New rule mandates expedited custody appealsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2004LawPulse, Page 236Amended Supreme Court Rule 306A is designed to ensure quicker resolution of child custody cases. But how will it work in practice?
How to represent an apartment buyerBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2004LawPulse, Page 170Contributors to an ISBA e-mail discussion group create a primer that describes what any attorney should insist upon when representing the buyer of an apartment building.
A kindercentric custody-law proposalBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2004LawPulse, Page 170ISBA's Family Law Section Council has proposed a revolutionary revamp of Illinois's child custody law that puts the rights and interests of children first.
“No” to compulsory DUI blood testsBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2004LawPulse, Page 170A second district case holds that nonconsensual, non-treatment-related blood and urine tests are inadmissible in DUI trials.
Preserving nursing home residents’ assets is harder than everBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2004LawPulse, Page 118As a recent third district case shows, it's nigh impossible to create a trust that enables nursing home residents who still have assets to qualify for Medicaid and thereby preserve an estate for the next generation.
Getting paid, part 2: A new probate pitfall to avoidBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2004LawPulse, Page 62If your client is seeking payment from an estate, make sure you file a claim with the probate court even if the estate representative knows about the debt; that knowledge might not put the estate on the hook, according to a new appellate court ruling.
More on traffic stops and the Illinois Supreme CourtBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2004LawPulse, Page 10Here's a summary of two opinions that came down after last month's Journal article on the Illinois Supreme Court's recent interpretation of the Terry doctrine went to press.
Can a parent inherit from a stillborn child?By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2003LawPulse, Page 594A fascinating, if perplexing, Illinois Supreme Court opinion seems to say that a fetus can have an estate for inheritance purposes.
Interrogatories: the numbers gameBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2003LawPulse, Page 594What if you're presented by an opponent with too many interrogatories, or what if you want to exceed the limits yourself? Here are some ideas.
Counseling gay couplesBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2003LawPulse, Page 544While the issues that arise in gay relationships are familiar, the legal framework is different. It's a difference that family practitioners and estate planners should learn to navigate.