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February 2, 2021
Now more than ever, it’s important to have your medical and legal documents in order. But how do you know which forms are valid in your state and how to make sure that you’re prepared for whatever life brings your way? To help you out, we’ve compiled this guide with information, links, and downloads of the most important forms and documents you need if you live in Illinois.
Start planning for the future with the most important medical, legal and estate planning forms and resources for Prairie State residents. Here’s everything you need to get started.
In Illinois, there is no specific law governing record retention by private physicians. However, the Illinois Hospital Licensing Act requires hospitals to retain medical records for at least 10 years from the date of your last treatment or appointment. Many private healthcare providers maintain medical records from the time of treatment up to the statute of limitations for lawsuits has expired.
In Illinois, a medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date the victim knew, or should have known of the malpractice and all malpractice actions must be brought no later than four years from the date of treatment. This statute is 8 years for minors. Thus most physicians in Illinois retain their patient records for at least 4 years for adults and 8 years for minors.
In Illinois, medical records are physically owned by the health care provider, but you always have the right to review your own medical records.
To get a copy of your medical records, you have to submit your request in writing. The health care facility or practitioner has 30 days to respond. The fees for a copy of your medical records can’t exceed:
The law in Illinois legally protects four types of advance directives:
113,000 people across the United States are waiting for an organ lifesaving transplant. 4,000 of those patients live in Illinois. You can become an an organ, eye and tissue donor by registering with Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor Registry or the National Donate Life Registry.
Setting up a will in Illinois is easier than you think. You can even change or revoke your will after you file it.
In the state of Illinois, a living trust allows the recipients of a deceased person's assets to avoid supervision of the court on the probate process.
Download these living trust forms to get started:
Illinois death certificates are only available to those who have a personal or property right interest with the deceased. If you are not a relative of the deceased, a letter or document from the office or agency that needs the death certificate must accompany the request.
The “search fee” for a death certificate is $17 in Illinois, which includes one certified copy of the death certificate or a “Certificate of No Record”.
To obtain a death certificate, you’ll need the following information:
For more information on Illinois state tax rates, click the links below for both individual and business tax forms:
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