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Electronic filing continues to expand in Cook County By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 Five court divisions and nearly 16,000 registrants are participants in the Cook County Circuit Court's e-filing program.
Illinois bans using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 Effective January 1, Illinois drivers can't legally hold cellphones to their ears and talk. But lawyers and others who have the right technology can still communicate while on the road.
New citation procedures make enforcing debt-collection judgments easier By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 A new law reduces the role of sheriffs in collection proceedings and increases the power of courts and practitioners to enforce judgments.
Supreme court to establish legal-aid program for military personnel, vets By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 The pilot program, funded by a $10 filing fee increase in participating circuit courts, will provide free legal services in civil cases to veterans and military personnel in need.
Beware FATCA’s broad reach By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 Think a new law designed to ferret out taxable income parked offshore won't affect any of your clients? You might be unpleasantly surprised, tax experts warn.
Bill requires timely executed settlement releases in most civil cases By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 The law helps plaintiffs get timely settlement payments from "substandard" insurance companies, the chair of ISBA's Tort Section says.
Current version of family law overhaul bill gets mixed reviews By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 A proposed major rewrite of Illinois' 35-year-old Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act has some ISBA matrimonial lawyers feeling encouraged and others concerned.
Illinois Supreme Court allows interlocutory appeals of suppression orders in juvenile cases By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 The supreme court rule change allowing interlocutory appeals remedies "a systemic problem for both prosecutors and defendants for decades," a commentator says.
Law authorizes 17-year-olds to vote, online voter registration - but wait, there’s more By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 Amendments to Illinois election law also create a board of election commissioners for Lake County, require more petition signatures for a would-be Chicago alderman, and make other changes.
Caveat Emptor: Company B assumes fair-labor liability when it buys Company A By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 Lawpulse, Page 386 The federal successor-liability doctrine makes a buyer company responsible for the seller's Fair Labor Standards Act liability even if state law would hold otherwise, the seventh circuit rules.
Chicago event recognizes first national meeting of women lawyers By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 Lawpulse, Page 386 At an event this month, two female bar association presidents will help celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Chicago-based first national meeting of women lawyers.
Coming soon: Illinois’ first statewide standardized court forms By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 Lawpulse, Page 386 Illinois is one of a very few states without statewide standardized court forms. That's beginning to change, thanks to the supreme court's Access to Justice Commission.
New supreme court rules a boon to limited-scope representation By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 Lawpulse, Page 386 Amended Rules 11, 13, and 137 create business opportunities for lawyers by making it easier to represent clients for part, but not all, of a lawsuit or transaction.
Supreme court delays Rule 138 personal identity information provisions By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 Lawpulse, Page 386 The supreme court delayed rule changes on personal identity information that some family law practitioners worry will force them to choose between the rule and conflicting statutes.
County recorders can investigate fraud, bill provides By Adam W. Lasker July 2013 Lawpulse, Page 330 The controversial bill would empower recorders to red-flag deeds and other documents that appear fraudulent. Wary real estate practitioners have a wait-and-see attitude.
Illinois lawmakers revive overturned armed robbery sentencing enhancement By Adam W. Lasker July 2013 Lawpulse, Page 330 After the high court held a sentencing enhancement unenforceable because its penalty was tougher than that of a second law with the same elements, lawmakers changed the elements of the second law and thereby revived the first.
Supreme court, advocates push legislation to expand access to justice, fund e-filing By Adam W. Lasker July 2013 Lawpulse, Page 330 Among other things, the legislation would help defray the costs of statewide e-filing and expand the pool of individuals who qualify for legal aid.
Supreme court declines to extend doctrine of election beyond wills to trusts By Adam W. Lasker July 2013 Lawpulse, Page 330 The Illinois Supreme Court found the doctrine irrelevant to the facts of In re Estate of Boyar, leaving the question of whether it applies to trusts as well as wills for another day.
Health care lawyers prep for medical marijuana law By Adam W. Lasker June 2013 Lawpulse, Page 278 Health care lawyers prepare to counsel doctors, hospitals, and others how not to run afoul of the "Medical Cannabis" bill.
Home rule rules, says the Illinois Supreme Court By Adam W. Lasker June 2013 Lawpulse, Page 278 Ordinances enacted by home rule municipalities trump state statutes unless the state expressly exercises exclusive control, the supreme court rules in a condo case.
Lake County bans nonlawyer representatives at tax appeals board By Adam W. Lasker June 2013 Lawpulse, Page 278 Lake is the latest Illinois county to confront UPL by prohibiting nonlawyers from representing parties before the tax appeals board of review.
No double jeopardy though jurors were sworn, high court rules By Adam W. Lasker June 2013 Lawpulse, Page 278 The Illinois Supreme Court ruled in Martinez that, even though the jury was already empanelled, the defendant was not in jeopardy because the state stood silently by and presented no evidence.
Illinois high court affirms criminal contempt convictions of E2 nightclub owners By Adam W. Lasker May 2013 Lawpulse, Page 222 The Illinois Supreme Court reversed a ruling that vacated criminal contempt convictions against the owners of a Chicago nightclub where 21 people were killed in a stampede.
Illinois Supreme Court recognizes doctrine of equitable adoption By Adam W. Lasker May 2013 Lawpulse, Page 222 If parents treat a child they have not legally adopted as their own, he can pursue an inheritance even in the absence of their express or implied contract to adopt him, the high court rules.
Online offerings let lawyers earn LL.M.s at home By Adam W. Lasker May 2013 Lawpulse, Page 222 Two Illinois law schools are pioneers in the rapidly expanding field of LL.M. distance-learning programs.
SCOTUS rules warrantless dog-sniff search of home unconstitutional By Adam W. Lasker May 2013 Lawpulse, Page 222 Unlike an earlier decision this term that allowed dog-sniff evidence from a traffic stop, Jardines holds that the dog-sniff search of a front porch requires a warrant.
Interpreting federal statutes in state court: the high court speaks By Adam W. Lasker April 2013 Lawpulse, Page 170 What happens when state and federal courts disagree about how to interpret a federal statute? The Illinois Supreme Court tackled this difficult question in a recent ruling.
Legislature considering modifications to small-estate affidavits By Adam W. Lasker April 2013 Lawpulse, Page 170 ISBA-proposed changes would make the small-estate affidavit a more effective and easier-to-use probate avoidance device, a key proponent says.
New supreme court rules promote foreclosure mediation By Adam W. Lasker April 2013 Lawpulse, Page 170 New consumer-friendly rules, effective May 1, are designed to make the foreclosure process more fair and reduce the backlog of cases.
SCOTUS could reconcile conflicting federal rulings on immigrants’ right to counsel By Adam W. Lasker April 2013 Lawpulse, Page 170 The ninth circuit joins the seventh in ruling that an immigrant who is denied the right to counsel in removal proceedings need not show prejudice to successfully appeal that denial.