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Federal pilot program puts cameras in northern district courts By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2012 Lawpulse, Page 70 Illinois' northern district is one of 14 courts participating in a federal program that allows videorecording of civil cases before district judges if all parties consent.
Fiduciary-duty exception to attorney-client privilege does not exist in Illinois June 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 Illinois courts have not recognized a fiduciary-duty exception to attorney-client privilege. On March 22, 2012, the Illinois Appellate Court refused to find such an exception, reversing the opinion of the trial court.
Fines designated to the Violent Crimes Victim Assistance Fund have increased. PA 097-0816 October 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 520 Persons convicted of or placed under supervision for a misdemeanor, a felony, or some offenses under the Illinois Vehicle Code after July 1, 2012, must now pay increased fines to fund the Violent Crimes Victim Assistance Fund.
First district clarifies meaning of “all taxes due” under 2003 Tax Delinquency Amnesty Act November 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 580 On August 22, 2012, the first district appellate court held that a taxpayer who filed an amended tax return was rightly assessed a double interest charge under the Unified Penalty and Interest Act ("Penalty Act") because it failed to pay its entire tax liability for the years 2000 and 2001 during the 45-day amnesty period created by the 2003 Tax Delinquency Amnesty Act ("Amnesty Act").
For Sale by Owner: Getting the Most for Your Law Practice By Maria Kantzavelos October 2012 Article, Page 524 How much is your practice worth? How can you maximize its value? How do you find buyers? Even if you aren't ready to sell, experts say the time to ask yourself these questions is now.
Foreclosure mediation programs finding homes throughout the state By Adam W. Lasker April 2012 Lawpulse, Page 178 A McLean County program puts homeowners and lenders together with mediators to help work out agreements and uses U of I law students to represent homeowners in mediation.
Forms and Drafting Resources for Illinois Attorneys By Tom Gaylord September 2012 Column, Page 496 One benefit of practicing in a large jurisdiction - there are lots of forms.
Getting Debtor Names Right Under the UCC By Michelle Nijm June 2012 Column, Page 332 It’s harder than you think, but pending legislation would ease the burden.
Getting Your Amicus Brief Before the Seventh Circuit and Illinois Supreme Court By Bruce Braverman July 2012 Article, Page 376 Convincing the seventh circuit or the Illinois Supreme Court to grant leave to file an amicusbrief is hard and getting harder. Here's how to maximize your chances.
Governmental tort immunity for ice and snow on recreational property By Adam W. Lasker December 2012 Lawpulse, Page 626 Plaintiffs can't recover from a local government for injuries caused when they slip on snow and ice on recreational property, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled recently.
Governor proposes constitutional amendment to allow ethics referenda By Adam W. Lasker April 2012 Lawpulse, Page 178 Governor Quinn proposes a constitutional amendment to allow voters to enact statewide ethics laws through ballot-initiated referenda questions.
A “green light” for Illinois motorcyclists. PA 097-0627 February 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 76 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to better accommodate motorcyclists (625 ILCS 5/11-208.6 and 11-306).
Guardianship and Nontraditional Families By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness December 2012 Column, Page 660 Family relationships have evolved, and so have guardianships.
Handling Confrontational Clients By Maria Kantzavelos December 2012 Article, Page 636 Learn techniques to help you manage your relationship with confrontational clients.
Happy 100th, Illinois Bar Journal By Thomas J. Hunter January 2012 Article, Page 20 The ISBA's flagship publication debuted before World War I and continues into the digital age. Here's a look at 100 years of IBJ history.
Hat Couture November 2012 Column, Page 590 From the archives.
The Hat Trick: Don’t Be the Accidental Lawyer By Karen Erger June 2012 Column, Page 328 You can’t not be a lawyer, so always be on your best behavior.
The high court empowers the ARDC to go after UPL By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2012 Lawpulse, Page 10 New rules give the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission authority to prosecute actions for the unauthorized practice of law.
High court overturns default order against dad in neglect proceeding By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2012 Lawpulse, Page 70 The supreme court finds that a default order against a father who wasn't served with a petition to terminate his parental rights should be set aside.
High court: state must provide videorecordings in DUI misdemeanor cases By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2012 Lawpulse, Page 70 Police videorecordings of traffic stops must be made available to DUI defendants even in misdemeanor prosecutions, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
High court: unpaid property tax not a bar to running for municipal office By Adam W. Lasker October 2012 Lawpulse, Page 514 The Illinois Supreme Court limited the reach of the candidate-qualifications statute to make it harder to remove candidates from the ballot for "indebtedness to the municipality."
The High Price of Low Funding By Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride November 2012 Article, Page 587 While courts must be frugal, the other branches have a responsibility to adequately fund our justice system, Illinois' chief justice says.
Holiday Greetings By John E. Thies December 2012 Column, Page 624 Holiday Greetings from John, Terry, Katie and Caroline Thies
The Homeownership Mortgage Loan Program September 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 464 The Homeownership Mortgage Loan Program ("the Program"), authorized by Sections 7.19 and 7.23 of the Illinois Housing Development Act [20 ILCS 3805/7.19 and 7.23], provides for origination, making, and purchasing of residential mortgage loans to attain the general objectives of the Illinois Housing Development Act. 47 Ill. Adm. Code 300.
Homestead and the “Purchase Money Mortgage” Exception By Joseph R. Fortunato, Jr. January 2012 Column, Page 52 When only one spouse takes title to the house, must the other sign the mortgage?
Housing Crisis Intervention: Foreclosure Mediation in Illinois By Maria Kantzavelos June 2012 Article, Page 296 Proponents say foreclosure mediation helps homeowners find relief – or at least closure – in an often forbidding legal process. Here’s what’s underway in the various counties.
The Illegal Immigrant as P.I. Plaintiff: Determining Lost Wages By Douglas A. Wolfe June 2012 Article, Page 312 Is an undocumented immigrant plaintiff entitled to recover future lost wages at a U.S. rate of pay? No Illinois court of review has decided, but here’s a look at what other jurisdictions are doing and what Illinois might – and should – do.
Illinois Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax return November 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 580 The Attorney General recently implemented revisions to the regulations governing estate tax treatment of civil unions. 86 Ill. Adm. Code 2000.
Illinois FMLA would cover civil unions By Adam W. Lasker May 2012 Lawpulse, Page 234 An Illinois legislative proposal would give members of a civil union the same benefits enjoyed by married couples under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
Illinois high court recognizes ‘intrusion upon seclusion’ By Adam W. Lasker December 2012 Lawpulse, Page 626 Lawyers who advise employers should especially take note of the intrusion tort's implications for snooping into current and former employees' private affairs.