Eviction Update: Time to File?

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Evictions in Chicago are taking longer than ever before – five or six months, at the earliest. If negotiating with your tenant hasn’t been fruitful, you should consider beginning the eviction process immediately. Starting the process shouldn’t keep you from continuing to try and negotiate an amicable termination of the tenancy – in fact, in… Read more »

What is a Revocable Living Trust?

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  A revocable living trust is an entity to which individuals may transfer ownership of certain real or personal property, like a home, a precious family heirloom, an insurance policy or company stock. There are many benefits to creating a revocable living trust. For starters, it gives an individual the ability to establish an asset… Read more »

Important New Restrictions for Suburban Landlords

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The new “Cook County Residential Tenant and Landlord Ordinance” creates hidden pitfalls that all existing landlords, as well as purchasers of multi-units in Cook County (except for Chicago, Evanston and other municipalities with home-rule landlord tenant ordinances), would do well to learn and avoid.

What is an Executor … And Why Do I Need One?

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What's an executor...and why do I need one?

An Executor is an individual selected by you in your Will to administer and settle your estate. The role of the Executor is a crucial one in the probate process, and, therefore, it is vastly important that you established one in your Will. When selecting your Executor, be sure it’s someone you trust – perhaps… Read more »

Eviction Moratorium Update

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Governor Pritzker has again extended the eviction moratorium in Illinois through April 3, 2021. As has been the case over the past few months, Illinois landlords can only initiate the eviction process if: (1) a tenant poses a “direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants or is an immediate and severe risk to the Property” or (2) the tenant is not a “Covered Person” as defined under Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order. 

What Should I Know About Earnest Money?

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What do I need to know about Earnest money?

  If it looks like your client is headed toward litigation over earnest money from a failed deal, understanding the principles of earnest money litigation is key to obtaining the best outcome. When it comes to earnest money, there are two major common misconceptions. Some people think that, if one party defaults, the other party… Read more »

Another big win!

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Erwin Law, led by senior litigation partner Dan Hawkins, prevailed in a hard fought matter in Cook County’s Law Division. A creditor, represented by a large, well respected Chicago firm. sought a personal judgment against our clients. The creditor had credit bid the full amount of its judgment at a judicial sale, which should have… Read more »