Three Keys to a Successful Deposition

  • Speak only to what you know. Do not guess. Do not fabricate. If you do not remember, say so.
  • Stay calm. Breathe. It is easy to let nerves, anxiety and anxiousness to make the deposition much harder than it needs to be.
  • Listen attentively to the questions being asked. Most questions require a simple yes or no response. Fight the urge to say more. Even if you think a yes or no answer may not provide a complete explanation of circumstances surrounding the question or your answer. At the end of the deposition your attorney will get the opportunity to ask you questions to give you the chance to expand on your answer.

Real Estate Closings

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Constant care and attention. Even the simplest real estate transactions require it. Our dedicated staff and experienced attorneys, assure that your sale or purchase of your real estate is handle with expertise and a personal touch. With over 6,000 closed transactions we can assure you of the best legal representation. Contact us with any questions. Or just simply put our firm’s name on your contract and ask your agent to send it to our office. We will gladly assist property owners selling “by owner.”

Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident?

Vehicle accident injuries coming in all shapes and sizes. From the most catastrophic. To lesser injuries such as a sore neck and achy muscles. The critical element in receiving compensation for your injuries is to make sure that you are fully aware cognizant of your rights and understanding the best course of action to secure the maximum compensation. If you have been injured in a car accident please contact our offices for a free consultation. Call (773) 407-2100

Representing Buyers and Sellers in Real Estate – Trust our Proven Team of Lawyers and Staff

Whether you are buying or selling, commercial or residential, anywhere in the metropolitan Chicago area, speak with us to get sophisticated legal counsel as you pursue a successful outcome. Call (773) 407-2100 to schedule a consultation or ask your realtor to put our firm information on the appropriate page of your purchase/sale contract!!!

Charitable Contributions for Ukraine

Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many Americans have been interested in contributing money or supplies to the humanitarian efforts underway. Some may even consider starting up their own non-profit charitable organizations for such purposes. While this may be a noble cause, it is extremely important to ensure that your non-profit charity complies with all laws and regulations at both the Federal and State level, including tax-exempt status. Failure to follow the rules and guidelines set forth by the IRS may result in the loss of 501(c)(3) or tax-exempt status and can cause several tax issues for both the charity and its directors.

Additionally, most states require charitable organizations to register with both the secretary of state as a foreign, or domestic corporation, and with the applicable state agency overseeing charitable organizations. Consequently, it is critical that organizers of these types of establishments ensure they are properly registered with the applicable state agency and that they continue to file annual reports.

While contributing to humanitarian efforts or other charitable causes are important parts of a well-functioning society, it is even more important to ensure such activities are in accordance with the law to avoid negative tax consequences and protect the future of the charity. Before starting a charitable organization for these, or any other important purpose, we recommend that you speak to an attorney to ensure that these rules and regulations are followed and all other requirements under the law are met.

“Dead Mans Act” in Illinois Limits Admissibility of Statements by Deceased Persons

In Bramlett v. Vandersand, 2020 IL App (5th), the mother-in-law asked plaintiff to check on a malfunctioning light switch located outside her house. The plaintiff asked her to turn off the power connected to the light switch from inside the house. The decedent, who was battling advanced cancer, forgot and the plaintiff endured an electrical shock and fell from his ladder. Ultimately, the Court affirmed that barring the “Statement Under Oath” by claiming protections from the Dead-Man’s Act was an invalid argument and could not be made against plaintiff’s negligence action suit. The mother-in-law passed away shortly after the lawsuit was originally filed, leaving the executor as the party defendant.

Diversity in College Admissions Before the United States Supreme Court

On January 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College. The Court consolidated SFFA v. Harvard with SFFA v. University of North Carolina because both lawsuits are being brought by the SFFA and seek to reverse the Court’s 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003), upholding narrowly tailored, race-conscious measures to promote diverse student bodies in colleges and universities. The Court has extended the briefing schedule, and merits briefing will be completed this summer, with oral argument early in the October 2022 Term.