Articles of Interest: Special Needs Planning
Brochure on Guardianship
This brochure contains general information on the topic of guardianship. Click here to download the publication.
Legal Planning for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition
In 1900, most people died younger from communicable diseases and after relatively short illnesses. Today, we are more likely to die older from one or more chronic conditions and after an extended period of illness. The decisions involved with planning for disability associated with chronic conditions can be difficult to make. Recognizing that developing a plan is the goal and that plans can (and should) be revised over time may help you assume a proactive role when it comes to legal matters. Click here to read an article, written by Janna Dutton, Certified Elder Law Attorney, regarding this important topic.
Healthcare Communication Board for Medical, Physical, and Emotional Information
For people who are unable to speak, this tool will assist with communication. Click here to download the publication.
Transfer of Death Instrument
Illinois, as of January 1, 2012, provides an easy tool for transferring ownership of residential real estate at the death of the owner to another individual or to a trust, business, charity and other entities – the Transfer on Death Instrument or TODI. An owner of residential real estate may designate the future owner of the property in a written document which is signed by the owner and witnessed by 2 credible witnesses whose signatures along with the owner’s are notarized. The document must then be recorded before the owner’s death with the recorder of deeds in the county in which the real estate is located. Only an attorney or the owner of the real estate may prepare a TODI.