Past chair’s column
Most of you are probably familiar with proposed Rule 1.17. This rule would permit the sale of the goodwill of a law practice by a sole practitioner.
The General Assembly recently amended the Illinois Power of Attorney Act. The amendments, which are significant, became effective for all durable powers of attorney executed on or after June 9, 2000.
Practice trap: Baby Richard turns mischievous?
Has "Baby Richard" created jurisdictional land mines outside of the Adoption Act that could affect the integrity of sound and secure relationships developed pursuant to the Parentage Act?
Quick reference guide to the Business Corporation Act—Part I
I have not found the Business Corporation Act to be user-friendly. Most of the lack of clarity is due to the organizational problems of drafting the desired flexible inter-related and alternative methods of corporate organization, operations, and flow of authority.
Recent legislation effective June 1, 2000
The Automatic Contract Renewal Act becomes effective June 1, 2000. The Act defines "contract" and "parties" and provides, "If a contract is subject to automatic renewal, the clause providing for automatic renewal must appear in the contract in a clear and conspicuous manner.
Whoops—there goes that second worker’s compensation fee
The Illinois Supreme Court has either clarified or declared—depending on your perspective—that the statutory 25% attorney fees for recovery of reimbursement for an employer who has made a worker's compensation payment is, as a practical matter, at best a part of, and not in addition to, any fee amount contracted with an employee.
The short answer is "yes." Recently, in Joe W. King v. Industrial Commission et al. (R.R. Donnelly), (Ill.Sup.Ct. No. 87099, 1/21/2000), the Illinois Supreme Court held that a former employee, who had been awarded permanent total disability under § 8(f) of the Workers' Compensation Act, could subsequently be required to submit to an independent medical examination requested by a former employer.