New Year, New Laws

With the ringing in of every new year, there is always a new set of laws that go into effect and this year there are two that directly effect trustees and beneficiaries in the state of Illinois.

The Illinois Trust Code (ITC)

The Illinois Trust Code (ITC) has replaced the Illinois Trusts and Trustees Act with several notable changes including:

Duty to Account and Inform

For trusts that become irrevocable after 2019, the trustee must notify each qualified beneficiary of the trust’s existence and whether the beneficiary may request trust accountings and a copy of the trust instrument. This notice must be given within certain prescribed time periods, such as 90 days after the trust becomes irrevocable.

A trustee must also send an accounting to each current beneficiary at least annually, and to all beneficiaries after a trust terminates.

Therefore, for those who have created a joint or reciprocal trust with their spouse in Illinois, now may be a good time to review your estate planning.

The second law that has taken effect is called the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE). SECURE has great impact on retirement accounts.

SECURE increases the required beginning date (RBD) for required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your retirement accounts from 70 ½ to 72 years of age, and it eliminates the age restriction for contributions to qualified retirement accounts. But the most significant change affects the beneficiaries of your retirement account.

Under the old law, beneficiaries of inherited retirement accounts could take distributions over their life expectancy. However, under the SECURE Act, most designated beneficiaries are required to withdraw the entire balance of an inherited retirement account within ten years of the account owner’s death. This shorter time frame for taking distributions could cause your beneficiaries to bump into a higher income tax bracket, thus receiving less of the funds contained in the account that you had initially anticipated.

There are a few exceptions to this mandatory ten-year withdrawal rule, including spouses, beneficiaries who are not more than ten years younger than the account owner, the account owner’s children who have not reached the “age majority,” disabled individuals, and chronically ill individuals.

A new year is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with your attorney to look over your estate planning goals and see how they may be affected by these new laws.

At Campbell Long, we believe in delivering a personalized level of service and care to our clients.  We are happy to look over your existing estate planning documents or help you create new ones. Please call or email us at 866-566-9494 or

This is for informational and promotional purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use of information contained herein do not create an attorney-client relationship between Campbell Long and the recipient.