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Are your clients selling estate plans?
The unauthorized practice of law has been going on forever. It was, and still may be in some areas, common practice for local banks and real estate offices to do “simple” deeds and other legal documents.
Chair’s Column: Neither fish nor fowl
If you have served as a prosecutor or defense attorney for any appreciable period of time you develop and inherent “sense” of what the law is in a particular topic area.
Disability Law: Social Security
This article provides a basic outline of the process for helping a client obtain disability benefits from Social Security.
Editor’s column: Balance is important
This issue of the General Practice Solo and Small Firm newsletter contains three articles on the quality of life of lawyers and examines ways of dealing with stress and difficult clients.
Estate planning update: Recent case decisions
The Estate of Helen H. Noble, 89 TCM 649 stands for the proposition that sales following death, so long as the transaction occurred within a reasonable time, can be used to establish value as much as a sale prior to the date of death.
Filing of general appearance does not waive jurisdictional objection
In the recent decision of KSAC Corporation v. Recycle Free, Inc., 364 Ill.App.3d 593, 846 N.E.2d 1021, 301 Ill.Dec. 418 (2d Dist. 2006), the appellate court held that based on 735 ILCS 5/2-301, the defendant’s filing of a general appearance did not wave its jurisdictional objection.
Going in a different direction
For many years the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council has been at the forefront of continuing legal education programs.
The key language in understanding the opinion in People v. One 2000 GMC is the application of the term “grossly disproportional.”
Practice Alert: Home repair and remodeling contractors beware!
Attorneys representing clients engaged in the home repair and remodeling business need to be aware of the recent decision from the Third District Appellate Court of Illinois, Central Illinois Electrical Services, LLC v. Slepian, and the provisions of the Home Repair and Remodeling Act.