On May 25, 2015, Representative Peter Breen passed Senate Bill 90, a bill to protect disabled seniors under the care of the court system from having their estate plans changed without oversight from a judge. The bill amends the Probate Act to allow a court to appoint an attorney to assist disabled seniors under a guardianship, to help those seniors alter their wills free of undue influence.
“Unfortunately, disabled seniors have been victimized by scammers who coerced them into deathbed changes to their wills to disown their families and instead direct their assets to these scammers,” said Breen. “We’ve seen this time and time again, including in the recent situation over the last wishes of baseball great Ernie Banks. This bill will ensure that our disabled elderly residents are protected from wrongdoing in their estate plans, and to guarantee that the fruits of their lifetime of working and saving are not stolen away at the ends of their lives.”
Breen worked with probate judges from DuPage and Cook Counties on the measure, along with staff from the Illinois State Bar Association and the Cook County Public Guardian’s office. There was no opposition to the bill, and it unanimously passed in the House. The Senate will now take up the measure.