Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

September 1999Volume 87Number 9Pages 445-504

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Illinois Law Update

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Famly Law/Elder Law | By
Susan Dawson-Tibbits
This article highlights various Illinois statutes that give grandparents legal authority to make decisions affecting their grandchildren.
Consumer Fraud | By
James R. Keller
The present state of the law for private causes of action under the Consumer Fraud Act.
Estate Planning | By
Louis S. Harrison
A review of some of the sophisticated strategies estate planners use to minimize taxes on the transfer at death of IRA and other tax-deferred assets.


Editor’s Note | By
Stephen C. Buser
Grandparents have rights, too.
The Lawyer’s Journal | By
Bonnie McGrath
"Same part of the body'' rule update.
Practice Tips | By
H. Joseph Gitlin
The author reviews IMDMA section 610 and the applicable cases and argues that custody transfers within two years of a final custody order should be granted only under emergency circumstances.
Practice Tips | By
Debra DiMaggio
Cindy Huang
The authors note that several Illinois courts have distributed awards for strictly personal damage (i.e., pain and suffering) disproportionately to the injured spouse on divorce even when the cause of action arose during marriage.
Law Office Management & Technology | By
Paul Sullivan
Competition is more fierce than ever, clients are more demanding; but you can rise to the challenge if you think like an entrepreneur, not a ``technician.''
Legal Communication | By
Maureen B. Collins
Here's how to screen prospective hires for good legal writing skills.
Finding Illinois Law | By
James E. Duggan
More and more Illinois primary law is available on the Net. Here are some of the best sources.