The newsletter of the ISBA’s General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section
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2005 Tradition of Excellence Award
The General Practice, Solo and Small Firms Section Council has awarded its 2005 Tradition of Excellence Award to Joseph B. McDonnell of Swansea, Illinois.
Agreements to waive accrued child support are unenforceable
The Fourth District Appellate Court has again reaffirmed the unenforceability of agreements not to collect accrued child support in its opinion in In re Marriage of Case, (4th Dist. - August 24, 2004), 351 Ill.App.3d 907, 815 N.E.2d 67, 286 Ill.Dec. 857.
Ante-nuptial agreements: Broken promises
When I was in law school, my family law professor seemed intelligent and energetic about the topic. One area of instruction was “antenuptial agreements.”
This is my last Chairman’s Corner. It has been an honor and a pleasure to be Chairman of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council for the 2004-2005 Section Council Year.
At the Annual Meeting, ISBA President Ole Pace presented a theme of his presidency, as "Making a Life and Living in the Law."
Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures, fall is officially here and we completed the highly successful first Solo and Small Firm Conference on October 7th-9th.
As we begin this new ISBA year, we thank Tim Duggan for his outstanding job last year as chair of this section’s council.
Oral agreements to modify child support must be approved by court to be binding-Laches does not apply to enforcement of judgment
Editor’s column: Computers-Is it time to upgrade?
Lately I have been amazed to learn in personal computer magazines, newspaper ads and trips to various computer stores at how excellent computers, flat-panel monitors, printers and accessories can be obtained at incredibly low prices.
Editor’s column: The power of new ideas
Illinois is now a mandatory Continuing Legal Education state. Illinois lawyers will soon have to complete at least 30 hours of education every two years.
Family law update
In a dissolution of marriage case, a law firm claimed that the disgorgement statute, (750 ILCS 5/501(c-1)(3)), that authorizes a law firm to be required to disgorge interim fees paid by its client to the opposing party's attorney is unconstitutional.
Family law update
On February 21, 1991, a judgment of dissolution of marriage was entered. The judgment incorporated the parties' marital settlement agreement in which the child was to reside with wife and husband was to pay child support in the amount of $250 per month.
What do you do when a law student sends you a resume or merely stops into your office seeking summer employment?
Medicaid lien not recoverable against spouse’s estate
A recent opinion, not yet released for publication, in Hines v. Department, of Public Aid ,358 Ill. App.3d 225, 831 N.E.2d 641, 294 Ill.Dec 691, 2005 WL 1218677 (Ill. App. 3 Dist.) contains a holding that is of great interest to general practitioners and any attorney dealing with probate or elder law issues.
No standing to challenge daughter’s required Pledge of Allegiance
We were awaiting the ruling on whether the phrase "under God" as part of a required recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance violated the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as it applied to the States by incorporation into the Fourteenth Amendment.