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2020 Resolutions January 2020 A list of possible resolutions for the year.
Annual Sexual Harassment Training Requirement February 2020 As part of the Illinois Human Rights Act, all employers in Illinois will now be required to provide annual anti-sexual harassment training to employees beginning in calendar year 2020.
Are Your Remote Signings Camera Ready? By Daniel S. Ebner July 2020 On March 26, 2020, Governor Pritzker signed State of Illinois Executive Order 2020-14 that allows for remote ink notarization and witnessing of a variety of documents including what are commonly considered estate planning documents like wills, trusts, and power of attorney documents. 
Back to Basics: An Estate Planner’s Guide to Self-Reflection and Review of Best Practices When Advising Clients on Naming an Appropriate Fiduciary By Lauren Pierucci March 2020 Steps to take, as a practitioner and advisor, when guiding your clients through the process of naming a fiduciary and challenge yourself to create your own best practices to set yourself apart from the rest.
Benefit Access Program February 2020 As part of Public Act 101-0010, the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Implementation Bill, household income limits were raised relating to eligibility for the license plate discount and transportation benefits offered under the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disability Property Tax Relief Act.
Black History Month February 2020 February celebrates Black History Month, which began as Negro History Week in 1926.
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Checklist for Trustees Under the New Illinois Trust Code By Daniel P. Felix March 2020 A checklist of some key provisions of the new Illinois Trust Code to help trustees get up to speed quickly.
Considerations for the Zoom Era of Client Conferences By Jodie Distler August 2020 A look at the risks involved in using video conferencing technology.
COVID-19 Legal Resources April 2020 State and federal resources to help attorneys navigate COVID-19.
Creative Estate Planning: Solving Common Estate Planning Problems With Innovative Solutions By Kenneth Adam Piercey, J.D. April 2020 Examples of innovative estate planning strategies that can be used to achieve better outcomes for clients.
Crisis Leadership By Steve Lindberg June 2020 Strong leadership is necessary to navigate your law firm through a crisis like COVID-19.
Diversity and Inclusion: Professionalism at Work in the Law By Marcus Dominguez & Judge Debra B. Walker July 2020 On February 25, 2020, as representatives of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Judge Debra B. Walker and Judge Diane M. Shelley led an open discussion with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers centered around diversity and inclusion in the legal workplace.
Elder Law Case Summaries: April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020 By John Foltz May 2020 Summaries of written decisions issued in cases of interest to the elder law practitioner between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 follow (taken from the ISBA daily E-Clips): Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Code In re H. P., IL App (5th) 150302 (July 1, 2019) Randolph Co. Involuntary Administration of Medication
Estate Planners Vulnerable to Dormant Legal Malpractice Claims By Matthew Hector February 2020 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.
Estate Planning for Disabled Adults By Robert W. Kaufman January 2020 An analysis of the rebuttable presumption that a will or codicil is void if it was executed or modified after the testator is adjudicated disabled under the Illinois Probate Act.
Estate Planning for the Critically Ill: A Case Study With Practice Tips By Zisl Edelson, J.D., MBA September 2020 Estate planning tips for attorneys working with critically ill clients.
Executive Order 2020-14 April 2020 Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 14 addressing how COVID-19 social distancing recommendations will change the delivery of services provided by notary publics and the remote witnessing of document signings on March 26, 2020. 
Four Ethical Questions for Operating a Virtual Law Office By Mark C. Palmer May 2020 As the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves, and thereafter as we start to settle on the new normal of the legal profession, hosting a full or partial practice out of a virtual law office is an apparent reality.
HIPAA Protective Orders and Use of Protected Health Information in Litigation By Jason G. Schutte July 2020 A discussion of Haage v. Zavala, a recent appellate case that deals with protective orders entered in personal injury cases pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1966 and the rules promulgated pursuant to that Act.
How to Work From Home: Advice for Attorneys Who Shelter-In-Place by Choice or Necessity By Bryan Sims May 2020 Tools to use in your law practice that will enable you to work remote.
Illinois Department of Human Rights Releases Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Program By Bhavani Raveendran July 2020 On April 28, 2020, the Illinois Department of Human Rights released its Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Program in compliance with the Workplace Transparency Act.

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