Articles From 2014

Estate planning of the rich and famous By Timothy Rtchey Young Lawyers Division, February 2014 A reminder that even young attorneys should have their estate planning documents in place.
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Estate planning, trusts and estates potpourri for 2014 By Dennis J. Jacknewitz Trusts and Estates, March 2014 The author shares some items of interest.
Estate- and income tax-related numbers for 2014 Trusts and Estates, January 2014 A summary of important estate and income tax rates that may have relevance for the estate and trust practitioner.
Ethical considerations to run for judge By Jennifer A. Haase Young Lawyers Division, February 2014 A look at the process of running for election.
Ethics corner By John H. Brechin Local Government Law, May 2014 Two recent ISBA opinions address attorney misconduct and conflict of interest.
Ethics corner: A word of caution when accepting credit card payments By Michael J. Drabant Trusts and Estates, July 2014 The ISBA recently issued a Professional Conduct Advisory Opinion which highlights some of the ethical implications of accepting credit cards as a means of paying attorney fees.
Ethics corner: Identity fraud in estate planning By Deborah B. Cole Trusts and Estates, April 2014 In light of the increased risk of identity theft, this might be a good time to update your client intake procedures and make sure that your staff is instructed to check for identification before notarizing documents or giving out information.
Ethics Corner: Tennessee ethics opinion places limits on attorney’s authority to disclose will By Edward J. Jarot Trusts and Estates, September 2014 While the Tennessee opinion is not precedent in Illinois, the opinion raises interesting questions regarding the Attorney-Client Privilege and whether the privilege can be waived by anyone other than the client.
EU jurisdiction: Law applicable to disputes arising from commercial agency agreements By Claire Perez Intellectual Property, February 2014 The Court of Justice of the European Union (17Oct2013) ruled on the question of the law applicable to international commercial agency contracts, specifically, whether the governing law elected by the parties to a commercial agency contract can be disregarded in favor of the law of the forum.
Evaluating permanent partial disability in the wake of Section 8.1(b)—Has anything changed? By Shuaib Ahmed Workers’ Compensation Law, May 2014 A synopsis of the reported decisions analyzing the five factors of permanent partial disability under Section 8.1b, broken down by each factor.
Everything a senior counselor needs to know (or should know) about blogs By Leonard F. Amari Senior Lawyers, February 2014 A discussion of what a blog is, why they exist, and why we should even care.
Evolving Illinois parentage laws By Jeffrey A. Parness Civil Practice and Procedure, April 2014 A look at what the trends, driven by changes in technology and human conduct toward legal parentage beyond biological ties and formal adoptions, mean for civil litigators.
Excess insurance policies are covered workers’ compensation claims and the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund’s obligations are not subject to statutory cap. Windfall to self-insureds? By Kevin LeFevour Workers’ Compensation Law, January 2014 The recent Illinois Supreme Court decision in Skokie Castings, Inc. v. Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund presents an interesting interpretation of the Illinois Insurance Code as it applies to an employer’s coverage obligations under the Workers’ Compensation Act.
Exclusive possession under the IMDMA and IDVA By Jon D. McLaughlin Child Law, February 2014 The two statutes that a party may proceed under, the IMDMA and the IDVA, hold parties to different standards, and it may turn out that you are using the wrong statute for some of your cases.
Exclusive remedy doctrine does not apply when employee first learns of injury after the expiration of the statute of repose under the Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Disease Act By Anita M. DeCarlo Workers’ Compensation Law, October 2014 A discussion of the June 27, 2014 decision from the Illinois Appellate Court First District in Folta v. Ferro Engineering.
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An explanation of the summary jury trial By Bridget Duignan Alternative Dispute Resolution, December 2014 If a summary jury trial is right for you, your client and her case, then you reap the benefits (and the pitfalls) of a one-day trial.
An explanation of the summary jury trial By Bridget Duignan Tort Law, February 2014 If a summary jury trial is right for you, your client and her case, then you reap the benefits (and the pitfalls) of a one-day trial.
Extended leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation By Michael R. Lied Labor and Employment Law, December 2014 A summary of Hwang v. Kansas State University, ___ F.3d ___, 2014 WL 2212071(10th Cir. 2014),
Extension and clarification of expatriate health plan exception under ACA By Janel Brynda Employee Benefits, June 2014 Global employers with mobile employees may be able to take advantage of the “expatriate health plan” exception to exclude certain employees for purposes of determining the “pay or play” penalty under the Affordable Care Act.
Fall on stairs found compensable despite being caused by pre-existing condition By Mark P. Matranga Workers’ Compensation Law, May 2014 The result in Village of Villa Park v. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission et al. is in direct contradiction to the rule established in Eliot v. Industrial Commission.
Falling down and proximate cause By Robert T. Park Civil Practice and Procedure, April 2014 The recent decision in Vertin v. Mau illustrates that in a premises liability claim, plaintiff must show the reason for a fall, not just that defendant might be to blame.
Family law in legal aid By Sally K. Kolb Family Law, February 2014 Learn more about the pro bono opportunities available with the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.
Federal case update By Michael Bartolic Employee Benefits, February 2014 Recent cases of interest to employee benefits practitioners.
Federal regulatory agendas By William A. Price Administrative Law, December 2014 The federal Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) recently released a six-month update of the Unified Agenda, which lists federal regulations currently pending and planned.
Ferguson, Missouri: Clouds and silver linings By Shira Truitt Women and the Law, December 2014 A look at the lessons that bar associations and other legal organizations can learn from the recent events in Ferguson.
Fiduciary duty of fund investment advisers to investor clients By Elizabeth A. Bleakley Business Advice and Financial Planning, February 2014 A guide to help legal counsel explain to private fund manager clients their fiduciary duties as investment advisers under federal and state securities laws.
A final view from the Chair By Mary F. Petruchius Women and the Law, April 2014 A message from Committee Chair Mary Petruchius.
The First Amendment right to gather information vs. the court’s right to control its courtroom By Hon. Michael P. Kiley Bench and Bar, June 2014 In its recent decision in People v. Clark, the Illinois Supreme Court was called on to consider the constitutionality of the Illinois eavesdropping statute.
Five law firm marketing ideas for 2014 By John W. Olmstead Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, April 2014 Five ideas that might be helpful in your 2014 planning.
Five proven tactics to minimize ERISA litigation risk By James Baker & Lisa Brogan Employee Benefits, June 2014 Companies can improve their employee benefit plan offerings and, at the same time, minimize ERISA litigation risk by making small changes to their employee benefit plan documents.