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Planning to Succeed

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2011
Article
Page 560
How many lawyers have a strategic plan, complete with a mission, goals, action points, and a system for measuring success? Here's why you should be one of them.

Helping Employers Respond to Social Security Number “No-Match” Letters

By Alisa B. Arnoff
August
2004
Article
Page 429
Here's how lawyers can help employer clients protect themselves from actions by the feds and employees.

Serving as Court-Appointed Receiver for a Missing Lawyer: A Step-by-Step Guide

By John Cesario
August
2004
Article
Page 425
When a sole practitioner dies; Rule 776 allows the court to appoint a receiver to wind up the practice. Here's how.

Applying the Frye Standard to Expert Testimony; A Guide for Lawyers and Judges

By Hon. Robert J. Steigmann
July
2004
Article
Page 363
Here's an appellate court justice's framework for analyzing Frye issues.

Challenging Property Seizures Under Illinois Civil Asset Forfeiture Law/Raising an Excessive Fines Clause Challenge

By Hon. William James Haddad and James C. Murray Jr.
July
2004
Article
Page 365
Illinois law gives the state broad power to seize drug and crime assets; here's how to mount a challenge.

When Can Landlords Refuse Tenant Requests to Sublease?

By Brian K. Kozminski
June
2004
Article
Page 315
A look at a landlord's obligation to be "reasonable" when a tenant wants to sublet.

Mechanics Liens and Slander of Title: The Case for Absolute Privilege

By Michael G. Cortina
May
2004
Article
Page 267
The author argues that mechanics-lien filers are protected from slander of title claims by the privilege for statements made during litigation.

Representing a Creditor in an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors

By Bruce C. Scalambrino
May
2004
Article
Page 263
Here's how to look out for creditors' interests in a common law "ABC."

The Case for Allowing Expert Assistance at Depositions

By Leon I. Finkel and Lena Goretsky Winters
March
2004
Article
Page 151
The authors argue that courts should routinely allow attorneys to bring retained experts to help depose opponents.

When Can You Retain Client Files for Failure to Pay Fees?

By Patrick Sean Ginty
February
2004
Article
Page 97
While retaining liens can be effective, you should understand their scope and effect before you use them.

A New Look for Closings Comes to Local Title Offices

By James K. Weston
January
2004
Article
Page 43
A new law allows a title insurance company to file a certificate of release for any paid-off mortgage.

Estate Planning for Twenty-First Century Families

By Janet L. Grove
December
2003
Article
Page 631
In this age of blended families and test-tube babies, the familiar estate-planning boilerplate needs revision.

The Exception Makes the Rule: Liens on Workers’ Comp Claims

By Michael S. Feist
December
2003
Article
Page 627
The rule is that workers' comp claims aren't subject to liens. The exceptions are many.

Limitation-of-Liability Clauses in Accountants’ Engagement Letters: Are They Enforceable?

By Thomas F. Falkenberg
November
2003
Article
Page 573
The answer is generally "yes" in Illinois.

Neglecting Mandatory Asbestos Reinspections Could Lead to Liability for Schools

By Craig T. Liljestrand
November
2003
Article
Page 571
A review of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act's mandatory reinspection requirements.

Expungement of Juvenile Records

By Terence M. Madsen
October
2003
Article
Page 523
How to help your juvenile-offender client wipe the slate clean.

Overtime Overview: A Look at the Proposed Overtime Rules

By Joseph E. Gumina and Michael J. Pulcanio
October
2003
Article
Page 521
A thumbnail sketch of the Department of Labor proposal, with a look at how the proposed regulations might affect lawyer-employers.

Illinois’ New Estate-Tax Law

By David A. Berek
September
2003
Article
Page 465
An overview of Illinois' newly "decoupled' estate-tax scheme.

Locating Elusive Witnesses: An Introduction

By Peggy Shapiro and Perry Myers
July
2003
Article
Page 357
Simple, low- or no-cost tools for finding witnesses who don't want to be found.

The Art of Direct Examination

By Terrence J. Lavin
June
2003
Article
Page 305
A trial lawyer's guide to effectively examining experts and plaintiffs.

Does People v Morgan Invite Wrongful Convictions?

By Larry R. Wells
June
2003
Article
Page 307
The author argues that the Morgan one-good-count rule turns any general guilty verdict into a potential due-process violation.

New Post-9/11 Registration Procedure for Foreign Workers, Students, and Visitors

By Robert S. White
May
2003
Article
Page 253
Failure to meet the requirements of the new procedure could lead to deportation and other unpleasant consequences.

Determining Fair Value for Minority Shareholders Who Sue for Corporate Wrongdoing

By John T. Schriver and Paul J. Much
April
2003
Article
Page 199
Illinois minority shareholders can sue to have their shares bought out for "fair value"; but what does that mean?

Constitutional Challenges to Municipal Administrative Adjudicatory Systems

By Angela R. Hall
March
2003
Article
Page 139
Do they succeed? It's possible but not likely, this author writes.

Illinois Mechanics Lien Questions and Answers

By Samuel H. Levine
March
2003
Article
Page 137
A quick Q&A guide to the Act and to mechanics liens generally, with links to online forms.

Cross-Examination: The Trial Lawyer’s Search Engine

By Joseph B. McDonnell
December
2002
Article
Page 657
Cross-examination tips for beginning lawyers.

A Guide to EEOC Mediations

By Mary B. Manzo
November
2002
Article
Page 607
Pointers about the EEOC program from the Chicago office's ADR coordinator.

A Personal Guide to Mediation Training Programs

By Hon. Charles R. Winkler
November
2002
Article
Page 609
A program attendee reports on a pair of mediation training programs.

The “Religious Purposes” Property Tax Exemption and the First Amendment

By James W. Hilliard
October
2002
Article
Page 549
Here's how taxing authorities can determine whether property is being used for religious purposes without impermissibly inquiring into religious beliefs.

Forum Shopping (the Good Kind) in Custody and Guardianship Cases

By M. Lee Witte and Margaret C. Benson
September
2002
Article
Page 481
In custody cases, like most others, you'll increase your odds of success if you choose your forum wisely.

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