Browse articles by year: 2016 (211)
Juvenile Court Act gives court authority to determine independent basis of abuse or neglect
Illinois Law Update, Page 180
On February 4, 2011, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, affirmed a decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, holding that the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/1-1 et seq) confers upon the court authority to determine that "'an independent basis of abuse, neglect, or dependency' exists, without strictly adhering to the procedural requirements for neglect petitions in Article II of the Act." K.D. at *1, quoting 705 ILCS 405/5-710 (1)(a)(iv).
The lesson of George Ryan v U.S.
LawPulse, Page 434
It's this, according to a criminal defense lawyer and court watcher: You shouldn't hesitate to argue alternative, even esoteric, bases for relief to create a record for appeal.
Looking at 2011 and Beyond
Column, Page 584
A late-2011 look how recent rulings should influence your estate-planning advice.
Maintenance, Support, and Underemployed Payors
Article, Page 24
Is your client's ex unwilling to get work or deliberately taking a lesser-paying job to avoid paying support or maintenance?
Here are resources and remedies you need to know about.
Meeting MCLE requirements just got a little easier
LawPulse, Page 550
Among other welcome changes, rule revisions allow new admittees to meet their initial requirement by participating in mentoring and remove the fee for claiming credit for writing and teaching.
Mistaken good faith belief about law does not support probable cause for traffic stop
Illinois Law Update, Page 228
A police officer's good faith but mistaken belief about the law does not support probable cause to initiate a traffic stop, according to an Illinois Court of Appeals. The court affirmed a decision to suppress evidence, which was the result of a traffic stop initiated when an officer believed the defendant violated a traffic law but was mistaken about what the law actually prohibited.
LawPulse, Page 66
Motions, particularly motions to stay and to strike, are tools every appellate lawyer should know how and when to use.
Navigating the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act
Article, Page 92
This how-to for practitioners filing claims under the NHCA shows how they are often easier to bring than traditional medical malpractice or healing arts claims.