March 26, 2020

Congress Requires New COVID-19 Employment Poster

Congress Requires New COVID-19 Employment Poster Congress and the President recently enacted and signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, giving paid leave to employees of small businesses dealing with coronavirus-related issues. As part of that Act, employers must now also post a flier at their businesses that […]
March 20, 2020

Your Business Insurance May Contain Interruption Coverage You Can Use During COVID-19

Your Business Insurance May Contain Interruption Coverage You Can Use During COVID-19 Most entrepreneurs have general liability insurance coverage for problems that arise during the operation of their businesses. This is often used for situations such as a fire or flood at your office, or if someone gets injured on […]
March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Results in Recent Changes to Unemployment Rules

COVID-19 Results in Recent Changes to Unemployment Rules In these surreal times, many employers are faced with the difficult decision to terminate their otherwise loyal and hard-working employees. And employees are faced with the decision to stay at work, or quit to care for themselves or their loved ones. The […]
March 20, 2020

How “Force Majeure” Clauses Will Affect Your Business During COVID-19

How “Force Majeure” Clauses Will Affect Your Business During COVID-19 Do you know if your contracts contain a “force majeure” clause? If not, you could be missing out on some large protections for your business during local and national emergencies. What is a “force majeure” clause? Force-majeure clauses are fairly […]
March 20, 2020

What the Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act Means for Your Business

What the Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act Means for Your Business On March 18, 2020, Congress passed and the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Among other things, there are two provisions providing paid leave to employees forced to miss work because of the COVID-19 outbreak: […]
December 5, 2017

Using Your Estate Plan to Leave Funds to a Minor

How to Effectively Use Your Estate Plan to Leave Funds to a Minor In a previous post (here), we described the problems associated with just leaving assets to a minor directly. Usually this happens through a will or trust or–more likely–as a designated beneficiary on some kind of investment account. […]
October 3, 2017

So You Want to Be a Chicago Landlord?

It’s not uncommon for us to receive calls from our DuPage and Chicago clients saying they are considering purchasing an investment property, and wondering what they should think about before doing so. Here are some tips that might be helpful. These are focused primarily on residential leases, but apply as […]
December 28, 2016

New Illinois Laws for 2017

New Illinois Laws for 2017 The following are some of the new laws passed by the Illinois legislation and signed into law for 2017. HB 5913 – Requires licensed plumbers to complete 4 hours of continuing education each year HB 4562 – Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to increase […]
September 28, 2016
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What Businesses Should Know About Illinois Powers of Attorney

What Businesses Should Know About Illinois Powers of Attorney Illinois Powers of Attorney for Businesses and Entrepreneurs Powers of Attorney (POAs) are very important tools in your toolkit when planning for your future and helping family members prepare for theirs. They are also important for business owners to use as […]
September 28, 2016

Illinois Freedom to Work Act Restricts Non-Competes for Some Low Wage Workers

Illinois Freedom to Work Act Restricts Non-Competes for Some Low Wage Workers Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (Public Act 099-0860). The Act prohibits private sector employers from entering into non-compete restrictions with “low-wage employees” and renders any such agreements “illegal and void.” […]
September 27, 2016

Selecting a DuPage County Real Estate Attorney

Selecting a DuPage County Real Estate Attorney Five Traits To Look For In A Real Estate Attorney When buying or selling real estate in Illinois—whether it’s a simple residential closing or a complex commercial transaction—it’s important to have a good real estate attorney on the team.  That piece of advice […]
June 7, 2015

L&W Attorneys Interviewed for Recent Podcasts

Our attorneys were recently featured on two separate podcasts First, the firm was re-introduced to Glen Ellyn by Meredith Hannah of the Economic Development Office in its podcast, The Glen Ellyn Experience. Then, Charles was interviewed by Jim Kendall of the Business Owners Pod Talk about Why Your Business Might Need an […]
June 6, 2015

Good Exculpation Clauses Can Limit Your Liability

Good Exculpation Clauses Can Limit Your Liability If you rely on exculpation clauses to protect your business from liability, better make sure they are written correctly. Recently, the Illinois Appellate Court was faced with a case where the Plaintiff, while working out with hand weights at a fitness club, was […]
June 4, 2015
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“Perpetual” Contracts May Actually Be Terminable “At Will”

“Perpetual” Contracts May Actually Be Terminable “At Will” Be careful how your “perpetual” contracts are written or they could really be terminable “at-will.” The general rule in Illinois is that a contract “without a fixed duration” that does not clearly lay out an event that ends the business relationship—in other […]
June 2, 2015

Wake-up Call to Employers About Unemployment Laws

Wake-up Call to Employers About Unemployment Laws A recent Illinois appellate court case reemphasises what employers need to do to oppose an unemployment claim. An employee was found by his supervisor asleep on duty as a security guard at O’Hare airport. The employer terminated the employee and the employee filed […]
June 1, 2015
Business and Commercial Law

Not All Debts Are Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

Not All Debts Are Dischargeable in Bankruptcy A debtor may not be able to discharge debts incurred through its agent’s fraud. The Federal Court for the Northern District recently reiterated that not all debts are dischargeable in bankruptcy. It has long been true that debts procured by way of fraud are barred […]
March 2, 2015

Be Careful Making a DIY Estate Plan

Be Careful Making a DIY Estate Plan Doing your estate plan on your own can lead you to lose protections you don’t even know you had. Jake and Laurie were married when they purchased their home in Wheaton. Knowing that they purchased the home as their primary residence, their attorney […]
February 11, 2015

Tenancy by the Entirety Available to Trusts

Tenancy by the Entirety Available to Trusts You can still have the protection of tenancy by the entirety even if your home is in a trust. Illinois allows spouses to hold their primary residence by what is called “tenancy by the entirety.” Like joint tenancy, tenancy by the entirety allows […]