CBA Record February-March 2019

EIGHT O’CLOCK CALL: PROBATE DIVISION Integration of Forms into Daily Practice

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By Jasmine Hernandez CBA Record Editorial Board

Pictured above at the Eight O’Clock meeting are (L-R) Judge E. KennethWright, Jr., Judge Mary Ellen Coghlan, Presiding Judge of Probate Division; and Judge Carolyn J. Gallagher.

A t the January Eight O’Clock Call Committee Meeting, Judge E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., moderated a lively panel discussion about the Probate Division. The panel featured Judge Mary Ellen Coghlan, Presiding Judge of Probate Division; Judge Daniel Degnan; and Judge Carolyn J. Gallagher. The discussion began with an overview of general estate matters, including the differences between intestate and contested estates, who can serve as an estate adminis- trator, and estate filing fees. Judge Coghlan then described the three types of matters handled in Probate: decedents’ estates, guardianship of adults, and guardianship of minors. Next, Judge Degnan talked about adult guardianship cases, and Judge Gallegher pointed out the unique aspects of presiding over minor guardianship cases.

Judge Gallegher noted that many people appear before her pro se. She also praised volunteer guardians ad litem, as well as the services provided by Loyola Law School students and Chicago Volunteer Legal Service attorneys. She emphasized that all of their help is invaluable. The meeting concluded after Judge Coghlan praised the CBA Rules and Forms Committee and encouraged all attendees not only to refer to forms issued by the Committee for guidance, but to integrate the forms into their daily prac- tice as well.

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