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Divorcing spouses must share the cost of attorney fees - even fees already paid

By Adam W. Lasker
November
2013
LawPulse
Page 554
The Illinois Supreme Court holds that a financially strapped divorcing wife can require her husband's lawyer to turn over already-paid fees to help finance her own legal expenses.

Multilingual justice comes to Cook County

By Adam W. Lasker
November
2013
LawPulse
Page 554
The Illinois Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission launches an ambitious program, led by two Cook County judges, to reduce language barriers to court access.

Stifling ‘sovereign citizens’: tougher penalties for unlawful clouding of title

By Adam W. Lasker
November
2013
LawPulse
Page 554
In response to false liens against public officials' property filed by so-called "sovereign citizens," the Illinois legislature upgrades false title-clouding from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Will Rule 138 privacy provisions be changed before taking effect?

By Adam W. Lasker
November
2013
LawPulse
Page 554
The ISBA supports changes to Rule 138's soon-to-be effective limitations on disclosure of personal identity information in response to concerns raised by divorce lawyers and others.

Courthouse couture: Jefferson County’s dress code

By Adam W. Lasker
October
2013
LawPulse
Page 498
Have business at the Jefferson County courthouse? Don't show up wearing your muscle shirt or see-through top.

Electronic filing continues to expand in Cook County

By Adam W. Lasker
October
2013
LawPulse
Page 498
Five court divisions and nearly 16,000 registrants are participants in the Cook County Circuit Court's e-filing program.

Illinois bans using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel

By Adam W. Lasker
October
2013
LawPulse
Page 498
Effective January 1, Illinois drivers can't legally hold cellphones to their ears and talk. But lawyers and others who have the right technology can still communicate while on the road.

New citation procedures make enforcing debt-collection judgments easier

By Adam W. Lasker
October
2013
LawPulse
Page 498
A new law reduces the role of sheriffs in collection proceedings and increases the power of courts and practitioners to enforce judgments.

Supreme court to establish legal-aid program for military personnel, vets

By Adam W. Lasker
October
2013
LawPulse
Page 498
The pilot program, funded by a $10 filing fee increase in participating circuit courts, will provide free legal services in civil cases to veterans and military personnel in need.

Beware FATCA’s broad reach

By Adam W. Lasker
September
2013
LawPulse
Page 446
Think a new law designed to ferret out taxable income parked offshore won't affect any of your clients? You might be unpleasantly surprised, tax experts warn.

Bill requires timely executed settlement releases in most civil cases

By Adam W. Lasker
September
2013
LawPulse
Page 446
The law helps plaintiffs get timely settlement payments from "substandard" insurance companies, the chair of ISBA's Tort Section says.

Current version of family law overhaul bill gets mixed reviews

By Adam W. Lasker
September
2013
LawPulse
Page 446
A proposed major rewrite of Illinois' 35-year-old Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act has some ISBA matrimonial lawyers feeling encouraged and others concerned.

Illinois Supreme Court allows interlocutory appeals of suppression orders in juvenile cases

By Adam W. Lasker
September
2013
LawPulse
Page 446
The supreme court rule change allowing interlocutory appeals remedies "a systemic problem for both prosecutors and defendants for decades," a commentator says.

Law authorizes 17-year-olds to vote, online voter registration - but wait, there’s more

By Adam W. Lasker
September
2013
LawPulse
Page 446
Amendments to Illinois election law also create a board of election commissioners for Lake County, require more petition signatures for a would-be Chicago alderman, and make other changes.

Caveat Emptor: Company B assumes fair-labor liability when it buys Company A

By Adam W. Lasker
August
2013
LawPulse
Page 386
The federal successor-liability doctrine makes a buyer company responsible for the seller's Fair Labor Standards Act liability even if state law would hold otherwise, the seventh circuit rules.

Chicago event recognizes first national meeting of women lawyers

By Adam W. Lasker
August
2013
LawPulse
Page 386
At an event this month, two female bar association presidents will help celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Chicago-based first national meeting of women lawyers.

Coming soon: Illinois’ first statewide standardized court forms

By Adam W. Lasker
August
2013
LawPulse
Page 386
Illinois is one of a very few states without statewide standardized court forms. That's beginning to change, thanks to the supreme court's Access to Justice Commission.

New supreme court rules a boon to limited-scope representation

By Adam W. Lasker
August
2013
LawPulse
Page 386
Amended Rules 11, 13, and 137 create business opportunities for lawyers by making it easier to represent clients for part, but not all, of a lawsuit or transaction.

Supreme court delays Rule 138 personal identity information provisions

By Adam W. Lasker
August
2013
LawPulse
Page 386
The supreme court delayed rule changes on personal identity information that some family law practitioners worry will force them to choose between the rule and conflicting statutes.

County recorders can investigate fraud, bill provides

By Adam W. Lasker
July
2013
LawPulse
Page 330
The controversial bill would empower recorders to red-flag deeds and other documents that appear fraudulent. Wary real estate practitioners have a wait-and-see attitude.

Illinois lawmakers revive overturned armed robbery sentencing enhancement

By Adam W. Lasker
July
2013
LawPulse
Page 330
After the high court held a sentencing enhancement unenforceable because its penalty was tougher than that of a second law with the same elements, lawmakers changed the elements of the second law and thereby revived the first.

Supreme court, advocates push legislation to expand access to justice, fund e-filing

By Adam W. Lasker
July
2013
LawPulse
Page 330
Among other things, the legislation would help defray the costs of statewide e-filing and expand the pool of individuals who qualify for legal aid.

Supreme court declines to extend doctrine of election beyond wills to trusts

By Adam W. Lasker
July
2013
LawPulse
Page 330
The Illinois Supreme Court found the doctrine irrelevant to the facts of In re Estate of Boyar, leaving the question of whether it applies to trusts as well as wills for another day.

Health care lawyers prep for medical marijuana law

By Adam W. Lasker
June
2013
LawPulse
Page 278
Health care lawyers prepare to counsel doctors, hospitals, and others how not to run afoul of the "Medical Cannabis" bill.

Home rule rules, says the Illinois Supreme Court

By Adam W. Lasker
June
2013
LawPulse
Page 278
Ordinances enacted by home rule municipalities trump state statutes unless the state expressly exercises exclusive control, the supreme court rules in a condo case.

Lake County bans nonlawyer representatives at tax appeals board

By Adam W. Lasker
June
2013
LawPulse
Page 278
Lake is the latest Illinois county to confront UPL by prohibiting nonlawyers from representing parties before the tax appeals board of review.

No double jeopardy though jurors were sworn, high court rules

By Adam W. Lasker
June
2013
LawPulse
Page 278
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled in Martinez that, even though the jury was already empanelled, the defendant was not in jeopardy because the state stood silently by and presented no evidence.

Illinois high court affirms criminal contempt convictions of E2 nightclub owners

By Adam W. Lasker
May
2013
LawPulse
Page 222
The Illinois Supreme Court reversed a ruling that vacated criminal contempt convictions against the owners of a Chicago nightclub where 21 people were killed in a stampede.

Illinois Supreme Court recognizes doctrine of equitable adoption

By Adam W. Lasker
May
2013
LawPulse
Page 222
If parents treat a child they have not legally adopted as their own, he can pursue an inheritance even in the absence of their express or implied contract to adopt him, the high court rules.

Online offerings let lawyers earn LL.M.s at home

By Adam W. Lasker
May
2013
LawPulse
Page 222
Two Illinois law schools are pioneers in the rapidly expanding field of LL.M. distance-learning programs.

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