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Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

April 2009Volume 97Number 4Pages 161-212

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Practice News

174
Illinois Law Update

Post-conviction petition deemed untimely; new laws criminalize interference with the duties of a judicial officer; Department of Revenue amends rules governing income taxes; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.

Articles

178
Legal Research | By
Helen W. Gunnarsson
Whether you make it your primary online research tool or use it to supplement Westlaw or Lexis, Fastcase can save you money. Lots of it. Here’s how.
184
Damages | By
Jennifer L. Tweeton
and
Erin N. Graham
A review of the supreme court’s decision in Wills, which allows plaintiffs to recover the “reasonable” (i.e., undiscounted) value of their medical expenses, even if paid by Medicare or some other third party.
188
Family Law | By
Celia Guzaldo Gamrath
With Best, the Illinois Supreme Court allows before-trial declaratory judgments to determine the validity of a premarital agreement.
194
Employment Law / Contracts | By
Peter A. Steinmeyer
Learn how to increase the odds that your employer-client’s noncompete will pass judicial muster in Illinois’ unfriendly legal environment.
200
Criminal Law | By
Roger H. Kelly
and
Zachary M. Bravos
Recent research shows that factors other than abuse may be the cause of damage thought to result from shaking, the authors argue.

Columns

204
For New Lawyers
When does a client have to appear?
206
Real Estate Law | By
James K. Weston
The real-estate market, still frozen by fear, is producing few opportunities.
208
Loss Prevention | By
Karen Erger
A musical lesson in malpractice prevention.