A new, higher limit for small-estate affidavitsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2004LawPulse, Page 508The ceiling for small estate affidavits has doubled from $50,000 to $100,000. But will it make the well-meaning people who serve as affiants more attractive targets for lawsuits?
When is “special service” good enough?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2004LawPulse, Page 508How hard must you try to accomplish personal service before you can resort to service by publication? A recent first district case tackles the question.
Will Blakely create sentencing chaos?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2004LawPulse, Page 508Federal 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. GunnarssonSeptember 2004LawPulse, Page 450Does home rule authority really empower cities to regulate medical malpractice litigation? Not likely, observers say.
Grandparent visitation, take 2By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2004LawPulse, Page 450The legislature passes a new grandparent visitation law, which is designed to cure the defects of its unconstitutional predecessor.
New weapons for child-support collectionBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2004LawPulse, Page 450Freshly passed bills promise to make child-support collection a little easier, and maybe a little less expensive.
Verbatim-record provision to meeting law amendedBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2004LawPulse, Page 450The 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?
Illinois pension recipients win at high courtBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2004LawPulse, Page 390The 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 provisionsBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2004LawPulse, Page 390A new statute validates trusts for the benefit of pets, but what provisions should pet trusts include? Here are suggestions.
You, too, can be title insurance agentBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2004LawPulse, Page 390Have – 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.
Legislators consider the Gestational Surrogacy ActBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2004LawPulse, Page 286What 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 WebBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2004LawPulse, Page 286Thanks to the Illinois Secretary of State's office, more information about LLCs is now available online.
New rule mandates expedited custody appealsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2004LawPulse, Page 236Amended Supreme Court Rule 306A is designed to ensure quicker resolution of child custody cases. But how will it work in practice?
How to represent an apartment buyerBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2004LawPulse, Page 170Contributors 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 proposalBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2004LawPulse, Page 170ISBA'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.