Articles on Trusts

Behind the Scenes: Drafting the New Illinois Trust Code By Susan Bart Trusts and Estates, August 2019 The new Illinois Trust Code provides a comprehensive, organized body of trust law that replaces the sparse, scattered, and somewhat disorganized preexisting statutes.
Drafting for Community Spouses By Phil Koenig Trusts and Estates, August 2019 The law that affects special needs trust planning is not intuitive and contains traps for the unwary. One quirk in the law was referenced in the recent case of Doyle v. Hood.
Trust Administration Checklist By Rebecca E.P. Wade Trusts and Estates, August 2019 A checlist outlining a number of basic legal steps undertaken in a typical Illinois trust administration for a trust that fully distributes all assets to the trust beneficiaries following the grantor's death.
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.
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.

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