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Illinois Pretrial Practice

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Illinois Pretrial Practice

Answers, Tips and Forms for Illinois Litigators

As court interpretations evolve and laws change, it is crucial to stay informed. For Illinois litigators, that's whereIllinois Pretrial Practicecomes in handy.

The 2014 update ofIllinois Pretrial Practicecontains dozens of new cases, 9 new sections, and an entirely new chapter about interlocutory appeals. This year's edition includes discussions of the following:

•   Circumstances under which the interlocutory appeal is allowed, as well as the procedure to obtain an interlocutory appeal
•   Governmental immunities available to defendants which are not commonly known, such as the "officer suit" exception
•   Dramatic changes to Illinois' Freedom of Information Act statute that have made it much more user-friendly
•   Other changes to Illinois law, including a recent court decision holding that a public accounting privilege belongs to the person hiring the accountant.

Written by retired circuit court judge Jennifer Duncan-Brice,Illinois Pretrial Practicedelivers quick and reliable answers with its unique outline format, tight writing, superb scholarship, and extensive citations. In addition, this helpful guide contains practice-tested forms and pattern paragraphs designed to speed drafting.

Illinois Pretrial Practicedelivers quick and reliable answers with its unique outline format, tight writing, superb scholarship, and extensive citations. Its practice-tested forms and pattern paragraphs speed drafting.

This book concentrates on the topics where questions and disputes arise. It devotes pages where you spend time: drafting pleadings, preparing and presenting motions, conducting discovery, resolving discovery disputes, and negotiating settlements. You will find coverage of troublesome matters like: Written Discovery Privileges Motions

Illinois Pretrial Practiceprovides authoritative and direct responses to everyday discovery issues like these: Paper discovery Depositions Other issues

The book's issue-oriented outline format is supported by more than 2,000 citations, more than 125 forms, advice from the bench, recent case-based illustrations, practice-proven strategies, step-by-step procedures, pattern language, and Digital Access to forms. Coverage runs from taking the case up to trial, and includes numerous tips on how to:

•   Avoid and fix mistakes
•   Resolve peripheral disputes
•   Craft better documents
•   Answer ethical questions
•   Process cases efficiently
•   Improve your advocacy

Table of Contents

Taking the Case
Pre-Suit Activities
Statutes of Limitations
Subject Matter Jurisdiction
Personal Jurisdiction
Forum Selection: Venue, Forum Non Conveniens, and Removal
Summons and Service of Process
Motion Practice
Attacking the Pleadings
Temporary Restraining Orders and Preliminary Injunctions
Interlocutory Appeals
All Discovery
Production of Documents and Other Things
Physical and Mental Examinations
Requests for Admissions
Discovery Disputes
Summary Judgment
Default Judgment and Dismissal for Want of Prosecution
Settlement and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Contribution among Joint Tortfeasors