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Quick Takes for Your Practice: Three Easy and Low-Cost Steps Every Attorney Should Take to Protect Their Client Data

Posted on January 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Ruth Schneider, an attorney with RCJ Law, LLC, discusses three low-cost steps attorneys should take to protect client data. Tips include using long, unique passwords for accounts, utilizing two-factor authentication, and sending important documents securely.

Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions Issued Friday, December 28

Posted on January 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court handed down four opinions on Friday, Dec. 28. In Sienna Court Condominium Ass'n v. Champion Aluminum Corp., the court addressed the question of whether a purchaser of a newly constructed home could assert a claim for breach of an implied warranty of habitability against a subcontractor that had no contractual relationship with the purchaser. In Stanphill v. Ortberg, the court reviewed a jury verdict hinging on the foreseeability of a depressed person’s suicide. The court considered whether five monetary charges were fines or fees in People v. Clark and determined there was no probable cause to execute a search warrant in People v. Manzo.

Practice HQ Resource: Improving Communications Through Technology and Policy

Posted on January 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

What better way to start the New Year than by evaluating the way you communicate with clients?

A recent American Bar Association study reported that 17 percent of all malpractice claims are the result of a poor attorney-client relationship, and nearly 75 percent of all grievances filed against lawyers are the result of poor communication.

Nominating Petitions Now Being Accepted for Upcoming ISBA Election

Posted on January 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

In the spring, members of the ISBA will elect a third vice president, 11 seats on the Board of Governors, 45 seats on the Assembly in Cook County, and 88 seats on the Assembly outside Cook County.

One board seat is open in each of the following Areas: Area 2 (Circuits 17, 19 and 22), Area 4 (circuits 10, 14, and 15), Area 5 (Circuits 5, 6 and 11), Area 7 (Circuits 1, 2 and 4), Under Age 37 in Cook County, and Under Age 37 outside Cook County. Additionally, five seats are open in Cook County.

Illinois Bar Foundation to Honor State Representative in Kane County

Posted on December 20, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) will honor state Rep. Steven Andersson, a partner at Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi and Andersson, P.C., during a Kane County Fellows reception Jan. 22 at Riverside Receptions, 35 N. River Lane, Geneva, Illinois.

Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online.  

CLE: 25th Annual Agricultural Law Conference

Posted on December 20, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

For 25 years, the ISBA Agricultural Law Section has been providing top-notch and timely continuing legal education seminars for Illinois attorneys – and it’s that time again. Join us Feb. 1, 2019 in Bloomington for this full-day seminar that updates you on a number of important agricultural law issues. Learn how agriculture law affects other practice areas, including: real estate, trusts and estates, business advice, general practice, and state/federal tax. Attorneys with intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: how the past year’s federal estate tax cases have impacted the agricultural community; how the 2018 federal and state income tax changes are affecting agricultural producers; which federal and state income tax changes to be concerned about in 2019; how your clients might be affected by the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act; the record-keeping requirements for agents, trustees, executors, and other fiduciary agents; how to negotiate and draft solar array options and easement agreements; and how to appeal an adverse wetlands determination.

Quick Takes for Your Practice: How to Handle a Mediation

Posted on December 19, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Michael Alkaraki, an attorney at Leahy & Hoste, LLC, discusses how to handle a mediation.

Best Practice Tips: Strategic Planning Retreat—Need for Specific Action Plans

Posted on December 19, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Asked and Answered 

By John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

Q. Our firm is an eight-attorney firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. We have been together for 14 years. There are four partners and four associates in the firm. Over the years we have traditionally had a year-end attorney planning retreat with limited success. This year we have decided that we want to dedicate the entire time to developing a strategic plan for the firm. What can we do to ensure that our strategic plan leads to actual implementation?

CLE: 2019 Federal Tax Conference

Posted on December 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Don’t miss the ISBA’s annual Federal Tax Conference on Feb. 1, 2019, in Chicago or via live webcast. The conference features a wealth of information and updates for tax lawyers, business law attorneys, and trusts and estates practitioners. Attorneys with basic practice experience who attend this conference will obtain a better understanding of: the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including changes affecting 2018 tax returns; the updates in corporate tax and partnership tax, including new code Section 199A; the new developments affecting non-profit organizations and tax exempt entities; the cases and rulings influencing estate and gift tax planning; the ethical issues for Illinois tax attorneys; recent tax scams and frauds; and the tax issues that can arise with Bitcoin and virtual currencies.