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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 […]

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) – 29 USC 2601

The FFCRA was signed into law on March 18, 2020 and has many implications for businesses and individuals by providing for Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family Medical Leave. By April 1, 2020, Employers are required to post a notice of employee’s rights in a conspicuous location at work sites, their websites, or send […]

The CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) has now been signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020. The CARES Act has many facets to benefit businesses and individuals. Businesses This Act created a new Small Business Administration loan that provides money with the attractive feature that the amount borrowed may be forgiven […]

What is Litigation? When is it Necessary?

Litigation involves two or more parties trying to solve a legal dispute by means of a lawsuit. Virtually any controversy can turn into litigation. If the matter is brought into the courtroom, there are procedures that need to be followed. Typically, attorneys representing a plaintiff in litigation must investigate a claim prior to filing a […]

Estate Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Do you have an estate plan? We have mentioned in previous articles that estate plans are not just for the wealthy. There are benefits to establishing an estate plan whether you have a family or modest or complicated assets. Even though you may have created an estate plan, it is prudent to regularly review it, […]

Estate Planning and Your Business

If you own a business, you likely know the extensive planning that is involved in operations to ensure the organization is successful. Similar to the time and attention that is devoted to running a successful business, it should come as no surprise that a carefully devised estate plan is crucial to an orderly management of […]

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