The abatement and apportionment of estate expenses
How are estate taxes and the expenses of administration to be paid and apportioned between the various beneficiaries? The recent case of Estate of William L. Henry, Jr. v. St. Peter’s Evangelical Church, 337 Ill. App. 3d 246, 785 N.E. 2d 1049 (2003), is an example of some of the rules which apply.
Change. We see it all around us. As we turn our focus to holiday celebrations and the end of another year, we welcome you to the sixth edition of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm newsletter for the 2003-2004 bar year.
As fall leaves become winter snowflakes, and as our thoughts turn to the celebration of Thanksgiving, we welcome you to the fifth issue of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm newsletter for the 2003-2004 bar year.
In lieu of a "traditional" Chair's column this month, I have drafted the following article outlining the major changes to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 721 and new Illinois Supreme Court Rule 722, both of which became effective on July 1, 2003.
September heralds the beginning of yet another school year. This year, students at Illinois law schools will have something different on the program during their orientation sessions: a visit from a justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, who will speak to them about civility and ethics, and administer an "Oath of Professionalism" to these future lawyers.
Welcome to the second General Practice newsletter of the 2003-2004 bar year. As you will discover, it is filled with timely articles on substantive and practice-oriented issues.
Welcome to the 2003-2004 year of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section!
Each year the General Practice Solo and Small Firm Section makes its Annual Tradition of Excellence Award to a deserving Illinois lawyer whose career achievements exemplify the "Tradition of Excellence" in his or her law practice or law-related public service.
The Chicago Tribune recently published an article about the growing trend of "online divorce services."
Several years ago I wrote a newsletter column titled "Terror by Fax" where I discussed the general acceptance of the fax machine, and how lawyers were then being asked to respond on short notice to faxes.
The following article, "Arbitration of disputes before the New York Stock Exchange" by James F. Dunneback, would seem to be something far removed from the ordinary General Practice, Solo and Small Firm newsletter.
Editor’s column: Mentors
When I read "A Few Good Mentors" by ISBA President Terry Lavin in his August 2003 President's page, I thought about some of my mentors and how important they were to me.
Editor’s column: Wall Street analysts’ conflict of interest claims
The following article, "Practical Considerations For Representing Your Clients Who Have Been Damaged by Wall Street Analysts' Conflicts of Interest," by Chicago attorney James J. Eccleston, would seem to be something far removed from the ordinary General Practice Solo and Small Firm newsletter.
Expert Witnesses: A view from the bench
The expert witness can be a highly trained professional, with or without impeccable credentials, or can be a tradesman, mechanic or anyone who possesses special knowledge that would aid the fact-finder in making a decision.
I have before me a booklet titled as follows, "Manual on Fees and Charges Including Suggested Minimum Fee Schedule of the Illinois State Bar Associations."
Food for thought—How far will we go?
Many of the ISBA Section Councils spend a great deal of time each spring reviewing new legislation that has been introduced in both the Illinois House and Senate.
Forum non Madison County
For those of us who practice outside the world of jury actions for damages in excess of $50,000, it may seem unusual that a plaintiff in a traffic crash case would choose to file the action in a county where neither driver resides, where the accident did not happen and where there are 10 times the number of similar cases pending on the docket and they take, statistically, nearly a year longer to resolve than the county of occurrence.
Is it “property acquired in exchange for?”
Section 503 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act, 750 ILCS 5/503, provides that property acquired in exchange for property acquired before the marriage or in exchange for property by gift, legacy or descent is non-marital property.
It’s in the mail: The clock is ticking!
The Illinois Supreme Court has clarified Section 3-103 of the Illinois Administrative Review Law (“ARL”) (735 ILCS 5/3-101 through 3-113), holding that the 35-day period for filing a complaint of an administrative agency decision starts when the decision is mailed, not when the decision is received in Nudell v. Forest Preserve Dist. of Cook County.