Are courts cracking down on refusals to answer requests to admit?By Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2011LawPulse, Page 66At least one lawyer thinks he sees a trend.
Requests to admit are powerful pretrial tools, as every litigator knows. But many courts are reluctant to enforce supreme court rules specifying that requests must be answered or deemed admitted and that wrongful denials trigger attorney-fee awards.
Mind the gap: Illinois taxes estates over $2 millionBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2011LawPulse, Page 66Illinois' new estate tax kicks in at $2 million, not $5 million like its federal counterpart. That creates some estate-planning challenges for Illinois residents.
Motion(al) intelligenceBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2011LawPulse, Page 66Motions, particularly motions to stay and to strike, are tools every appellate lawyer should know how and when to use.
Ethics in the age of TwitterBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2011LawPulse, Page 10An ABA ethics commission is looking for suggestions about how to bring the model ethics rules in line with globalization and 21st Century communications technology.
At long last, the codified Illinois Rules of EvidenceBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010LawPulse, Page 558Effective January 1, Illinois' new evidence code pulls together evidentiary rules heretofore scattered among various cases, statutes and court rules - and makes a few subtle changes.
GALS and cross-cultural custodyBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010LawPulse, Page 558For custody disputes involving international and immigrant families, determining what's best for the child can be especially difficult.
Lifting the veil on rule 23 ordersBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010LawPulse, Page 558Heretofore unpublished orders will see the light of day and appellate court opinions will appear on the web more quickly thanks to a supreme court rule change.
Grab your smartphones and hold onto your briefs: the practice of law has just gotten faster.
Making the most of your FOIA requestBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010LawPulse, Page 558Tips on using the Illinois Freedom of Information Act from a lawyer who has both sought information and served as a municipality's Freedom of Information officer.
Are you ready for health care reform?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2010LawPulse, Page 502Important provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are kicking in, and lawyers - both as employers and counselors - need to take note.
A First Amendment right to audiorecord police?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2010LawPulse, Page 502The ACLU says so, arguing that the Illinois Eavesdropping Act's prohibition is unconstitutional.
Does freedom of speech include the freedom to record?
Raising the bar for involuntary commitment in IllinoisBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2010LawPulse, Page 502A new statute responds to a supreme court ruling that found Illinois' low standard for involuntary commitment under Illinois's Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code constitutionally infirm.
Tenancy by the entirety gets a boostBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2010LawPulse, Page 446Spouses no longer must choose between the protection against creditors provided by tenancy by the entirety and the estate-planning advantages of a revocable inter vivos trust.
ABN AMRO: A victory for the foreclosed-uponBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2010LawPulse, Page 394The Illinois Supreme Court holds that in a foreclosure suit, the mortgage lender must name (and thus notify) the personal representative of a deceased borrower before the trial court can hear the case.
Market yourself to existing clientsBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2010LawPulse, Page 394Don't hide your lamp under a bushel, experts warn, or your clients may head for lawyers with better self-promotional skills.