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Virtual law firms: the new reality of lawyer collaboration

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2010
LawPulse
Page 394
The keynote speaker at October's ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference will tell participants how to thrive in a tough economy and changing practice landscape.

Bankruptcy lawyers are “debt relief agencies,” high court rules

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
Page 342
As such, they may not advise clients to incur additional debt and must label themselves "debt relief agencies" in ads.

Committee charged with helping improve Illinois’ mental health courts

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
Page 342
The supreme court has asked the committee to make recommendations for better information sharing, training for judges, and other improvements.

Cwik: state need not pay interest on unclaimed property

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
Page 342

DIY practice management software: a point-counterpoint

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
Page 342
ISBA lawyers offer differing views on the wisdom of using free or low-cost practice-management applications.

Is your client a nonresident of Illinois for state income tax purposes?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
Page 342
The Illinois Department of Revenue is looking closely at former Illinois residents who claim residency in other states while maintaining ties to Illinois.

Averett a win for prosecutors

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2010
LawPulse
Page 286
The Illinois high court rules that it isn't reversible error for a trial court to defer ruling on motions in limine to exclude prior convictions unless defendants testify - and that's bad news for defendants who choose not to testify.

Can you cite to unpublished opinions?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2010
LawPulse
Page 286
In Illinois state court, no. In Illinois-based federal district courts, yes.

Illinois Supreme Court upholds reduction of punitive damages award

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2010
LawPulse
Page 286
But the standard by which punitive awards should be measured remains unclear.

Yes, “nice” can work for you

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2010
LawPulse
Page 286
An ISBA lawyer makes the case that niceness can pay professional dividends.

Codifying Illinois’s rules of evidence

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2010
LawPulse
Page 230
A supreme court committee's proposed organizational scheme, fashioned after the Federal Rules of Evidence, would pull together Illinois' widely scattered evidence rules.

Court okays $20 handling fee for medical records

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2010
LawPulse
Page 230
In a class action lawsuit, the Illinois Supreme Court has held that it is reasonable per se for a provider of medical record copies to charge the full amount of the statutory $20 fee pursuant to Article XX, Part 8 of the Code of Civil Procedure. The case is Solon v Midwest Medical Records Association, Inc, No 107719, 2010 WL 966395 (Ill Sup Ct).

A judge’s guide to drafting orders

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2010
LawPulse
Page 230
A bankruptcy judge's 18 guidelines for drafting orders are a surprise hit on the blawgging circuit.

The POA Act amendment that wasn’t

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2010
LawPulse
Page 230
Have you gotten that press release saying the Illinois Department of Public Health has "mandated new language" for healthcare POAs? Well, it hasn't.

Provena loses its charitable property tax exemption

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2010
LawPulse
Page 230
A hospital that gives away less than one percent of its annual revenue in free patient care doesn't qualify for a charitable property tax exemption, the Illinois Supreme Court holds.

Jury trial tips

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2010
LawPulse
Page 174

Like it or not, you’re on the ‘Net

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2010
LawPulse
Page 174
Do you know what they're saying about you out there? Or what you said that you probably shouldn't have? Here's how to find out and what you can do about it.

No pension for Ryan

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2010
LawPulse
Page 174
The supreme court reverses the appellate court and rules that George Ryan is not entitled to a pension for his years on the government payroll.

Supreme court rule changes bring more certainty to custody judgments

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2010
LawPulse
Page 174
Before, custody orders weren't final and appealable if other issues were pending. Now they are, and that's good for kids, an appellate justice says. But she warns that family lawyers must pay closer attention than ever to appellate rules and deadlines.

Supreme court: HGN testing is good evidence, but not in this case

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2010
LawPulse
Page 174
In People v McKown, the high court rules that HGN tests meet the Frye standard - if they're administered properly.

Illinois Supreme Court: statutory med-mal caps are unconstitutional

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2010
LawPulse
Page 122
By overriding juries' findings and judicial oversight over them, the caps law violated the separation of powers, the court ruled.

Inaugural Animal Law newsletter highlights ISBA’s newest section

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2010
LawPulse
Page 122
The range of articles reflects the diversity and broad reach of animal-law practice.

Leave time not marital property, high court holds

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2010
LawPulse
Page 122
Unused leave days have only a "speculative" future value, the Illinois Supreme Court opines.

“[M]ortal combat”: Carr v Tillery

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2010
LawPulse
Page 122
A legendary Metro-East trial lawyer and his former partners go head to head.

Temporarily totally disabled workers entitled to benefits till they improve

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2010
LawPulse
Page 122
Employers must pay TTD to injured workers until they get better, the Illinois Supreme Court rules - even if those workers were fired for cause.

Collecting on a federal-court judgment

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2010
LawPulse
Page 66
Here's a step-by-step guide to actually getting that money you won for your client in federal court. The key: effectively using the powerful citation to discover assets.

EEOC complaints: sender’s fax confirmation “strong evidence” of receipt

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2010
LawPulse
Page 66
The seventh circuit holds that the fax confirmation generated by the sender's machine is strong evidence the EEOC actually received a complaint at a given time and date.

Federal standard time

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2010
LawPulse
Page 66
New laws standardize the way time periods are calculated in federal court.

Must landlords seeking overdue rent comply with the FDCPA?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2010
LawPulse
Page 66
The third district held that landlords must comply with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act when attempting to collect past-due rent from their renters.

UPL: Nonlawyers may represent employers before the IDES, appellate court holds

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2010
LawPulse
Page 66
The Illinois Appellate Court held that nonlawyers who represent employers before the Illinois Department of Employment security in unemployment benefits hearings aren't engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.

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