Administrative

In this article, we answer the following questions: When should a fiduciary for an Illinois trust resign?, What reasons would the fiduciary of an Illinois trust have to resign?, What legal hurdles might prevent a fiduciary from resigning?, Is a “retired” fiduciary still liable?, and How can an Illinois fiduciary protect herself from continued liability?…
The bar exam is a rite of passage for lawyers. It is a proctored, in-person examination administered across all U.S. jurisdictions on the same two days each February and July. This year, the February exam took place as planned. But the coronavirus and social distancing requirements have caused uncertainty for 2020’s second bar exam, which has been scheduled for July 28-29. Graduated law students who intend to sit for the upcoming bar exam face three potential scenarios. Depending on the location of the exam, (1) the in-person portion may take place as scheduled in July, (2) the in-person portion may…
In this episode of Reimagining Law, we talk to Nancy L. Vincent, Director of Administration at the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar. Nancy discusses the Supreme Court’s decision to postpone the July bar exam, other options that were explored, what is happening nationally, and what special arrangements are being planned for September’s bar. Subscribe to our channel to stay up to date on new episodes of Reimagining Law! Timestamps 0:35 – Nancy discusses the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to postpone the July bar exam to September. 3:02 – How is bar exam registration being handled and how…
On May 20, the Illinois Supreme Court issued guidelines for resuming judicial branch operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective June 1, the state’s circuit courts may conduct in-person or remote hearings according to a schedule developed by the chief circuit judge. Court Order M.R. 30370 modifies the Court’s March 17 order, which directed Illinois courts to hear essential court matters and proceedings – if feasible and subject to constitutional limitations – and nonessential matters and proceedings remotely, subject to limitations. Illinois’ courts have been operating under these precautionary measures since March 17 in order to minimize the spread of…
A guardian ad litem must be aware of what conflicts of interest may arise in child custody cases. Conflicts of interest regularly arise between family members in child custody cases, especially in families involving multiple children. In this article, we explore what conflicts of interest a guardian ad litem may be subject to if unaware of the law.…
In this article, we explain court appointed guardianship in Iowa. A court appointed guardian is an individual who has been granted legal authority by an Iowa court to care for and take responsibility for another individual who is unable to legally take care of herself and make decisions or is incapacitated and unable to care for herself and make decisions.…
For most Illinois attorneys, day-to-day work patterns have been upended since the coronavirus pandemic hit. In fact, our entire workforce has been challenged to find new avenues for delivering their goods and services. As the “how” is redefined along the way, hopefully the “why” can be reimagined and improved. Nevertheless, our remote work environment and social distancing guidelines are no reason to pause your professional development, including your mentoring relationships. In fact, it is quite the opposite! Virtual mentoring can keep your connections active while still allowing for productive interactions between mentor and mentee. Additionally, virtual mentoring can provide…
The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) has launched a new Courts, Children and Families Division. The Division, which succeeds the Courts, Children and Families Unit (CCFU), became effective on May 1, 2020. Former CCFU Court Services Manager Heather Dorsey will serve as its Assistant Director. The Division will allow the AOIC to expand its focus from child protection to other issues facing Illinois’ youth and families, according to the press release. This includes dually involved youth (youth involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems), domestic violence, and human trafficking. The Division will continue to…
The Chicago Bar Foundation is seeking applicants for full-time fellowship positions with the Illinois JusticeCorps. The AmeriCorps program provides college students and recent graduates the opportunity to provide legal information, procedural guidance, and resource referrals to people going to court without lawyers. Applications for the upcoming program year, which runs from August 2020 through August 2021, will be accepted until May 31, 2020. As the number of lawyers in rural communities declines and the rate of self-represented litigants rises, JusticeCorps fellows strive to make the courts a less intimidating environment for people without lawyers. Fellows provide navigational assistance, referrals to…
In this episode of Reimagining Law, we talk to Judge Alicia Washington of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Peoria, Illinois. Judge Washington discusses how the Tenth is delivering remote appearances and hearings, what leaders should consider before reopening courthouses, and how COVID-19 could transform court services in the future. Subscribe to our channel to stay up to date on new episodes of Reimagining Law! Timestamps 0:49 – How essential court services are being delivered in the Tenth Judicial Circuit (Peoria County)? 2:09 – How is Peoria County administering remote hearings and appearances? 3:20 – What’s most challenging about delivering justice…
Chapter 11 bankruptcy is a type of bankruptcy typically reserved for large corporations but in the right circumstances, can be the best bankruptcy instrument for a small business. Small business owners filing for bankruptcy whose debt exceeds the limit for Chapter 13 and would like to keep operating their business under some degree of profitability should strongly consider Chapter 11 bankruptcy.…