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An amendment to the Illinois Power of Attorney Act is headed to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. It contains some important modifications for both estate planning attorneys and those executing powers of attorney enabling their agents to make health care decisions on their behalf.

Some of the highlights (or lowlights depending on your view of...

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As the nation pauses from its busy routine to celebrate the signing of a piece of paper- the contents of which contain the collective ideals of...

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Cloud Computing is on the rise as a way for companies- specifically, law firms to manage data.  Like any new technology, cloud computing doesn’t come without risks, and a recent surge in data breaches at some of the country’s largest companies has understandably left many a bit wary about sharing personal or sensitive data electronically.  

As a company that lives by the motto of “Redefining the Law Office”, at The Virtual Attorney, cloud computing is one of the foundations that enables the firm to provide convenience and accessibility to clients and everything related to their...

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There are numerous considerations when contemplating making gifts to minor children. Outright gifts are frowned upon because, under the eyes of the law, children are under a legal disability, which means that they do not have the legal capacity to administer property. That means that a guardian is necessary to hold or manage property for a minor child. Without some planning, it may be necessary for a court to appoint that guardian- a process that may outweigh any benefits of making the gift to a minor child in the first place....

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Every business owner thinks about how his or her company will grow from a small entrepreneurial idea, to a budding business, to something sustainable and long-lasting. Employees are almost certainly part of that process. But, for many small business owners, employment law is a complex web of seemingly endless laws and regulations which can easily trip up even the savviest and cautious business owner leading to unwanted and often costly consequences. So what’s a small business owner to do? Well, a few things come to mind. First, do some research and become familiar with the potential issues...

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LLCs are all the rage these days, but did you know that even without formally forming a business, like an LLC or corporation, you may very well be operating a business without even considering it as a business. For example, do you have an Etsy shop? Cut the neighbors’ lawns around the neighborhood? Sell things on eBay? Babysit? Do freelance writing? If so, you have a business, and it’s called a sole proprietorship. It’s the simplest and by far the most common type of business structure used to start a business, and it...

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