A new law is intended to make life easier for survivors of a loved one who has passed away. The Illinois State Medical Society is praising the law, which allows relatives of someone who has died to obtain medical records, when there has been no executor named. The person who can get the records is a surviving spouse, but if there is none, parents or adult children or adults siblings may ask for them.
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Dr. Wayne Polek, the ISMS president, says the information in such records may be helpful for “insurance issues, to pay off medical bills, or to look at life insurance policies … it just eliminates one layer of hassle.” He says doctors should be aware of the new law. Polek, an anesthesiologist, practices in Geneva and lives in St. Charles.