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Planning to Succeed
By Helen W. Gunnarsson
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
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
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
Here's an appellate court justice's framework for analyzing
Challenging Property Seizures Under Illinois Civil Asset Forfeiture Law/Raising an Excessive Fines Clause Challenge
By Hon. William James Haddad & James C. Murray Jr.
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
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
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
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 & Lena Goretsky Winters
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
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
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
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
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
The answer is generally "yes" in Illinois.
Neglecting Mandatory Asbestos Reinspections Could Lead to Liability for Schools
By Craig T. Liljestrand
A review of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act's mandatory reinspection requirements.
Expungement of Juvenile Records
By Terence M. Madsen
How to help your juvenile-offender client wipe the slate clean.
Overtime Overview: A Look at the Proposed Overtime Rules
By Joseph E. Gumina & Michael J. Pulcanio
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
An overview of Illinois' newly "decoupled' estate-tax scheme.
Locating Elusive Witnesses: An Introduction
By Peggy Shapiro & Perry Myers
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
A trial lawyer's guide to effectively examining experts and plaintiffs.
Does People v Morgan Invite Wrongful Convictions?
By Larry R. Wells
The author argues that the
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
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 & Paul J. Much
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
Do they succeed? It's possible but not likely, this author writes.
Illinois Mechanics Lien Questions and Answers
By Samuel H. Levine
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
Cross-examination tips for beginning lawyers.
A Guide to EEOC Mediations
By Mary B. Manzo
Pointers about the EEOC program from the Chicago office's ADR coordinator.
A Personal Guide to Mediation Training Programs
By Hon. Charles R. Winkler
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
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 & Margaret C. Benson
In custody cases, like most others, you'll increase your odds of success if you choose your forum wisely.
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