Heather McPherson of McPherson Law Offices in Freeport, Illinois will be speaking on Best Practices in Probate Law on October 2, 2015 in Rockford, Illinois as part of a continuing legal education program for Illinois attorneys sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association. Heather is a frequent speaker throughout the State of Illinois before professional and lay groups on estate and trust related topics. Her practice is concentrated in estate planning, probate, estate and trust administration, estate and trust litigation, guardianships, elder law and nursing home planning, and agricultural real estate. She is licensed in Illinois as well as Wisconsin.
Heather, past chairperson of the Elder Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association, and presently a member of the Trusts and Estates Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association will be speaking in Chicago at a seminar for members of the Illinois State Bar Association. Her topic will be “To Open an Estate or Not to Open an Estate – That Is the Question,” and it will be directed to attorneys with limited experience in the estate area. As Heather tells her clients, attorneys must stay current as to recent developments in the estate area so that they can advise their clients as to how any changes many affect their estate plans. Of course, all of us should review our estate planning documents every few years so that they can be adjusted to reflect changes in our personal lives or those of our family members.
Police officers from all over Illinois recently attended a week long seminar on Elderly Service Officer Training. Heather McPherson of McPherson Law Offices in Freeport, Illinois spoke to the officers on Guardianships and Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Property. As Heather said, “I enjoy speaking to groups and always feel it is a mutual learning experience. The officers asked excellent questions on issues facing them every day when dealing with our senior citizens and their families.”
When you of think decanting, you think of wine when you transfer the contents of a wine bottle into another receptable before serving which makes the wine taste better. In the estate and trust area, the term refers to transferring assets from one irrevocable trust to another trust. Many other states had statutes permitting decanting under certain circumstances, and as of January 1, 2013 Illinois has its own statute. Heather McPherson has written an article entitled “Pour Me Another Trust” which was published in the November issue of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section Newsletter. The article describes the circumstances where decanting would be beneficial, and how it is actually done. This is just another tool that experienced estate planners can use to be sure that the intentions of their clients are carried out by their estate planning documents. As Heather states in the article “Decanting is a great tool for practitioners to use in one’s estate, trust, and elder law practice, because it allows trusts that could otherwise not be changed to be rewritten to adjust to changed circumstances, as well as for corrections to trusts that were poorly drafted.”