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The ABC's of Collecting an Illinois Judgment

So you have a judgment. Now what? In Illinois, you can start collecting on your judgment right after the Judge enters a judgment order and tells you how much money the person you sued (aka the defendant or judgment debtor) owes you.

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Chicago Security Deposit Check List for Tenants

A clear majority of the rental properties in the City of Chicago are governed under the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Act, or, as it is often referred to the "RLTO" or the "CRLTO".

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The Illinois Business Attorney: An Entrepreneurial Spirit

Among the many worries those starting a business in Illinois have, one is finding the right lawyer to help you succeed in the business venture you are undertaking.

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The Illinois Divorce – Who Keeps What?

Divorce is never fun and often the couple who is separating feels like they are losing a lot, but… who gets to keep the flat screen? The cars? The home?

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Should I File? Considerations Prior to Filing a Lawsuit

When someone is owed money and they are unable to collect it, the first option that comes to mind is to sue the debtor. However, one should always analyze whether filing suit is the right option given the situation at hand.

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Six Things Every Chicago Tenant Should Know Regarding Repairs

Illinois landlord tenant law and specifically, the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance ("RLTO" or "CRLTO") is not easy area of the law to navigate if you are not an attorney or a sophisticated property manager given the dense language and lengthy requirements attached to each step of the rental process as it applies to both tenants and landlords.

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Illinois Boat Owners - Is Your New Boat a Floating Lemon?

The purchase of a new water vessel, such as a boat, pontoon, sailboat, or jet ski is as exciting as it sounds, but can be a big financial undertaking (if your reading this, you probably already know that).

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Confession of Judgment Clauses, Do You Have One in Your Contract? Our Contract?

A Confession of Judgment (f/k/a cognovit) is a legal term that refers to a clause in a contract that a party agrees that in the event of a default, the defaulting party agrees to the entry of judgment, without notice or a trial.

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Rethinking the Need for Juries

It happened. I got the notice to serve on a jury. If you ever received a jury summons, you probably had either of these two reactions: (1) yay, I get to do something other than my normal job and get paid, or (2) this is going to be extremely inconvenient and costly.

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The Benefits of A Single-Member Limited Liability Company

The Illinois Limited Liability Act ("LLC") allows for single-member LLC's, as do many states. This is often-times a better option than the unincorporated business model that was often the only option for this type of business formation.

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