Podcasts

- Sep 11, 2014

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Whether you are going through a divorce and fighting over custody of your dog Snoopy, or you let your pet sit on your lap while you drive, or you purchased a new puppy that is deemed “unfit” by a veterinarian, there are things you need to know about your rights, your pets rights and protections, and laws protecting others from your pet.  This podcast will provide a broad overview regarding pet laws in Illinois. 

- Sep 9, 2014

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Leverage is key when negotiating with global corporations and most small contractors are surprised at how much negotiation can take place in their favor.  This podcast with Busienss Law attorney at Lavelle Law, James Voigt, will discuss strategies you can use to leverage your small business against global corporations.

- Aug 26, 2014

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This podcast with Steve Migala discusses judicial dissolution of Illinois corporations under Article 12 of the Illinois Business Corporation Act.

- 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

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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.

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- Aug 18, 2014

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As our loved ones age, many factors such as physical illness, diminishing mental capacity, and dementia can make them vulnerable to neglect, abuse, and exploitation by caregivers, family members, or others.  There are a number of Illinois laws and mechanisms in place to prevent and respond to these types of elder abuse.  In this podcast with Heather Walser of Lavelle Law, we will explore:  (1) the options available to help prevent these types of elder abuse, and (2) the steps you should take if you suspect that a friend or loved one has been the victim of elder abuse.

- Jul 16, 2014

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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

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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

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