Section Newsletter Articles on Trusts and Estates

Why do clients engage estate planners? By Alan R. Press Trusts and Estates, November 2014 Earlier this year, Wealth Counsel and Wealth released their 7th Annual Industry Trends survey. View some of the highlights here.
Are electronic wills coming to a state near you? By Darrell Dies Trusts and Estates, October 2014 Although electronic Wills have some practical appeal for the tech-savvy generation, given the security, privacy and authenticity concerns, they are not likely to pick up steam in the near future. However, don’t count them out.
Errata By Gary R. Gehlbach Trusts and Estates, October 2014 Gary Gehlbach provides a revision to his article that appeared in the June 2014 issue of this newsletter.
Legislation Committee report By Justin J. Karubas Trusts and Estates, October 2014 A summary of recent statutory changes in Illinois law of interest to trusts and estates practitioners.
Consider drafting from a trustee’s perspective—Practice tip By Tracy S. Dalton Trusts and Estates, September 2014 Some advice for drafting a trust agreement.
Flinn Report summary By Joseph P. O’Keefe Trusts and Estates, September 2014 A summary of regulatory decisions of Illinois agencies reported in the Flinn Report that are related to trust and estate practices.
Legislation Committee report By Robert W. Kaufman Trusts and Estates, September 2014 An update to the Committee's July report.
Small estate agreement—Practice tip By Gary R. Gehlbach Trusts and Estates, September 2014 The author shares his sample agreement, which is typically coupled with a small estate affidavit.
Spendthrift Trust beneficiary checkmated by Bankruptcy Code 548(e) in Castellano By Jay Adkisson Trusts and Estates, September 2014 If the Court’s rationale is followed in future cases, millions of existing trusts may be defective as to the operation of their Spendthrift Clause, if the Trust may be deemed to terminate immediately upon the death of the Settlor.
Flinn Report summary—July 2014 By Joseph P. O’Keefe Trusts and Estates, July 2014 A summary of regulatory decisions of Illinois agencies of interest to trust and estate practitioners.
Proposed regulations affecting the uniform basis rule as applied to charitable remainder trusts By Ray Prather Trusts and Estates, July 2014 On January 17, 2014, the IRS issued proposed regulations on uniform basis for charitable remainder trusts.
Small estate administration primer By Gary R. Gehlbach Trusts and Estates, June 2014 While administering a decedent’s estate can be quite simple at times, often the attorney will find that there are nuances that require thought and skills that can be utilized to benefit the client.
The accountant-client privilege By Matthew A. Nelson Trusts and Estates, May 2014 The 4th District Appellate Court recently established an exception to the accountant-client privilege in the case of Brunton v. Kruger.
Ethics corner: Identity fraud in estate planning By Deborah B. Cole Trusts and Estates, April 2014 In light of the increased risk of identity theft, this might be a good time to update your client intake procedures and make sure that your staff is instructed to check for identification before notarizing documents or giving out information.
Probate estate engagement letters and petition for attorney fees in probate court By Richard P. Miller Trusts and Estates, April 2014 A comprehensive engagement letter to the estate’s representative minimizes the possibility of misunderstanding regarding attorney’s fees.
Estate planning, trusts and estates potpourri for 2014 By Dennis J. Jacknewitz Trusts and Estates, March 2014 The author shares some items of interest.
Residency of Grantor is irrelevant in determining whether Illinois may tax income of inter vivos trusts pursuant to recent Fourth District Appellate Court ruling in Linn v. The Department of Revenue By Jennifer Bunker Trusts and Estates, March 2014 The Fourth District Appellate Court, in Linn v. Dep’t of Revenue recently held that the residency of an inter vivos trust’s grantor in the State of Illinois is insufficient to satisfy due process for income from that Trust to be taxable by the State of Illinois.
Estate planning of the rich and famous By Timothy Rtchey Young Lawyers Division, February 2014 A reminder that even young attorneys should have their estate planning documents in place.
Heckerling reflections By Timothy S. Midura Trusts and Estates, February 2014 The author shares his 'global take-aways' from the January 2014 Heckerling Institute in Orlando.
Pour me another trust By Heather McPherson Elder Law, November 2013 Decanting is a great tool for practitioners to use in one’s estate, trust, and elder law practice, because it allows trusts that could otherwise not be changed to be rewritten to adjust to changed circumstances, as well as for corrections to trusts that were poorly drafted.
Practice Tip—Dealing with beneficiary election in your trusts By Paul A. Meints and Darrell Dies Trusts and Estates, November 2013 Some helpful language that an estate planner might utilize in the client’s inter vivos trust instrument to attempt to deal with the doctrine of election.
Conveying farmland subject to CRP contracts By Gary R. Gehlbach Trusts and Estates, September 2013 Farms that include land subject to one or more Conservation Reserve Program contracts are routinely bought and sold. Accompanying this article is a form that the author routinely uses, with appropriate modifications depending on the transaction, for the assignment of a CRP contract.
DiMatteo case clarifies requirements for pleading a cause of action for will contest/tortious interference with testamentary expectancy By Edward J. Jarot Trusts and Estates, September 2013 The recent decision in In re Estate of Richard DiMatteo has clarified the requirements to successfully plead a cause of action for invalidating a last will and testament.
Essential estate planning for business owners By Michael C. Foltz Business Advice and Financial Planning, September 2013 The conventional estate plan addresses the disposition of assets and mitigation of taxes, while business owners require estate planning and business succession documents that compliment one another.
Luccio, Intentional Interference w/ an Expectancy & the six-month non-claim statute By William R. Kuehn and Natalie M. Kuehn Trusts and Estates, September 2013 Where a trust contest under 8-1(f) is unavailable to a potential plaintiff because of the plaintiff’s lack of awareness, the plaintiff may proceed with an intentional interference claim after the six-month limitation period has run. How much awareness or lack thereof will courts require to determine whether a party is getting a second bite at the apple?
Practice tip—How to plan for digital assets By Frank M. Greenfield Trusts and Estates, August 2013 Financial and personal data stored online has value and should be included as a component of the estate planning process.
What is remarkable for estate planners about the Windsor Supreme Court decision? By Richard A. Sugar Trusts and Estates, August 2013 In a momentous decision issued on June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor issued its first substantive decision on the controversial subject of same-sex marriage.
Captive insurance companies—A reassuring way to self-insure By Jesse T. Coyle Trusts and Estates, July 2013 The author, who recently helped to pass North Carolina's Captive Insurance Company law, discusses this unique estate planning vehicle.
An introduction to probate estates By Priscilla Singer Young Lawyers Division, June 2013 A primer for those who have yet to open a probate estate.
Suggestions to handle probate estate attorney fee issues By Thomas Bransfield Trusts and Estates, June 2013 A follow-up to the author's May 2012 article that examined ISBA Advisory Opinion No. 13-01.