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To say we are experiencing challenging times is an understatement. Yet, there is also momentum brewing to change the status quo. Within that, lawyers must work to build the public’s trust in the justice system. The time to act is now. Our Current Climate COVID-19 has brought the world to a standstill with the sobering number of cases, deaths, and unknown future consequences. In the middle of this global pandemic, the world witnessed the horrific death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer while other officers stood by and watched. Sadly, this type of behavior toward people of color
In this episode of Reimagining Law, we talk to Miranda L. Soucie, a partner at Spiros Law, P.C., and Trent L. Bush, a partner at Ward, Murray, Pace & Johnson, P.C. Miranda and Trent discuss the benefits of using Zoom to engage with clients, share insight on using Zoom in court hearings, and offer tips on getting started for attorneys who haven’t used the platform. Subscribe to our channel to stay up to date on new episodes of Reimagining Law! Timestamps 0:35 – How has Zoom changed your work life and interactions with clients? 2:34 – Have clients been receptive…
In this article, we answer the question “When is worker’s compensation insurance required in Iowa?” and also answers the following related questions: How is an employee/employer relationship established for work comp purposes in Iowa?, When is worker’s compensation necessary in Iowa?, When are Iowa employers exempt from obtaining worker’s compensation insurance?, Do out of state employers have to provide Iowa worker’s compensation insurance?, What happens if an Iowa company does not obtain worker’s compensation insurance?, and How can an Iowa company obtain worker’s compensation insurance?…
In this article, we illustrate how to get rid of a second mortgage or HELOC in Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Illinois using a process called “lien stripping.” We also answer the following questions: What is a lien on a home?, What is lien stripping?, How does lien stripping work in Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Illinois?, Does lien stripping make my second mortgage go away immediately?, and Is lien stripping an option with any other type of bankruptcy?…
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that Commissioner Hon. Diane M. Shelley has been installed as President of the Illinois Judges Association (IJA). Shelley was installed for a 1-year term on Friday, May 29, at the Illinois Judges Association’s Annual Meeting. Shelley has stated that one of her goals for the IJA is supporting the Illinois Supreme Court’s program to ensure public access to the judicial system during the coronavirus pandemic. She also said that she intends to develop a new committee focused on exploring the use of virtual platforms, which have become vital to…
In this article, we discuss Chapter 20 bankruptcy and answer the following questions: What is Chapter 20 bankruptcy?, What are the benefits and drawbacks of filing only Chapter 7 bankruptcy?, What are the benefits and drawbacks of filing only Chapter 13 bankruptcy?, What are the benefits of Chapter 20 bankruptcy?, and What are the drawbacks of Chapter 20 bankruptcy?…
The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee will hold a remote public hearing on seven proposals on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The committee will hear comments on all proposals, including a proposal that would repeal Supreme Court Rule 23 in its entirety and require all written opinions by the Appellate Court to be published. The repeal of Rule 23 would be significant for the legal profession in Illinois. Currently, Rule 23 allows the Illinois Appellate Courts to decide a case by issuing an opinion, a written order, or a summary order. Written orders and summary orders are treated the same for…
In this article, we discuss Illinois Temporary Custody Hearings in Child Protection Cases and answer the following questions: What is the purpose of the Temporary Custody Hearing?, What documents should be present at a Temporary Custody Hearing?, Who should be notified regarding the Temporary Custody Hearing?, and What are the possible outcomes of a Temporary Custody Hearing in Illinois?…
In this episode of Reimagining Law, we talk to Randy Curato, a Vice President at the Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society. Randy discusses the risk management challenges lawyers face while working from home and how to mitigate risk as lawyers and their clients transition back into the office. Subscribe to our channel to stay up to date on new episodes of Reimagining Law! Timestamps 0:38: From a risk management perspective, what challenges have lawyers faced working from home and advising clients during this global pandemic? 2:06: During this time, have any positive practices emerged? 4:01: How should lawyers be counseling…
As courts, law firms, and legal organizations across the country reopen, now is the time to reimagine what our new normal looks like. In April, the Commission launched a Reimagining Law video series. Reimagining Law explores how legal and judicial professionals are adapting the delivery of services to meet the unique needs of today’s consumers. Until now, our discussions have been conducted through Zoom interviews with industry experts. But we want to take it one step further. The Commission is asking judges, lawyers, legal academics, law students, additional legal professionals, and members of the public to submit short videos that…
Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. These attorneys are teaching us how to adapt and thrive in the changing legal environment. Adrian Barr is Managing Attorney in Prairie State Legal Services’ Bloomington Office. Adrian supervises the delivery of civil legal and pro bono services to low-income people and seniors in McLean, Livingston, and Woodford counties. What’s your primary practice area? Civil legal aid, including domestic violence orders of protection, landlord-tenant cases, and expungement and sealing of criminal records. How has your practice evolved over the last few…
In this article, we identify the required parties in Will and Trust disputes that are required in order to proceed to a final decision. We also answer the following questions: What is a “Necessary” or “Indispensable” Party?, Who are the Necessary Parties In Will Disputes Versus Trust Disputes?, and What if a Necessary Party is Underaged?…
Consumer Defense FAQ: This article explains the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and tackles some of the frequently asked questions our Consumer Defense attorneys receive about the laws that shield you from debt collectors, protect the integrity of your credit report, and punish those that violate those laws. Three main statutes that create this Consumer Defense area of law are the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.…
Bankruptcy FAQ: In this article, our Illinois bankruptcy attorneys answer questions that are frequently asked about bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is a legal process designed to help individuals and corporations liquidate or restructure their debts. Most consumers will file either a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The other types are generally for corporations, farms, and even governmental entities.…
In this article, we unpack the process of filing a Motion to Dismiss an Illinois divorce case and answer the following questions: How do I file a Motion to Dismiss my spouse’s petition for dissolution of marriage?, For what reasons can a petition for dissolution of marriage be dismissed?, How can I dismiss my spouse’s motion in an Illinois divorce case?, and Can I dismiss my own petition for dissolution of marriage in Illinois?…
Over the last week, there has been a flurry of announcements from Illinois’ federal and state courts on the reestablishment of courthouse operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. As jurisdictional guidelines continue to evolve, it’s important for lawyers to stay abreast of these updated guidelines. We have compiled a rundown of important recent announcements from across Illinois. We would encourage attorneys to monitor the websites of the Illinois Supreme Court, the Southern District of Illinois, the Central District of Illinois, and the Northern District of Illinois for future guidance. Federal District Courts Central District of Illinois On May…