How will the New Eviction Ordinances Affect You?

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While at a standstill, evictions in Chicago have become overwhelmingly complicated. And with these new ordinances and, presumably, more changes ahead, it is essential to stay focused and informed. For more than 25 years, Erwin Law has been helping landlords stay up to date, avoid costly mistakes, delays and penalties, and protect their investments. For thoughtful guidance and counsel during these tumultuous times, call us at 773-525-0153.

What’s the difference between Wills and Trusts?

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  Planning how best to disburse your assets and responsibilities upon your passing can be complicated. With myriad government rules, regulations and nuances, it’s helpful to understand the basics before you begin. Upon death, all your rights and obligations instantly transfer to a legal entity referred to as an ‘Estate.’ Estate Planning, then, involves deciding… Read more »

Is Mortgage Forbearance A Good Option For Me?

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  Post-Shelter-In-Place: A Primer For Landlords – Part 4 in a Four-Part Series The ill-effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent Shelter-in-Place orders are becoming more and more apparent as they continue to trickle further down through our economy. Tenants unable to pay their rent are creating financial hardships for landlords working to pay their… Read more »

What is the best way to work through tenant defaults?

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Working Through Tenant Defaults

 After Shelter-In-Place: A Primer For Landlords – Part Three in a Four-Part Series Shelter-in-Place orders, while certainly prudent, have created financial difficulties for many. And while recent data has shown that tenants have continued to pay their rent at a higher-than-expected rate, forecasts tell us that the worst has yet to come, and that requests… Read more »

Safety AND privacy – How do you find the proper balance?

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  Post-Shelter-In-Place: A Primer For Landlords – Part One in a Four-Part Series We don’t know exactly when the Illinois Shelter-In-Place order will be lifted, but we can, and should, start preparing for it. And while the laws and situations are still changing, here are the most current answers to the most frequently asked questions:… Read more »

Does government-mandated rent relief require just compensation under the takings clause?

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In the residential arena in particular, one common theme of debate has been the impassioned (and sometimes menacing) demands for rent relief in the form of “rent strikes,” and full-on rent forgiveness by landlords. Municipalities have, in varying forms, discussed, considered, even proposed laws requiring that landlords either forgive or defer rent collection. Not surprisingly, landlords have resisted – mainly citing their own mortgage, labor, tax, insurance and other operational costs.

How can I control real estate showings in the shadow of COVID-19?

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Over the course of the past week, we have fielded dozens of requests for clarification on how property owners and homeowner associations can protect themselves from exposure to COVID-19 in the context of real estate showings. Because of the critical importance that social distancing plays in avoiding catastrophic levels of infected citizens overwhelming our medical… Read more »

Our attorneys give (and get you) 110%

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While recently representing a contractor client in a mechanics lien claim, firm Partner Dan Hawkins came away with the best possible outcome: without having to even file a lawsuit, he recovered 100% of the client’s demand, including statutory interest – almost $70,000 – from the property owner.