Court’s failure to grant continuance plain errorBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2009Lawpulse, Page 116The high court rules that a judge’s failure to grant defense counsel’s request for a continuance in a murder trial was plain error requiring a new trial.
Creative ways to fend off foreclosureBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2009Lawpulse, Page 116Two lawyers think outside the box to help clients hang on to their homes, one by negotiating with lenders, the other by leveraging the power of Chapter 13.
Did Pat Fitzgerald say too much?By Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2009Lawpulse, Page 116Lawyers disagree about whether prosecutor Fitzgerald crossed the line when he said Rod Blagojevich’s conduct “would make Lincoln roll over in his grave.”
The importance of timely serviceBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2009Lawpulse, Page 116Thanks to an amendment to supreme court rule 103(b), plaintiffs who haven’t been otherwise diligent in moving a case along must be especially diligent in obtaining service.
Defending politicians, getting paidBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2009Lawpulse, Page 64How do lawyers in the Land of Lincoln (and Ryan and Blagojevich) make sure they get paid when defending politicians charged with corruption?
Plaintiffs win big in ReadyBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2009Lawpulse, Page 64 The supreme court holds that good-faith settling tortfeasors can't be included in apportioning fault after verdicts to determine joint and several liability.
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.
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.