Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

November 2017Volume 105Number 11Pages 1-56

Practice News

Articles

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E-Filing | By
Ed Finkel
At the top of every lawyer's to-do list before mandatory e-filing takes effect is choosing an e-filing service provider. Early adopters discuss the various options and why you might choose one over another.
32
Criminal Law | By
Janaan Hashim
Until now, only nine felonies qualified for sealing of records. With passage of HB 2373, nearly all felony convictions qualify. Here's what the expansion could mean for your client.
36
Estate Planning
Why should you advise your clients to sign testamentary documents in blue ink? And should they leave a dollar to that disinherited heir? Read on and find out.
37
Family Law
Postnuptial agreements sometimes get a bad rap, but like their prenup counterpart they can be a powerful planning tool for couples.
38
Discovery | By
Timothy J. Miller
and
Andrew P. Shelby
There are only a few ways in which Illinois and federal courts apply attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine differently, but those differences could be game-changing for your lawsuit.
44
Estate Planning/Evidence | By
David M. Madden
Having a document acknowledged by a notary when it's executed can overcome a challenge to its authenticity at trial and ensure it will be admissible into evidence.

Columns

8
Comments
Errata: Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law, the Installment Sales Contract Act, and contract buyers
10
President's Page | By
Hon. Russell W. Hartigan
Travelers enjoyed a guided tour of the Irish court system on the ISBA's recent trip to Ireland.
12
President-Elect Message | By
James F. McCluskey
Looking for a chance to lead? Consider nominating yourself for one of our many section councils and committees for 2018-19.
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Lawyer Lincoln's Legacy | By
Guy Fraker
and
J. Steven Beckett
When it came to "candor toward the tribunal," Honest Abe arguably failed to live up to his moniker if a legendary Lincoln story is true.
50
Finding Illinois Law | By
Jesse Bowman
This third iteration of the Government Publishing Office's website is an expansive and free resource for federal judicial, legislative, and executive material.
52
Pointers from Practice HQ | By
Jennifer Ramovs
What you should be doing to close out your firm's fiscal year 2017.
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Your ISBA
Campaign season for the 2018 Illinois State Bar Association election began last month when the notice of election was posted.