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There’s gold in that thar wind – maybe By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2005 Lawpulse, Page 330 Learn how you can help that would-be wind farmer in your client base.
Workers’ comp overhaul By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2005 Lawpulse, Page 330 Proponents 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. Gunnarsson June 2005 Lawpulse, Page 274 Here'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 blessing By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2005 Lawpulse, Page 274 The 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 transparency By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2005 Lawpulse, Page 274 Members 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 sin By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2005 Lawpulse, Page 274 Can 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 sales By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2005 Lawpulse, Page 226 Some lawyers are making themselves available to do-it-yourself homesellers, with rewarding results.
The Health Care Surrogate Act: a physician’s finding must in writing By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2005 Lawpulse, Page 226 The 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 streak By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2005 Lawpulse, Page 226 Compulsive 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 representation By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2005 Lawpulse, Page 226 What 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.
Till death us do part? By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2005 Lawpulse, Page 226 Suppose Michael and Terri Schiavo had resided in Illinois after she became incapacitated, and suppose Michael had wanted (or been willing) to divorce her – would Illinois law have allowed it?
A jumbo legal malpractice case goes to the high court By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2005 Lawpulse, Page 162 All eyes are on the Tri-G legal malpractice case, where the appellate court ruled for the plaintiff to the tune of $2.3 million.
New IPI instructions are free on the Web By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2005 Lawpulse, Page 162 Sign up with the supreme court to get notice every time a new IPI instruction is made available.
Sentencing guidelines: mandatory no more By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2005 Lawpulse, Page 162 The U.S. Supreme Court shook up federal criminal practice by ruling in Booker/Fanfanthat sentencing guidelines are advisory only. Not surprisingly, many questions remain.
To LLC or not to LLC By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2005 Lawpulse, Page 162 When you're starting a law practice, the LLC is a good form of business organization to choose. Then again, so is the PC.
You take the sofa, I’ll take the Fifth… By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2005 Lawpulse, Page 162 Forget about dirty laundry; what if your divorcing client did – or might have done – something criminal? Here's advice about advising clients how and when to take the Fifth.
The gay rights amendment: It’s the law By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2005 Lawpulse, Page 110 The Illinois Human Rights Act now prohibits many kinds of discrimination against homosexuals, a fact of which you should apprise your clients – whether they like it or not.
HIPAA and POAs revisited By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2005 Lawpulse, Page 110 Experts still say you shouldn't have to amend your POAs to make them HIPAA compliant, but maybe it's better to be safe than sorry.
Sellers subsidize closings via HUD-approved programs By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2005 Lawpulse, Page 110 The Nehemiah and AmeriDream programs allow sellers to pick up closing costs for homebuyers without violating RESPA. But is there a downside to this popular practice?
So, does that statute apply to my case? By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2005 Lawpulse, Page 110 It's often hard to tell exactly when a statute takes effect, but the Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau offers guidance for legislative drafters and practicing lawyers.
Subcontractors beware By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2005 Lawpulse, Page 110 Many businesses struggle with how to classify the people who work for them – are they employees or independent contractors? This case won't make it easier.
Making settlement appealing By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2005 Lawpulse, Page 62 On appeal, opponents rarely meet face to face and thus have little opportunity to explore settlement. A new program seeks to make settling easier at the appellate level.
Proposed legislation would fix an underinsured-motorist pothole By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2005 Lawpulse, Page 62 Even seasoned lawyers representing victims of underinsured motorists should beware this trap and encourage legislators to remove it.
Salaries at not-for-profits: the IRS takes a hard look By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2005 Lawpulse, Page 62 If you advise or sit on the board of a tax-exempt organization, take note of an IRS initiative to make sure nonprofits aren't paying employees too much.
Social Security and child support By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2005 Lawpulse, Page 62 To what extent do benefits constitute income for purposes of determining a parent's child support obligation?
Thomas: Another twist in the fair-debt-collection knot By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2005 Lawpulse, Page 62 If you do any collection work, be sure to read this new case from the seventh circuit.
E-filing comes to DuPage County By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2005 Lawpulse, Page 8 Electronic filing has come to one Illinois circuit court. Can the rest be far behind?
(Not so) dastardly deeds By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2005 Lawpulse, Page 8 If you spot a mistake in a deed, don't panic. There might just be an easy fix.
Rogers: Gifts are income when calculating support owed By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2005 Lawpulse, Page 8 The Illinois Supreme Court rules that gifts to a noncustodial parent constitute income for purposes of determining his or her support obligation.
When Johnny and Jenny come marching home By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2005 Lawpulse, Page 8 Their jobs had better be awaitin' and the accompanying job rights preserved, or their employers may be guilty of violating federal law.