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Special Needs Planning & the Rise of Directed Trusts

This presentation focuses on the increasing use of Directed Trusts in Special Needs Planning, and discusses the Uniform Directed Trusts Act.

Distressed M&A: UCC Sales v. 363 Sales

In addition to contrasting the benefits and drawbacks of out-of-court UCC Article 9 sales and in-court Section 363 sales, the presenters reflect on their experience with insolvency and restructuring to explain the need for collaborative and diverse teams when handling distressed businesses as going concerns.

Self-Directed IRAs/The ALTA 2021 Title Insurance Policies

In this two-part presentation, Donald Kiolbassa provides an overview of Self-Directed IRAs and how attorneys can use them as part of their retirement plans. Dick Bales then provides an overview of the new ALTA 2021 policies that are replacing the previously used 2006 policies.

Conflicts of Interest in Municipal Law

Municipal law by its very nature is more prone to conflicts of interest than other areas of the law. Richard Gleason of the ARDC breaks down the rules around conflicts of interest, as well as how they apply specifically to government law attorneys. Learn how to most effectively serve your clients while also staying on the good side of the ARDC.

Representing Counties: Managing Contending Authorities and Jurisdictions

This course addresses a variety of topics of import when dealing with the mix of elected officials and independent agencies found at the county level. Topics include seeking State Indemnification for Elected Officials under State Employee Indemnification Act; 1983 Defense: Prosecutorial Immunities and claims against correctional facilities for failure to provide medical services; Independent Agencies’ Funding and Representation; PTAB jurisdiction vis a vis circuit court, associational standing, county Board of Review assessment authority versus township assessors.

A Chat With the PAC

Public Access Bureau attorneys discuss recent binding and non-binding opinions on challenging Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act issues.

Advising Clients on Conflicts Issues

This panel discussion addresses a variety of topics, including: Demonstrations, protests, and parades on public property; the Illinois Paid Leave Act; regulating unregulated hemp products (Delta 8; THC, etc.); and conflicts of Interest on the part of Elected Officials, among others.

Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

This course discusses the reasonable accommodation mandate under the ADA and its effect on a municipality’s ability to regulate and enforce zoning and building code requirements. Preventative legislative steps to avoid federal scrutiny, best practices in dealing with accommodation requests, and dealing with litigation, if it arises, are covered.

Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act

The Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) has important implications for special needs trusts, which are explored thoroughly in this presentation.

Process for Trust Decanting, Merger and Terminations

Decanting, merging, and terminating special needs trusts involve many important considerations to ensure that the process avoids any adverse impact on the trusts and your clients.

The First Amendment & Government Social Media Activities

This session discusses the potential legal pitfalls in government social media. It summarizes recent court decisions (1) holding that a government social media account or page is a designated or limited public forum, (2) finding governments in violation of the First Amendment for removing comments that constitute protected speech, and (3) analyzing when an elected official’s personal social media page becomes so entangled with their government duties that it becomes a public forum. It also provides tips for advising local governments on legally defensible social media comment policies.

Tax Considerations: SECURE Act, Qualified Disability Trusts, Tax Filings

Tax frameworks for special needs trusts are constantly changing. Stay on top of the new changes in the SECURE Act, qualified disability trusts, and tax filings generally.

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