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The Supreme Court of Illinois Declares Unconstitutional State Eavesdropping Law

Posted on: April 1st, 2014
Public recordings are no longer criminal and businesses such as telemarketers and insurance companies are no longer implicated by notifying callers that their call may be recorded. ...

Who Should Be Your Successor Trustee?

Posted on: March 4th, 2014
If you have a revocable living trust, you probably named yourself as trustee so you can continue to manage your own financial affairs, but eventually someone will need to step in for you when you are no longer able to act due to incapacity or after your death. The Successor Trustee plays an important role in the effective execution of your estate plan....

Dram Shop Limits Update

Posted on: February 14th, 2014
In order to succeed in a claim against a dram shop, plaintiff must show that: the offender was intoxicated at the time of the occurrence; that defendant is the licensed owner of a business that sells liquor or is a lessor or owner of the premises upon which liquor is sold; the lessor or owner must know that liquors are sold on the property if a named defendant; plaintiff is injured in person or property by an intoxicated person; and the business owner sold or gave alcoholic liquor causing the intoxication of the person...

Providing for Your Parents in Your Estate Plan

Posted on: February 3rd, 2014
If you are part of the baby boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964), you may also find that you are a member of the sandwich generation, with responsibilities to both your parents (now or in the future) and your children. This should change the way you think about estate planning--instead of the traditional approach of how to leave assets to your children and future generations, you may also need to include providing for the previous generation (your parents)....

WHAT THE ILLINOIS PROMPT PAYMENT LAW MEANS FOR YOU

Posted on: January 15th, 2014
Effective January 1, 2014, Illinois Senate Bill 1912 amended the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, specifically, 735 ILCS 5/2-2301. The Act requires settling defendants in “personal injury, property damage, wrongful death or tort actions involving claim for money damages” to tender plaintiff with a release within fourteen days of written confirmation of settlement. ...