Podcasts

Estate Planning for New Parents

Congratulations! You just had your first (or maybe your second, third, fourth?) child. Exciting times indeed. You work hard, you've saved enough money, you have life insurance; you are ready for this journey. But in the event of your untimely death or disability, who do you want to raise your child? How will your assets and money that will pass to your children be managed? And by whom? All of these unanswered questions can be solved by various estate planning documents. But without these vitally important safeguards, some judge you've never met, or family you don't trust, will make these decisions for you. Instead of leaving it to chance, take charge today to ensure that your wishes are memorialized and followed. In this podcast, attorney Ryan Gardner explains the necessary steps to take to maintain control over your affairs and wishes with respect to your assets, but most importantly, for your children.

  • wills
  • trusts
  • estate planning
  • child
  • children
  • parent
  • life insurance
  • guardian

Claims in Decedent’s Estates

What happens when someone dies and they owe you money? Or, if you are the executor or administrator (representative of the Estate), how will you know who to pay out of the estate to decedent’s creditors? In this podcast, attorney Jennifer Burt explains the specific rules that dictate how and when claims are filed against a decedent’s estate. She also discusses the seven different classes of claims.

  • Probate
  • Claims
  • decedent
  • estates
  • limitation on claims
  • priority
  • classification of claims
  • creditors

Medicaid and Special Needs Planning for the Personal Injury Attorney

In this podcast, attorney Michael Roth provides an overview for personal injury and medical malpractice plaintiff lawyers on spotting issues related to individuals who are injured and low income.

  • medicaid
  • special needs trust
  • obra trusts
  • supplemental security income (ssi)
  • needs based benefits
  • entitlement benefits
  • medicare
  • social security disability income
  • medicaid spend down

The Letter of Intent – They are not all created equal

A letter of intent is a document that is commonly used in connection with a wide range of business transactions. They are used in business sales or lease agreements or loan transactions. They are designed to summarize the major business terms, and create a framework where parties can further evaluate a potential transaction. In this podcast, attorney Ted McGinn discusses why parties need to be careful that the letter of intent use effectively protects their rights.

  • due diligence
  • no shopping
  • letter of intent
  • confidentiality
  • earnest money
  • stock purchase
  • asset transfer
  • merger

Domestic Battery - Basic Information

This podcast, with criminal defense attorney James Doerr, is an introductory discussion into Illinois domestic battery law. The discussion focuses on elements of a domestic battery charge and the fact that a victim may not simply "drop the charges." Orders of Protection is also discussed.

  • domestic battery
  • domestic violence
  • prosecution
  • dismissal of case
  • orders of protection

Defeating Mechanics Liens

A mechanics lien has been filed on your property - now what? In this podcast, attorney Lance Ziebell discusses what a mechanics lien is and the process for removing it from your property.

  • mechanics lien
  • release

What ever happened to custody in Illinois?

The word "Custody" has been removed from the language of Illinois’ Family Laws. "Visitation" has also been replaced. Learn what has replaced these two long standing and long fought after words in Illinois’ massive overhaul of family laws in over 30 years. In this podcast, attorney Pequeno discusses these specific changes.

  • parental responsibilities
  • parenting time
  • custody
  • visitation
  • illinois marriage and dissolution of marriage act of 2015
  • illinois family law changes effective jan 2016

Quarterbacking Your Planning Team

You’ve probably spent considerable time developing plans for accomplishing your financial and estate planning goals, but what have you done to ensure that the plans you’ve set in place will be executed properly? By working in conjunction with a team of advisors, instead of just one, you can take advantage of the specialized knowledge of many professionals instead of relying on the knowledge of just one. In this podcast, attorney Heather Walser and CFP Michelle Smalenberger discuss the who, what, why and when of successful planning teams.

  • planning team
  • fiduciary
  • fee only
  • estate plan
  • financial advisor
  • financial planning

My Tenant Has Not Paid His Rent, What to Do?

You have a lease with a tenant that calls for monthly rental payments of X$s on or before the first of each month. Your tenant calls you to say he can’t make the payment, what do you do? Attorney Timothy Hughes explains your rights and the steps involved with the eviction process.

  • landlord
  • Tenant
  • eviction

Planning for the Guardianship of Minors

Parents usually know the people that they would want to raise their minor children should something happen to the both of them (i.e., guardians); however, they may not know how to memorialize these wishes in a way that courts will recognize after they are gone. If parents do not nominate guardians, default rules govern who may petition the court and be responsible for children and inherited assets – these rules may not conform with parents’ wishes. In this podcast, attorney Brian Warens discusses how to nominate guardians, planning for children’s financial needs, and provides a brief overview of the guardian appointment process.

  • guardianship
  • Probate
  • estate plan
  • wills
  • trusts
  • children

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