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

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