Attracting business 101By Donald E. WeihlLaw Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, January 2005In the March, 1995 issue of The Bottom Line (Vol. 16, No. 3), an article appeared entitled "Rainmaking." The article included 10 suggestions in the form of practice tips for improving a lawyer's ability to attract business.
Automatic rollover rulesBy Richard F. SkweresEmployee Benefits, March 2005Many retirement plans have rules that provide for automatic distributions to terminated participants or beneficiaries when the benefits are less than $5,000.
Avoid being blindsided by Federal Rule Civil Practice 30(a)(2)(B)By Jack A. StrellisFederal Civil Practice, May 2005Most lawyers are well aware that all depositions taken pursuant to Federal Rules are evidentiary in nature, yet many allow the opposing party to take the federal depositions of their client's treating or tendered medical professionals, economists, engineers and etc., as if the deposition is being taken for discovery purposes only.
Backing up-The easy wayBy Maximilian M. PrusakLaw Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2005For people who have been around computers for a significant period of time, there is no need to explain the necessity of backing up data.
Bankruptcy 2005: New landscape for preference proceedingsBy Kevin C. Driscoll, Jr.Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, December 2005Though largely noted for its reform of consumer bankruptcy law, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (New Code) makes notable changes to non-consumer bankruptcy law.
Beginner’s guide to probating a decedent’s estate in Cook CountyBy Jay S. GoldenbergTrusts and Estates, October 2005I received an e-mail from a friend: “I have a probate estate. What do I do?” I have tried to lay out the process step-by-step so the newest graduate will be able to function on the same basis as the experienced pro.
Beside the barBy David ClarkLegal Technology, Standing Committee on, December 2005Woulda. Coulda. Shoulda. Three little words to second-guess ourselves. Let me share with you one of my “shouldas.”
Beside the barBy David ClarkLegal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2005Lawyers, clients, jurors and court personnel have to be aware of the changing nature of technology and the use or abuse of that technology.
Beware of stipulationsBy Cameron B. ClarkWorkers' Compensation Law, March 2005In Walker v. Illinois Industrial Commission, 345 Ill.App.3d 1084, 804 N.E.2d 135 (4th Dist., 2004), the Illinois Appellate Court, in a decision delivered by Justice McCullough, addressed the issue as to whether or not the information contained on the Industrial Commission Request for Hearing form is binding upon the parties.
Bill of particulars in family law casesBy Janet BoyleFamily Law, December 2005I was recently served with a Demand for Bill of Particulars in response to a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage I filed on behalf of a client.
Bills pending action by the governorBy Phil MilskEducation Law, June 2005A number of school-related bills have passed both houses of the General Assembly and have been sent to the Governor.
Boyd Electric: Is the Commission really a party?By Anita M. DecarloWorkers' Compensation Law, June 2005As a first year law student, I remember asking my father why all Workers' Compensation cases above the Commission level were captioned "Somebody v. The Industrial Commission?"
Brief legislation updateBy Jeffrey A. MolletAgricultural Law, November 2005There have been a few recent legislative enactments of note.
Business immigration law updateBy Gabrielle M. BuckleyInternational and Immigration Law, November 2005The H-1B visa allows employers to sponsor a foreign national for a temporary professional position (e.g., engineer, financial analyst, physician, graphic designer, researcher) if the foreign national has at least a bachelor’s degree in the specialized field normally required for the position.
Can a plaintiff climb out of the pothole issue?By Michael J. MarovichCivil Practice and Procedure, February 2005Many personal injury cases involve situations in which a defendant claims that they lost control of their motor vehicle due to the fact that they struck a pothole in the street.
Can an 8(d)1 award be modified?By Arnold G. RubinEducation Law, March 2005In Cassens Transport Company v. Illinois Industrial Commission, 2005 WL 95714 (4th Dist., I.C. Div., 2005), the Illinois Appellate Court, in a decision delivered by Justice McCullough, with a concurring opinion by Justice Holdridge, addressed the vexing issue as to whether or not a final award under Section 8(d)1 may be modified in a subsequent proceeding at the Illinois Industrial Commission.
Care for Spike from the grave: The new Pet Trust ActBy Daniel C. HawkinsElder Law, January 2005Many elderly persons treat their pets as if they were their own children. A client may request that as a part of his or her estate plan, Spike be taken care of from the grave, but until recently Illinois law did not allow trusts for pets.
Case comment-In re D.D.By Sherry SilvernChild Law, April 2005In September of 2004, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its decision in In re D.D., a minor, (People of the State of Illinois) v. D.D. (Oak Park-River Forest High School District 200), 212 Ill. 2d 410, 819 N.E.2d 300 (2004).
Case comment: Jahn v. KindermanBy Michael J. WeicherBusiness Advice and Financial Planning, April 2005Jahn v. Kinderman discussed several issues related to claims of oppression and deadlock based on Section 12.56 of the Illinois Business Corporation Act.
The case for expanded stem cell research in IllinoisBy Gretchen LivingstonWomen and the Law, February 2005Human embryonic stem cells were first isolated in 1998. Just a few years later, their promise was cut short by the policy of our federal government limiting federal funding of research involving human embryos.
The case for expanded stem cell research: An updateBy Gretchen LivingstonWomen and the Law, September 2005Since last fall, when Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes announced his effort to fund all forms of stem cell research in Illinois through a bill that would have taxed voluntary cosmetic procedures and created the Illinois Regenerative Medicine Institute, the move to expand stem cell research here in Illinois has taken a positive turn.
Case law reportBy Angela PetersInternational and Immigration Law, July 2005The American court properly declined to return the children to the father in Sweden, where the court found under Article 13(b) of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction that returning the children would cause them grave risk of physical or psychological harm or otherwise place them in an intolerable situation.
Case law updateBy Lee Ann SchoeffelGovernment Lawyers, September 2005Rodriguez v. Sheriff’s Merit Comm’n of Kane County., 355 Ill. App. 3d 676 (2nd Dist., February 4, 2005).
Case law updateBy Timothy J. HowardCommercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, February 2005Since our last meeting, we report the following matters relating to banking law.