1099s for deadbeat clients?By Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2009Lawpulse, Page 10 A law-office management expert puts forth the option of sending a nonpaying client a 1099 for the value of your services. Is it really OK to do so?
No five-o’clock world for e-filingBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2009Lawpulse, Page 10Unless the rules specify otherwise, parties may electronically file up to midnight on deadline day with administrative agencies that permit e-filing, the supreme court holds.
Court upholds per se conflict doctrineBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2008Lawpulse, Page 606 A conflict exists whenever an attorney represents both a criminal defendant and the alleged victim, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
DUI Law: The BAIID Era BeginsBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2008Article, Page 616Goodbye JDP, hello "monitoring device driving permit." Here's a look at the sweeping new DUI law that takes effect January 1.
Don’t Be Afraid To Be PaidBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2008Article, Page 558Learn how to create a bill-paying culture among your clientele.
HGN tests meet the Frye standardBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2008Lawpulse, Page 548So rules the Tenth Circuit court in the first-ever Illinois Frye hearing on the admissibility of HGN tests as an indicator of drunk driving - assuming various requirements are met.
New law attempts to simplify zoning hearingsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2008Lawpulse, Page 498 A new law classifies zoning decisions as legislative acts, not administrative rulings. This will streamline zoning proceedings, proponents say.
The Open Meetings Act v. client confidentialityBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2008Lawpulse, Page 498A trial court's search for truth and the public's right to know may conflict with what local governments believe to be their right to confidential communications with counsel.
The slacker son who wouldn’t leave homeBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2008Lawpulse, Page 498 Your clients want to send their noncontributing adult son packing, but he says, "Nuh uh." Getting him out the door isn't as simple as you might think.
Bidder bewareBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2008Lawpulse, Page 438Winning bidders at judicial foreclosure sales can ultimately lose if a subsequent buyer offers more and the lender withdraws its foreclosure motion before the judge confirms the sale, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled.
In re Marriage of BratcherBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2008Lawpulse, Page 438A fourth district panel reverses a trial court’s grant of a substantial maintenance award in a long-term marriage where there was also a large property settlement.
A Judge’s JudgeBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2008Article, Page 448In Thomas Fitzgerald, the Illinois Supreme Court has a seasoned trial judge at the helm. Here’s an interview with the new chief.
R U monitoring employees’ text messages?By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2008Lawpulse, Page 438 An employee had a reasonable expectation of privacy in private e-mail he sent during work hours on his employer-issued pager, the federal ninth circuit rules.
You’ve been appointed GAL-now what?By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2008Lawpulse, Page 438Might you be a minor child's court appointed guardian ad litem? If so, here are some pointers from a colleague who's been there.