Assessing reassessmentsBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2003LawPulse, Page 374Appellate court precedent makes it difficult for assessors to change the valuation of property more often than once every four years. But what are the limits on assessors' authority to "revise and correct"?
Guardian ad litem 101By Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2003LawPulse, Page 374Veteran ISBA members offer advice to lawyers who find themselves appointed as guardian ad litem for disabled respondents.
Illinois says “no” to estate-tax eliminationBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2003LawPulse, Page 374The feds are phasing out the estate tax, but beginning this year cash-strapped Illinois will no longer cap its estate tax at the federal maximum.
The perils of POA agencyBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2003LawPulse, Page 374Serving as agent under a durable power of attorney for property is a good deed that, too often, does not go unpunished.
Workin’ overtimeBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2003LawPulse, Page 374Proposed federal regs would redefine exemptions from overtime laws, particularly for managerial employees.
Bankrupt employees; no firing after filing?By Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2003LawPulse, Page 326Employers may not "discriminat[e] or retaliat[e] against" employees who have filed for bankruptcy. But what does that mean?
For whom the statute tollsBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2003LawPulse, Page 326When does a statute of limitations begin to run for a cause of action held by a deceased minor? Surprisingly, Illinois courts of review have never answered the question.
Honor thy POABy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2003LawPulse, Page 326What can you do when a bank refuses to honor a duly executed POA for property? Here are some suggestions.
Murphy’s Law: A judge says “no” to UPLBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2003LawPulse, Page 326An Illinois-based federal district judge takes a bold stand against UPL, and the seventh circuit affirms.
Insuring against bankrupt insurersBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2003LawPulse, Page 274What to do when an insurance company important to your case goes belly up? For one thing, consult the Illinois Office of the Special Deputy Receiver.
Leaving with clients in towBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2003LawPulse, Page 274If you're leaving your law firm and hope to take business with you, consider these ethical and legal issues.
Proposed RESPA Regs Worry Real-Estate BarBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2003LawPulse, Page 274Real estate practitioners fear that proposed new regulations under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act spell trouble for consumers and lawyers.
County must pay judgment against sheriffBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2003LawPulse, Page 220The Illinois Supreme Court recently held that a county must pay judgments entered against a sheriff's office acting in an official capacity.
Meeting the pressBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2003LawPulse, Page 220Why should lawyers talk to reporters? Because it can be good for you and your client, journalists say.
Nursing home litigation: no certificate of merit requiredBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2003LawPulse, Page 220In a victory for plaintiffs, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that litigants need not attach 2-622 certificates of merit to suits against nursing homes under the Nursing Home Care Act.
Of QILDROs and QDROsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2003LawPulse, Page 220Too many lawyers fail to distinguish between these two orders, both of which govern the payment of pension benefits on divorce; but under very different circumstances.
Probate Court 101By Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2003LawPulse, Page 162How does a sole practitioner learn his or her way around the courthouse? Start by asking.
Sarbanes-Oxley and document retentionBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2003LawPulse, Page 162Do the new requirements governing retention, destruction and alteration of financial records apply to e-mail and other electronic documents? It's better to be safe than sorry.
Support groupBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2003LawPulse, Page 162Members of an ISBA electronic discussion group offer pointers about how to squeeze child support out of an unemployed and unwilling parent.
“UCITA” spells “anti-consumer”?By Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2003LawPulse, Page 162Adoption of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act would stack the deck in favor of software manufacturers and against the buying public, critics say.
Green-sheet bluesBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2003LawPulse, Page 110For purposes of calculating real estate transfer taxes, the "consideration" paid for a new house equals the original contract price and; whether your homeowner client likes it or not; the extras added later, real estate practitioners argue.
Pet trusts for trusty petsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2003LawPulse, Page 110Illinois may shortly join 16 other states that have passed laws authorizing the creation of trusts with pets as beneficiaries.
Public-employee pension pitfallBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2003LawPulse, Page 110Teachers, police officers, and other government workers charged with crimes related to their official duties have one thing in common ; they all face the loss of their pensions, a fact their lawyers should keep in mind.
Small juries are beautifulBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2003LawPulse, Page 110Six-person juries are easier to pick, more responsive to case themes, and more likely to reach a unanimous verdict, some criminal defense lawyers say.
What is jurisdictional, anyway?By Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2003LawPulse, Page 110The supreme court's recent assertion that it lacked jurisdiction because an affidavit of intent to appeal was defective arguably begs the question, "What is jurisdictional?"
The case of the inflexible filing deadlineBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2003LawPulse, Page 58The supreme court agrees to hear an administrative-law case which raises the question whether the strict, "jurisdictional" interpretation of a filing deadline is a denial of due process.
The dentist-patient privilegeBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2003LawPulse, Page 58The physician-patient privilege applies to dentists, too, the supreme court rules.