Podcasts

- Aug 18, 2014

The decision to file bankruptcy can be a difficult and emotional experience for any person.  With that decision comes a flood of unanswered questions and doubts when it comes to assessing debts and liabilities to be covered by the bankruptcy.  One of the most commonly asked questions is whether or not student loans can be discharged in a bankruptcy.  To learn more, listen to this podcast with Timothy Hughes of Lavelle Law.

- Aug 18, 2014

While the victims of violence may think they have limited to no options for protection, the court system offers a variety of options for protection. This podcast with Amil Alkass of Lavelle Law will explore protections and remedies available to victims of abuse, domestic violence, and stalking

- Aug 18, 2014

Selling your home can be a daunting prospect. There are a number of risks involved as well as complicated and intimidating sales contracts.  In this podcast with Courtney Kleshinski, find out what happens after you sign the home sale agreement and how an attorney can help you navigate the process.

- Aug 18, 2014

3.5MB

Small claims court has many different rules and procedures than other courts. It has many more of the elements “as seen on tv,” as very little is documents or correspondence is exchanged between attorneys, or the plaintiff and defendant. Usually attorneys are retained on a flat fee basis, and work is not performed hourly. Discovery rarely happens because the court wants to keep everything moving. A defendant does not even need to file an answer or disclose witnesses in small claims court. If a defendant chooses not to file an answer, the court will assume all allegations are denied. You are allowed to file additional pleadings, such as a counterclaim, but must ask the court for leave to file it. Many surprises can happen the day of trial, since both sides are uncertain as to who will be called as a witness and what evidence will be presented. Both parties will see all documents each side will offer up for the first time at trial. All rules of evidence do apply in small claims court, but in order to enhance efficiency, the court and counsel are usually more relaxed on objections when a witness is testifying or when a document is being requested to be admitted into evidence. Although small claims court is in the same court as all other litigation, it truly has its own policies and procedures.

  • small claims court
  • litigation

- Jul 16, 2014

3.5MB

Everyone’s estate planning needs are different, but everyone needs an estate plan.  Estate planning does not only involve putting together a will which leave gifts to friends and family upon your death.  An equally important component of completing an estate plan is creating powers of attorney that name individuals to make financial and medical decision on your behalf while you are alive but unable to act.  A comprehensive and appropriate estate plan ensures that your wishes are followed during life and after death.  This podcast with Estate Planning attorney Brian Warens of Lavelle Law will explain the importance of a well rounded estate plan and how to use one properly.

- Jul 8, 2014

3.5MB

People often think about a divorce as dividing up the assets in a marriage. However, divorce is also about the allocation of marital debts, including mortgage loans, home equity loans, pension loans, credit card debts, and the like. This podcast with Kristina Regal of  Lavelle Law, Ltd. explores the options for allocating debts in a divorce.

Read more: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lavellelaw/2014/07/08/how-are-mutual-debts-divided-in-a-divorce#ixzz37fjCqNuQ

- Jul 3, 2014

3.5MB

Mechanics liens can be a powerful tool for those performing services on a person’s home or a commercial building – what do you need to know about them?  This Podcast with Lance Ziebell of Lavelle Law will explore mechanics liens and teach you all you need to know.

- Jul 1, 2014

3.5MB

In recent years, it seems that the Illinois Department of Revenue has significantly increased its collection efforts against taxpayers. One way it has done this is by initiating more audits, which usually relate to income, sales, or employment taxes. Many times as a result of these examinations, IDOR will propose significant adjustments against taxpayers that may result in substantial tax liabilities. If the taxpayers are not able to come to an acceptable resolution with their auditors, their only choice may be to contest the auditors’ findings through an administrative hearing. Because these hearings involve complex legal procedures, it is imperative that taxpayers have adequate legal representation to protect and preserve their rights and to advocate on their behalves.  This Podcast with Josh Nesser of Lavelle Law will explore IDOR Hearings and offer clarity on their purpose.

  • Illinois Department of Revenue
  • IDOR
  • audit
  • administrative hearing
  • ALJ
  • tax tribunal
  • informal conference board

- Jun 18, 2014

3.5MB

Maintenance in Illinois divorce is a complicated issue for the courts to decide. Many common questions include: What factors are used to assist the court in determining maintenance?  Is maintenance set like child support is? The questions and more will be answered in this podcast with family law Attorney Jenét Pequeno.  Tune in to learn what factors the court uses when it comes to determining maintenance in a divorce proceeding.

  • Maintenance
  • Illinois
  • divorce
  • Alimony
  • Factors
  • Termination of Maintenance

- Jun 11, 2014

3.5MB

In the past several years – the use of social networking has exploded.  While much of the technology provides incredible opportunities for businesses – there are also potential legal pitfalls for employers.  Employers and employees need to be aware of the disadvantages of participating in social networking in the workplace.  This podcast with Kelly Anderson of Lavelle Law, Ltd. will outline those disadvantages and offer insight to employers on what to expect.

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