In November I am conducting an evening program at the college talking about wills and a variety of trusts, especially in light of the new Illinois Trust Code going into effect in January. Anyone interested please contact IVCC.
Local Attorney Receives Recognition
Peru Attorney Walt Zukowski recently finished his sixth and final year as a member of Notre Dame’s Mendoza Graduate Alumni Board. Presenting the plaque for service is the new Dean Martijn Cremers. The board advises the University on the needs of private industry. It is composed of 24 graduates from among the 13,000 alumni worldwide.
Estate Planning and Asset Protection
Last Fall I put on a one night class at The College. It was very well received. I have been asked to do it again. If you have questions, or have been procrastinating, this is a good opportunity to get a lot of great legal advice inexpensively. If you are interested, contact IVCC as indicated on the screenshot.
Top Attorneys of North America
Walt Zukowski was recently included in “Top Attorneys of North America“, published by Who’s Who Directories. The attached screenshot depicts the plaque he received. Please see the attached link for the full press release.
LAW FIRM PRESENTS AT CONFERENCE
Zukowski Law Offices, Peru, recently presented at the Annual Convention of the Illinois Association of School Boards in Chicago. Attorneys Walt Zukowski and Jim Peters of the firm, and Mendota High School Superintendent Jeff Prusator, delivered the presentation before approximately 125 School Administrators and Board Members. The topic was “The Duty to Warn”. The program addressed the rights and responsibilities of school personnel when confronted with a threat to student safety. This is the largest conference of school personnel of its kind in the country.
Family Visitation Protection Act
A new law gives the children who are “not” allowed to see their parent more rights. Public Act 100–850, which is effective January 1 of 2019, authorizes a court to order a family caregiver to permit a family member to visit with a frail-elderly individual if the family caregiver has unreasonably prevented visitation. The court may not order visitation if it finds that (1) the frail-elderly individual has capacity to evaluate and communicate decisions regarding visitation and doesn’t want to have the visitation; or, (2) it is not in the best interest of the frail-elderly individual. If the court grants a petition, the court may also order the family caregiver to use reasonable efforts to notify the petitioner of the frail-elderly individual’s hospitalization, admission to a healthcare facility, change in permanent residence, or death. This Act does not apply if the frail-elderly individual is a person in a guardianship or the family caregiver is acting as an agent under a power of attorney or acting at the direction of an agent under a power or attorney.
Asset Protection and Estate Planning
Recently Attorney Walt Zukowski of Peru presented on the topic of, “Asset Protection and Estate Planning” at IVCC, as a way to help people who need to be thinking about estate planning. 24 people attended. Topics covered during the 1 1/2 hour long program included:
1) The Ramifications of Asset Ownership
2) Legal Reasons for Life Insurance
3) Importance of Beneficiary Designations
4) Life Estates and Nursing Home costs
5) Nursing Home Contract Issues
6) Importance of Powers of Attorney
7) Increase in Guardianships
9) Uses of Trusts
A more detailed program will be provided at the college in the spring.