Thursday, November 8, 2018
This bill would create the “Frail Individual Family Visitation Protection Act”, aka the Kasem/Baksys Visitation Law. It defines a "frail individual" and permits family members of a frail individual to petition the court for visitation if a caregiver is unreasonably preventing visitation. NAELA originally opposed the bill as it lacked many important limiting provisions. Through the legislative process, the bill was amended to exclude guardianships and POAs and to include other procedural protections to ensure that the “frail individual’s” rights and interests were protected. Moreover, we sought to ensure that a proper legal process was articulated to address any such actions. HB4039 passed unanimously out of the House and Senate and is now on Governor Rauner’s desk awaiting signature. Thank you to Rep. Sara Wojiecki-Jimenez (D-Springfield) and Sen. Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) for their hard work on this bill.
See Tony Abboud, NAELA Post-Legislative Session Report #1, NAELA-IL.org, August 10, 2018.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.) for bringing this article to my attention.