The newsletter of the ISBA’s General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section
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A message from Section Chair Brian McPheters.
A message from Section Chair Brian McPheters.
A Section accomplishment update from Chair J.A. Sebastian.
Chair’s column: Legal library resources free and available
If you live too far from Chicago to be able to use the Daley Center Law Library, you may have a law library in your own courthouse. Unfortunately, these are often not extensive or current or have many subscription services. Alternative research locations may still be available to you.
Chair’s Column: Lincoln’s thoughts still pertinent
As our Supreme Court considers new rules of professional conduct and rules governing retainer agreements, the remarks of Mr. Lincoln are worth repeating and are reproduced below for your consideration.
Doing it on the square
The date: October 2, 2009. In the Chicago area, an historical day: a day when some bemoaned the selection of Rio rather than Chicago for the 2016 Olympics. For others, it was the day to attend the annual endowed Rudolf G. Schade Lecture Series at Elmhurst College, created in 1984 as a class gift to sponsor an annual campus lecture, usually pertaining to history or ethics.
Editor’s column: Being a lawyer means something
Lincoln-the-Lawyer is still the model for Illinois lawyers to aspire to. Lincoln is ranked as one of the U.S.’ best presidents, but his Illinois legal career is no less exceptional.
Editor’s column: Don’t overlook available resources
In these troubled economic times it is easy to overlook the vast amount of free legal resources available to Illinois lawyers. The Chair’s Column by Brian L. McPheters and the following article by Robert Brunn and Bennie E. Martin discuss a number of such resources.
Editor’s Column: Fee Agreement Essentials
The author believes there needs to be a clause to address what happens on the unavailability of the attorney; a clause to deal with client expectations; and a clause that deals with the client’s fee expectations.
Establishing actual damages in legal malpractice cases
What happens when the attorney has been retained to defend a lawsuit and, due to malpractice, misses a defense that results in a judgment being entered against the client? Assuming the client does not have the funds to pay the judgment, has the client suffered actual damages as a result of the attorney’s malpractice? A look at the recent case of Fox v. Seiden.
Ethics and Judicial Independence
I would like to talk to you today about a topic that is important to me, as a judge, and important to all of you as citizens of this State and this Country.
Fee agreement essentials
With the adoption of the rule approving the sale of a solo practice, it became appropriate, especially for senior lawyers and solo practitioners, to insert a provision in fee agreements to cover what happens in the event of the unavailability of the attorney. Such a provision obtains the client’s consent to temporary substitution of an attorney and a limited confidentiality waiver.
In re Sophia G.L.: A review of the UCCJEA in the State of Illinois
What is the status of the UCCJEA in the State of Illinois? According the Illinois Supreme Court, the UCCJEA is alive and well. The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled on the case In re Sophia G.L., No. 104603, and in doing so overturned the decision of the 4th District Appellate Court, reversing the ruling of the Greene County Circuit Court.
Legal and tax issues for franchisees
Buying and operating a franchise is different than most of the other purchase or investment decisions your client will make in the course of your lifetime. Your client is getting a business that they will run using a more-or-less established system, not purchasing something physical like a car or a house.
Matt Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award nominations
Matt Maloney was an attorney’s attorney. Those of us who knew him were amused by his quick wit, challenged by his sharp legal mind and humbled by his dedication to practicing the law as a profession and not just a business.
Practice tip: Vital information at your fingertips—A tour of the Daley Center Law Library
The law is always changing, and lawyers and their staffs need to be able to continually research in order to stay on top of critical developments in the law. Local and state legislatures and the U.S. Congress are constantly adding or modifying statutes; administrative agencies regularly adjust their guidelines; and courts routinely write opinions that provide or revise precedents.