How to Prepare for a Real Estate Closing

Buying your first home can be stressful. You may have looked at several properties with your real estate agent until you found the perfect place. You’ve been working with your lender for weeks to secure the final loan approval. You’re worried that the seller hasn’t made the repairs to kitchen that were promised. But while buying your first home can be stressful, the closing doesn’t have to be. Real Estate Attorney Chance Badertscher has prepared a summary of what to expect on the day of your closing. This primer will prepare you for what should be one of the most exciting days of your life!

  • real estate
  • residential real estate
  • closing
  • mortgage
  • title commitment
  • title company

Legal Considerations for the Family Lake House and Vacation Home Co-Ownership

It’s easy to look back at the summer that was and reminisce about the great times shared with loved ones at the family lake house or vacation abode. Life is good! What a great summer! But as the season changes and the reality of family dynamics sets in, the owner (or child or other relative of the owner) may think about more practical considerations for future years. “How will the next generation view this family residence?” “Who will be in charge when I can no longer shoulder the weight?” “Will this good feeling and family cooperation last forever?” Many of these questions and uneasy feelings can be settled through open communication, clear rules, and legal structures and documents that govern the arrangement. In this podcast, attorney Ryan Gardner explores various considerations from a legal perspective as it relates to the family vacation home and co-ownership of real property.

  • estate planning
  • lake house
  • vacation home
  • co-ownership
  • family
  • management

Settlement Agreements

During this podcast, attorney Matthew Sheahin provides an overview of the way most business litigation cases are resolved. He explains settlement agreements and discusses them from both the plaintiff’s point of view as well as the defendant’s perspective.

  • settlement
  • release
  • default provision
  • retain jurisdiction
  • enforcement
  • confidentiality

Prosecuting Criminal Laws – On Whose Authority?

In this podcast, criminal defense attorney James Doerr focuses on the history, codification, and enforcement of criminal laws in Illinois.

  • constitutional law
  • common law
  • statutory law
  • codification of laws
  • illinois constitution
  • illinois compiled statutes
  • case law


On September 5, 2017 Acting Secretary of The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Elaine C. Duke, issued a memorandum rescinding the June 15, 2012 memorandum under the Obama administration entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children,” which established the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). In this podcast, immigration attorney Vishal Chhabria explains the consequences on current DACA recipients, DACA recipients whose status is set to expire over the next 6 months, and individuals who were otherwise eligible to apply for DACA but had not yet submitted an application. Additionally, legislation currently in Congress which may provide relief to "Dreamers" (those eligible to apply for DACA) is discussed.

  • DACA
  • deferred action
  • USCIS form I-765
  • work authorization
  • social security number
  • advance parole
  • deportation
  • removal
  • dreamers

Snappy Answers to Common Traffic Questions

In this podcast, criminal defense attorney James Doerr answers frequently asked traffic questions. Topics covered range from petty traffic offenses to class A misdemeanor speeding violations.

  • speeding violations
  • assigned court dates
  • petition for hearing
  • convictions
  • court supervision
  • prosecutorial discretion
  • petty offenses
  • misdemeanors
  • dismissed tickets

Lavelle Consulting – Maximizing Stability, Growth and Profits for Your Law Firm

Kerry Lavelle, author of The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm, discusses the new law office consulting group at Lavelle Law. Over more than two decades, Lavelle managed a successful law firm that grew from a single attorney to more than 25 across more than a dozen practice groups. In this podcast, he discusses the process he uses in helping other law firms achieve greater success and improved financial standing. Lavelle Consulting offers law firm audits, evaluations of operations such as billing, lead generation and hiring practices, partner retreats, cash flow management, M&A and more.

  • law office consulting
  • governance
  • maximizing profits in a law office
  • law firm cash flow
  • law firm mergers

Uncontested Divorce

Although it is not for everyone, an uncontested divorce can be a viable option under certain conditions. It can save you time and money, and avoid a prolonged discovery process. In this podcast, family law attorney Colleen Hurley explains how this process works and the benefits of an uncontested divorce.

  • divorce
  • uncontested divorce
  • cheap divorce
  • amicable parties
  • terms of divorce

Covenants in Employment Agreements

When negotiating an employment agreement, or when terminating someone’s employment, whether that employee is bound by restrictive covenants, such as covenants not to compete and prohibitions on solicitation, often becomes an issue. In this podcast, attorney Joshua Nesser discusses the typical restrictive covenants, Illinois law with respect to the enforceability of these covenants, and how employers and employees should go about handling these covenants.

  • non-compete
  • non-solicitation
  • restrictive covenant
  • employment agreement
  • employment termination

Mandatory Commercial Arbitration in Law Division: Parties Beware!

As of October 1, 2016, Mandatory Arbitration is now required for commercial cases assigned to the Commercial Calendar Section of the Law Division. There are various requirements for ensuring your arbitration is successful. Attorney Jennifer Burt Tee explains the commercial arbitration process.

  • arbitration
  • law division
  • rejection
  • award
  • waiver
  • mandatory
  • commercial