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Articles on Practice Tips
The Legal Landscape for Advanced-Practice Nurses: The Nurses’ Perspective
By Leatrice E. Schmidt
This article responds to an earlier
article on the Advanced Practice Nursing Act.
Representing Home Buyers in Post-Caveat-Emptor Illinois
By John O’Rourke
The impact of seller-disclosure law on Illinois residential real-estate practice.
Law Librarians Can Help You Save Money and Do Better Research
By Peter A. Hook
You can use a librarian to conduct research more effectively, even if you don't have one on staff.
Ten Questions to Ask Before Taking a Legal-Malpractice Case
By David J. Fish
Is it worth it to sue another lawyer? Ask these questions before you say ''yes.''
Document-Retention Policies in the Wake of Enron
By David F. Barlett
Find out how a uniform and consistent document-retention policy can protect your clients.
Every Lawyer’s Guide to DUI
By Donald J. Ramsell
An overview for lawyers who don't practice DUI law.
A Primer on Eminent Domain
By Jack H. Tibbetts
An outline of the procedural requirements and recent cases.
Correspondence from Our Readers
More on liens.
Laying a Proper Foundation for Computer-Generated Demonstrative Evidence
By Adrienne W. Albrecht
How do you persuade the court to admit a computer simulation into evidence? A look at the developing law.
Tax Consequences of Settlement in Employment Litigation
By Nile J. Williamson
Lawyers should allocate settlement proceeds so their clients can avoid tax—but sometimes it's easier said than done.
Appeal Bonds and Illinois Supreme Court Rule 305
By Carolyn Quinn
Will you need an appeal bond to stay execution of judgment and protect your client's property? This article discusses the process.
Making the Most of Your Oral Argument
By Jean M. Prendergast
How to capitalize on your last opportunity to face the court.
Making the Record: Appellate Practice Starts at Trial
By Charles P. Goldbert
Steps to take and pitfalls to avoid in making sure that information makes it into the record.
Selecting and Framing the Issues on Appeal: A Powerful Persuasive Tool
By Marcia L. McCormick
Issue-selection strategies for appellate lawyers.
New Options at Divorce: Legislation Treats Stock Options as Marital Property
By Celia Guzaldo Gamrath
A review of the new law governing the classification and division of stock options upon divorce.
Reporting Your Partners and Associates to the ARDC
By Michael L. Shakman, Arthur W. Friedman, & Thomas M. Staunton
What is a lawyer's
obligation to report other lawyers in his or her firm?
Healing-Art Malpractice Report: Must the Reporter be Identified?
By David F. Monteleone
This author argues that plaintiffs can ignore the disclosure provisions.
Are Plant-Shutdown Pension Benefits Protected?
By Michael F. Tomasek
Federal courts are split on the issue.
Litigation Expenses; Should Attorneys Be Presumed Liable?
By John D. Ingram
Professor Ingram argues that attorneys, not clients, should be liable for the fees of third-party providers unless they expressly disclaim.
New DUI, Traffic Laws Stiffen Penalties
By Larry A. Davis
Three new acts increase the penalty for driving while revoked and DUI offenses.
Potential Legal Pitfalls in Condominium Development
By Brian K. Kozminski
A legal roadmap for Illinois condominium owners.
How to Spot the Client from Hell
By Karen J. Dilibert
Learn how to identify the prospective clients you should turn away.
The Attorney-Client Privilege in Director and Shareholder Litigation
By Frederick R. Ball
A look at when courts are willing to pierce the attorney-client privilege in director and shareholder litigation.
Voir Dire: Do Parties Have an Absolute Right to Directly Question Prospective Jurors?
By Scott D. Lane
In first district civil cases, the answer is yes -- as long as the questioning is "reasonable."
Closed-Circuit Television and Defendants’ Rights in Criminal Courtrooms
By Carrie Marche & Jennifer Aiton
The new technology saves money, but does it undermine defendants' constitutional rights?
The De Minimus Rule for Premises-Liability Cases
By Timothy J. Harris
The rule protecting property owners is being limited by exceptions.
Attorney-client privilege waived when police reports, containing allegedly privileged statements, were given to testifying expert witnesses; Apprendi concerns are not implicated by court’s imposition of consecutive sentences
Illinois Law Update
On June 1, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed defendant Michael Wagener's convictions. Wagener appealed his convictions for murder and concealment of homicidal death on two grounds.
Challenging Blood Tests in DUI Prosecutions
By Hon. Sheldon A. Harris
A step-by-step guide for the defense.
Park Before You Reverse: A Short Tour of the Reverse-Exchange Process
By Scott Nathanson
Reverse exchanges allow real estate buyers to enjoy tax advantages even if they buy their new property before they sell.
When Bad Fences Make Litigious Neighbors: The Illinois Fence Act
By Jeffrey A. Mollet
When the boundary fence can't contain the cows, who has to pay to fix it?
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