The 19th Annual Elder Law Short Course is designed for the Illinois elder law attorney who is dedicated to client service and eager to stay on the cutting-edge of legal issues affecting elderly clients and their families.
This year’s program offers plenary sessions on legislative updates, faith-based end-of-life decisions facing your clients, and updates regarding electronic wills and the Illinois Trust Code. In addition, you’ll get the latest on advising your clients about Medicaid (planning and application), long-term care insurance, contested estates and trusts, and using special needs trusts in elder law practice. The networking and educational opportunities provided by this course are not to be missed!
Hear from attorneys currently acting as guardian ad litem in various counties throughout the state. We will discuss the role of the guardian ad litem in disabled estates, the expectations of the court, and the preparation of guardian ad litem reports.
This presentation will explore various considerations when evaluating the legal fees of the fiduciary’s counsel, in both contested and uncontested matters. Practitioners can take appropriate steps to avoid short-changing themselves on their hard-earned fees by filing a proper petition which conforms to the law on reasonableness, and which includes sufficient detail of the work performed.
This session includes: (1) an overview of the challenge facing practitioners given the privilege of serving persons with diminished capacity; (2) examination of relevant ethical rules you must consider in dealing with clients with diminished capacity under the IRPC; (3) deciding when it is appropriate to treat the client in a normal attorney-client manner vs seeking protective action for the client; & (4) estate planning strategies to consider in light of diminished capacity and the distinctions between representing single vs married individuals.