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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Guardians

New law fine-tunes child rep statute By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2005 Lawpulse, Page 498 A new act seeks to clear up confusion about the differing roles of attorney, GAL, and child representative, and expressly authorizes judges to order divorcing spouses into counseling.
Till death us do part? By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2005 Lawpulse, Page 226 Suppose Michael and Terri Schiavo had resided in Illinois after she became incapacitated, and suppose Michael had wanted (or been willing) to divorce her – would Illinois law have allowed it?
Child’s Representative Statute Held Unconstitutional By H. Joseph Gitlin April 2005 Column, Page 212 The implications of In re Marriage of Bates.
The Child’s Representative Law After In re Marriage of Bates By Rebecca J. Whitcombe January 2005 Article, Page 26 This supreme court case from a few weeks ago casts a cloud on the law's future.
The Challenge of Representing Mentally Impaired Clients By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2004 Article, Page 518 You think your client's judgment might be impaired – must you do what he asks? Can you talk to the family? A look at governing law.
Guardian ad litem 101 By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2003 Lawpulse, Page 374 Veteran ISBA members offer advice to lawyers who find themselves appointed as guardian ad litem for disabled respondents.
Guardianship and its Alternatives: What’s Best for Elderly Clients? By Susan Dawson-Tibbits March 2003 Article, Page 120 Sometimes guardianship is the right answer for elderly clients, but often there are better, less intrusive alternatives
Trial court erred in granting state guardian authority to place disabled adult in skilled-care nursing home prior to holding involuntary commitment hearing March 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 On December 10, 2002, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the order of the Circuit Court of Adams County appointing the state guardian as limited guardian of Muellner.
Correspondence from Our Readers December 2002 Column, Page 622 When forum shopping, don't forget the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Forum Shopping (the Good Kind) in Custody and Guardianship Cases By M. Lee Witte and Margaret C. Benson September 2002 Article, Page 481 In custody cases, like most others, you'll increase your odds of success if you choose your forum wisely.
Understanding the Illinois Child’s Representative Statute By Carl W. Gilmore September 2001 Article, Page 458 Find out which of the three options authorized by statute;GAL, child's representative, or attorney for the child;is best for your case.
Using the Probate Act to Recover Assets Stolen from Persons with Disabilities By Charles P. Golbert September 2000 Article, Page 510 How to use Article XVI of the Illinois Probate Act to discover and recover ill-gotten assets.
A guardian has standing to continue a dissolution action that was commenced by the ward prior to the guardian’s appointment April 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 196 On February 17, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court and held that a guardian has the authority to continue a dissolution of marriage proceeding that was originally initiated by a ward.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath October 1999 Column, Page 514 Insurance policies and the discovery rule; read the fine print.
Correspondence from Our Readers July 1999 Column, Page 346 "Legal Advocacy Service'' revealed...
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath February 1999 Column, Page 70 No retaliatory discharge claims for whistle-blowing lawyers...