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Independence Day

Fourth of July is right around the corner. It’s a day filled with fireworks, parades, BBQ, and just lots of fun with family and friends! Take a minute to recall what we are really celebrating – the independence of this great country. What does independence mean to you? For most of us, it means we are in charge of our own lives. We make our own decisions – good or bad, right or wrong. We can do what we want, when we want, and with whom we want (within the limits of the law, of course). It also means that you can choose who will m...Read More
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TOP TEN BASICS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – DO YOU KNOW THEM? IS YOUR IP PROTECTED?

(PART OF AN ON-GOING IP SERIES FOR BUSINESS OWNERS)   Business Owners know that Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology are daily realities and aspects in our modern business world today. Each Business Owner needs to be aware of what IP is and the different forms of protections available to ensure it has obtained the proper protections for its business and also, does not risk infringing or misappropriating a third party’s IP rights. The following Top Ten List provides Business Owners basics on what IP is and what protections...Read More
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ESTATE PLANNING MISCONCEPTIONS AND MISTAKES – PART 2

Last month, we started listing the Top Ten Most Common Misconceptions and Mistakes that people make in estate planning. Over the years, our clients have shared with us what they have heard and what they understand to be the law and believe to be good planning for their disability and death. This information comes from the Internet, television, newspaper or magazine articles, and friends or family members (some of whom may even be lawyers). One problem with gathering information this way is that, while the information may be correct, what ma...Read More
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EXEMPT OR NON-EXEMPT: HOURLY EMPLOYEES AND NON-COMPETES

On January 1, 2017, a new law regulating the use of non-compete agreements between hourly employees and employers took effect. The Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the “Act”) prohibits private employers from requiring “low-wage employees” to sign non-compete agreements. The Act applies to all agreements entered into by the parties after January 1, 2017. Any such, which violates the Act, will be considered to be “illegal and void” and the courts will refuse to enforce it. However, the Act does not apply retroactively; it does not ap...Read More
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