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Illinois Supreme Court Disbars 3, Suspends 13 in Latest Disciplinary Filing

Posted on March 19, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court announced the filing of lawyer disciplinary orders on March 19, 2019. Sanctions were imposed because the lawyers engaged in professional misconduct by violating state ethics law.

CLE: The Rules of Professional Conduct—How They Apply to Estate Planning and Estate/Trust Administration

Posted on March 19, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct apply to all attorneys, but how do they apply to estate planners and trust and estate practitioners specifically? Find out how easy it is to overlook ethical traps when designing estate plans, how select Illinois Supreme Court rules can affect estate planners and probate attorneys, and how the Rules, in general, govern this practice area with this live webcast on April 9. A discussion on the applicable case law and ethics opinions is also included.

Practice HQ Resource: How to Make Your Website the Hub of a Successful Online Marketing Strategy

Posted on March 19, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

With nearly 75 percent of consumers searching for an attorney online, it is important to make your website the hub of a successful legal marketing strategy.

What makes the difference between a great website and an ineffective one? It starts with planning.

It's Okay, I'm a Lawyer! How the Expansion of the Attorney-Litigation Privilege is Changing the Game

Posted on March 18, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

In 2015, the first district significantly expanded the attorney-litigation privilege, finding that it immunized attorneys from claims in addition to defamation and, in addition to an attorney's communications, protected an attorney's conduct. While it is axiomatic that "with great power comes great responsibility," Amanda Hamilton notes in March's Illinois Bar Journal that "recent expansions of the attorney-litigation privilege demonstrate why attorneys must be increasingly vigilant in their commitment to ethical principles to ensure they do not abuse their power."

ISBA Marches in the 2019 West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Posted on March 18, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Members of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and the DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA) represented the profession by marching in the 2019 West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16 in Naperville.

Illinois Land Title Association Granted Summary Judgment in Case against Cook County Recorder of Deeds

Posted on March 17, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Cook County Circuit Court granted the Illinois Land Title Association’s motion for summary judgment for its writ of mandamus to require the Cook County Recorder of Deeds to record heirship deeds and affidavits without first requiring a certified probate court order.

The court made its ruling March 15.

CLE: Winding Down—A Primer for the Retiring Attorney

Posted on March 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Whether you’re a solo practitioner or a lawyer in a large firm, deciding to wind down your practice is both exciting and intimidating. Don’t miss this half-day seminar April 11 in Chicago or via live webcast that tells you how to prepare a succession plan, how to protect your clients if you die or become disabled, and why adding “tail coverage” to your professional liability policy is so important. Attorneys looking to wind down their law career—as well as those trying to plan for a future retirement—will benefit from this program. Those who attend this seminar will better understand: how leaving the practice of law affects trust accounts; what it means to be “Of Counsel”; how to plan your final exit; and the things to consider before selling your law practice.

ISBA Statehouse Review for March 13, 2019

Posted on March 13, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

ISBA Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington reviews legislation in Springfield of interest to ISBA members. This week he covers IMDMA, guardian ad litems, home warranty, FOIA, BAIID and DUIs, judicial review and permitting decisions, the Condominium Property Act, and statutory summary suspension.

IMDMA. House Bill 185 (Ford, D-Chicago) makes three changes to the IMDMA in House Amendment No. 1.

Best Practice Tips: Choosing the Best Form of Communication

Posted on March 13, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Asked and Answered 

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

Q. I am the owner of a four-attorney firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has three associate attorneys, three paralegals, and three other staff members. One of my attorneys recently advised me that he wanted to do more work remotely. The next day I emailed him my thoughts and advised him that I would not let him work remotely. He then emailed me that he was giving me his two weeks’ notice. What should I have done differently?