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Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

December 2011Volume 99Number 12Pages 593-644

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Practice News

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Illinois Law Update

Relation-back doctrine not limited by dramshop act's statute of limitations; state increases opportunities for minority contractors; torture allegation investigations; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.

Articles

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Ethics/Law Office Management | By
Helen W. Gunnarsson
The Rules of Professional Conduct make managing nonlawyer staff a high-stakes business. Find out which rules are most directly implicated and learn how to be a better boss.
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Estate Planning/Real Estate | By
Charles G. Brown
Effective January 1, Illinois law gives your clients a convenient way to transfer residential real estate outside of probate. Here's a review of the new law by one of its drafters.
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Criminal Law | By
Stephanie Anders
and
Rob Shumaker
Recent Illinois Supreme Court cases make it less likely that criminal defendants' petitions will be quickly dismissed as frivolous under the Illinois Post-Conviction Hearing Act.
628
Bankruptcy/Estate Planning | By
Justin F. Polach
Standard IRAs are exempt in bankruptcy and thus unavailable to creditors. But what if the debtor inherited the IRA account - is it likewise exempt? A look at the evolving case law.
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Civil Practice | By
Jeffrey A. Parness
This year's Allerton Conference focused on electronic evidence, spoliation, and other important topics not squarely addressed by Illinois' recent evidence-rules codification.

Columns

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Comments
What judges know about family law.
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A Message From The President-Elect | By
John E. Thies
Our ISBA Family Invites You to Join an ISBA Committee or Section
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President’s Page | By
John G. Locallo
Deck your smartphone with some of these lawyer-friendly apps.
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Civil Practice | By
Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
The Illinois Parentage Act should be amended to make it easier for same-sex partners to establish their parenthood.
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Business Law | By
Stephen Proctor
Corporations are often treated differently than other businesses for jurisdictional purposes.
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Loss Prevention | By
Karen Erger
An interview with a lawyer who did just that.