Anti-predatory-lending statute takes effect January 1By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2005LawPulse, Page 614An amendment to the Real Property Disclosure Act will create a new predatory lending database. But some worry that it could unintentionally penalize good-guy lenders in targeted neighborhoods.
New rules bring clarity to appellate practiceBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2005LawPulse, Page 614Appellate practitioners welcome the supreme court rule changes, including a new rule providing that a party can file only one postjudgment motion directed at a final order.
Will bankruptcy reform cause domestic violence?By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2005LawPulse, Page 614
Part of the purpose of the bankruptcy reform legislation is to increase pressure on debtors. Will that pressure explode into physical rage?
Are series LLCs right for your clients?By Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2005LawPulse, Page 558This form of business organization, newly authorized in Illinois, can help some clients limit personal liability while enjoying certain advantages of partnership.
Collaborative divorceBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2005LawPulse, Page 558It isn't mediation, but it can minimize the conflict in divorce, proponents say. Find out why collaborative divorce is on the rise in Illinois.
Get ready for MCLEBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2005LawPulse, Page 558Did you know that programs offered as early as January 2006 can be counted toward the MCLE requirement? Here are highlights of the new rules.
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.