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 […]
February 11, 2015
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Illinois Changes the Statutory Power of Attorney for Healthcare

Illinois Changes the Statutory Power of Attorney for Healthcare The Illinois legislature changed the form Power of Attorney for Healthcare. Effective January 1, 2015, the Short Form Power of Attorney for healthcare has been changed. Among the changes in the law are that no health care provider may act as […]
February 11, 2015

Legal Dictionary—Intellectual Property

What is “intellectual property”? Intellectual property is any type of idea, invention, or other tangible or intangible work that is protected by common law or statute. While there are federal laws governing the protection of intellectual property rights, there are also various state protections as well. The three most common categories of […]
February 10, 2015

The Latest Chapter on the Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements in Illinois

The Latest Chapter on the Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements in Illinois New Illinois cases further muddy the waters for enforcement of non-compete agreements. Last year we told you about the case of Fifield v. Premier Dealer Servs., Inc., 993 N.E.2d 938 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist.2013), in which the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District held that, absent other adequate consideration, an at-will employee’s […]
February 10, 2015

Illinois Enacts One of the Strongest Workplace Laws Protecting Pregnant Women and New Mothers

New Illinois statute protects pregnant women and new mothers form workplace discrimination. Effective January 1, 2015, pregnant women and new mothers have sweeping news protections from discrimination in hiring and in the workplace.  In a major shift, the Pregnancy Fairness Law (“Act”), 775 ILCS 5/1-103(L-5), amends the Illinois Human Rights Act […]
November 25, 2014

New Penalties for Wage-and-Hour Violations

New Penalties for Wage-and-Hour Violations Additional penalties for employers who fail to comply with wage payment requirements. A new Illinois law increases the fee amounts for employers ordered to pay unpaid wages to employees.  See Pub. Act 098-0527 (eff. Jan. 1, 2014) (amending 820 ILCS 115/14). The Illinois Wage Payment and […]