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Why Do We Need To Do Special Planning?

Understanding the benefits and services available to an individual with special needs will help to inspire your creativity to better serve your clients for a more secure future. SSI, SSDI, Medicare, IL Medicaid, and waiver services will be highlighted.

Guardian Ad Litem Panel and Court Appointed Attorney Panel

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.

Attorneys’ Fees in Guardianship and Probate Litigation

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.

The Intersection of Divorce and Probate

• QDRO Support/How Support is Paid

Post-Appointment as Guardian Administration

Best practices for guardians, agents under POAs, executors, trustees, and administrators.

Preparing for a Guardianship Trial-Part 2

• Pre-Trial Motions

Preparing for a Guardianship Trial-Part 1

• Pre-Trial Discovery

Estate Planning for People with Diminished Capacity

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.

Nursing Home Residents Rights in the NHCA and Beyond

An examination of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act and newest rules pertaining to the rights of residents in facilities accepting Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

Disability Benefits Under the Social Security Act: What an Elder Law Attorney Needs to Know

Elder law attorneys are likely to encounter candidates for disability benefits in two scenarios: (1) individuals with disabilities who are unable to work but not quite old enough for full retirement benefits or for aged SSI, and/or (2) clients concerned about future planning for their child or children with disabilities. This session will cover eligibility for each of the four types of disability benefits (DIB, CDB, DWB, SSI), applications, the disability determination process, the appeals process, maintaining benefits after entitlement, representation issues, and challenging situations where the potential applicant is unable to assist with the application process.

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