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The several risks of joint representation

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2005
LawPulse
Page 226
What about representing both members of a couple on an estate plan? Two or more partners to a business deal? You can do it – sometimes – if you take the proper steps.

Correspondence from Our Readers

April
2005
Column
Page 158
Pro bono – the system must be fair.

Illinois Supreme Court 2004: Taking on the Tough Issues

By Nancy J. Arnold and Tim Eaton
April
2005
Article
Page 174
Last year the court confronted contentious issues that matter not just to lawyers but to the public at large.

Is Your Law Practice ADA Compliant?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2005
Article
Page 188
Every private practice is a "public accommodation" under the ADA. Are you meeting your obligations to clients and others with disabilities?

A jumbo legal malpractice case goes to the high court

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2005
LawPulse
Page 162
All eyes are on the Tri-G legal malpractice case, where the appellate court ruled for the plaintiff to the tune of $2.3 million.

Strengthening the Legal-Aid Safety Net

By Ole Bly Pace III
March
2005
Column
Page 108
We need to find a way to serve the unmet legal needs of the poor without unfairly burdening solo and small-firm lawyers.

Lawyer Training: Time for a Legal Residency?

By Ole Bly Pace III
February
2005
Column
Page 60
The growth in new lawyers is overwhelming our traditional post-law-school training system.

New provisions for appointment of counsel in child support enforcement proceedings

February
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
The Illinois Department of Public Aid recently adopted amendments to the Child Support Enforcement regulations, 89 Ill Adm Code 160.10(h).

Attorney-client privilege waived when the party asserting the privilege places the privileged communication directly at issue in the case

January
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
On November 5, 2004, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed in part, vacated in part, and remanded the Circuit Court of Lake County's decision to grant the defendant's discovery motion requesting access to communications between the plaintiff's husband and a medical malpractice attorney. 

Watch What You Say: Avoiding the Accidental Attorney-Client Relationship

By Bridget Hoy
January
2005
Article
Page 22
Don't let your "casual conversation" turn into an attorney-client relationship that triggers the attendant ethical obligations.

Highlights of the 2004 ISBA Law Firm Economic Benchmarking Survey

By Virginia Grant
December
2004
Article
Page 624
How well are ISBA lawyers doing economically? Our recent economic survey provides answers to this and other questions.

Ring in the New Year with Better Client Relationships

By Karen Erger
December
2004
Column
Page 650
Ten reminders for 2005.

A Trust Counsel’s Duty to Beneficiaries

By Robert S. Held
December
2004
Article
Page 636
Although the law is unsettled, attorneys for trusts may owe a fiduciary duty to trust beneficiaries.

A Hard Way to Make a Living

By Ole Bly Pace III
November
2004
Column
Page 560
The results of the ISBA law-firm economic survey are in.

An In-House Counsel’s Guide to Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege

By Joseph J. Siprut
November
2004
Article
Page 586
Steps company lawyer-business advisors can take to protect attorney-client privilege.

Should Lawyers Use E-mail to Communicate with Clients?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2004
Article
Page 572
While some lawyers are nervous about exchanging unencrypted e-mail with clients, others say just do it.

The Challenge of Representing Mentally Impaired Clients

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2004
Article
Page 518
You think your client's judgment might be impaired – must you do what he asks? Can you talk to the family? A look at governing law.

How to Respond to an ARDC Complaint

By Michael L. Shakman and Arthur W. Friedman
October
2004
Article
Page 530
You get the dreaded letter from the ARDC– what do you do? Here's a step-by-step guide.

Malpractice Risks for Corporate and Business Lawyers

By David R. Sinn
October
2004
Article
Page 522
A review of tricky conflicts issues and other malpractice landmines for corporate lawyers.

Procrastination: Raising the Stakes

By Karen Erger
October
2004
Column
Page 544
Ten tips to tame your inner procrastinator.

The Long, Hard Fight to Improve Public Image

By Ole Bly Pace III
September
2004
Column
Page 448
In the recent ISBA economic poll, we asked survey recipients what the ISBA could do to improve the economics of the practice. 

Burnout and the High Cost of Turnover

By Paul Sullivan
August
2004
Column
Page 431
Does burnout have your best employees looking elsewhere? Learn the warning signs and find out how you can create a less stressful working environment.

The Client That Got Away

By Karen Erger
August
2004
Column
Page 433
The statute of limitations is about to toll and your client is nowhere to be found. What to do? A new ISBA advisory opinion offers guidance.

Serving as Court-Appointed Receiver for a Missing Lawyer: A Step-by-Step Guide

By John Cesario
August
2004
Article
Page 425
When a sole practitioner dies; Rule 776 allows the court to appoint a receiver to wind up the practice. Here's how.

Communicating Change

By Maureen B. Collins
June
2004
Column
Page 321
Heads out of the sand, you ostriches; confront change directly and talk about it honestly.

Outsourcing Law Office Management to an Expert

By Paul Sullivan
June
2004
Column
Page 317
You're a lawyer, not a manager. Why not free yourself to practice law by turning over office administration to an expert?

Proposed New Rules of Professional Conduct for Illinois Lawyers

By Robert A. Creamer and Thomas P. Luning
June
2004
Article
Page 306
A joint ISBA/CBA committee's recommendations for selected new rules of professional conduct.

Is It Time to Grow Your Staff?

By Paul Sullivan
April
2004
Column
Page 215
If you can't seem to catch up to your workload, it may be time to bring in help. Here are some of your options.

Limited license for corporate counsel; a mixed blessing?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2004
LawPulse
Page 170
New Supreme Court Rule 716, which creates a limited license to practice for Illinois-based in-house counsel, is getting mixed reviews in corporate law departments.

Out-of-state lawyers OK’d for Illinois arbitrations

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2004
LawPulse
Page 170
The first district holds that lawyers who aren't licensed in Illinois can nonetheless represent clients in Illinois-based arbitrations.

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