Real Estate Brokers, Broker Price Opinions and Comparative Market Analyses

The Illinois Real Estate License Act of 2000 now authorizes real estate brokers to issue Broker Price Opinions (BPOs) and Comparative Market Analyses (CMAs) in connection with the sale or rental of real estate. It also exempts licensed real estate brokers from the Real Estate Appraiser Licensing Act of 2002 when they are issuing BPOs and CMAs for no compensation other than in connection with the sale or rental of real estate. This podcast with attorney Steve Migala explores the legislative changes to this Act as well as BPOs and CMAs generally.

  • real estate broker
  • broker price opinion
  • comparative market analysis
  • real estate license act

TROs and Injunctive Relief

In this podcast, attorney Matt Sheahin addresses the remedies of TRO and Injunctive relief.

  • TRO
  • Securities Law
  • Law Practice Management
  • real estate broker
  • broker price opinion

Does my Child Support Cover Daycare Expenses?

Illinois orders for child support do not cover every expense that your child will incur. How can that be? What if I have my checks garnished each and every time, why and how could I be expected to pay more? People have to be very careful about this and expectations need to be calibrated to be in tune with the Illinois Courts. This podcast details how the judges in Illinois go about making decisions into what expenses the non-custodial parent will have to make in addition to child support. Attorney Pequeno describes what sorts of debts may be incurred and how the court determines amounts that have to be paid for this.  

  • child support
  • Grocery Law
  • Home page
  • equity
  • Food drive page
  • Community Involvement
  • reasonableness

Stripping off a Lien in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

A second mortgage/HELOC lien can be removed from your home in a chapter 13 bankruptcy IF the first mortgage balance is greater than the fair market value of the home. Listen to Attorney Timothy Hughes to learn more about stripping a lien in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy.

  • bankruptcy
  • mortgage
  • chapter 13

What to Expect in Employment Agency Hearings

Hearings with agencies are usually performed with the parties, their attorneys, and the administrative law judge over the phone. Administrative law judges handle issues strictly pertaining to employment and are well versed in rules and cases relating to their particular area of law. Sometimes attorneys are involved and other times clients represent themselves pro se. Generally speaking, an employment hearing is like a mini trial where you will present your witnesses and cross examine the other side’s witnesses. You are able to submit documents which you may wish to enter as evidence in advance to both the judge and opposing party. It helps to have these clearly identified and readily accessible during the hearing, especially considering its telephonic nature. You are usually able to have both a closing and opening statement as well. Do not expect a decision at the conclusion of the telephone conversation. The decision will come in writing and it could take several months before any such decision is rendered. Listen to this podcast with Heidi Kuffel to learn more about what to expect during an employment agency hearing. 

  • Criminal Law
  • Health Law
  • Banking Law
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Employment Law

The “Mature Minor Doctrine,” and what it means to your 16 year-old.

The Mature Minor Doctrine is a common law doctrine created in most states through judicial rulings. The doctrine accepts that an unemancipated minor may possess the maturity to choose or reject a particular health care treatment.  Illinois’ version of the doctrine was created by the 1989 Supreme Court of Illinois decision, In re E.G.  Most recently, the Doctrine was discussed in a Connecticut Supreme Court case where the court unanimously ruled that a 17 year old girl can be forced to undergo cancer treatments against her will. This podcast with attorney Sarah Flohr discusses the Mature Minor Doctrine and how it can affect unemancipated minors in the state of Illinois.

  • Business Law
  • Taxation
  • Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Residential Real Estate

Creation and Maintenance of Trademarks

Intellectual property, such as a trademark, can be a valuable business asset. In this podcast with Courtney Kleshinski, learn the basics about trademarks, including what they protect, how to register and how to maintain trademark protection.

  • trademark
  • Infringement
  • Intellectual property
  • registration
  • trademark protection

Pros and Cons of Discussing your Estate Plan with your Beneficiaries

Many clients wonder if, when, and to what extent they should discuss their estate plan with beneficiaries while they are alive. In this podcast, attorney Brian Warens discusses when and to what extent it is appropriate to have a conversation regarding estate planning with beneficiaries, and the possible consequences to not having the discussion at all.

  • estate plan
  • beneficiaries
  • legatees
  • wills
  • trusts
  • powers of attorney
  • agents
  • trustees
  • executors
  • will and trust contests

What is Alienation of Affection

This podcast addresses the cause of action of Alienation of Affection and the use of this strategy in a divorce proceeding.

  • Alienation of affections
  • divorce
  • cheating
  • affairs
  • infidelity

Can an Order of Protection Get Me Out of my Lease?

Often when people live with a boyfriend or a girlfriend, they sign a lease together. But if the relationship becomes violent, it can be damaging to a person’s credit and finances to try to get out of the lease. This podcast with Kristina Regal explores what rights tenants have when they seek the protection from the courts for domestic violence.