Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

November 2007Volume 95Number 11Pages 561-612

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Practice News

Illinois Law Update

No release of workers comp claim where contrary to public policy: judicial estoppel does not protect against malpractice; AIDS Confidentiality Act ameded; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.


Estate Planning POA for Property | By
Helen W. Gunnarsson
What can we do for elderly clients who aren't making good financial decisions because they aren't fully competent?
Estate Planning/Elder Law | By
Kirsten Izatt
The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 requires estate planners to devise new ways to protect the assets of clients who face long nursing-home stays. Illinois hasn't implemented the law, but it will.
Family Law | By
Scott A. Lerner
Differences in the order-of-protection process under the IMDMA and the Illinois Domestic Violence Act create an opportunity for petioners to gain an unfair advantage in divorce. 
Criminal/DUI | By
Ralph Strathmann
A statute requiring prison time instead of court supervision for adult first-time DUI offenders who were transporting minors conflicts with existing law, this author argues.
Employment Law | By
Jon D. McLaughlin
Suppose your associate or paralegal shows up late for work. Can you dock her pay without transforming her fram an exempt to a nonexempt employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act?


 Anti-SLAPP law gives "unwarranted protection".
President’s Page | By
Joseph G. Bisceglia
In a season of plenty, don't forget the less fortunate. Here are ways lawyers can help.
The Judge’s Corner | By
Hon. Ron Spears
Defining burdens of proof can be hard. But they're easier to understand than to define.
Estate Planning | By
David A. Berek
It's not too late to implement some tax-saving strategies for your estate-planning clients.
Finding Illinois Law | By
Tom Gaylord
The General Assembly Web site's free "My Legislation" feature lets you stay abreast of new public acts.
For New Lawyers
What do you do with a difficult judge?