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What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About the Illinois Limited Liability Company Act By Charles W. Murdock August 2004 Article, Page 420 A review of the Act by one of its drafters with a focus on provisions with which all lawyers should be familiar.
What limits on lawyer–notaries? By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2004 Lawpulse, Page 562 Can lawyers notarize their clients' signatures on wills, POAs and the like? Some say "no," most say "yes."
What Series LLCs Can Do for You By Lin Hanson December 2004 Column, Page 648 They can spread risk at lower cost in money and hassle.
What Till v SCS Credit Corp Means for Your Chapter 13 Clients By James J. Haller September 2004 Article, Page 478 Till lowers the interest rate most Chapter 13 debtors pay to secured creditors. Here's post-Till guide to calculating rates.
What Weblogs Can Do for You By T. Evan Schaeffer May 2004 Column, Page 269 Don't know about the great legal Weblogs out there? Don't know what a Weblog is? It's time you learned. You might decide to be a blogger yourself one day.
When Are Supervisors Personally Liable for Employment Law Violations? By Jane M. McFetridge and Grace Hwang Lee December 2004 Article, Page 628 Can employees recover from a misbehaving supervisor in addition to the company? Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
When Can A Disabled Surviving Spouse Renounce a Will? By Thomas A. Pasquesi June 2004 Article, Page 310 This article reviews the murky law of will renunciation by mentally incompetent surviving spouses.
When Can Landlords Refuse Tenant Requests to Sublease? By Brian K. Kozminski June 2004 Article, Page 315 A look at a landlord's obligation to be "reasonable" when a tenant wants to sublet.
When Can You Retain Client Files for Failure to Pay Fees? By Patrick Sean Ginty February 2004 Article, Page 97 While retaining liens can be effective, you should understand their scope and effect before you use them.
When DCFS Knocks: Representing a Client Accused of Child Abuse or Neglect By David N. Schaffer January 2004 Article, Page 26 How to review the DCFS investigative file, appeal an indicated finding, conduct discovery, and prepare for the administrative review hearing.
When is “special service” good enough? By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2004 Lawpulse, Page 508 How hard must you try to accomplish personal service before you can resort to service by publication? A recent first district case tackles the question.
When “one appellate court” disagrees with itself By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2004 Lawpulse, Page 614 When appellate district panels disagree, which decision controls? The answer is far from certain.
Where obligor experiences a reduction in income as the result of a bad faith change in employment, the court will find no substantial change in circumstances justifying a reduction in child support June 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 On March 4, 2004, the Fourth District Appellate Court affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Champaign County, denying a father's petition to modify child support. 
Where the source of a state employee’s breached duty is his or her status as a professional, rather than his or her employment by the state, sovereign immunity will not attach. June 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 On March 18, 2004, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the appellate court, which reversed the trial court's grant of summary judgment to the defendants on the basis of sovereign immunity. 
Whistleblower cases: high-risk, high-return By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2004 Lawpulse, Page 118 Whistleblower cases can be personally and financially rewarding, but know what you're getting into.
Will Blakely create sentencing chaos? By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2004 Lawpulse, Page 508 Federal 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.
You, too, can be title insurance agent By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2004 Lawpulse, Page 390 Have – 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.