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.
State can’t dun surviving spouse’s estate for nursing home billBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2006Lawpulse, Page 398The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the state can't seek reimbursement for long-term care from a surviving spouse's estate, making the revocable living trust an even more attractive estate-planning tool.
Supreme court to rule on putative father registryBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2006Lawpulse, Page 398Some say the registry protects adoptive parents and children from belated, unwelcome interest by a biological dad. Others say it unfairly cuts a birth father out of his child's life.
Attorney title agents must disclose agencyBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2006Lawpulse, Page 338In real estate transactions, be sure to apprise clients when you also serve as an agent to the title company. In fact, you might want to do so in writing at the outset.
Employers’ liability for employees’ loose tonguesBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2006Lawpulse, Page 338The Illinois Supreme Court will review an appellate court's ruling that a hospital employee has a "continuing off-shift duty" to keep confidential information about patients confidential.
The limited lockstep doctrineBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2006Lawpulse, Page 338In a dog-sniff case, the Illinois Supreme Court wrote that it will interpret state constitutional provisions more expansively than their federal counterparts only under limited circumstances.
Background checks for jurors?By Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2006Lawpulse, Page 278A federal judge and some state's attorneys offer their varying viewpoints about how far to go to determine whether prospective jurors are coming clean.
A higher bar for landlords in eviction casesBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2006Lawpulse, Page 222A new ruling from the first district makes it harder for landlords to use constructive service as a basis for evicting nonpaying tenants.
MCLE for judgesBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2006Lawpulse, Page 222Judges, too, are on the hook for mandatory CLE, the Illinois Supreme Court announced last month.