Recent Posts in Elder Law Category

  • An Envelope with a Surprise in It

    || 18-Jun-2013

    For Clients, Professional Advisors and Community: Very recently, I came home to a strange brown envelope from Lutheran General Hospital. It wasn’t a bill or a lab report. It was from “Medical Records” and was hand addressed. I couldn’t figure out what it might be. My only encounter with Lutheran General this year was when I had revision surgery on my left foot. I opened it ...
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  • Organ Donation via Facebook. Is It Binding?

    || 9-May-2012

    For Clients, Advisors and Community. There was recent news that Facebook users could register as organ donors. This development gave great publicity to the fact that 70% of individuals would accept a donated organ if needed but only 30% are registered to be organ donors. The result has been a well publicized shortage of needed organs for transplantation. Please note that looking for an organ donor ...
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  • For Professional Advisors: If your clients are shopping for long-term care insurance, they should expect higher costs and a tougher approval process. That’s the message in a recent Wall Street Journal article ( http://tinyurl.com/873zaco ) about the decision by an increasing number of insurers to stop selling such policies. Most recently, Prudential Financial announced plans to stop taking ...
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  • Assisted Living: Promise or Dumping Ground?

    || 3-Apr-2012

    For Clients, Advisors and Community In my 32 years of practice, I have watched my clients age, enjoying long years with their children and grandchildren. In our senior care (elder law) practice, I am increasingly counselling my clients about long term care issues including, the transition from independent living to getting assistance whether it be with medications, getting to and from their doctor ...
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  • The Tables Are Turned - The Lawyer as Client

    || 2-Nov-2011

    For Clients, Community and Advisors. I’ve spent 30 years counseling clients in making choices and giving directions concerning durable powers of attorney for health care and end of life treatment. In the last week, I came face to face with the inevitable decisions that families of my clients have been forced to make. Being a “client” makes me more aware of the very real gut ...
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  • On first glance, it looks like the recently signed “Illinois Residential Real Property Transfer on Death Instrument Act” would only interest lawyers, title companies, and the government. In fact, this new law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2012, will allow a majority of our clients to “have their cake and eat it, too”, just by addressing how their residence title is ...
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  • Time Again to Check Beneficiary Designations

    || 10-Aug-2011

    For Clients, Advisors, Community A recent published case emphasizes the importance of clients checking their beneficiary designations of their retirement plans including; profit sharing, 401(k) and pension — on a regular basis. The general rule is that if the participant is married, he or she must name his or her spouse as beneficiary (unless the spouse signs a waiver in the presence of a ...
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  • Will the Illinois Civil Union Law Affect Your Family? I

    || 20-Jun-2011

    For Clients, Advisors & Community On June 1, 2011, legislation establishing civil unions went into effect in Illinois. This is a major step in marital rights for gay and lesbian couples. What’s interesting, however, is that the law potentially impacts, perhaps in a major way, heterosexual couples as well. This article will outline the features of the new law as well as its impact on some ...
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  • For Community, Clients, Advisors In the first installment of this blog series, I described how, for one family we recently represented, procrastination caused unnecessary delay, expense and worry that their objectives would not be achieved. In the second installment, I discussed a case currently in my office where delay and a reliance on joint tenancy property caused husband and wife’s ...
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