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Estate Planning Emerges As a Critical Need, Timely Opportunity Amidst Pandemic

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep through the United States, schools are shuttering for the Fall session, employers are extending remote work plans, and the nation’s healthcare system is preparing for an upward trend in positive COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and, sadly, deaths. With the rates at which people have suddenly fallen ill and become incapacitated from…

Illinois Trust Code Changes in 2020

As of January 1, 2020, numerous changes to the law regarding trusts took effect in Illinois. Herein, we are focusing on the one change we think clients should be most concerned about: A trustee’s duty to inform trust beneficiaries of the existence of the trust and providing them with financial records regarding the trust.

Supreme Court Finds State Tax on Trust Income Unconstitutional

The United States Supreme Court recently decided in the case North Carolina Dept. of Revenue v. Kimberley Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust (588 U.S. (2019)) that a State cannot tax income of a trust based solely on a beneficiary’s in-state residency, especially if no distributions are made.

Special Needs Trusts
Special Needs Trusts

Families and caretakers of individuals with disabilities frequently worry about how best to fund their loved one’s long-term personal and financial needs—to assure the loved one has the resources necessary to lead and enjoy a fulfilling and comfortable life. The solution may be to establish a special needs trust—an estate planning tool…

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