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Sealing court records: what’s the standard in Illinois? By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2004 Lawpulse, Page 334 Surprisingly, no statute or supreme court rule sets forth standards for sealing court records from the public.
Title work is lawyers’ work By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2004 Lawpulse, Page 334 Leading real estate practitioners warn their fellow lawyers not to cede control over title work to realtors.
Watch out for (un)real estate deals By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2004 Lawpulse, Page 334 Don't let your clients lead you down the road to a RESPA violation by misstating the price of real estate.
Ethics overkill? By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2004 Lawpulse, Page 286 The Illinois Municipal League and the Illinois AG offer competing model ethics-in-government ordinances for local governmental bodies.
Hall v Henn discourages neighborliness, critics say By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2004 Lawpulse, Page 286 Critics fear that the supreme court's interpretation of an immunity statute will discourage landowners from making their property available to others.
Is doubling the bankruptcy homestead exemption on the horizon? By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2004 Lawpulse, Page 286 Bigger homestead and personal property exemptions would benefit debtor-homeowners and encourage more debtors to opt for Chapter 7, not Chapter 13, relief.
Legislators consider the Gestational Surrogacy Act By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2004 Lawpulse, Page 286 What happens when a pregnant surrogate changes her mind? When the intended parents divorce during the pregnancy? HB 4962 would address those questions and others.
LLC info now on the Web By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2004 Lawpulse, Page 286 Thanks to the Illinois Secretary of State's office, more information about LLCs is now available online.
Accepting fee payments by credit card; priceless? By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2004 Lawpulse, Page 236 Charging interest on late accounts and accepting fee payments by credit card are a carrot-and-stick approach to getting paid on time.
New rule mandates expedited custody appeals By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2004 Lawpulse, Page 236 Amended Supreme Court Rule 306A is designed to ensure quicker resolution of child custody cases. But how will it work in practice?
No police “eavesdropping” on sexual predators; even in cyberspace? By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2004 Lawpulse, Page 236 The Illinois eavesdropping statute's prohibition against taping with only one party's consent hampers legitimate law enforcement, a legal scholar opines.
Responding to HIPAA-violation complaints By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2004 Lawpulse, Page 236 Prevention is the best remedy; does your "covered entity" client have an adequate privacy policy in effect?
Supreme court upholds constitutionality of unsafe-building demolition law By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2004 Lawpulse, Page 236 The supreme court held recently that municipalities can tear down unsafe buildings as soon as the circuit court enters a demolition order.
How to represent an apartment buyer By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2004 Lawpulse, Page 170 Contributors to an ISBA e-mail discussion group create a primer that describes what any attorney should insist upon when representing the buyer of an apartment building.
A kindercentric custody-law proposal By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2004 Lawpulse, Page 170 ISBA's Family Law Section Council has proposed a revolutionary revamp of Illinois's child custody law that puts the rights and interests of children first.
Limited license for corporate counsel; a mixed blessing? By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2004 Lawpulse, Page 170 New Supreme Court Rule 716, which creates a limited license to practice for Illinois-based in-house counsel, is getting mixed reviews in corporate law departments.
“No” to compulsory DUI blood tests By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2004 Lawpulse, Page 170 A second district case holds that nonconsensual, non-treatment-related blood and urine tests are inadmissible in DUI trials.
Out-of-state lawyers OK’d for Illinois arbitrations By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2004 Lawpulse, Page 170 The first district holds that lawyers who aren't licensed in Illinois can nonetheless represent clients in Illinois-based arbitrations.
Local governments cope with the verbatim-record requirement By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2004 Lawpulse, Page 118 What must public bodies do to comply with the new law? The answers are far from clear.
Preserving nursing home residents’ assets is harder than ever By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2004 Lawpulse, Page 118 As a recent third district case shows, it's nigh impossible to create a trust that enables nursing home residents who still have assets to qualify for Medicaid and thereby preserve an estate for the next generation.
VESSA: unpaid leave for domestic violence victims By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2004 Lawpulse, Page 118 Find out about this newly effective law that, like the Family and Medical Leave Act, grants unpaid leave to covered workers.
Whistleblower cases: high-risk, high-return By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2004 Lawpulse, Page 118 Whistleblower cases can be personally and financially rewarding, but know what you're getting into.
Constructive discharge can lead to strict Title VII liability for employers By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2004 Lawpulse, Page 62 The seventh circuit ruled recently that constructive discharge can be a "tangible employment action" in a Title VII suit, in which case employers may not invoke affirmative defenses. And the employer in this case was an Illinois circuit court.
Getting paid, part 1: demand bankruptcy fees up front By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2004 Lawpulse, Page 62 Thanks to a new seventh circuit case, it's more important than ever for attorneys who represent debtors in Chapter 7 to get all of their fees up front.
Getting paid, part 2: A new probate pitfall to avoid By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2004 Lawpulse, Page 62 If your client is seeking payment from an estate, make sure you file a claim with the probate court even if the estate representative knows about the debt; that knowledge might not put the estate on the hook, according to a new appellate court ruling.
Is your firm registered with the supreme court? By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2004 Lawpulse, Page 62 News flash: many law firms, not just lawyers, must register, and those who don't could see their fee awards invalidated.
New interstate child-custody statute for the New Year By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2004 Lawpulse, Page 62 If your practice includes family law, familiarize yourself with the newly effective Illinois Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act.
Illinois OKs speaking in (native) tongues in the workplace By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2004 Lawpulse, Page 10 Habla Espanol in the workplace? You can now with impunity, as long as it's your native language and you're talking about non-work-related matters.
More on traffic stops and the Illinois Supreme Court By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2004 Lawpulse, Page 10 Here's a summary of two opinions that came down after last month's Journal article on the Illinois Supreme Court's recent interpretation of the Terry doctrine went to press.
New law makes it easier to investigate workplace misconduct By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2004 Lawpulse, Page 10 Employers are no longer required to get an alleged wrongdoer's consent to hire an outside firm to conduct an investigation of alleged misconduct on the job.