Rule 213 changes take effect July 1By Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2002Lawpulse, Page 226Litigators from both the plaintiffs' and defense bar like the amended rule's new three-class system for opinion witnesses: lay, independent expert, and controlled expert.
A sizzling Rice soup for public officials?By Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2002Lawpulse, Page 226Public bodies violate the Open Meetings Act by acting on items that didn't appear on the agenda, the fourth district ruled recently in Rice v Board of Trustees.
A new law makes tenancy by the entirety easierBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2002Lawpulse, Page 168Thanks to recent legislation, lawyers can create this under-appreciated form of ownership for their married clients without expressly stating in the deed that the parties are husband and wife.
IRPTA; goodbye and good riddanceBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2002Lawpulse, Page 114Real estate lawyers applaud the demise of the Illinois Responsible Property Transfer Act, which they say produced useless paperwork and little else.
Making mediation workBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2002Lawpulse, Page 114Experienced lawyer-mediators offer tips for getting the most out of this increasingly popular alternative to litigation.
Prenups help couples put their cards on the tableBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2002Lawpulse, Page 114Even though courts have broad discretion to ignore prenuptial agreements, couples can benefit from the process of creating them, a family practitioner says.
Probate Court Report #2: Take care with heirshipBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2002Lawpulse, Page 114Do a little probate work? Then take heed: failing to properly prepare an affidavit of heirship can lead to embarrassment or worse if the will falls through.
All in the FamilyBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2002Lawpulse, Page 62Perhaps your family-owned-business clients can take advantage of this special estate-tax exclusion.
A New, Improved Rule 213?By Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2002Lawpulse, Page 62Rule 213, introduced a few years ago to solve problems caused by old Rule 220, is causing problems of its own. The Supreme Court Rules Committee has proposed another fix for the rule governing admission of opinion testimony.
New Legislation: Real-Estate RoundupBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2002Lawpulse, Page 62Real estate; they're not making any more of it. But that doesn't mean they aren't passing new real-estate-related laws.
Avoiding settlement surprisesBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2002Lawpulse, Page 10What do you do to keep a settlement from unraveling? And what do you do when it unravels despite your best efforts? Seasoned negotiators offer advice.
Responding to employees’ security fearsBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2002Lawpulse, Page 10Post-September 11, it's more important than ever to respond appropriately to employee worries about safety in the workplace. But that doesn't mean acceding to unreasonable demands, a Chicago lawyer says.
No more dumpster babies?By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2001Lawpulse, Page 620A new law is designed to encourage desperate mothers to leave their newborns in safe places, not dumpsters and doorsteps.
Of mangers and menorahsBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2001Lawpulse, Page 620When do religious holiday displays on public property pass constitutional muster?
Preventive legal care for employersBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2001Lawpulse, Page 620A Chicago attorney offers employment-law audits to her clients. Should you do the same?
Fighting UPLBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2001Lawpulse, Page 564The ISBA's three-front war against the unauthorized practice of law is proceeding.
Mandatory lawyer financial responsibility proposedBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2001Lawpulse, Page 564A special ISBA committee is recommending that lawyers be required to maintain malpractice insurance or some other form of compensation for malpractice victims.