HIPAA and POAs revisitedBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2005Lawpulse, Page 110Experts 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 programsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2005Lawpulse, Page 110The 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. GunnarssonMarch 2005Lawpulse, Page 110It'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 bewareBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2005Lawpulse, Page 110Many 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 appealingBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2005Lawpulse, Page 62On 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.
When Johnny and Jenny come marching homeBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2005Lawpulse, Page 8Their jobs had better be awaitin' and the accompanying job rights preserved, or their employers may be guilty of violating federal law.
Ademption preemptionBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2004Lawpulse, Page 614Remember the ademption doctrine from your Wills and Estates class? No? Read on.
All in the (nontraditional) familyBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2004Lawpulse, Page 614The supreme court rules that a man can't vacate a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity even if DNA evidence shows he isn't the father.
Found treasureBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2004Lawpulse, Page 614Dividends on unclaimed stock belong to the owner, not the state, the supreme court rules.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation CommissionBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2004Lawpulse, Page 614The Illinois Industrial Commission will get a new name to go with its new, more efficient approach to doing business, the chair says.
DUI: the acid-reflux defenseBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2004Lawpulse, Page 562The high court holds that defendants with acid-reflux disease can raise it as a defense if it causes them to regurgitate during breath-alcohol testing.
Illinois’ new WARN lawBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2004Lawpulse, Page 562There's already a federal law requiring employers to notify workers about layoffs and closing; effective January 1, there'll be a state law to go with it.
What limits on lawyer–notaries?By Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2004Lawpulse, Page 562Can lawyers notarize their clients' signatures on wills, POAs and the like? Some say "no," most say "yes."
Clients not liable for lawyers’ intentional tortsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2004Lawpulse, Page 508The Illinois Supreme Court holds that clients are not liable for lawyers' intentional torts unless they authorized, directed, or ratified the lawyers' conduct.
A new, higher limit for small-estate affidavitsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2004Lawpulse, Page 508The ceiling for small estate affidavits has doubled from $50,000 to $100,000. But will it make the well-meaning people who serve as affiants more attractive targets for lawsuits?
When is “special service” good enough?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2004Lawpulse, Page 508How hard must you try to accomplish personal service before you can resort to service by publication? A recent first district case tackles the question.
Will Blakely create sentencing chaos?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2004Lawpulse, Page 508Federal and many state courts are holding off on sentencing hearings in the wake of Blakely, but the case will have limited impact on Illinois state courts. Find out why.
Can cities cap med-mal damage awards?By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2004Lawpulse, Page 450Does home rule authority really empower cities to regulate medical malpractice litigation? Not likely, observers say.