The Illinois Appellate Court Weighs in on the Intersection of Claims Under the Illinois Probate Act and the Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law

The Fourth District of the Illinois Appellate Court recently decided In Re Estate of Thomas F. Topal, 2022 IL App (4th) 210613, which is an important win for mortgagees attempting to foreclose on properties with deceased borrowers in Illinois. In the ruling, the appellate court clarified that mortgagees do not need to file a claim in probate proceedings for a deceased mortgagor in order to protect their secured interest unless they wish to pursue a deficiency judgment against the deceased mortgagor's estate.


Illinois Supreme Court M.R. 31228

With little announcement, on March 25, 2022, the Illinois Supreme Court entered Order M.R. 31228, setting time standards for case closures (i.e., the time to fully resolve a case) in all cases in the Illinois trial courts. See attached Order. The time standards represent the time during which the court exercises control over and is accountable for the progress and timely closure of a case. "Implementing time standards establishes a statewide expectation for judges, litigants, and attorneys. These time standards require each court to evaluate its actual performance compared to a statewide expectation." Order M.R. 31228. These guidelines became effective July 1, 2022, and the Illinois Supreme Court established these guidelines for all cases and all judges across Illinois with minimal guidance, giving each individual judge the freedom to craft their own plan, which we have seen at least one foreclosure judge in Cook County implement.


Chief Operating Officer, Kathleen Kramer, elected as the ALFN JPEG Vice-Chair

[CHICAGO, IL, Tuesday, August 30, 2022] Kluever Law Group, LLC, a financial services industry law firm, announces that the Chief Operating Officer, Kathleen Kramer, has been elected as the American Legal and Financial Network (ALFN) Junior Professionals and Executive Group's (JPEG) Vice-Chair for the 2022-2023 term. JPEG focuses on career and business development and discusses issues including networking, marketing, practice area resources, public speaking, and professional growth. Kathleen's talent and incredible drive makes her a critical member of the KLG team, and we are excited to see her continue to grow.