What judges wantBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2011LawPulse, Page 174You'll make your judge happy - or at least less unhappy - if you learn some of the unwritten rules that vary by type of case presented and by region.
Can civil partners hold property as tenants by the entirety?By Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2011LawPulse, Page 118The consensus among leading ISBA and other real estate practitioners appears to be "yes."
Now that Governor Quinn has signed the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act into law as PA 96-1513, lawyers across the state are considering the statute's effect on specific aspects of their practices.
Gimme shelterBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2011LawPulse, Page 118A look at the legal issues public and private animal shelters face.
Hiring How-Tos, Firing FundamentalsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2011Article, Page 130Recruiting employees and letting them go are both fraught with legal pitfalls. Here's how you can help your clients and your own firm avoid HR missteps.
“I’m worried my child might hurt someone”By Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2011LawPulse, Page 118What do you tell clients who fear that someone they know and love might pose a threat to himself or others?
The news of the shooting of an Arizona congresswoman and 18 others, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl, who died, and the arrest of an apparently mentally disturbed unemployed 22-year-old for the acts, horrified all who heard it.
Are courts cracking down on refusals to answer requests to admit?By Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2011LawPulse, Page 66At least one lawyer thinks he sees a trend.
Requests to admit are powerful pretrial tools, as every litigator knows. But many courts are reluctant to enforce supreme court rules specifying that requests must be answered or deemed admitted and that wrongful denials trigger attorney-fee awards.
“He Remembers His Roots”By Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2011Article, Page 76A former legal aid lawyer and sole practitioner from rural beginnings settles into the role of Illinois' chief justice.
Mind the gap: Illinois taxes estates over $2 millionBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2011LawPulse, Page 66Illinois' new estate tax kicks in at $2 million, not $5 million like its federal counterpart. That creates some estate-planning challenges for Illinois residents.
Motion(al) intelligenceBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2011LawPulse, Page 66Motions, particularly motions to stay and to strike, are tools every appellate lawyer should know how and when to use.
Ethics in the age of TwitterBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2011LawPulse, Page 10An ABA ethics commission is looking for suggestions about how to bring the model ethics rules in line with globalization and 21st Century communications technology.
Selling OutBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2011Article, Page 20The 2010 update of Illinois' ethics rules make it easier to sell a law practice. But what about practical issues like valuation and transition planning? Seasoned solos offer advice.
All Hail the Illinois Rules of EvidenceBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2010Article, Page 620On January 1, Illinois finally joins the vast majority of states by codifying its rules of evidence. Here are highlights of the new code.
ABCs for GALsBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010Article, Page 572You'd like to serve as a GAL, child rep, or attorney for the child - how do you play this important but challenging role? Seasoned lawyers offer dos, don'ts, and tips.
At long last, the codified Illinois Rules of EvidenceBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010LawPulse, Page 558Effective January 1, Illinois' new evidence code pulls together evidentiary rules heretofore scattered among various cases, statutes and court rules - and makes a few subtle changes.
GALS and cross-cultural custodyBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010LawPulse, Page 558For custody disputes involving international and immigrant families, determining what's best for the child can be especially difficult.
Lifting the veil on rule 23 ordersBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010LawPulse, Page 558Heretofore unpublished orders will see the light of day and appellate court opinions will appear on the web more quickly thanks to a supreme court rule change.
Grab your smartphones and hold onto your briefs: the practice of law has just gotten faster.
Making the most of your FOIA requestBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010LawPulse, Page 558Tips on using the Illinois Freedom of Information Act from a lawyer who has both sought information and served as a municipality's Freedom of Information officer.