Words Matter – The Pitfalls of Using “Please Advise” in Professional Communication

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  When navigating the seas of professional writing, it’s crucial to be mindful of phrasing. A commonly-used phrase, “please advise,” can sometimes, inadvertently, lead to choppy waters. Here’s why you may want to reconsider using it in your professional emails, legal documents, or other correspondences. The Ambiguity of the Ask “Please advise” is a blanket… Read more »

Cheers to 30 Years!

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While most of the communications you receive from Erwin Law are informational or educational in nature, this one’s a bit more personal… 2022 marks Erwin Law’s 30th Anniversary. And I find myself feeling overwhelmed with gratitude. I’ve been blessed with a wildly supportive, very understanding family that has made many sacrifices to ensure the Firm’s success …… Read more »

Evictions: Important Housing Provider Update

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#Eviction Moratorium #Real Estate

Housing providers in Chicago should be aware of a pilot program being initiated by the US Department of Housing in the first half of 2022. The “Right to Counsel” program is designed to ensure low-income tenants will be provided with legal counsel in eviction cases and is being funded, in part, with an $8 million… Read more »

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 »

Important New Restrictions for Suburban Landlords

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Suburban Landlor restrictions

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.

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. 

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 »

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.