BLOGS

SIMPLE WILL UPDATES MAY NOT BE ENOUGH

It happens all the time. Clients call to book and appointment for a “simple Will update”. Maybe you have a Last Will and Testament (a “Will”) that you signed 15 years ago when your kids were little. Perhaps you created Revocable Living Trusts when the estate tax laws were much different than they are today. It could be that your Health Care and Property Powers of Attorney were signed before Illinois made substantial changes to these forms, and they may not include any additional powers or instructions that could help if you are inca...Read More
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SUMMER’S OVER—TIME TO PLAN!

Labor Day Weekend is behind us – Those lazy summer days are over and those beautiful summer evenings are numbered.  If you have school-age children, you’re back to early mornings, helping with homework, and shuffling them to and from after-school practices and activities.  If you don’t have young children, the yellow buses on the roads and Friday night lights remind you that school is back in session.  It’s that time of year where life is back on schedule.  We have cooler nights and the promise of fall colors, pumpkin patches an...Read More
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August 1st is Respect for Parents Day.

There may or may not be a Hallmark card for this, but this is something in which we should all partake. If you are fortunate enough to have parents in your life (yes—this includes your in-laws if you’re married!), it is important to watch out for them, as they did for you when you were growing up.  As your parents age, they may need more help understanding what their doctors are telling them, remembering to take their medication, getting around to buy groceries and visit their doctors and friends, pay their bills and navigate throug...Read More
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IP – INTANGIBLE BUT EVERYWHERE

Intellectual Property (IP) – What is it? Where is it? Can you identify it? Do you have any? Are you using another’s? Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC has recently offered blogs, articles, and webinars on the topic of IP. As IP is a part of our everyday lives, business owners need to recognize IP and implement protections and procedures in order to ensure the business: (i) is identifying and protecting its IP assets; and/or (ii) is preventing any unauthorized use or infringement of another party’s IP (such can happen either intention...Read More
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UPDATE – COOK COUNTY MINIMUM WAGE/SICK LEAVE ORDINANCE

Who is in? Who is out? As of 10/9/17 Opt In Opt Out PENDING City of Chicago Barrington Hills Bedford Park (minimum wage only) Berwyn Cicero (sick leave only) Countryside Deerfield Dixmoor (sick leave only) Evanston Franklin Park (sick leave only) Glencoe Kenilworth LaGrange McCook Northfield Oak Park Palos Hills Skokie Winnetka Alsip Arlington Heights Barrington Bartlett Bedford Park (sick leave only) Bellwood Bensenville Berkeley Blue Island Bridgeview Brookfield Buffalo Grove Burb...Read More
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