Clients behaving badlyBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2008LawPulse, Page 230When a client or witness spins out of control during a hearing or deposition, is doing nothing a safe route?
The conscience of a lawyer, Part IIBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2008LawPulse, Page 230The public and the legal community continue to wrestle with the alton logan case. But the legal ethicists we spoke to defend andrew Wilson's lawyers and the choice they made.
Is a motion a pleading?By Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2008LawPulse, Page 230No, answers a chicago lawyer, and because of that a motion attacking another motion is improper.
Prosecutors on prosecutroial discretionBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2008LawPulse, Page 230Two state's attorneys from opposite ends of illinois discuss their philosophies about deciding whether, and if so how, to prosecute a case.
Cashing in on home sweet homeBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2008LawPulse, Page 174Reverse mortgages are a popular, if controversial, way for elderly clients to cash in on the equity in their homes. Here's how they work and why you should be wary.
Felzak and Ligon: an answer to judicial overactivism?By Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2008LawPulse, Page 174What if a judge surprises you by entering an order on a substantive matter at what was supposed to be a mere status hearing? Some lawyers apprise the court of two appellate cases.
The Lawyer of LoveBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2008LawPulse, Page 174Chicago divorce lawyer Corri Fetman offers advice in - and poses for - Playboy.
Retooling the relation-back doctrineBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2008LawPulse, Page 174The Illinois Supreme Court recently adopted the northern district's test for determining whether an amended complaint relates back to the original.
The conscience of a lawyerBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2008LawPulse, Page 118Your client admits he committed murder. What should you do? What can you do? For two Illinois lawyers, these aren't hypothetical questions.
Are e-mail disclaimers really necessary?By Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2008LawPulse, Page 66They really are, some lawyers say. In fact, you should put them at the beginning, not the end, of your messages, other lawyers say.
Custody conundrumBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2008LawPulse, Page 10Your client’s ex-husband, who moved to Texas and had custody of the children, dies. Your client wants the kids, her ex’s Texas relatives say no. What do you do?
Drafter bewareBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2007LawPulse, Page 622When it comes to drafting agreements for deed in lieu of foreclosure, you can’t be too careful.
Illinois supremes reject pre-existing debt ruleBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2007LawPulse, Page 622Under the rule, A’s promise to pay B’s debt is enforceable even if A didn’t put it in writing if it’s made before the debt was incurred. The high court says that’s not the law in Illinois.
Small-trust-termination amendment gets mixed reviewsBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2007LawPulse, Page 622It’s good to allow trustees to terminate small trusts when fees are consuming income. But should income, rather than remainder, beneficiaries automatically get the proceeds?
Three flavors of federal e-filingBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2007LawPulse, Page 622Effective last month, all three federal district courts accept electronically filed complaints – but each has different procedures.