Section Newsletter Articles on Elder Law

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 Mike 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 and 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 and Stanley R. Kaminski State and Local Taxation, December 2015 An introduction to the issue from co-editors Mary Ann Connelly and Stan Kaminski.
Power of Attorney’s execution of admission contract with arbitration clause is binding on principal’s common law and Nursing Home Care Act claims By Jason G. Schutte Elder Law, June 2015 An overview of the recent case of Fiala v. Bickford Senior Living Group, LLC.
What can counsel do when assets pass to unintended beneficiaries that inherit? By Anthony B. Ferraro Elder Law, June 2015 A discussion of "resulting trusts."
Checklist to file Veteran only claim for VA Aid and Attendance By Zach Hesselbaum Elder Law, March 2015 Consult this handy checklist to make sure you don't miss a thing.
Estate planning financial information By Lance D. Taylor Elder Law, March 2015 The author shares his estate planning “fact finder” that is intended to provide the attorney with a summary of the client's current assets, their values, and how they are currently titled.
Practice tip: The checklist By Eugenia C. Hunter Elder Law, March 2015 This quick-reference tool for estates will help you keep track or what needs to be done and the date by which it must be done.
Watch your mailbox, your health insurance may be terminated: A guide to the new managed care program for Illinois healthcare program participants By Gina Salamone, Zach Hesselbaum, and Bonnie Schradel Elder Law, September 2014 A major change for Illinois citizens, a large sector of whom are seniors, has flown mostly under the news radar.
Elder law arbitrations By Kenneth T. Lumb Elder Law, June 2014 One of the most effective defenses to a lawsuit alleging bad nursing home care is a predispute mandatory arbitration agreement.
Nursing home litigation for the elder law practitioner By Patricia L. Gifford Elder Law, June 2014 Given the increasing long-term care population, nursing home litigation is an area that is sure to continue to grow.
Thank you! Elder Law, June 2014 The  Elder Law Section Council would like to thank everyone that contributed to the very successful 1st Annual Elder Law Bootcamp: Basics and Beyond.
2014 elder law quick guide: Important numbers to remember By Martin W. Siemer Elder Law, February 2014 A useful guide for the elder law practitioner.
Adult protective services By Karen Alice Kloppe Elder Law, September 2013 Governor Quinn signed House Bill 948 into law as Public Act 98-49, effective July 1, 2013. This new law adds Illinois to the ranks of other states that operate a single Adult Protective Services Program.
Every will needs a paragraph allowing for a supplemental needs trust By Carl M. Webber and J. Amber Drew Elder Law, April 2013 A gift to a disabled person can result in automatic disqualification from a number of well-known government assistance programs.
Tips from Heckerling 2013 and beyond By Dennis J. Jacknewitz Trusts and Estates, March 2013 The author shares what he learned from Heckerling and in the months since the conference in light of the new American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.
Help hospice out of the closet By Daniel M. Moore, Jr. Elder Law, December 2012 While the present dichotomy of curative versus hospice care exists, elder law attorneys can play a helpful, healthful role by apprising their clients making health care advance directives of the potential advantages of hospice at a future time. 
Senior tax exemptions By Leonard F. Amari and Katherine O’Dell Senior Lawyers, October 2012 With just short of 300,000 seniors losing their Senior Citizen exemptions in Cook County, many of us can expect calls from our elderly clients asking the questions addressed in this article.
Proactive and crisis planning strategies under DRA and the SMART Act By Teresa Nuccio Trusts and Estates, July 2012 A highlight of the major changes under DRA and the SMART Act and will outline both proactive and crisis planning strategies that remain viable.
A lawyer’s guide to the DSM IV TR© By Rory Weiler Elder Law, June 2012 The DSM IV TR (“text revision”) is the latest authoritative compilation of categorization and classification of mood, medical and personality disorders affecting human beings.
PART III—Implementation by the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services of the Federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) By Anthony B. Ferraro Elder Law, June 2012 The third and final installment in a series of three articles summarizing the implementation by the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (Department) of the Federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA).
The Center for Elder Law publishes study on the mediator’s role By Casey Harter Alternative Dispute Resolution, May 2012 Elder mediation is growing and, as a result, basic rules and regulations need to be placed in order to better serve the needs of older adults.
2012 Elder law desk reference: Important numbers to remember By Martin W. Siemer Elder Law, February 2012 Keep this list handy for quick and easy reference!
Florida Supreme Court decisions address the validity of nursing-home arbitration agreements By Em Rademaker Alternative Dispute Resolution, February 2012 Late in 2011 the Supreme Court of Florida issued two new decisions, finding that nursing home residents may not be obligated to arbitrate under an arbitration agreement that undermines their statutory rights