Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

February 2014Volume 102Number 2Pages 53-104

Practice News

Illinois Law Update

Department of Revenue can refuse registration, permit for tax default; no civil claims for parental eavesdropping; new real estate appraiser licensing requirements; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.


Law Office Management | By
Ed Finkel
Time to strike out on your own? Veteran practitioners help you get off to a good start - and avoid common missteps - with tips on marketing, billing, retainers, client management, and more.
Lincoln Award Winner - Criminal Law | By
Angela Rollins
Deportation isn't the only important collateral consequence of pleading guilty that looms for Illinois lawyers and their clients. Here's a look at the evolving law.
Civil Practice / Legal Malpractice | By
Zachary J. Freeman
Res judicata and collateral estoppel can be powerful defenses in litigation malpractice cases, even when the lawyer was not a party to the underlying action. But they aren't without limitations.
Tort Law | By
Amelia S. Buragas
Illinois courts have struggled with defining the limits of proximate cause. Multi-car collision cases present an interesting case study of the evolution of proximate cause jurisprudence.
Estate Planning | By
Stephen M. Margolin
Lindsey Paige Markus
Thanks to ATRA, a married couple with a properly structured estate can pass more than $10 million free of federal estate tax. But beware income and state-estate tax consequences.


President's Page | By
Paula H. Holderman
The heat of forward motion is making February a warm month at ISBA.
The Judge's Corner | By
Hon. Ron Spears
Sometimes judges have to make a lonely stand against the majority.
Loss Prevention | By
Karen Erger
A recent iteration of the Nigerian email scam offers lessons for lawyers.
CLE Spotlight | By
Mark S. Mathewson
Important assets pass outside probate, and lawyers should plan accordingly.