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Taxes, Marital QTIP Trusts, and Anti- Apportionment Clauses By David Berek August 2005 Column, Page 418 It's time to revisit the language you've been using in QTIP trusts.  Find out why.
TaxNet: Online tax filing for employers By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2005 Lawpulse, Page 558 Now Illinois employers can pay state taxes and file documents online.
Teach Your Newbies Well By Karen Erger October 2005 Column, Page 542 You teach by example – is your example worth emulating?  
Tee Ball and Trial Advocacy By Hon. Ron Spears February 2005 Column, Page 92 All you really need to know about trial practice you learned in tee ball.
Terminology in the Illinois Human Rights Act explained November 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 564 In Part 2300 of Title 71, 71 Ill Adm Code 2300, the Illinois Department of Human Rights (Department) has amended three sections. Effective August 19, 2005.
Testimony that could be reasonably accepted by a trial court should not be rejected January 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On October 7, 2004, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned the appellate court's reversal of the circuit court's conviction. 
There’s gold in that thar wind – maybe By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2005 Lawpulse, Page 330 Learn how you can help that would-be wind farmer in your client base.
Thinking Outside the Roasting Pan About Peremptories By Hon. Ron Spears November 2005 Column, Page 594 Are you relying on stereotypes about jury behavior when you exercise peremptory challenges?
Third-Party Beneficiary Basics: When Can Noncontracting Parties Sue for Breach? By Joseph Siprut September 2005 Article, Page 462 Can, say, the child of divorced parents force Dad to pay for college as he promised Mom he would? Find out how and when to use this theory on behalf of your clients.
This diamond ring By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2005 Lawpulse, Page 498 Does an engagement ring belong to the donor or the recipient if the wedding is called off?
Thomas: Another twist in the fair-debt-collection knot By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2005 Lawpulse, Page 62 If you do any collection work, be sure to read this new case from the seventh circuit.
Three New Illinois Laws Affect Estate-Planning Practice By David A. Berek November 2005 Column, Page 600 Find out more about Illinois estate-tax revisions, series LLCs, and the Disposition of Remains Act.
Till death us do part? By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2005 Lawpulse, Page 226 Suppose Michael and Terri Schiavo had resided in Illinois after she became incapacitated, and suppose Michael had wanted (or been willing) to divorce her – would Illinois law have allowed it?
To LLC or not to LLC By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2005 Lawpulse, Page 162 When you're starting a law practice, the LLC is a good form of business organization to choose. Then again, so is the PC.
Tough New Dui Laws Take Effect in ’06 By George A.M. Heroux December 2005 Article, Page 636 These new laws, effective January 1, take special aim at drivers responsible for fatalities.
Transitional Food Stamp Program adopted June 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 The Illinois Department of Human Services recently amended 89 Ill Adm Code 121, effective February 4, 2005.
Trial court did not abuse its discretion in ordering defendant to walk in front of the jury to demonstrate a possible limp January 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On November 12, 2004, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Champaign County, which required the defendant to walk in front of the jury to show whether he had a limp when he walked. 
TRO not overbroad when predominant use violates zoning ordinance November 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 564 On August 26, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of DuPage County issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the defendant landowner because the landowner's business operation constituted an adult business use
TROs: A Guide to Winning Emergency Relief in Illinois By Richard L. Miller II October 2005 Article, Page 530 A step-by-step guide to seeking temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions.
Trust agreement provisions take precedence over the Principal and Income Act August 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 390 On April 25, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Cook County granting the petitioner's motion for summary judgment and denying the respondents' motion for summary judgment.
Trust transparency By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2005 Lawpulse, Page 274 Members of an ISBA e-mail discussion group agree that despite a trustee's reluctance, beneficiaries are entitled to see trust instruments that confer benefits upon them.
A trustee must serve the interest of the beneficiaries with total loyalty November 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 564 On August 31, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, reversed and remanded the decision of the Circuit Court of Rock Island County granting summary judgment for defendant trustees. 
The Truth About Going Solo By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2005 Article, Page 510 Three ISBA members speak from experience about the joys and challenges of solo practice.
Under the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act, a trial court lacks authority to transfera committed individual from one treatment facility to another March 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 On December 23, 2004, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, affirmed the Circuit Court of LaSalle County's decision denying the defendant's motion for conditional release from a Department of Human Services (DHS) treatment facility and the defendant's motion challenging the constitutionality of the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act (SVPCA).
Uniformity criteria adopted for assessors’ bonuses February 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 The Illinois Department of Revenue recently adopted amendments to the Property Tax Code, 86 Ill Adm Code 110.170. 
Uniformity required in reporting patient claims and data - PA 094-0027 August 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 390 The Illinois Health Finance Reform Act (20 ILCS 2215/4-2) is revised for the Department of Public Health ("Department") to require all hospitals and ambulatory surgical treatment centers licensed to operate in the State of Illinois.
(Unrepresented) buyer (and seller, and opposing lawyer) beware By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2005 Lawpulse, Page 558 What do you do when the other side in a real-estate transaction doesn't have a lawyer? ISBA members offer pointers.
Update on Real Estate Tax Law Changes By James K. Weston January 2005 Column, Page 44 Here's a summary of some of the many recent changes in real estate taxation.
Victory for State Farm in class-action appeal By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2005 Lawpulse, Page 498 The supreme court decertified a Madison-County-based nationwide class action case against  State Farm for installing after-market replacement parts in damaged vehicles.
Visa Waiver Program to include non-primary care physicians May 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 232 The Department of Public Health has recently adopted amendments to 77 Ill Adm Code 591, effective on February 16, 2005.