Nursing home litigation: no certificate of merit requiredBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2003LawPulse, Page 220In a victory for plaintiffs, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that litigants need not attach 2-622 certificates of merit to suits against nursing homes under the Nursing Home Care Act.
Of QILDROs and QDROsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2003LawPulse, Page 220Too many lawyers fail to distinguish between these two orders, both of which govern the payment of pension benefits on divorce; but under very different circumstances.
Probate Court 101By Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2003LawPulse, Page 162How does a sole practitioner learn his or her way around the courthouse? Start by asking.
Sarbanes-Oxley and document retentionBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2003LawPulse, Page 162Do the new requirements governing retention, destruction and alteration of financial records apply to e-mail and other electronic documents? It's better to be safe than sorry.
Support groupBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2003LawPulse, Page 162Members of an ISBA electronic discussion group offer pointers about how to squeeze child support out of an unemployed and unwilling parent.
“UCITA” spells “anti-consumer”?By Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2003LawPulse, Page 162Adoption of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act would stack the deck in favor of software manufacturers and against the buying public, critics say.
Green-sheet bluesBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2003LawPulse, Page 110For purposes of calculating real estate transfer taxes, the "consideration" paid for a new house equals the original contract price and; whether your homeowner client likes it or not; the extras added later, real estate practitioners argue.
Pet trusts for trusty petsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2003LawPulse, Page 110Illinois may shortly join 16 other states that have passed laws authorizing the creation of trusts with pets as beneficiaries.
Public-employee pension pitfallBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2003LawPulse, Page 110Teachers, police officers, and other government workers charged with crimes related to their official duties have one thing in common ; they all face the loss of their pensions, a fact their lawyers should keep in mind.
Small juries are beautifulBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2003LawPulse, Page 110Six-person juries are easier to pick, more responsive to case themes, and more likely to reach a unanimous verdict, some criminal defense lawyers say.
What is jurisdictional, anyway?By Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2003LawPulse, Page 110The supreme court's recent assertion that it lacked jurisdiction because an affidavit of intent to appeal was defective arguably begs the question, "What is jurisdictional?"
The case of the inflexible filing deadlineBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2003LawPulse, Page 58The supreme court agrees to hear an administrative-law case which raises the question whether the strict, "jurisdictional" interpretation of a filing deadline is a denial of due process.
The dentist-patient privilegeBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2003LawPulse, Page 58The physician-patient privilege applies to dentists, too, the supreme court rules.
Bankruptcy reform still a waiting gameBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2003LawPulse, Page 8Congress has yet to pass bankruptcy reform legislation. Meanwhile, the bankruptcy bar has had little success in tempering provisions they say are unfriendly and unfair to lawyers.
Blind plea, blind justice?By Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2003LawPulse, Page 8Capital murder trials put a strain on county budgets, which has led to second-class justice in some cases, critics charge. But improvements in the capital litigation system are making a difference.
Bar associations, U.S. reps seek exemptions for lawyers from Gramm-Leach-BlileyBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2002LawPulse, Page 628The New York State and American Bar Associations have filed lawsuits seeking declaratory judgments that the FTC's application of GLBA's privacy provisions to practicing attorneys is unlawful, and members of Congress have introduced legislation that would exempt lawyers from the Act.
Pet projectBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2002LawPulse, Page 628More and more estate-planning clients want to make sure that Fluffy is well provided for. Here's how to help them.
The supremes say “no” to a taxpayer suit against Gov. RyanBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2002LawPulse, Page 628In Lyons v Ryan, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that taxpayers lack standing to sue for damages caused by the licenses-for-bribes scheme because the attorney general alone has the authority to initiate litigation on behalf of the state.
Whither estate-planning practice?By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2002LawPulse, Page 628Demographic trends and tax-law changes may generate some short-term business, but they'll mean less work for estate-planning lawyers in the long run. Are you ready to adjust your practice?
College saving in Illinois; a new carrot and stickBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2002LawPulse, Page 506Illinois residents have another incentive to invest in Illinois' Bright Start college savings program; and a disincentive to participate in plans offered by other states.