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A Request for Leave of Two Months is “Too Much” to be Considered as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA in Illinois and Wisconsin.

By | December 10th, 2018|ADA, Blog, Employment Law|

In Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals provided clear guidance that a request for leave of two months or more is “too much” to be considered as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA under any circumstances. Employers often deal with situations in which an employee is temporarily unable to work as [...]

WHERE TO KEEP YOUR IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS?

By | June 19th, 2018|Estate Planning, Small Business, Tips|

Our clients often ask us where to keep their important documents, such as estate planning documents (wills, trusts, and powers of appointment), insurance policies, contracts, and other important financial documents.  The answer to this question often depends on how quickly you need to gain access to such documents.  For instance, without the requisite power [...]

Illinois Reduces Its Limited Liability Companies’ Filing and Reporting Fees

By | December 22nd, 2017|Business Law, Small Business|

Good news!  On December 20th, the Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 867 into law, reducing Illinois' excessive limited liability company's (LLCs) filing and maintenance fees. This law went into effect immediately upon signing, i.e. December 20, 2017. Although Illinois has a long way to go to make this state attractive for small businesses [...]

When was the last time you talked to your parents about their estate planning needs?

By | November 20th, 2017|Estate Planning, Small Business, Uncategorized|

The holidays are quickly approaching and many of you will have a chance to see your parents and, for some of you, your grandparents.  This would be an excellent opportunity to discuss your parents’ future and estate planning needs among the loved ones.  Yet, discussing the retirement plans and estate planning needs with your [...]

How Well Are You Prepared to Manage Your Business Risks?

By | November 19th, 2017|Estate Planning, Small Business, Uncategorized|

Every small business owner is faced with various business risks, whether related to an injury, theft, damage to property, employee discrimination claims, or liability suits.  As much as you plan for success, as a business owner, you must have these risks on your radar.  You should be prepared if and when they materialize. What [...]

FOUR EASY STEPS TO PRESERVE YOUR LEGACY

By | September 8th, 2017|Blog, Estate Planning|

When was the last time you asked yourself - “what would happen if I die or become incapacitated”?  Have you asked yourself - “will my children be protected or will my family be able to easily take over my financial affairs?”  “Will my ex-husband or wife be awarded the sole custody of my children [...]

National Grandparents’ Day – September 10, 2017

By | September 8th, 2017|Blog, Business Structure, Estate Planning|

A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking of my grandparents.  Life after retirement could be hard I thought.  Being alone and old isn’t so much fun.  What if we create a day dedicated to celebrating our grandparents?  A national holiday for everyone to visit their grandparents and make them feel special – a [...]

Illinois Unemployment Insurance – Database Breach

By | June 25th, 2017|Blog, Employment Law, Unemployment|

Another day - another notice of a data breach.  This time, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (the “IDES”) database has been breached. It means that anyone who filed for Illinois unemployment insurance benefits prior to March 2017 is at risk of an identity theft. According to the notice of data breach, “a malicious third [...]

Success of Your Business Often Depends on Your Exit Strategy

By | April 3rd, 2017|Business Law, Business Structure|

Recently, I received a phone call from a good friend of mine, telling me that he is going through a divorce. Although he was expecting an amicable split of his liquid assets and share custody of his minor children, he could not say the same about his business ownership. My client’s divorce is now at risk [...]

Protecting Main Street America-The Brokaw Act

By | January 5th, 2017|Blog, Employment Law, Uncategorized|

Hedge funds have been around for decades, but recently they have seen a sharp increase in popularity. This popularity is due, in part, to the Wall Street’s focus on the investors’ short-term benefits (or “short-termism”) and the lack of oversight over the hedge fund industry. Now, the question is whether the newly proposed Brokaw [...]