The trouble with hourly billingBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2007LawPulse, Page 286Does the tradition of billing by the hour push lawyers to pad bills and thus engage in the kind of "dishonest" behavior forbidden by the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct?
A new, stricter test for independent contractor status?By Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2007LawPulse, Page 230Has the Illinois Supreme Court embraced a test that makes it harder for employers to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees and thus avoid employee-related taxes and other expenses?
Pleading guilty onlineBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2007LawPulse, Page 230New supreme court standards allow defendants in small traffic cases to plead guilty and pay up without a trip to the courthouse.
A trio of Illinois Supreme Court Rule amendmentsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2007LawPulse, Page 230The court amended rules governing the format of appellate briefs, appeals from circuit court rulings, and voir dire examinations in criminal cases.
Slavery reparations claims dismissed by 7CABy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2007LawPulse, Page 170The court held that slave descendants' section 1982 claims are, inter alia, too speculative and the claimants too far removed from the wrong of slavery.
Jury trials for divorce?By Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2007LawPulse, Page 118An Illinois bill would bring jury trials back to contested divorce. The ISBA Family Law Section Council thinks that's a bad idea.
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.