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Owner’s Title Insurance: Is It Necessary or Required for Homeowners?

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

While most people are aware of and understand the need for a homeowner’s insurance policy (which covers property damage in the event your house is damaged by fire, flood, theft, etc.), many are unfamiliar with or don’t understand what an owner’s title insurance covers. Is it mandatory in Illinois, and if not, do you… Read More »

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Where Do We Stand With Remote Signature, Witnessing And Notarization Of Legal Documents?

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

The answer is: that’s a good question. Starting in March 2020, Governor Pritzker’s created an Executive Order (No. 2020-14) that authorized remote witnessing and notarization of various documents, including wills, trusts and powers of attorney, provided certain requirements were met.  All the parties had to be on video conference and see each other sign…. Read More »

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How to Make Charitable Giving Part of Your Estate Plan

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

If you are charitably-inclined or if you are looking for ways to minimize income or estate taxes, charitable giving is an important financial and estate planning tool. How to maximize the value of giving will depend on your estate size, the amount and type of assets you want to give, and how to give… Read More »

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Asset Protection Trusts

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

You’ve worked hard to build a nest egg for retirement and to pass on a legacy to your children or other beneficiaries. The recipients did not have to earn the money they will inherit so how do you know if your children will be able to effectively manage money that essentially falls into their… Read More »

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Can You Evict a Tenant That Does Not Have A Written Rental Lease?

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Written leases and rental agreements spell out the rights of landlords and tenants, including when and how landlords can evict tenants. What happens when there is no written lease? Can tenants simply stay on the property forever? Can they be evicted for no reason? Below, our seasoned Illinois residential and commercial real estate attorneys… Read More »

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Things to Know About Forming a Corporation

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Forming a corporation is an exciting step in the life of any budding business, but it requires careful consideration of a variety of factors and jumping through many legal hoops. Below, our seasoned Illinois business law legal team discusses several of the important factors to keep in mind when forming a corporation. Type of… Read More »

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How to Keep Your Business Running During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our daily lives and has had a devastating effect on small businesses across the country. While the light at the end appears to be approaching fast, we are not out of the tunnel just yet. Below, our seasoned Illinois labor and business law attorneys offer… Read More »

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Tax Implications of COVID-19

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Did You (Or Your Accountant) File Your Taxes in Accordance with All Applicable Pandemic Legislation and Rules? There is no shortage of ways in which COVID-19 has affected the everyday lives of Americans. While much of the focus is rightfully on those who have lost their lives from the pandemic and the impact on the… Read More »

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Dundee Rotary Club Announces Latest Round of Scholarships

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

In what may be the best news story of the week, the Dundee Township Rotary announced the award of more than $60,000 in college scholarships to 30 deserving high school graduates. This occasion marks the 40th year of scholarships given by the Rotary through donations from its sponsors. This 40th year of giving is… Read More »

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Questions to Ask a Real Estate Lawyer

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Shopping for a real estate attorney can feel like an overwhelming prospect. How do you find an attorney, let alone pick the firm best suited to handle your matter? Whether you are planning to purchase a piece of commercial property, invest in a building complex, buy a home, or engage in a real estate… Read More »

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