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Living-trust scams: all too alive and well in Illinois By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2006 Lawpulse, Page 642 Meanwhile, a recent Indiana Supreme Court opinion unambiguously declares that drafting a testamentary trust is the practice of law.
Loss of custody and visitation rights for sex offenders -PA 094-0928 November 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 584 The Illinois General Assembly has created a new section to the Illinois Parentage Act in an effort to protect families who have been victims of sexual crimes. 750 ILCS 45/6.5. 
Maintenance: be careful what you ask - and don’t ask - for By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2006 Lawpulse, Page 62 In two separate cases, the fourth district upheld maintenance awards 1) even after one recipient's remarriage and 2) despite another's request that the court "deny maintenance to the Petitioner and Respondent."
Making an Electronic Record: Good Reviews for Digital Recording By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2006 Article, Page 72 Several courthouses, notably DuPage County's, have implemented digital recording of courtroom proceedings. Is stenography a thing of the past?
Making the Most of Settlement Conferences By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2006 Article, Page 178 Judges and lawyers discuss how to avoid costly mistakes and best promote your clients' interests in judge-conducted settlement conferences.
Mandatory arbitration agreements are binding on employees June 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 On March 23, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District, which held that mandatory arbitration agreements between employers and employees are only valid if entered into "knowingly and voluntarily" by the employee.
Marital dissolution apportionment does not have to be equal January 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 On November 9, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Sangamon County, dividing the marital estate of Jason and Stephanie Thornley in favor of Stephanie and providing for maintenance payments to Stephanie. 
MCLE for judges By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2006 Lawpulse, Page 222 Judges, too, are on the hook for mandatory CLE, the Illinois Supreme Court announced last month. 
The Medical School Matriculant Criminal History Records Check Act is amended PA 094-0709 February 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 In order to better provide medical schools with information regarding matriculants, the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, 20 ILCS 2605/2605, is amended by adding section 2605-327. 
Medical specialists now eligible to issue handicapped placards April 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 174 Effective January 6, 2006, the Secretary of State has broadened the class of persons eligible to issue handicapped placards to include "competent medical specialists." 
Member to Member October 2006 Article, Page 542   BUSINESS LAW  
Mental disorder defined regarding acts of sexual violence PA 094-705 March 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 118 Effective June 1, 2006, the Illinois General Assembly has added section 4.03 to the Sexually Dangerous Persons Act, 750 ILCS 205/4.03, in order to recognize those with mental disorders.
Mercury-Free Vaccine act passed - Pa 09 -061 January 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 Effective January 1, 2006, the Mercury-Free Vaccine Act imposes a more stringent standard of administration for all mercury-containing vaccines.
Methamphetamine Manufacturer Registry Act created -PA 094-0831 October 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 526 Due to the widespread problem of meth-amphetamine use in Illinois, the Illinois General Assembly created the Methamphetamine Manufacturer Registry Act (Act). 
Minimum levels of financial responsibility for Illinois drivers altered February 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 The Illinois Department of Transportation has added new sections to Part 387 of Title 92, 92 Ill Adm Code 387, that will be effective as of November 10, 2005. 
Mission Accomplished (No, Really) By Robert K. Downs June 2006 Column, Page 276 A look at the year just ending and the challenges ahead.
The Misuse of Mediation in Joint Parenting Agreements By Alison G. Turoff October 2006 Article, Page 546 What happens when parties empower the mediator not only to help resolve disputes, but also to investigate and punish breaches of the agreement?
Mono-Mania: The Case Against “Multitasking” By Karen Erger April 2006 Column, Page 206 Doing too many things at once makes Jack or Jill a dimwitted lawyer.
Motion for severance to consider victim in sexual assault cases Pa 09 -066 January 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 In order to consider the emotional implications of sexual abuse victims testifying at multiple trials, section 114-8(b) of the Criminal Code of 1963, 725 ILCA 5/114-8, is amended. 
A motion to transfer venue will be reviewed de novo January 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 On october 20, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, and the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, denying the defendant's motion to transfer venue. 
Municipal Sign Ordinances: Three Common Constitutional Flaws and Their Solutions By Kara N. Lundy September 2006 Article, Page 490 Here's how counsel for municipalities can cure three common sign-ordinance infirmities.
Must employers try to stop employees’ “unauthorized activity”? By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2006 Lawpulse, Page 166 Yes, a New Jersey court says, at least if the activity is accessing child porn on company computers and the employer is on notice about it. 
Must trial judges grant special favors to pro se litigants? By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2006 Lawpulse, Page 62 Judges often cut pro se litigants a lot of slack. 
Need for support not a factor in terminating maintenance due to de facto marriage December 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 650 On October 6, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Lee County, granting petitioner James 
Negative inference applicable only to “tip the scales” August 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 404 On June 6, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, reversed the decision of the Circuit Court of DuPage County, which had ordered the issuance of a two-year plenary order of protection based upon testimony by respondent's ex-wife stating their daughter returned with a large welt on her leg after spending 11 hours with the respondent.
New amended claims must relate back by identity of transactions September 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 464 On June 2, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, dismissing one of the counts of plaintiff's amended complaint because it was barred by the statute of limitations. 
New amended rules for watercraft inspections and rentals November 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 584 Effective August 24, 2006, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has amended two subsections of part 2080 of title 17, 17 Ill Adm Code 2080.
New Amendments to the Illinois Grandparent Visitation Statute By Michael K. Goldberg December 2006 Article, Page 660 Effective January 1, grandparents can petition for visitation during a divorce and after some types of adoptions.
New assessment structure for qualified SECA charitable organizations March 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 118 Effective December 7, 2005, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services amended Part 2650 of Title 80, 80 Ill Adm Code 2650. 
New continuing education requirements for massage therapists September 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 464 Effective June 29, 2006, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (Department) has amended part 1284 of title 68, 68 Ill Adm Code 1284.