Getting paid, part 2: A new probate pitfall to avoidBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2004LawPulse, Page 62If 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.
More on traffic stops and the Illinois Supreme CourtBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2004LawPulse, Page 10Here'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.
Can a parent inherit from a stillborn child?By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2003LawPulse, Page 594A fascinating, if perplexing, Illinois Supreme Court opinion seems to say that a fetus can have an estate for inheritance purposes.
Interrogatories: the numbers gameBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2003LawPulse, Page 594What if you're presented by an opponent with too many interrogatories, or what if you want to exceed the limits yourself? Here are some ideas.
Counseling gay couplesBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2003LawPulse, Page 544While the issues that arise in gay relationships are familiar, the legal framework is different. It's a difference that family practitioners and estate planners should learn to navigate.
Making UIM arbitration awards binding in more casesBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2003LawPulse, Page 544Effective January 1, an ISBA-backed bill more than doubles the statutory limits on binding arbitration awards in UIM cases, reducing the incentive for insurers to reject them.
Small firms, big casesBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2003LawPulse, Page 486How three lawyers from small-practice settings and different parts of Illinois teamed up to bring a high-stakes whistleblower lawsuit.
MJP: it’s not just a large-firm issueBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2003LawPulse, Page 430Do any of your clients winter in Florida? Do you do legal work with your laptop and cell phone while on vacation out of state? Find out what ISBA has done to promote clearer rules defining the dos and don'ts of multijurisdictional practice.
Will Ozik inspire more p.i. settlements?By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2003LawPulse, Page 430According to plaintiffs' lawyers, a recent appellate court ruling means that more defendants will be found jointly, rather than just severally, liable. And that could make them more willing to settle.
Assessing reassessmentsBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2003LawPulse, Page 374Appellate court precedent makes it difficult for assessors to change the valuation of property more often than once every four years. But what are the limits on assessors' authority to "revise and correct"?