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Articles From Helen W. Gunnarsson

Are you ready for health care reform?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2010
LawPulse
Page 502

A First Amendment right to audiorecord police?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2010
LawPulse
Page 502

Raising the bar for involuntary commitment in Illinois

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2010
LawPulse
Page 502

Unbundling Explained

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2010
Article
Page 512
Limited scope or discrete task legal representation - aka "unbundling"- is a client- and lawyer-friendly idea whose time has come, proponents say.

Getting fees from the other side in divorce

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2010
LawPulse
Page 446

The hard work of running for judge

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2010
LawPulse
Page 446

Judicial evaluations - a necessary pain in the neck

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2010
LawPulse
Page 446

Lessons for lawyers from the Blago trial

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2010
LawPulse
Page 446
Post-verdict takeaways

So You Want to Be a Judge?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2010
Article
Page 456
High status, great money, no practice-management headaches - what lawyer wouldn't want to be a judge? What lawyer indeed, which is why it's a hard gig to get.

Tenancy by the entirety gets a boost

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2010
LawPulse
Page 446
Spouses no longer must choose between the protection against creditors provided by tenancy by the entirety and the estate-planning advantages of a revocable inter vivos trust.

ABN AMRO: A victory for the foreclosed-upon

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2010
LawPulse
Page 394
The Illinois Supreme Court holds that in a foreclosure suit, the mortgage lender must name (and thus notify) the personal representative of a deceased borrower before the trial court can hear the case.

Family law software: not exempt from the rules of evidence

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2010
LawPulse
Page 394
Make sure you understand how support calculators work before relying on their results, and don't forget to lay a foundation for the report if you seek to enter it into evidence.

Market yourself to existing clients

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2010
LawPulse
Page 394
Don't hide your lamp under a bushel, experts warn, or your clients may head for lawyers with better self-promotional skills.

Real estate lawyers: beware short-sale fee agreements

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2010
LawPulse
Page 394
A proposed fee arrangement presented to a lawyer by a short sale negotiator raises red flags for a veteran real estate practitioner.

Uncivil Action

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2010
Article
Page 408
Despite all the energy devoted to collegiality and professionalism, lawyers too often confront rudeness, even hostility, in opponents. Here's what to do.

Virtual law firms: the new reality of lawyer collaboration

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2010
LawPulse
Page 394
The keynote speaker at October's ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference will tell participants how to thrive in a tough economy and changing practice landscape.

Bankruptcy lawyers are “debt relief agencies,” high court rules

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
Page 342
As such, they may not advise clients to incur additional debt and must label themselves "debt relief agencies" in ads.

Committee charged with helping improve Illinois’ mental health courts

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
Page 342
The supreme court has asked the committee to make recommendations for better information sharing, training for judges, and other improvements.

Cwik: state need not pay interest on unclaimed property

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
Page 342

DIY practice management software: a point-counterpoint

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
Page 342
ISBA lawyers offer differing views on the wisdom of using free or low-cost practice-management applications.

Is your client a nonresident of Illinois for state income tax purposes?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
Page 342
The Illinois Department of Revenue is looking closely at former Illinois residents who claim residency in other states while maintaining ties to Illinois.

Averett a win for prosecutors

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2010
LawPulse
Page 286
The Illinois high court rules that it isn't reversible error for a trial court to defer ruling on motions in limine to exclude prior convictions unless defendants testify - and that's bad news for defendants who choose not to testify.

Can you cite to unpublished opinions?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2010
LawPulse
Page 286
In Illinois state court, no. In Illinois-based federal district courts, yes.

Illinois Supreme Court upholds reduction of punitive damages award

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2010
LawPulse
Page 286
But the standard by which punitive awards should be measured remains unclear.

Yes, “nice” can work for you

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2010
LawPulse
Page 286
An ISBA lawyer makes the case that niceness can pay professional dividends.

Avoiding Withdrawal Pains

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2010
Article
Page 240
You've had enough of the Client from Hell and you need to withdraw from the representation. The good news - you almost certainly can. Just make sure you do it properly.

Codifying Illinois’s rules of evidence

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2010
LawPulse
Page 230
A supreme court committee's proposed organizational scheme, fashioned after the Federal Rules of Evidence, would pull together Illinois' widely scattered evidence rules.

Court okays $20 handling fee for medical records

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2010
LawPulse
Page 230
In a class action lawsuit, the Illinois Supreme Court has held that it is reasonable per se for a provider of medical record copies to charge the full amount of the statutory $20 fee pursuant to Article XX, Part 8 of the Code of Civil Procedure. The case is Solon v Midwest Medical Records Association, Inc, No 107719, 2010 WL 966395 (Ill Sup Ct).

A judge’s guide to drafting orders

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2010
LawPulse
Page 230
A bankruptcy judge's 18 guidelines for drafting orders are a surprise hit on the blawgging circuit.

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