Anatomical gifts: The ultimate recycle
Disposition of the body is probably one of the most difficult issues with which human beings and their loved ones ought to deal in life and estate planning.
Book review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Caring for Aging Parents
While browsing in your local bookstore, you may have noticed two series of books addressed to groups not noted for buying books: Dummies and Complete Idiots. Both of these series ( . . . for Dummies and The Complete Idiot's Guide to . . . ) started (or became popular) as instructional books on computer-related topics.
Consumer’s tool kit for health care advance planning
The ABA Commission on Law and Aging (formerly the Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly) has made available on its Web site a set of 10 "tools" for consumers to be used in making health care decisions concerning advance directives and substitute decisionmakers.
The following errors appeared in the October 2002 issue of Elder Law:
The estate planning gap
My practice has always had an estate planning component. At first I was a general practitioner who did estate planning.
Greetings from the chair
I am looking forward to my duties as Chair of the Elder Law Section Council. We have tremendous talent on the council this year.
Identity theft and the elderly
Identity theft has been with us for some time. Those of us who practice in the family law arena have encountered it when an ex-spouse uses the information they have acquired during the marriage to obtain credit in the name of their former spouses.
Illinois cases of note
In a recent case, the Illinois Supreme Court decided that the section of the Probate Act allowing certain family members who cared for the deceased a right to a claim against the estate did not violate the Special Legislation, Equal Protection or Due Process clauses of the state constitution.
Long-term care insurance: Worthwhile risk for some
Long-term care (LTC) insurance has been around since at least the 1980s but it has increased in popularity, fueled by the advent of the baby boomers' realization that they may need nursing care.
Notes from the chair
One of the responsibilities of a section council is to receive, review, and comment on pending legislation.
A recent Fifth District Appellate Court case upheld an Administrative Law Judge's finding that an employee of a nursing home abused a resident by teasing her.
The question of whether an individual filing an action for injuries suffered in a nursing home under the Nursing Home Care Act, 210 ILCS 45/1-101 et seq., must file an affidavit as required by the Healing Art Malpractice Act, 735 ILCS 5/2-0622(a), has been answered in the negative by the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, in Eads v. Heritage Enters., Inc., 2001 WL 1145161 (Ill. App. Ct. 2001) in an opinion authored by Justice Myerscough.
Recent law review articles on elder law issues
Elder lawyers get much of their information on developments in the law from bar journals, advance sheets, CLE course books, Web sites and (not to be overlooked) newsletters.