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  1. Estate Planning & Probate Law FLASHPOINTS January 2020

    January 15, 2020

    Elizabeth A. Garlovsky, Lesser Lutrey Pasquesi & Howe LLP, Lake Forest 847-235-6745 | E-mail Elizabeth A. Garlovsky Estate Planning Under Illinois Trust Code and the Federal SECURE Act Welcome to 2020, the year we are reminded that the only constant is change. If you are an estate planning attorney or other professional, or if you […]


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  3. Business Law FLASHPOINTS January 2020

    Joseph B. VanFleet & Noah A. Menold, Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, Peoria 309-999-6317 | E-mail Joseph B. VanFleet | 309-999-6314 | E-mail Noah A. Menold Below is an excerpt from §7.9 of COMMERCIAL LANDLORD-TENANT PRACTICE 2020 EDITION. Caselaw Concerning Landlord Duties and Liabilities in Constructive EvictionIn RNR Realty, Inc. v. Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse […]


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  5. Employment & Labor Law FLASHPOINTS January 2020

    Robbins Schwartz Labor & Employment Attorneys, Robbins Schwartz, Chicago 312-332-7760Recommendations and Best Practices for Drug Testing Clinical Students in 2020On January 1, 2020, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, 410 ILCS 705/1-1, et seq., became effective, legalizing the recreational use and sale of marijuana in Illinois. We continue to recommend that higher education institutions review […]


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  7. Ethics & Professional Responsibility FLASHPOINTS January 2020

    Mary F. Andreoni | Senior Counsel, Ethics Education — ARDC Below is an excerpt from §1.26 of ELEMENTS OF ILLINOIS LAW: PRACTICING ETHICALLY 2020 EDITION. The Importance of Being Sensitive to Potential Conflicts Because loyalty is the essential element of the attorney-client relationship, whenever anything can or does impair the lawyer’s loyalty, a conflict arises. […]


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  9. Financial Services FLASHPOINTS January 2020

    Michael L. Weissman, Levin Ginsburg, Chicago 312-368-0100 | E-mail Michael L. WeissmanThird-Party Assignment of Certificate of Deposit Not Limited by Original Term of LoanIn Autumn Health Care v. Peoples Bank, NA, 2019 -Ohio- 4546 (App. 2019), the issue was whether a third-party pledge of a certificate deposit continued to secure a mortgage loan after its […]


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  11. Condominium Law FLASHPOINTS January 2020

    Kenneth Michaels, Jr., Lakelaw, Chicago 312-588-5000 | E-Mail Kenneth Michaels, Jr. Supreme Court Retracts Waste Management’s Common-Interest Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege As lawyers we are compelled to learn new processes and fields of human endeavor. We also must stay apprised of a broad array of legal developments in order to maintain basic skills levels. This […]


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  13. Workers’ Compensation FLASHPOINTS January 2020

    Joseph P. Basile | E-mail Joseph Basile Happy New Year to all subscribers. The Workers’ Compensation Division of the Illinois Appellate Court has issued a number of Rule 23 orders. Two decisions are reviewed this month. The first case is under the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act, 820 ILCS 310/1, et seq., involving a coal miner. […]


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  15. FLASHPOINTS Spotlight January 2020

    Matthew R. Leisten, Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office 815-319-4700 | E-mail Matthew R. LeistenMatthew R. Leisten of the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office in Rockford is the subject of our January FLASHPOINTS Author Spotlight. He has been a regular FLASHPOINTS contributor since August 2019.Leisten is the Assistant State’s Attorney for Winnebago County, a position he […]


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  17. Family Law FLASHPOINTS January 2020

    Donald C. Schiller & Michelle A. Lawless Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, Chicago, Lake Forest & Wheaton 312-641-5560 | E-mail Donald Schiller | E-mail Michelle LawlessPermissive Military Credit Earned Prior to But Purchased During Marriage with Marital Funds Is Marital PropertyIn In re Marriage of Zamudio, 2019 IL 124676, the sole issue on appeal was […]


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  19. Tax Law Explained FLASHPOINTS January 2020

    Keith B. Baker, CPA, JD, Law Offices of Keith B. Baker, Ltd., Skokie 847-933-0200 | E-mail Keith BakerNew for 2019 Income Tax Returns Prepared in 2020More Form 1040 Options — Form 1040-SRFor 2019, there is a new type of form for individual taxpayers age 65 or older. This is optional for those who qualify and […]


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