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Category Archives: Illinois Cases & Statutes

2017 New Laws

New Illinois Laws for 2017, Part 3: Real Property, Disability & More

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

This is the third and final post in a series about new Illinois probate and estate laws taking effect in late 2016 or the beginning of 2017.  Read Part 1 and Part 2. In all, last year the Illinois legislature passed 192 new laws. To download a summary of all of them in an… Read More »

Unclaimed Property

New Illinois Laws for 2017, Part 2: Unclaimed and Abandoned Property

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

This is the second in a series of posts about new Illinois probate and estate laws taking effect in late 2016 or the beginning of 2017. One of the primary tasks of an executor or successor trustee is to ascertain and marshal the decedent’s assets. As an attorney who regularly advises and assists executors… Read More »

Digital

New Illinois Laws for 2017, Part 1: Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

This post will be the first in a series of posts about new Illinois probate and estate laws taking effect in late 2016 or the beginning of 2017. I have been writing about the emerging issues surrounding estate planning for digital assets for several years (read all of my posts here). After years of… Read More »

Illinois Laws Part 2

New Illinois Laws for 2016, Part 2: Guardianship & Health

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

Last week I introduced six new Illinois laws for 2016 related to probate, trusts and estate planning. This week I will provide short summaries of eight new Illinois laws that relate to guardianship, health care and elder law matters. In all, last year the Illinois legislature passed 237 new laws. For a summary in… Read More »

New Illinois laws 2016

New Illinois Laws for 2016, Part 1: Probate, Trusts & Estate Planning

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

Happy New Year! As I did for 2015, I want to update readers on select new laws that took affect either 1/1/16 or earlier in 2015. A total of 237 new laws went into affect at the start of the year. This week I will highlight 6 noteworthy laws in the areas of probate,… Read More »

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Illinois Power of Attorney for Health Care Tweaked for 2016

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

One year ago I wrote about how the statutory Illinois Power of Attorney for Health Care (“PAH”) underwent a complete makeover starting in 2015. I know a lot of people were interested in this because it was one of my most popular posts over the last year. Thankfully, we don’t have another complete makeover… Read More »

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How (not) to Revoke a Will

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

The act of revoking a Will seems like it ought to be fairly straightforward and noncontroversial. In most cases, (and ideally) a person revokes a current Will by simply executing a new Will that expressly revokes all prior wills and codicils. The later valid Will prevails. Simple and effective. But there are other permitted… Read More »

Lost and Found

Can a Copy of a Lost Will be Admitted to Probate in Illinois?

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

If you’re anything like my law firm, you may be trying to digitize files and keep less paper. It generally works great — easy searchable access to files at your fingertips without having to chase down documents hidden away in file boxes or cabinets. The evolution will continue toward paper-less, though probably never entirely… Read More »

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Ernie Banks Estate, Part 3: Creditor Claims Against the Estate

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

Mr. Cub’s estate battle has now entered roughly the top of the second inning. To recap, you can read my first two installments on this case here and here. What’s happened since my last installment on March 3rd? Quite a bit (you can actually review the basic probate docket entries here). I will start… Read More »

Two and a Half Men

The ‘Two and a Half Men’ Finale and Presumption of Death Probate

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

I finally got around to watching the ‘Two and a Half Men’ series finale on CBS recently. After 12 seasons, it was time to write its obituary. Surprisingly enough, I actually found the finale to be moderately entertaining. Perhaps it was due to the dialogue involving unclaimed property and death certificates. In a nutshell,… Read More »