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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.
Ademption preemption By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2004 Lawpulse, Page 614 Remember the ademption doctrine from your Wills and Estates class? No? Read on.
All in the (nontraditional) family By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2004 Lawpulse, Page 614 The 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 treasure By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2004 Lawpulse, Page 614 Dividends on unclaimed stock belong to the owner, not the state, the supreme court rules.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2004 Lawpulse, Page 614 The Illinois Industrial Commission will get a new name to go with its new, more efficient approach to doing business, the chair says.
When “one appellate court” disagrees with itself By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2004 Lawpulse, Page 614 When appellate district panels disagree, which decision controls? The answer is far from certain.
DUI: the acid-reflux defense By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2004 Lawpulse, Page 562 The 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.
Filmmaker charged under eavesdropping statute By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2004 Lawpulse, Page 562 A filmmaker who taped police without their consent is charged under the Illinois Eavesdropping Statute.
Illinois’ new WARN law By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2004 Lawpulse, Page 562 There'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.
No credit for child-support overpayment By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2004 Lawpulse, Page 562 The bottom line for obligors – pay what you owe and not a penny more, and keep track of what you pay.
What limits on lawyer–notaries? By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2004 Lawpulse, Page 562 Can lawyers notarize their clients' signatures on wills, POAs and the like? Some say "no," most say "yes."