Articles on Trusts & Estates

Checklist for Trustees Under the New Illinois Trust Code By Daniel P. Felix Trusts and Estates, November 2019 A checklist of some key provisions of the new Illinois Trust Code to help trustees get up to speed quickly.
Estate Planners Vulnerable to Dormant Legal Malpractice Claims By Matthew Hector Trusts and Estates, November 2019 There's a six-year statute of repose for legal malpractice—unless the alleged act or omission isn't discovered until the client dies. Estate planning lawyers want more protection.
The Illinois Trust Code: What Is It and What Do I Need to Know? Part 1 – Introduction to the Code By Michael J. Fleck Elder Law, November 2019 The first article in a series of practical articles that break down the recently enacted Illinois Trust Code.
The Illinois Trust Code: What Is It and What Do I Need to Know? Part 2—Definitions, Trustee Notification Requirements, and Settlement Agreements By Michael J. Fleck Elder Law, November 2019 The second article in a series of articles that break down the Illinois Trust Code.
The Illinois Trust Code: What Is It and What Do I Need to Know? Part 3—Judicial Proceedings, Representation, and Silent Trusts By Michael J. Fleck Elder Law, November 2019 The third article in a series of articles that break down the Illinois Trust Code.
The Illinois Trust Code: What Is It and What Do I Need to Know? Part 4 – What Makes a Valid Trust and Revocable Trusts By Michael J. Fleck Trusts and Estates, November 2019 The fourth article in a series of articles that break down the Illinois Trust Code.
Liability Issues Facing Estate Planning Professionals By Thomas F. Falkenberg & Kevin T. Mocogni Trusts and Estates, November 2019 A look at the services accountants provide in estate planning and ways estate planning professionals can protect themselves against some of the problems that can arise before and during litigation.
Update: Estate Planners Are Still Vulnerable to Dormant Legal Malpractice Claims, But ISBA Proposed Legislation Suggests a Reasonable Change to the Law By David C. Thies & Mia O. Hernandez Trusts and Estates, November 2019 The elimination of the estate planner exception to the Illinois Statute of Repose is in the interest of not only of the practicing bar, but also the public at large.
Flinn Report Summary – March 22, 2019 through May 31, 2019 By Joseph P. O’Keefe Trusts and Estates, October 2019 A summary of regulatory decisions of Illinois agencies reported in the Flinn Report that are related to trust and estate practices.
The Illinois Trust Code: What Is It and What Do I Need to Know? Part 3—Judicial Proceedings, Representation, and Silent Trusts By Michael J. Fleck Trusts and Estates, October 2019 The third article in a series of articles that break down the Illinois Trust Code.
Insuring Title Free and Clear of All Liens: In re Estate of LaPlume, 2014 IL App (2d) 130945, 24 N.E.3d 792 By Richard F. Bales Trusts and Estates, October 2019 In re Estate of LaPlume introduces the real estate and estate administration community to a new concept—that a probate court can authorize the sale of land free and clear of all liens, just like a bankruptcy court.
Life Insurance Structured Properly Provides Asset Protection By Vasili Russis & Jonathan Kohl Trusts and Estates, October 2019 Illinois law provides for the protection of life insurance from various types of creditors, and proper planning for asset protection of life insurance will ensure benefits are provided for a family after a loved one's passing.
A Summary of the Trusts & Estates Section Council’s June 2019 Business Meeting By Jennifer Bunker Skerston Trusts and Estates, October 2019 A summary of the June 2019 Trusts & Estates Section's business meeting, including CLE, legislation, statutes of repose, and electronic wills.
‘When They Pry It From My Cold Dead Hand’—Transferring Firearms Following the Death or Disability of an Illinois Resident: Part 2 By Melissa A. Maye Trusts and Estates, October 2019 Every attorney who engages in estate planning and administration in Illinois has a responsibility to his or her clients to understand the federal, state, and local laws that apply to the transfer of firearms following the disability or death of an Illinois resident.
The Attorney’s Fiduciary Duties to Non-Client Trust Beneficiaries By Chuck Newland Trusts and Estates, September 2019 Although attorneys do not usually have fiduciary duties to a non-client, it is a mistake to assume they never do.
The Illinois Trust Code: What Is It and What Do I Need to Know? Part 2—Definitions, Trustee Notification Requirements, and Settlement Agreements By Michael J. Fleck Trusts and Estates, September 2019 The second article in a series of articles that break down the Illinois Trust Code.
Nichols v. Fahrenkamp By Sherwin D. Abrams Trusts and Estates, September 2019 The Illinois Supreme Court recently held that a person appointed as guardian ad litem pursuant to section 506 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act has absolute immunity.
The Illinois Trust Code: What Is it and What Do I Need to Know? Part 1 – Introduction to the Code By Michael J. Fleck Trusts and Estates, August 2019 The first article in a series of practical articles that break down the recently enacted Illinois Trust Code.
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.
Justice Hyman’s wish By Sherwin D. Abrams Trusts and Estates, June 2019 A summary of In re Estate of Mattson.
Who owns the decedent’s real estate? By Sherwin D. Abrams Real Estate Law, June 2019 A look at an often-misunderstood area of real estate and probate law.
A summary of the Trusts & Estates Section’s February 2019 business meeting By Jennifer Bunker Skerston Trusts and Estates, May 2019 A summary of the February 2019 Trusts & Estates Section's business meeting, including CLE, the Uniform Electronic Wills Act, legislation, and more.
Estate planning for the second marriage By Richard W. Kuhn Trusts and Estates, April 2019 The fifth and final installment in a series of articles on estate planning for the second marriage.
Flinn Report summary – January 4, 2019 through March 15, 2019 By Joseph P. O’Keefe Trusts and Estates, April 2019 A summary of regulatory decisions of Illinois agencies reported in the Flinn Report that are related to trust and estate practices.
Who owns the decedent’s real estate? By Sherwin D. Abrams Trusts and Estates, April 2019 A look at an often-misunderstood area of real estate and probate law.
A summary of the Trusts & Estates Section’s December 2018 business meeting By Jennifer Bunker Skerston Trusts and Estates, March 2019 A summary of the December 2018 Trusts & Estates Section's business meeting, including CLE, legislation, case law, and technology updates.  
Disinheritance By Michael H. Erde Trusts and Estates, February 2019 Practical advice to disinherit someone in a will or trust.
Estate planning for the second marriage By Richard W. Kuhn Trusts and Estates, February 2019 The third installment in a series of articles on estate planning for the second marriage.
Flinn Report Summary – November 2, 2018 through December 28, 2018 By Joseph P. O’Keefe Trusts and Estates, February 2019 A summary of regulatory decisions of Illinois agencies reported in the Flinn Report that are related to trust and estate practices.
Illinois ABLE accounts and supplemental needs trusts By Kevin O’Flaherty Trusts and Estates, February 2019 An overview of Illinois ABLE accounts and how they can be used in conjunction with supplemental needs trusts in order to allow individuals with disabilities to earn incomes, receive inheritances and gifts, and accumulate assets without jeopardizing their government benefits.

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