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TaxNet: Online tax filing for employers By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2005 Lawpulse, Page 558 Now Illinois employers can pay state taxes and file documents online.
(Unrepresented) buyer (and seller, and opposing lawyer) beware By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2005 Lawpulse, Page 558 What do you do when the other side in a real-estate transaction doesn't have a lawyer? ISBA members offer pointers.
Check the Web before drafting jury instructions By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2005 Lawpulse, Page 498 The 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 Act By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2005 Lawpulse, Page 498 A 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 statute By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2005 Lawpulse, Page 498 A 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 ring By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2005 Lawpulse, Page 498 Does an engagement ring belong to the donor or the recipient if the wedding is called off?
Victory for State Farm in class-action appeal By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2005 Lawpulse, Page 498 The 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 bills By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2005 Lawpulse, Page 438 Thanks to the Illinois General Assembly, purveyors of business advice have good news to deliver to their clients.
Closing meetings: How “probable” must litigation be? By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2005 Lawpulse, Page 438 A recent case limits the threatened-litigation exception to the Open Meetings Act.
Fees, Part 1: Budgeting required for Capital Litigators By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2005 Lawpulse, Page 438 Appointed criminal defense counsel must now submit budget estimates under the amended Capital Crimes Litigation Act.  
Fees, Part 2: Higher ceilings for court-appointed attorneys? By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2005 Lawpulse, Page 438 Fees, Part 2: Higher ceilings for court-appointed attorneys?
Supremes: defendants on the hook for undiscounted medical bills By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2005 Lawpulse, Page 438 The 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 logic By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2005 Lawpulse, Page 382 Revised 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 house By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2005 Lawpulse, Page 382 Can parties be "separate and apart" for purposes of filing for divorce while still living under the same roof?
A moving experience By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2005 Lawpulse, Page 382 Did you know you can schedule your opponent's motion for hearing if he doesn't?
New limits for family limited partnerships By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2005 Lawpulse, Page 382 Casting 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.
Rule changes allow compulsory appearance by notice at pretrial hearings By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2005 Lawpulse, Page 382 Amended Supreme Court Rule 237 allows parties to compel appearances by serving a witness with simple notice, even at pretrial or expedited hearings.
Illinois law practices: removing the “not for sale” sign By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2005 Lawpulse, Page 330 The Illinois Supreme Court adopts a rule – long sought by ISBA – allowing lawyers to sell their practices.
Law firm’s failure to register under Rule 721 not UPL By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2005 Lawpulse, Page 330 And that means an unregistered firm can collect its attorney fee award, the supreme court holds.
New reg requires law firms to “properly dispose” of consumer info By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2005 Lawpulse, Page 330 Effective June 1, a Federal Trade Commission regulation requires businesses – including law firms – to destroy sensitive information derived from consumer credit reports.
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.