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Will Blakely create sentencing chaos? By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2004 Lawpulse, Page 508 Federal 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. Gunnarsson September 2004 Lawpulse, Page 450 Does home rule authority really empower cities to regulate medical malpractice litigation? Not likely, observers say.
Family limited partnerships get the green light By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2004 Lawpulse, Page 450 This important tax-planning device for farmers and business owners gets a boost from a federal appellate court.
Grandparent visitation, take 2 By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2004 Lawpulse, Page 450 The legislature passes a new grandparent visitation law, which is designed to cure the defects of its unconstitutional predecessor.
New weapons for child-support collection By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2004 Lawpulse, Page 450 Freshly passed bills promise to make child-support collection a little easier, and maybe a little less expensive.
Verbatim-record provision to meeting law amended By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2004 Lawpulse, Page 450 The legislature amended the Open Meetings Act to clarify that verbatim recordings are accessible only in litigation over whether the public body violated the Act. Is the amendment too restrictive?
Defendants liable for undiscounted hospital bills, appellate court rules By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2004 Lawpulse, Page 390 The third district appellate court ruled early this year that a plaintiff is entitled to the amount of a hospital's undiscounted bill, not a lower amount negotiated by the plaintiff's insurance carrier.
Illinois pension recipients win at high court By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2004 Lawpulse, Page 390 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds ERISA's "anti-cutback" provision, ruling that pension plans can't retroactively limit the kinds of jobs workers can take after they retire.
Posthumous pet protection provisions By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2004 Lawpulse, Page 390 A new statute validates trusts for the benefit of pets, but what provisions should pet trusts include? Here are suggestions.
Rule 756 requires mandatory disclosure of malpractice coverage By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2004 Lawpulse, Page 390 What the new rule means – and could portend – for Illinois lawyers.
You, too, can be title insurance agent By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2004 Lawpulse, Page 390 Have – or hope to have – an active residential real estate practice? If you're not a title agent already, becoming one might well boost your bottom line.
Is laches a defense to child-support claims? By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2004 Lawpulse, Page 334 Probably not, no matter how long the obligee waits to collect; and the same goes for equitable estoppel.
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.