Hospital Blood Draws in DUI and Related Cases

This podcast, with defense attorney James Doerr, focuses on recent Illinois appellate cases concerning Fourth Amendment implications of warrantless, non-consensual hospital blood draws for chemical analysis.

  • US constitution
  • fourth amendment
  • DUI
  • blood draw and testing
  • chemical analysis
  • blood and urine test
  • exigent circumstances
  • warrantless search

New Laws in 2018

In this podcast, attorney Heather Glaser provides a summary of new laws in 2018, highlighting those that Illinois business owners should be aware of.

  • new laws
  • entrepreneurs
  • pet divorce

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and what it means for taxpayers in Illinois

In this podcast, tax attorney Timothy Hughes and CPA Dana Davidson discuss the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law December 22, 2017. They not only explain the new tax brackets for both individuals and corporations, but also make recommendations for what Illinoisans can DO NOW before the end of the year. Tim and Dana cover the property tax implications and many other aspects of this new law.

  • tax cuts and jobs act
  • TCJA
  • tax brackets
  • property tax
  • tax deductions
  • SALT
  • child tax credit
  • prepay taxes

Estate Planning for Special Needs Children and Adults

Once a disabled child turns 18, Illinois law considers him or her to be an adult able to make his or her own financial, health care and educational decisions, even if this could not be further from the truth due to the child’s disability. As a parent or concerned family member, there are steps you can take to promote a disabled beneficiary’s continued medical and financial well-being. In this podcast, Attorney Brian Warens discusses how to establish an estate plan for a special needs beneficiary, without jeopardizing the beneficiary’s current or future eligibility for means-tested government benefits, and how you can empower yourself to make decisions on behalf of a disabled adult family member.

  • Special needs
  • guardianship
  • OBRA Trust
  • supplemental needs trust
  • powers of attorney
  • wills
  • estate plan

The Home Inspection Contingency - What does it get you?

No one should make the biggest purchase of their lives without first checking out everything beneath the sparkling façade - which is why the standard Illinois Residential Real Estate Multi-Board 6.1 contract contains an inspection contingency allowing buyers to do just that. But beyond just allowing a home inspection, what does the inspection provision get buyers? Listen in, as attorney Kelly Anderson pulls back the curtain on this important step in real estate transactions.

  • home inspection
  • major component
  • safety hazards
  • minor repairs
  • defects

Year-End Tax Planning

In this podcast, attorney Ted McGinn was joined by Ben Soldinger, CPA and Partner at LJ Soldinger Associates. They discussed year-end tax planning and provided tips and strategies from both tax law and financial planning perspectives.

  • unreimbursed business expenses
  • charitable deductions
  • year end bonuses
  • self employment tax
  • IRS audit
  • IRS appeal
  • Tax Court
  • home office deduction
  • tax planning

Navigating Holidays in a Family Law Case

For many people, seeing holiday decorations again glitter the stores, holiday music hit the airwaves, and holiday greeting cards hit the inbox is at once a signal of excitement and a harbinger of stress. For individuals going through a family law case, these feelings can be even more pronounced. You may be eager to have some designated time to set aside your worries and enjoy time celebrating with those important to you, and you may also be concerned about what changes or roadblocks lie ahead. This may be your first holiday that you celebrate in the unchartered territory of a family law case—if so, listen in, as attorney Colleen Hurley provides advice on how to navigate through the holidays smoothly.

  • divorce
  • divorce during holidays
  • co-parent
  • alternating holiday
  • splitting holiday

DUI Roadblocks – A Discussion

This podcast, with attorney James Doerr, focuses on frequently asked question regarding DUI Roadside Safety Checks. The podcast covers constitutional law decisions, police tactics, and defense strategies.

  • DUI
  • roadside safety check
  • roadblock
  • 4th amendment law
  • seizure
  • constitutional law

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