What came first: the egg or the estate plan?

Advancements in medical technology continue to solve issues previously thought unsolvable. Two such notable advancements are sperm and egg freezing and in vitro fertilization, which allow couples previously unable to conceive a child to experience the joy of having a child. Nevertheless, these procedures present unique estate planning issues (such as, what happens to the unused genetic material?) In this podcast, Attorneys Brian Warens and Christopher Mackey explain what to do if you plan to freeze your reproductive material.

  • in vitro fertilization
  • embryos
  • Probate
  • estate plan
  • wills
  • trusts
  • children

Domestic Battery - A Primer

In this podcast, defense attorney James Doerr answers some frequently asked questions about domestic battery cases. He discusses basic charges, protected parties, negotiations with prosecution, and trial strategy.

  • domestic battery
  • domestic violence
  • orders of protection
  • misdemeanor
  • felony
  • discovery

Immigration Law Overview and Lavelle Law Practice Group Announcement

Attorney Vishal Chhabria, who heads up Lavelle Law’s Immigration Law practice group, discusses common issues regarding immigration law including: the Green card process for family and employment-based immigration; non-immigrant work visa overview; general considerations for application for naturalization (citizenship).

  • USCIS form I-130
  • USCIS form I-140
  • USCIS form I-129
  • USCIS form N400
  • H visas
  • L visas
  • P visas
  • consular processing
  • adjustment of status

Privacy Issues and Biometrics

Privacy issues have become more complex in the digital world in which we live. In this podcast, attorney Matt Sheahin provides an overview of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act and the current status of major cases filed under the Act.

  • biometrics
  • privacy
  • privacy issues
  • privacy act
  • digital world

Contract Basics – What Every Business Owner Must Know About Contracts

Contracts are used extensively throughout business. And if business owners are not careful, they may end up signing a contract that contains several unfavorable terms. This podcast, with attorney Ted McGinn, is designed to present basic concepts that any business owner can use when reviewing a contract.

  • contract
  • guaranty
  • non-competition provisions
  • breach

Two-Way No-Contact Orders

When people obtain orders of protection, often they find that the Respondent’s attorney wants to dismiss the Order of Protection and instead agree to a two-way no-contact order. In this podcast, Kristina Regal explores the benefits and pitfalls of these alternative orders.

  • order of protection
  • domestic violence
  • domestic abuse
  • court advocates
  • no-contact orders
  • stalking
  • harassment

Discovery Process in Criminal Cases

This podcast, with defense attorney James Doerr, focuses on the discovery process in criminal cases, the tools (Motions for Discovery, Subpoenas) used by defense attorneys to obtain evidence, the evidence review process and ultimately the defenses that arise based upon the review of evidence.

  • motion for discovery
  • subpoenas
  • criminal law
  • felony
  • misdemeanor
  • pre-trial motions
  • evidence

Laws Taking Effect January 1 That May Affect Your Business

In this podcast, attorney Heather Glaser provides a summary of laws that Illinois business owners need to be aware of including changes to non-compete agreements, updates to protected information classifications, felony charges added to returning rental equipment late, more expansive building requirements to increase accessibility to those with disabilities, and more.

  • non-compete
  • Facebook
  • PHI
  • new laws 2017

The Importance of Employee Handbooks

Many employers wonder whether it is important for them to use an employee handbook. Simply put, it is. Handbooks are invaluable tools for both employers and employees. In this podcast, attorney Josh Nesser discusses why handbooks are important, the information that should be included in handbooks, and how handbooks can be misused, among other relevant topics.

  • employer
  • employee
  • handbook
  • labor law
  • at-will employment

Proposed New Tax Regulations for Family-Controlled Businesses

The Treasury Department has proposed new Section 2704 regulations which will severely curtail the use of valuation discounts for transfers of interests in family-controlled businesses. If the proposed regulations go into effect as written, they will have a significant impact on estate planning for owners of family-controlled corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. Estate planning attorneys Brian Warens and Jackie Luthringshausen explain these regulations and what you should do to protect yourself and your business.

  • valuation discounts
  • lack of control discounts
  • lack of marketability discounts
  • 3-year lookback
  • disregarded restrictions
  • applicable restrictions
  • gifting strategy