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CDC Issues Eviction Moratorium through December 31, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has implemented a nationwide eviction moratorium on all residential rental units. In summary, the CDC Moratorium applies to: Any tenant, lessee, or resident of a residential property who provides to their landlord, the owner of the residential property, or other person with a legal right to pursue eviction […]

Constructive Notice

The Appellate Court ruled to uphold constructive notice precedent in a recent case titled Tafoya-Cruz v. Temperance Beer Co., 2020 IL App (1st). The case brought by plaintiff Jorge Tafoya-Cruz alleges a slip and fall in the bathroom at Temperance Brewing Company in Evanston, Illinois. A summary judgment was entered in favor of Temperance Brewing […]

Liability Protection – You Have Been Warned

We have recently seen plenty of funny signs emerging during the COVID pandemic about mask wearing. Even before that, some businesses exercised a certain sense of humor when warning customers about potential dangers in store. It begs the question though. Are those signs actually useful? A court ruling proves they just might be. In the […]

Judge rules that Pritzker can block evictions during pandemic

Judge John C. Anderson joined other judges who have upheld Pritzker’s authority to govern the State of Illinois through the COVID-19 pandemic by recently ruling in favor of Pritzker’s eviction moratorium during the pandemic regardless of the economic devastation caused to landlords. The lawsuit was brought on my landlords in the Chicago suburbs and Rockford […]

Richard Warner Obtains Significant Victories for both “Big” and “Little” Clients

Attorney Richard Warner has successfully advocated for a Multi-Billion Dollar Investment Firm related to its former ownership of a sky-scraper at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Upper Wacker Drive in Chicago, on the site of the Old Fort Dearborn, that had undergone a major re-model. The construction negligence case was brought by the Building […]

What Are Advance Health Care Directives in Illinois?

If you become too ill to speak for yourself, advance directives can tell what kind of medical decisions you would prefer and even appoint someone to speak and act on your behalf. Advance directives let you make decisions now for how you would like to be treated in the future. In Illinois, you may make […]

Protect Your Loved Ones with an Estate Plan

An Estate Plan is a compilation of legal documents that will turn critical in the case you become incapacitated or pass away. Creating an Estate Plan is usually low on a to-do list, because no one likes to think of their last days or any potential incapacitations. While it may be difficult to stop and […]

COVID-19 Workers Compensation Coverage for Essential Employees

An emergency rule has been added to Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act [820 ILCS 305] and to the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act [820 ILCS 310] on April 13, 2020.  This emergency rule allows essential employees who become sick with COVID-19 to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits for their illness. The emergency rule is in place for a […]

What is a Mechanic’s Lien?

The purpose of a Mechanic’s Lien is to ensure that contractors and subcontractors who work on a real estate improvement project are paid for the labor, materials, and/or machinery they have provided to that project. The Illinois Mechanics Lien Act (770 ILCS 60/0.01, et seq.) governs Mechanics Liens in Illinois. This Act allows contractors and/or […]

Force Majeure

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact businesses throughout the nation, many of our clients are seeking input on basic contract related issues. The effect of force majeure provisions in contracts and the applicability of business interruption insurance are two of the most commonly asked questions. What is force majeure? “Force majeure” translates literally as […]

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