DUI: the acid-reflux defenseBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2004LawPulse, Page 562The high court holds that defendants with acid-reflux disease can raise it as a defense if it causes them to regurgitate during breath-alcohol testing.
Illinois’ new WARN lawBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2004LawPulse, Page 562There's already a federal law requiring employers to notify workers about layoffs and closing; effective January 1, there'll be a state law to go with it.
What limits on lawyer–notaries?By Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2004LawPulse, Page 562Can lawyers notarize their clients' signatures on wills, POAs and the like? Some say "no," most say "yes."
Clients not liable for lawyers’ intentional tortsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2004LawPulse, Page 508The Illinois Supreme Court holds that clients are not liable for lawyers' intentional torts unless they authorized, directed, or ratified the lawyers' conduct.
A new, higher limit for small-estate affidavitsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2004LawPulse, Page 508The ceiling for small estate affidavits has doubled from $50,000 to $100,000. But will it make the well-meaning people who serve as affiants more attractive targets for lawsuits?
When is “special service” good enough?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2004LawPulse, Page 508How hard must you try to accomplish personal service before you can resort to service by publication? A recent first district case tackles the question.
Will Blakely create sentencing chaos?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2004LawPulse, Page 508Federal and many state courts are holding off on sentencing hearings in the wake of Blakely, but the case will have limited impact on Illinois state courts. Find out why.
Can cities cap med-mal damage awards?By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2004LawPulse, Page 450Does home rule authority really empower cities to regulate medical malpractice litigation? Not likely, observers say.
Grandparent visitation, take 2By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2004LawPulse, Page 450The legislature passes a new grandparent visitation law, which is designed to cure the defects of its unconstitutional predecessor.
New weapons for child-support collectionBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2004LawPulse, Page 450Freshly passed bills promise to make child-support collection a little easier, and maybe a little less expensive.
Verbatim-record provision to meeting law amendedBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2004LawPulse, Page 450The legislature amended the Open Meetings Act to clarify that verbatim recordings are accessible only in litigation over whether the public body violated the Act. Is the amendment too restrictive?
Illinois pension recipients win at high courtBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2004LawPulse, Page 390The U.S. Supreme Court upholds ERISA's "anti-cutback" provision, ruling that pension plans can't retroactively limit the kinds of jobs workers can take after they retire.
Posthumous pet protection provisionsBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2004LawPulse, Page 390A new statute validates trusts for the benefit of pets, but what provisions should pet trusts include? Here are suggestions.
You, too, can be title insurance agentBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2004LawPulse, Page 390Have – or hope to have – an active residential real estate practice? If you're not a title agent already, becoming one might well boost your bottom line.
Legislators consider the Gestational Surrogacy ActBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2004LawPulse, Page 286What happens when a pregnant surrogate changes her mind? When the intended parents divorce during the pregnancy? HB 4962 would address those questions and others.
LLC info now on the WebBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2004LawPulse, Page 286Thanks to the Illinois Secretary of State's office, more information about LLCs is now available online.