Illinois outlaws DWT (driving while texting)By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2009LawPulse, Page 598Effective January 1, drivers aren't allowed to "compose, send, or read an electronic message." Is PA 96-0130 overregulation or overdue?
Where there’s another will, there may be a wayBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2009LawPulse, Page 598The failure to contest a will does not always bar an action for intentional interference with an expectancy of inheritance, the supreme court rules.
Okay, are you really ready for the Red Flags Rule?By Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2009LawPulse, Page 546Implementation of the FTC's Red Flags rule, which requires lawyers to develop an identity theft prevention program, was postponed from August till November 1.
Deposing a witness in a foreign countryBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2009LawPulse, Page 438If you find yourself among the growing ranks of lawyers who need to conduct extraterritorial depositions, here's how to proceed.
Mandatory retirement age for judges ruled unconstitutionalBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2009LawPulse, Page 438The Illinois Supreme Court rules that the statute requiring judges to retire at age 75 is unconstitutional and says mandating retirement for judges might require constitutional amendment.
Social media and legal ethicsBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2009LawPulse, Page 438May an Illinois lawyer list his or her "Specialties" on LinkedIn without running afoul of Illinois RPC 7.4?
Tech tools for solosBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2009LawPulse, Page 438Every sole practitioner needs a smart phone, a laptop, a scanner, and a good backup system. Here's why.
Are you ready for the Red Flags Rule?By Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2009LawPulse, Page 386The FTC's Red Flags Rule, effective August 1, requires lawyers to develop an identity theft prevention program to help protect clients. Are you in compliance?
Coming January 1: New Rules of Professional ConductBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2009LawPulse, Page 386Among other things, the new rules clarify that flat fees do not constitute frowned-upon "advance payment retainers," which is good news for most lawyers.
Handling sartorial emergenciesBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2009LawPulse, Page 386You show up for work dressed in business casual and discover you've miscalendared a hearing for the day. What do you do?
Memory MasteryBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2009LawPulse, Page 386A presenter at the upcoming ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference helps lawyers improve their memories and thereby enhance their practices.
CTA notice requirement eliminatedBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2009LawPulse, Page 330Plaintiff’s lawyers are cheering the removal of a notice requirement they say functioned “as a shield against unsuspecting plaintiffs” with legitimate claims against the CTA.
How to represent juvenilesBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2009LawPulse, Page 330Representing a juvenile in a delinquency proceeding means walking “a fine line between defender and ‘best-interest advocate,’” an ISBA author observes.
Illinois’ new will repository lawBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2009LawPulse, Page 330Legislation headed to the governor will give lawyers a place to deposit wills for long-lost clients.
Juveniles can be required to register as sex offendersBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2009LawPulse, Page 330The supreme court held that registration is not punishment and that juveniles can be required to register even though they aren’t entitled to a jury trial on the charges.
New open government legislationBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2009LawPulse, Page 330A bill awaiting the governor’s signature would make the promise of open records real for more people, supporters say.
Making evidence meaningfulBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2009LawPulse, Page 278A veteran lawyer and trial judge tells litigators how to present evidence in a way that engages and wins over jurors.
Sexual harassment and the chain of commandBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2009LawPulse, Page 278Under state law, employers are liable for sexual harassment by supervisors whether or not the employer knew about it and even though the employee-victim doesn't work under the supervisor.
Social networking 1.0By Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2009LawPulse, Page 278Despite the newfangled options, blogs and e-mail discussion groups are still excellent ways to connect with other lawyers.