Impending Regs Affect Planning for Clients Facing Long-Term CareBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2007LawPulse, Page 66The state is on track to issue new regulations that will make it harder for clients who are headed for nursing-home care to hang on to assets. Elder law and estate-planning practitioners need to be prepared with new strategies for the new rules.
Getting back in the closings gameBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2007LawPulse, Page 8Lawyers should try to reclaim their place at the residential real-estate table, a leading practitioner writes. And that requires more than going along for the ride.
Lawsuit challenges med-mal capsBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2007LawPulse, Page 8The suit, filed in Cook County, argues that the statute violates the separation of powers, is impermissible special legislation, and suffers from other constitutional infirmities.
New statutory language targets elder self-neglectBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2006LawPulse, Page 642Soon-to-be-effective changes to the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act will give authorities new power to intervene when elderly people can't take care of themselves.
Worker finds light at the end of the carpal tunnelBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2006LawPulse, Page 642The Illinois Supreme Court rules that for purposes of filing a timely workers' comp claim, the petitioner's carpal tunnel syndrome manifested on the day it was diagnosed, not the day she first experienced pain.
Coming soon: new federal e-discovery rulesBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2006LawPulse, Page 578Among other things, the amendments, effective December 1, allow routine purging of and address inadvertent disclosure of electronic data.
Easterbrook strikes motions to strikeBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2006LawPulse, Page 578Federal district court judges agree that arguing in response to your opponent's brief is almost always better than moving to strike something from it.
Another look at attorney approval clausesBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2006LawPulse, Page 518Attorney-proposed changes to real estate contracts containing attorney-approval clauses should not be viewed as counteroffers that terminate the agreement, a law prof opines.
Strict compliance versus “substantial justice”By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2006LawPulse, Page 518In deciding whether to give a party extra time to respond to a request to admit, can a court consider the other party's failure to comply with another rule? The first district says "yes."
POA amendments help protect incapacitated principalsBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2006LawPulse, Page 458The new law empowers the Department of Aging and its provider agencies to go to court to require agents to produce their records, which will help authorities identify and stop abuse.
POA perilsBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2006LawPulse, Page 398The supreme court's opinion in In re Winthrop is valuable reading for attorneys who sometimes find themselves preparing a power of attorney for Party A at the behest of Party B.