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2016 Articles

From the Discussions - How can I reverse an unwanted voluntary commitment?

September
2016
Article
Page 45
Q. A woman signed herself into a psychiatric ward, then asked for a discharge but hasn't been released. What are the options?

From the Discussions - How do you show that the trustee accepted a transfer of real estate?

December
2016
Article
Page 41
Q. How do you show acceptance by the trustee of a transfer of real property into a trust under Pub. Act 99-0743?

From the Discussions - Is a pension share transferred in divorce taxable to the recipient?

August
2016
Article
Page 30
Q. When one divorcing spouse gets a part of the other's pension as part of a court order, is that portion taxable to the receiving spouse?

From the Discussions - Is maintenance ‘income’ for child-support purposes?

July
2016
Article
Page 42
Is maintenance 'income' for purposes of determining child support?

From the Discussions - Should I open a guardianship for a minor beneficiary of a savings account?

July
2016
Article
Page 43
Do I have to open a guardianship for a minor beneficiary of a savings account?

From the Discussions - What rights does a man have to determine the parentage of an unborn child?

October
2016
Article
Page 50
Q. Under the new parentage act, a man can bring an action against a pregnant woman under 46/602(d) as a "man....alleging himself to be the parent of the child"....Is that the only reference?

From the Discussions - What’s happening with cases pending before cannabis decriminalization took effect?

October
2016
Article
Page 48
Q. How are state's attorneys and judges handling cases for possession of small amounts of cannabis that are pending after the new cannabis decriminalization law took effect?

From the Newsletters

March
2016
Article
Page 52
10 big changes to family law.

From the Newsletters - 5 important changes to federal discovery rules.

April
2016
Article
Page 47

From the Newsletters - 7 great tips for newbie lawyers

June
2016
Article
Page 44
Lawyers share top advice they've received.

From the Newsletters - Cleanup legislation makes technical fixes to the divorce-law rewrite.

September
2016
Article
Page 42
Public Act 99-0763 ties up some loose ends left after last session's sweeping reworking of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.

From the Newsletters - Defending claims for back child support: long odds against success

December
2016
Article
Page 38
While there's a small opening for an equitable defense in a claim for back support, these cases are almost always losers for payors.

From the Newsletters - Do you read the Flinn Report? Here’s why you should.

August
2016
Article
Page 29
If you want to watch the regulatory sausage being made - and even weigh in during the process - you need to be in with Flinn.

From the Newsletters - Don’t break a car window to save a dog

August
2016
Article
Page 28
It's a crime in Illinois. Tell your animal-loving clients to call 911 instead when they see a dog trapped in a hot car.

From the Newsletters - If you’re using an attorneys lien to collect fees, sweat the details

April
2016
Article
Page 46
If you're using an attorneys lien to collect fees, sweat the details.

From the Newsletters - ‘Joint custody’ lives on by a new name under the IMDMA rewrite

October
2016
Article
Page 46
Though the term "joint parenting" has replaced "joint custody," the joint-custody concept survives under the new law - which means judges must continue to put kids first when making parenting decisions.

From the Newsletters - New supreme court rules up the ante for tech competence

July
2016
Article
Page 41
New supreme court rules up the ante for tech competence.

From the Newsletters - Police, firefighters now carry anti-overdose drugs

June
2016
Article
Page 46
A recent Illinois law addresses Illinois' opioid problem.

From the Newsletters - Should you quit offering free consults?

December
2016
Article
Page 38
There are plenty of good reasons to dispense with free consultations for consumer clients. But you might want to test the water before diving in.

From the Newsletters - The first 10 steps if you represent a creditor

July
2016
Article
Page 40
The first 10 steps to take if you represent a creditor in a foreclosure.

From the Newsletters - Thinking of representing an Illinoisan in an out-of-state accident? Think again

June
2016
Article
Page 45
Differences in state law can make a routine case anything but.

From the Newsletters - Yes, you can blow less than .08 and be convicted of DUI

June
2016
Article
Page 46
Credible police testimony that you were impaired can make the case against you.

George Bailey Memorial Fund created; fees created for deposit into Fund

June
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The State Finance Act has been amended to create the George Bailey Memorial Fund.

Getting Smart about Smart-Device Privacy

By David M. Adler
April
2016
Article
Page 48
There have been a range of developments and regulatory actions around the "Internet of Things." This overview identifies risks and suggests some best practices for addressing privacy and security issues raised by these connected devices.

Give home-buyer clients a reality check about inspections

January
2016
Article
Page 33
Make sure your clients know up front the limited scope of home inspections so they don't blame you when they can't recover for undisclosed defects.

Government medical assistance programs, employers, property and casualty insurers, and private health insurers are not required to reimburse medical cannabis costs

March
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 26
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act was amended to change the entities required to reimburse a person for costs associated with medical cannabis.

Hearing officer’s findings given deference in teacher dismissal hearings despite amendment giving downstate education boards authority

June
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
On December 3, 2015, the Fifth District of the Illinois Appellate Court held that a public school teacher should be reinstated after the Board of Education of Murphysboro Community Unit School District No. 186 (the "Board") dismissed her.

Heightened safety and certification requirements for low-speed vehicles added to the Illinois Vehicle Code

May
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Under this amendment to the Illinois Vehicle Code, additional safety mechanisms must be present on low-speed vehicles operated on any street.

Hemp research pilot program proposed for institutions of higher education

July
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Agriculture ("DOA") proposed a new Part titled Industrial Hemp Pilot Program implementing a provision of the Cannabis Control Act. 8 Ill. Adm. Code 1100.

High court abandons the ‘public duty rule’

By Matthew Hector
March
2016
LawPulse
Page 20
The supreme court recently abolished the "public duty rule," which held that fire departments and like entities owed no duty of care to provide services.

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