Fall 2018 / Volume 16, No. 3

ESTATE PLANNING — BEYOND THE BASIC PLAN DOCUMENTS

Planning for one’s demise or disability is not a favorite human activity. However, even after the will, trust and powers of attorney are finally signed, the estate plan process continues. This article summarizes some of the post-execution matters one should address.

REDUCING COSTS: eDISCOVERY IN SMALL BUSINESS DISPUTES

The Radicati Group estimated that in 2017, the average business user was expected to send and receive 120.4 emails per day./1/ That does not include business text messages, calendar invites, calls, and social media messaging. It’s estimated that humanity doubles the amount of data created every couple of years./2/ Think about that: every two years, we double the digital universe. That’s Big Data.

May 2018 / Volume 16, No. 2

COURT DECISION LIMITS EMPLOYEE MEDICAL LEAVE UNDER ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (the “ADA”) is intended to prevent discrimination against persons with disabilities. Some provisions are well understood. For example, employers know that they cannot terminate an employee who suffers from a disability if the employee can perform the essential functions of the job. Other provisions of the ADA are less clear.

ENFORCEABILITY OF CONFIDENTIALITY PROVISIONS IN CONTRACTS

The Donald Trump/Stormy Daniels legal slugfest has placed the issue of confidentiality
provisions front and center. While not many clients call upon their lawyers to negotiate
hush agreements to cover up personal indiscretions, an enforceable confidentiality provision is a key component in many agreements. Parties have varying motives to keep a contract’s terms hidden from public scrutiny.

March 2018 / Volume 16, No. 1

HOW TO GET AROUND THE NEW TAX LAW’S BARRIERS TO CHARITY

In the recently-passed tax reform bill, Congress raised the standard deduction, which is now $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for married taxpayers filing joint returns.  Due to this increase, many Americans will likely elect to take the standard deduction, as opposed to itemizing their tax deductions. 

ILLINOIS IS BACK IN THE LLC BUSINESS

For years, small business owners in Illinois have lamented about the high fees charged to Illinois limited liability companies (“LLCs”) in formation, annual reports, and other filings.  Especially for individuals with multiple LLCs, such as real estate developers, the costs quickly become significant.