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Articles From Helen W. Gunnarsson

Assessing reassessments

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2003
LawPulse
Page 374
Appellate 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 101

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2003
LawPulse
Page 374
Veteran ISBA members offer advice to lawyers who find themselves appointed as guardian ad litem for disabled respondents.

Illinois says “no” to estate-tax elimination

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2003
LawPulse
Page 374
The 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 agency

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2003
LawPulse
Page 374
Serving as agent under a durable power of attorney for property is a good deed that, too often, does not go unpunished.

Workin’ overtime

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2003
LawPulse
Page 374
Proposed federal regs would redefine exemptions from overtime laws, particularly for managerial employees.

Bankrupt employees; no firing after filing?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2003
LawPulse
Page 326
Employers may not "discriminat[e] or retaliat[e] against" employees who have filed for bankruptcy. But what does that mean?

Child custody: Easing the way for out-of-state removal

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2003
LawPulse
Page 326
The supreme court rules that a divorced parent can move a child outside of Illinois without showing a direct benefit to the child from the relocation.

For whom the statute tolls

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2003
LawPulse
Page 326
When 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 POA

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2003
LawPulse
Page 326
What 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 UPL

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2003
LawPulse
Page 326
An Illinois-based federal district judge takes a bold stand against UPL, and the seventh circuit affirms.

Insuring against bankrupt insurers

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2003
LawPulse
Page 274
What 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 tow

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2003
LawPulse
Page 274
If 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 Bar

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2003
LawPulse
Page 274
Real estate practitioners fear that proposed new regulations under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act spell trouble for consumers and lawyers.

Teen courts on the rise in Illinois

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2003
LawPulse
Page 274
Courts staffed by teenagers are coming to a community near you.

County must pay judgment against sheriff

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2003
LawPulse
Page 220
The Illinois Supreme Court recently held that a county must pay judgments entered against a sheriff's office acting in an official capacity.

Meeting the press

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2003
LawPulse
Page 220
Why should lawyers talk to reporters? Because it can be good for you and your client, journalists say.

Nursing home litigation: no certificate of merit required

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2003
LawPulse
Page 220
In 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 QDROs

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2003
LawPulse
Page 220
Too 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 101

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2003
LawPulse
Page 162
How does a sole practitioner learn his or her way around the courthouse? Start by asking.

Sarbanes-Oxley and document retention

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2003
LawPulse
Page 162
Do 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 group

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2003
LawPulse
Page 162
Members of an ISBA electronic discussion group offer pointers about how to squeeze child support out of an unemployed and unwilling parent.

Tandem state-federal claim produces big results in employment case

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2003
LawPulse
Page 162
An ISBA member combined a state common law intentional infliction of emotional distress claim with an FMLA claim to win a huge federal trial court judgment for his client.

“UCITA” spells “anti-consumer”?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2003
LawPulse
Page 162
Adoption 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 blues

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2003
LawPulse
Page 110
For 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 pets

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2003
LawPulse
Page 110
Illinois may shortly join 16 other states that have passed laws authorizing the creation of trusts with pets as beneficiaries.

Public-employee pension pitfall

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2003
LawPulse
Page 110
Teachers, 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 beautiful

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2003
LawPulse
Page 110
Six-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. Gunnarsson
March
2003
LawPulse
Page 110
The 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 deadline

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2003
LawPulse
Page 58
The 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 privilege

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2003
LawPulse
Page 58
The physician-patient privilege applies to dentists, too, the supreme court rules.

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