HB6477 – Summary and Questions Amendment To The Power Of Attorney Act 755 ILCS 45/2-1 et. seq

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1. Status: Passed by both houses of General Assembly. Bill has not yet arrived at Governor’s Office (as of May 17, 2010). Re-writes the entire act, except for the enactment clause.

2. Effective Date: July 1, 2011. Makes it clear that the changes to the statute made by the 96th General Assembly do not affect the legality of prior instruments.

• Many questions. Should we start using the new forms now? Why not?

• What do we do about existing POAs. Now, don’t have to change them. But, are the changes better for the client?

• Strictly from the marketing perspective, it might be a good idea to contact clients to come in to the office for counseling about updating their POA.

Please see full summary below for more information.

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