- Jan 27, 2015


The Taxpayer Advocate Service, an ombudsman for the IRS, is responsible for assisting taxpayers in resolving certain problems with the IRS, including financial hardships, significant costs and delays, and lack of communication from the IRS. The Advocate presents an annual report to Congress identifying systemic problems that exist within the IRS and, to the extent possible, proposing changes in its administrative practices and identifying potential legislative changes that may mitigate such problems. This podcast with attorney Joshua Nesser will discuss the Advocate’s 2015 report and how it will affect taxpayers.

  • IRS
  • Taxpayer Advocate
  • Congress
  • taxpayer bill of rights
  • tax
  • penalties

- Jan 21, 2015


If you are considering filing a lawsuit or have been named as a defendant in a pending litigation case, it is important to be aware of alternative methods to resolve the conflict besides trial.  Mediation and arbitration are alternative ways to resolve lawsuits – This podcast with Lance Ziebell will explore both alternatives, explaining each, how they work and the benefits.

- Jan 13, 2015


Not every business benefits from corporate or LLC protection.  Tune in for this podcast with James Voigt of Lavelle Law to find out whether your business model actually gains a tangible benefit from incorporation or forming an LLC.

- Jan 6, 2015


Black's Law Dictionary defines "Expungement of record" as the "Process by which record of criminal conviction is destroyed or sealed from the state or Federal repository."  This podcast with James Doerr of Lavelle Law will be to provide the listener with a brief overview of the expungement process in Cook County.  We will cover the legal benefits of expungement, the cases that are eligible to be expunged, the legal standards the presiding judge will use in deciding whether or not to grant the petition, the discretion the judge has in this process, the treatment of felony versus misdemeanor cases, and the general filing process that must be followed in the filing of these petitions with the Circuit Clerk of Cook County. 


  • Petition To Expunge
  • felony
  • misdemeanor
  • DUI
  • Criminal Record
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Background Search
  • Pardon
  • Executive Clemency

- Dec 30, 2014

As of May 20, 2014, all corporations at administrative hearings must be represented by counsel.  Previously individuals could represent corporations, LLC’s, entities, etc. at administrative hearings.  A common administrative hearing relates to an overweight truck violation.  This podcast with Jennifer Burt will discuss overweight truck violations and how our office can be of assistance in appearing on your behalf. 

  • overweight
  • violation
  • truck
  • vehicle
  • administrative
  • hearing
  • attorney
  • representation
  • corporation

- Dec 16, 2014


Employers are not the only ones demanding social media passwords – schools are doing so too.  There has been lots of media attention about this – resulting in a surge of legislative activity on the issue.  In Illinois, a new law went into effect this year allowing school officials to have access to passwords to students’ social media accounts in certain situations.  The concern, of course, is how this impacts a student’s right to privacy under the Constitution and state laws.  This podcast with Kelly Anderson will explore the new law and how it could affect your children.

- Dec 10, 2014


The business judgment rule is a presumption that directors of a corporation or those who manage other entities make business decisions on an informed basis, in good faith, and with the honest belief that the course taken was in the best interest of the entity.  This podcast with Steven Migala explores the business judgment rule and explains its meaning and significance to those who serve as directors of corporations and who manage limited liability companies.

  • directors
  • managers
  • breach of fiduciary duty
  • duty of care
  • business judgment rule

- Dec 1, 2014


You’ve probably heard about the benefits of the different types of trusts that can be created in estate planning.  But your work isn’t done just because you’ve finalized and signed your trust.  For a trust to function property, it must be “funded.”  But what does it mean to “fund” a trust, and why is the funding process so important?

  • estate planning
  • revocable trusts
  • living trusts
  • ILIT
  • life insurance trust
  • trust funding

- Nov 18, 2014


The decision to divorce your spouse is not one taken lightly by the parties involved.  Filing for a divorce can quickly become a complicated and confusing ordeal, especially when children are in the mix.  Another complication that could arise is a “missing” spouse.  The court allows for these types of divorce, called a default divorce.  If you have questions about or have considered a default divorce, listen to this podcast with Heidi Kuffel of Lavelle Law to learn more. 

- Nov 18, 2014


Taxpayers who owe money to the IRS should try to actively resolve their debt.  The IRS has many options from Offers in Compromise to Installment Agreements designed in order provide taxpayers with a fresh start.  If you currently have extensive tax debt and feel that you would benefit from the relief offered by the IRS, tune in to this podcast with Timothy Hughes of Lavelle Law to learn more about the options available to reduce or eliminate your tax debt. 

  • IRS Tax Liability
  • Offer in Compromise
  • abatement of taxes
  • tax debt
  • IRS collections


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