Same-sex marriage comes to IllinoisBy Adam W. LaskerDecember 2013Lawpulse, Page 606At presstime, Governor Quinn was poised to sign the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law.
Cohabitation Agreements after the Civil Union ActBy Natalie T. LorenzJune 2012Article, Page 308The Civil Union Act represents a movement away from the public policy of encouraging only traditional heterosexual married couple relationships, prompting the question: Should Illinois recognize unmarried couples’ cohabitation agreements?
Illinois FMLA would cover civil unionsBy Adam W. LaskerMay 2012Lawpulse, Page 234An Illinois legislative proposal would give members of a civil union the same benefits enjoyed by married couples under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
Statutory Parenthood for Same-Sex PartnersBy Professor Jeffrey A. ParnessDecember 2011Column, Page 636The Illinois Parentage Act should be amended to make it easier for same-sex partners to establish their parenthood.
Civil Unions and Parenthood at BirthBy Professor Jeffrey A. ParnessSeptember 2011Column, Page 473How should legal parenthood at birth be established when children are born into civil unions?
A Guide to the New Illinois Civil Union LawBy Richard A. WilsonMay 2011Article, Page 232Beginning June 1, Illinois' civil union law confers most of the rights of marriage on parties to a civil union. But federal prohibitions impose important limits. Find out how the new law works.
Can civil partners hold property as tenants by the entirety?By Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2011Lawpulse, Page 118The consensus among leading ISBA and other real estate practitioners appears to be "yes."
Now that Governor Quinn has signed the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act into law as PA 96-1513, lawyers across the state are considering the statute's effect on specific aspects of their practices.
Mind the gap: Illinois taxes estates over $2 millionBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2011Lawpulse, Page 66Illinois' new estate tax kicks in at $2 million, not $5 million like its federal counterpart. That creates some estate-planning challenges for Illinois residents.