Check the Web before drafting jury instructionsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2005Lawpulse, Page 498The chair of the supreme court's jury instructions committee advises litigators to check the court's website for revised IPI instructions.
Interception of e-mail by ISP violates Wiretap ActBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2005Lawpulse, Page 498A federal appeals court comes down hard on an Internet service provider that reads other peoples' mail. Among other things, the case shows how easily e-mail can be intercepted.
New law fine-tunes child rep statuteBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2005Lawpulse, Page 498A new act seeks to clear up confusion about the differing roles of attorney, GAL, and child representative, and expressly authorizes judges to order divorcing spouses into counseling.
This diamond ringBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2005Lawpulse, Page 498Does an engagement ring belong to the donor or the recipient if the wedding is called off?
Victory for State Farm in class-action appealBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2005Lawpulse, Page 498The supreme court decertified a Madison-County-based nationwide class action case against State Farm for installing after-market replacement parts in damaged vehicles.
A bouquet of business-friendly billsBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2005Lawpulse, Page 438Thanks to the Illinois General Assembly, purveyors of business advice have good news to deliver to their clients.
Supremes: defendants on the hook for undiscounted medical billsBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2005Lawpulse, Page 438The Illinois Supreme Court upheld the third district's ruling that personal injury defendants may be liable for a plaintiff's original medical bill, not the lower amount negotiated by his or her insurer.
Circular logicBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2005Lawpulse, Page 382Revised IRS Circular 230 requires lawyers and others who offer tax advice to take extra care and additional steps. Some lawyers think it goes too far.
Living in a two story houseBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2005Lawpulse, Page 382Can parties be "separate and apart" for purposes of filing for divorce while still living under the same roof?
A moving experienceBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2005Lawpulse, Page 382Did you know you can schedule your opponent's motion for hearing if he doesn't?
New limits for family limited partnershipsBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2005Lawpulse, Page 382Casting a shadow over a popular tax avoidance device, a recent case disallowed an estate tax break for a decedent who maintained too much control over the business he transferred to his family limited partnership.
Workers’ comp overhaulBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2005Lawpulse, Page 330Proponents say that new revisions to the Workers' Comp Act will increase benefits, hold down costs, speed claims resolution, and reduce fraud.
The Bankruptcy Abuse Reduction Fiasco?By Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2005Lawpulse, Page 274Here's a thumbnail sketch of the new Bankruptcy Act provisions that place new burdens on lawyers to verify information in clients' petitions.
The supreme court latest UPL case: a mixed blessingBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2005Lawpulse, Page 274The supreme court allows nonlawyer lenders to charge for preparing mortgages but reaffirms that drafting and filling out real estate documents is the practice of law.
Trust transparencyBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2005Lawpulse, Page 274Members of an ISBA e-mail discussion group agree that despite a trustee's reluctance, beneficiaries are entitled to see trust instruments that confer benefits upon them.
Wages and sinBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2005Lawpulse, Page 274Can an employee who considers homosexuality a sin openly oppose his employer's workplace diversity effort? What are the limits of religious practice and expression in the workplace?
Finding a niche in FSBO home salesBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2005Lawpulse, Page 226Some lawyers are making themselves available to do-it-yourself homesellers, with rewarding results.
The Health Care Surrogate Act: a physician’s finding must in writingBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2005Lawpulse, Page 226The Illinois Supreme Court rules that the Act did not require a hospital to consult a wife before removing a patient from a ventilator because the attending physician had not made a written finding that the patient lacked "decisional capacity."
Losing streakBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2005Lawpulse, Page 226Compulsive gambling is like other pathological behavior that leads lawyers astray, with a big difference – it's not treated as a mitigating factor by the ARDC.
The several risks of joint representationBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2005Lawpulse, Page 226What about representing both members of a couple on an estate plan? Two or more partners to a business deal? You can do it – sometimes – if you take the proper steps.