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Family law rewrite still brewing in the General Assembly By Janan Hanna April 2014 Lawpulse, Page 162 A proposed 300-page overhaul of Illinois' decades-old marriage and divorce act remains alive in the legislature and continues to evolve in response to stakeholders' concerns.
A more user-friendly statutory POA for health care By Janan Hanna April 2014 Lawpulse, Page 162 Proposed legislation would revise the HCPOA form to make it easier to understand and help principals better communicate their wishes about end-of-life treatment.
Police can search handcuffed arrestee’s luggage, high court rules By Janan Hanna April 2014 Lawpulse, Page 162 The Illinois Supreme Court rules that police can search an arrestee's luggage after he was handcuffed on a civil warrant for failure to pay child support.
Bill would allow restricted driving permits after four DUI convictions By Janan Hanna March 2014 Lawpulse, Page 114 The proposed permit would allow four-time offenders to drive under limited circumstances after their vehicles are equipped with breathalyzer ignition devices.
The last word on People v Elliott is ‘rescind’ By Janan Hanna March 2014 Lawpulse, Page 114 A man's conviction for driving on a suspended license stands even though the underlying suspension is rescinded, the Illinois Supreme Court rules, after thoroughly analyzing the meaning of "rescind."
Reformers: trace law unfairly punishes drug users who are not DUI By Janan Hanna March 2014 Lawpulse, Page 114 Proponents are championing legislation to eliminate harsh penalties for drivers who had traces of illegal drugs in their system but were not driving while impaired.
Revestment doctrine exists but rarely applies, high court rules By Janan Hanna March 2014 Lawpulse, Page 114 The revestment doctrine lets a trial court be "revested" with jurisdiction even though the litigants failed to file post-trial motions. In People v. Bailey, the supreme court affirmed but strictly narrowed the doctrine.
High court: ‘sole insured’ can’t be excluded from vehicle liability coverage By Janan Hanna February 2014 Lawpulse, Page 62 The Illinois Supreme Court ruled recently that it violates public policy for an auto insurer to exclude from coverage the owner of the vehicle who is also the only named insured.
IBF, law schools team up to fund public-interest jobs for new grads By Janan Hanna February 2014 Lawpulse, Page 62 The Illinois Bar Foundation will share costs with three Illinois law schools of hiring a recent graduate to work in each school's legal aid clinic.
IRS removes tax break for some employer health-care reimbursement schemes By Janan Hanna February 2014 Lawpulse, Page 62 In years past, employers who don't offer medical plans to employees got a tax advantage for reimbursing some of their medical expenses. The IRS has greatly restricted that tax break.
Some Supreme Court Rule 138 privacy provisions delayed until 2015 By Janan Hanna February 2014 Lawpulse, Page 62 Effective January 1, the rule keeps personal information like social security numbers out of public civil court files. But a bar on using birthdates and names of minors is put off till next year.
Dramshop: Strict damage caps for the Illinois Insurance Guarantee Fund By Adam W. Lasker January 2014 Lawpulse, Page 10 Supreme Court resolves a split in appellate decisions to strictly cap the fund's liability, despite a harsh result for the parents in Rogers.
ISBA dramatically expands free CLE program choices for members By Adam W. Lasker January 2014 Lawpulse, Page 10 Beginning in 2014, ISBA's entire online CLE catalog will be available to members at no charge, expanding the freely available programming from 35 to 550 hours.
Supreme court ends sales-tax-avoidance practice By Adam W. Lasker January 2014 Lawpulse, Page 10 The court's ruling means companies can't set up a remote "sales" office and thereby avoid local taxes - but that the company in this case doesn't owe a $23 million tax bill.
Supreme court requires strict compliance for garnishment notices By Adam W. Lasker January 2014 Lawpulse, Page 10 Serving a withholding notice on a child-support obligor's employer? Make sure to include the required information (think social security number) or the employer won't be forced to comply.
Aldermen’s texts, tweets during council meetings are ‘public records’ By Adam W. Lasker December 2013 Lawpulse, Page 606 Put your phone down as soon as the meeting starts, a lawyer for local officials counsels his clients in the wake of City of Champaign v. Lisa Madigan.
Ethics opinion: Non-Illinois lawyers may practice immigration law in state By Adam W. Lasker December 2013 Lawpulse, Page 606 New ISBA ethics opinions say non-Illinois lawyers can practice immigration law in the state, a lawyer can't be a municipality's prosecutor and hearing officer at the same time, and more.
The high court bars a suit filed against dead defendant By Adam W. Lasker December 2013 Lawpulse, Page 606 After the defendant died, the plaintiff in a car-accident case failed to sue the estate's "personal representative." That meant the court lacked jurisdiction, the supreme court ruled.
The Illinois Supreme Court nixes the Amazon tax By Adam W. Lasker December 2013 Lawpulse, Page 606 The supreme court invalidated an Illinois law requiring out-of-state retailers to pay Illinois use tax on Internet-based sales, ruling that it was preempted by the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act.
Same-sex marriage comes to Illinois By Adam W. Lasker December 2013 Lawpulse, Page 606 At presstime, Governor Quinn was poised to sign the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law.
Defense attorneys challenge gun-possession convictions after high court ruling By Adam W. Lasker November 2013 Lawpulse, Page 554 In Aguilar, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned a law prohibiting gun possession outside the home. Criminal-defense attorneys are seeking to undo convictions based on the statute.
Divorcing spouses must share the cost of attorney fees - even fees already paid By Adam W. Lasker November 2013 Lawpulse, Page 554 The Illinois Supreme Court holds that a financially strapped divorcing wife can require her husband's lawyer to turn over already-paid fees to help finance her own legal expenses.
Multilingual justice comes to Cook County By Adam W. Lasker November 2013 Lawpulse, Page 554 The Illinois Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission launches an ambitious program, led by two Cook County judges, to reduce language barriers to court access.
Stifling ‘sovereign citizens’: tougher penalties for unlawful clouding of title By Adam W. Lasker November 2013 Lawpulse, Page 554 In response to false liens against public officials' property filed by so-called "sovereign citizens," the Illinois legislature upgrades false title-clouding from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Will Rule 138 privacy provisions be changed before taking effect? By Adam W. Lasker November 2013 Lawpulse, Page 554 The ISBA supports changes to Rule 138's soon-to-be effective limitations on disclosure of personal identity information in response to concerns raised by divorce lawyers and others.
Courthouse couture: Jefferson County’s dress code By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 Have business at the Jefferson County courthouse? Don't show up wearing your muscle shirt or see-through top.
Electronic filing continues to expand in Cook County By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 Five court divisions and nearly 16,000 registrants are participants in the Cook County Circuit Court's e-filing program.
Illinois bans using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 Effective January 1, Illinois drivers can't legally hold cellphones to their ears and talk. But lawyers and others who have the right technology can still communicate while on the road.
New citation procedures make enforcing debt-collection judgments easier By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 A new law reduces the role of sheriffs in collection proceedings and increases the power of courts and practitioners to enforce judgments.
Supreme court to establish legal-aid program for military personnel, vets By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 The pilot program, funded by a $10 filing fee increase in participating circuit courts, will provide free legal services in civil cases to veterans and military personnel in need.