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Articles From Helen W. Gunnarsson

Red Flags enforcement delayed - and it might not apply to lawyers

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2009
LawPulse
Page 598
A court has enjoined application of the rule against lawyers, the House has voted to exempt lawyers and others, and the FTC has pushed back enforcement yet again.

Where there’s another will, there may be a way

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2009
LawPulse
Page 598
The failure to contest a will does not always bar an action for intentional interference with an expectancy of inheritance, the supreme court rules.

Illinois Supreme Court upholds jewish-marriage clause in trust provision

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2009
LawPulse
Page 546
But the court's narrow framing of the issue avoids the question of whether such religious restrictions in wills and trusts are broadly permissible.

Loose lips lose lawsuits

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2009
LawPulse
Page 546
Having trouble getting your witnesses to shut up? Show them a copy of People v Harris.

No after-the-fact extension of statute of limitations

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2009
LawPulse
Page 546
The legislature can't revive a time-barred lawsuit by later extending the statute of limitations, the illinois Supreme Court holds.

Okay, are you really ready for the Red Flags Rule?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2009
LawPulse
Page 546
Implementation of the FTC's Red Flags rule, which requires lawyers to develop an identity theft prevention program, was postponed from August till November 1.

Representing DUI Clients Before the Secretary of State

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2009
Article
Page 556
A plain-language primer on the SOS process, including some unwritten rules about how to represent your DUI client.

Supreme Court: No “transferred negligence” between husband and wife

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2009
LawPulse
Page 546
As a consequence, a woman's estate can't sue those who provided health care to her husband, who killed her.

ANATOMY OF A WILL: A Step-By-Step Guide

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2009
Article
Page 506
A step-by-step primer on simple wills for newbies, litigators, and other will-drafting novices.

How-to advice for rookie associates

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2009
LawPulse
Page 490
Make sure you’re taking the steps that will help you thrive as a new member of the firm.

New statute clarifies family law attorney-fee provisions

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2009
LawPulse
Page 490

Strip-search of student violates Fourth Amendment

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2009
LawPulse
Page 490
Education lawyers say the U.S. Supreme Court’s Safford ruling confirms their longstanding advice to school officials: don’t strip-search kids.

Telling a prospective client “I’m just not that into you”

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2009
LawPulse
Page 490

U.S. Supreme Court: Confrontation Clause requires lab analysts to testify

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2009
LawPulse
Page 490

Deposing a witness in a foreign country

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
LawPulse
Page 438

From Sheepskin to Shingle

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
Article
Page 448
Can you really go straight from law school into solo practice? What are the surest ways to succeed — or stumble?

GINA prevents discrimination based on genetic information

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
LawPulse
Page 438

Mandatory retirement age for judges ruled unconstitutional

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
LawPulse
Page 438
The Illinois Supreme Court rules that the statute requiring judges to retire at age 75 is unconstitutional and says mandating retirement for judges might require constitutional amendment.

Social media and legal ethics

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
LawPulse
Page 438
May an Illinois lawyer list his or her "Specialties" on LinkedIn without running afoul of Illinois RPC 7.4?

Tech tools for solos

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
LawPulse
Page 438
Every sole practitioner needs a smart phone, a laptop, a scanner, and a good backup system. Here's why.

Are you ready for the Red Flags Rule?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
Page 386
The FTC's Red Flags Rule, effective August 1, requires lawyers to develop an identity theft prevention program to help protect clients. Are you in compliance?

Beware the Chinese E-mail scam

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
Page 386
An Internet scam aimed at lawyers continues to make the rounds.

Coming January 1: New Rules of Professional Conduct

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
Page 386
Among other things, the new rules clarify that flat fees do not constitute frowned-upon "advance payment retainers," which is good news for most lawyers.

Dress for Courtroom Success, Not Distress

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
Article
Page 402
Q. Whats the best way to dress for court?
A. The way the judge says you should.

Handling sartorial emergencies

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
Page 386
You show up for work dressed in business casual and discover you've miscalendared a hearing for the day. What do you do?

Memory Mastery

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
Page 386
A presenter at the upcoming ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference helps lawyers improve their memories and thereby enhance their practices.

CTA notice requirement eliminated

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2009
LawPulse
Page 330
Plaintiff’s lawyers are cheering the removal of a notice requirement they say functioned “as a shield against unsuspecting plaintiffs” with legitimate claims against the CTA.

How to represent juveniles

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2009
LawPulse
Page 330
Representing a juvenile in a delinquency proceeding means walking “a fine line between defender and ‘best-interest advocate,’” an ISBA author observes.

Illinois’ new will repository law

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2009
LawPulse
Page 330
Legislation headed to the governor will give lawyers a place to deposit wills for long-lost clients.

Johnny O Takes the Reins

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2009
Article
Page 340
Real estate lawyer John O’Brien brings his nonconfrontational style to the ISBA’s top job.

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