Skip to Page Content
Continuing Legal Education
Streaming and Podcast programs are available in your online classroom for 30 days from your original order date. After viewing, follow the instructions to certify credit. The date you certify credit will be the date printed on your ISBA Certificate of Completion and will be the date recorded for earning the MCLE credit.

*Eligibility to earn MCLE credit for this program expires two years from the program date below; therefore, attorneys must view and certify credit within this two-year period. This expiration date is applicable for all formats.

Presented by the ISBA Trusts & Estates Section

The Dead Man’s Act can be extremely challenging
but, if done properly, can serve as a lethal litigation tool.


Don’t miss this in-depth look at the Dead Man’s Act, including the purpose of the Act, the applicable statute (735 ILCS 5/8-201), how to properly apply the Act, exceptions to the Act, and how to waive application of the Act. Learn who qualifies as an “interested person” and what qualifies as an “event or conversation”– and how these two variables can affect your ability to use the Dead Man’s Act in your next case. Topics include:

  • How to introduce negative evidence and policy considerations of the Act;
  • How to apply the Dead Man’s Act to an incompetent witness’ wife, child, or heir;
  • Knowing which witnesses are barred from testifying under the Act simply because they are the spouse of an incompetent witness (while some children are not);
  • The case law updates supporting the Act;
  • The importance of being able to waive the Act; and
  • Much more!



Program Coordinators:
William R. Kuehn
, Williston, McGibbon & Kuehn, Barrington
George L. Schoenbeck, Sosin, Arnold & Schoenbeck, Ltd., Orland Park


Program Speakers:
Sarah M. LeRose
, Leonrad J. LeRose, Jr., Ltd., Chicago
Hon. James G. Riley (Ret.), FMS Law Group, LLC, Chicago


Program Information
Date Presented:
April 18, 2018 2:00 PM Central
1 hour, 15 minutes
Member Price:
Full Price:
Mastering the Dead Man's Act LIVE Webcast
Speaker Information
Sarah M. LeRose  [ view bio ]
Hon. James G. Riley (Ret.)  [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 1.25
Share This