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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles From Helen W. Gunnarsson

Red Flags enforcement delayed - and it might not apply to lawyers By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 Lawpulse, Page 598 A court has enjoined application of the rule against lawyers, the House has voted to exempt lawyers and others, and the FTC has pushed back enforcement yet again.
Where there’s another will, there may be a way By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 Lawpulse, Page 598 The failure to contest a will does not always bar an action for intentional interference with an expectancy of inheritance, the supreme court rules.
Illinois Supreme Court upholds jewish-marriage clause in trust provision By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 Lawpulse, Page 546 But the court's narrow framing of the issue avoids the question of whether such religious restrictions in wills and trusts are broadly permissible.
Loose lips lose lawsuits By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 Lawpulse, Page 546 Having trouble getting your witnesses to shut up? Show them a copy of People v Harris.
No after-the-fact extension of statute of limitations By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 Lawpulse, Page 546 The legislature can't revive a time-barred lawsuit by later extending the statute of limitations, the illinois Supreme Court holds.
Okay, are you really ready for the Red Flags Rule? By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 Lawpulse, Page 546 Implementation of the FTC's Red Flags rule, which requires lawyers to develop an identity theft prevention program, was postponed from August till November 1.
Representing DUI Clients Before the Secretary of State By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 Article, Page 556 A plain-language primer on the SOS process, including some unwritten rules about how to represent your DUI client.
Supreme Court: No “transferred negligence” between husband and wife By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 Lawpulse, Page 546 As a consequence, a woman's estate can't sue those who provided health care to her husband, who killed her.
ANATOMY OF A WILL: A Step-By-Step Guide By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 Article, Page 506 A step-by-step primer on simple wills for newbies, litigators, and other will-drafting novices.
How-to advice for rookie associates By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 Lawpulse, Page 490 Make sure you’re taking the steps that will help you thrive as a new member of the firm.
New statute clarifies family law attorney-fee provisions By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 Lawpulse, Page 490 A new law drafted by ISBA’s Family Law Section Council should bring some order to Illinois’s confusing, inconsistent scheme for awarding attorney fees in family law cases.
Strip-search of student violates Fourth Amendment By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 Lawpulse, Page 490 Education lawyers say the U.S. Supreme Court’s Safford ruling confirms their longstanding advice to school officials: don’t strip-search kids.
Telling a prospective client “I’m just not that into you” By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 Lawpulse, Page 490 ISBA lawyers offer various ways to deliver the message, but all agree that you can’t be afraid to tell would-be clients “no” if representing them doesn’t feel right.
U.S. Supreme Court: Confrontation Clause requires lab analysts to testify By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 Lawpulse, Page 490 Prosecutors can’t rely on lab reports alone, the Court rules. But ISBA lawyers disagree about how much impact the ruling will have in Illinois.
Deposing a witness in a foreign country By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 Lawpulse, Page 438 If you find yourself among the growing ranks of lawyers who need to conduct extraterritorial depositions, here's how to proceed.
From Sheepskin to Shingle By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 Article, Page 448 Can you really go straight from law school into solo practice? What are the surest ways to succeed — or stumble?
GINA prevents discrimination based on genetic information By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 Lawpulse, Page 438 Employers and insurers beware: effective November 21, a new federal statute forbids discrimination on the basis of genetic information.
Mandatory retirement age for judges ruled unconstitutional By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 Lawpulse, Page 438 The Illinois Supreme Court rules that the statute requiring judges to retire at age 75 is unconstitutional and says mandating retirement for judges might require constitutional amendment.
Social media and legal ethics By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 Lawpulse, Page 438 May an Illinois lawyer list his or her "Specialties" on LinkedIn without running afoul of Illinois RPC 7.4?
Tech tools for solos By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 Lawpulse, Page 438 Every sole practitioner needs a smart phone, a laptop, a scanner, and a good backup system. Here's why.
Are you ready for the Red Flags Rule? By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 Lawpulse, Page 386 The FTC's Red Flags Rule, effective August 1, requires lawyers to develop an identity theft prevention program to help protect clients. Are you in compliance?
Beware the Chinese E-mail scam By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 Lawpulse, Page 386 An Internet scam aimed at lawyers continues to make the rounds.
Coming January 1: New Rules of Professional Conduct By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 Lawpulse, Page 386 Among other things, the new rules clarify that flat fees do not constitute frowned-upon "advance payment retainers," which is good news for most lawyers.
Dress for Courtroom Success, Not Distress By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 Article, Page 402 Q. Whats the best way to dress for court? A. The way the judge says you should.
Handling sartorial emergencies By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 Lawpulse, Page 386 You show up for work dressed in business casual and discover you've miscalendared a hearing for the day. What do you do?
Memory Mastery By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 Lawpulse, Page 386 A presenter at the upcoming ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference helps lawyers improve their memories and thereby enhance their practices.
CTA notice requirement eliminated By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 Plaintiff’s lawyers are cheering the removal of a notice requirement they say functioned “as a shield against unsuspecting plaintiffs” with legitimate claims against the CTA.
How to represent juveniles By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 Representing a juvenile in a delinquency proceeding means walking “a fine line between defender and ‘best-interest advocate,’” an ISBA author observes.
Illinois’ new will repository law By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 Legislation headed to the governor will give lawyers a place to deposit wills for long-lost clients.
Johnny O Takes the Reins By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Article, Page 340 Real estate lawyer John O’Brien brings his nonconfrontational style to the ISBA’s top job.