elder Law, February 2017 Because of the physical and emotional harm caused by moving the elderly and frail from familiar surroundings and routines, federal and state laws provide nursing home residents the right to remain in their nursing homes except in limited circumstances.
Elder law desk reference: 2017 numbers and statistics By Martin W. Siemer Elder Law, February 2017 A compilation of useful info you'll want to keep handy.
Elder law case summaries — April 1, 2016 through August 15, 2016 Elder Law, October 2016 Summaries of recent cases of interest to elder law practitioners.
Stories By Curt Ford Elder Law, October 2016 Stories can be a great asset to any attorney, and that is why Editor Curt Ford wants to help to share yours. Send in your funny, strange, interesting and moving tales to be included in the next several issues of this newsletter.
A beginner’s guide to common elder law tax traps By Zach Hesselbaum Elder Law, June 2016 Being able to identify common tax traps, specifically the traps that accompany public benefits planning, is key to a successful elder law practice.
It doesn’t hurt to ask, and it may hurt not to ask! By Michael J. Maslanka Senior Lawyers, June 2016 Caregivers and agents should not summarily pay bills without reading them and perhaps questioning them from time to time.
Elder law desk reference: 2016 numbers and statistics By Martin W. Siemer Elder Law, February 2016 A handy reference guide with all the updated info you need for 2016.
Instructions for your caregiver’s activity, time & expense record By Mary Ann Brown & Richard Habiger Elder Law, December 2015 Mary Ann Brown and Richard Habiger share the Life Care Contract Information Form they created.
A note from the co-editors By Mary Ann Connelly & Stanley R. Kaminski State and Local Taxation, December 2015 An introduction to the issue from co-editors Mary Ann Connelly and Stan Kaminski.

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