Don’t be an oddsmakerBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2011LawPulse, Page 382It's a bad idea - maybe even an ethics no-no - to tell clients what you think their chances of winning are, an ISBA lawyer opines.
Statute of repose bars legal malpractice claimBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2011LawPulse, Page 382A plaintiff who sued a lawyer for malpractice in the preparation of a quitclaim deed was too late because any injury occurred when the deed was prepared, not later when her husband died.
Tweeting the lawBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2011LawPulse, Page 382Lawyers, bar associations, courts, and others use Twitter to push out news, cases, job openings, and more.
Vendor-neutral citation comes to IllinoisBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2011LawPulse, Page 330Beginning July 1, the official version of Illinois opinions will be published publicly on the court's website, not privately in bound volumes.
Are cell phones “contraband”? And what’s a “penal institution”?By Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2011LawPulse, Page 222A volunteer lawyer is charged with a felony for allegedly bringing "contraband" - her cell phone - into a police station interview room.
Volunteering to represent indigents pro bono in an area of law with which you're unfamiliar? Your heart may be in the right place, but be careful.
No common fund fee recovery for health care liensBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2011LawPulse, Page 222Bad news for plaintiffs’ lawyers – the common fund doctrine does not give them a share of health care liens, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled recently.
Defending a DUI client who said “no” to the policeBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2011LawPulse, Page 174Among other techniques, use voir dire to help tell your story and underscore the defendant's constitutional right to refuse testing and other requests.
Defending a DUI case? West suburban lawyer Donald J. Ramsell provides practical tips for defending DUI refusals in jury trial cases in the March 2011 issue of ISBA's Traffic Laws and Courts section newsletter.
What judges wantBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2011LawPulse, Page 174You'll make your judge happy - or at least less unhappy - if you learn some of the unwritten rules that vary by type of case presented and by region.
Can civil partners hold property as tenants by the entirety?By Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2011LawPulse, Page 118The consensus among leading ISBA and other real estate practitioners appears to be "yes."
Now that Governor Quinn has signed the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act into law as PA 96-1513, lawyers across the state are considering the statute's effect on specific aspects of their practices.
Gimme shelterBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2011LawPulse, Page 118A look at the legal issues public and private animal shelters face.
“I’m worried my child might hurt someone”By Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2011LawPulse, Page 118What do you tell clients who fear that someone they know and love might pose a threat to himself or others?
The news of the shooting of an Arizona congresswoman and 18 others, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl, who died, and the arrest of an apparently mentally disturbed unemployed 22-year-old for the acts, horrified all who heard it.
Are courts cracking down on refusals to answer requests to admit?By Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2011LawPulse, Page 66At least one lawyer thinks he sees a trend.
Requests to admit are powerful pretrial tools, as every litigator knows. But many courts are reluctant to enforce supreme court rules specifying that requests must be answered or deemed admitted and that wrongful denials trigger attorney-fee awards.
Mind the gap: Illinois taxes estates over $2 millionBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2011LawPulse, Page 66Illinois' new estate tax kicks in at $2 million, not $5 million like its federal counterpart. That creates some estate-planning challenges for Illinois residents.
Motion(al) intelligenceBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2011LawPulse, Page 66Motions, particularly motions to stay and to strike, are tools every appellate lawyer should know how and when to use.