Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

September 2015Volume 103Number 9Pages 1-56

Practice News

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Illinois Law Update

Possession of a firearm and ammunition deemed separate offenses; dispute over the disposition of pre-embryos resolved by honoring the parties' prior agreement; new renewal timeline for residential mortgage licenses; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.

Articles

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Practice of Law | By
Ed Finkel
Proponents say limited license legal technicians provide legal representation to people who couldn't otherwise afford it. Critics argue they'll compete with underemployed lawyers and lower the quality of legal services.
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From the Newsletters - Tort Law
Use the "missing witness" jury instruction to smoke out helpful testimony by your opponent's expert.
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From the Newsletters - Elder Law
A decedent trying to avoid probate creates a joint tenancy with only one child, who then can't divvy up the estate without paying gift tax. Consider using a resulting trust to clean up the mess.
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Real Estate Law | By
Timothy A. Slating
New regulations will have a big impact on real estate lawyers.
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Family Law | By
Jeffrey L. HIrsch
The Illinois spousal maintenance guidelines were enacted to provide clarity and uniformity in maintenance calculations. But they raise their own set of questions.
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Traffic Law | By
Rob Shumaker
Recent cases from the United States and Illinois Supreme Courts hold that an officer's objectively reasonable mistake of law can justify a traffic stop.
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Civil Practice | By
Kimberly Glasford
The revestment doctrine allows parties to revest a circuit court with jurisdiction lost with the passage of time. Learn how you can use it to your strategic advantage.

Columns

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Comments
Market forces and the court system
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President's Page | By
Umberto S. Davi
The ABA meeting was a chance to think big about the future of our profession.
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Finding Illinois Law | By
Tom Gaylord
Low-cost foreign-law research options. 
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Biz & Tek
5 tips for better billing; will a robot take your job?
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Your ISBA
See the distinguished members of the Illinois legal community make up the ISBA Founders Circle.
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IL Supreme Court Stats | By
Kirk C. Jenkins
Given that Rule 23 orders should in theory break no new legal ground and are not citable in the trial courts as precedent, one would expect them to be rare on the supreme court's civil docket.