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Jul
18
2016
Solo out of Law School

As most know, I’ve been a solo attorney for some time now, and building my own practice has no doubt been immensely challenging but also tremendously rewarding. I’ve learned more about myself through this journey than I ever envisioned. And, going into business for myself has really opened my eyes to what it takes to succeed in building something sustainable from the ground up.

There are plenty of books out there about the technical aspects of opening a law practice. But, it was always a challenge for me to find resources that took a more pragmatic approach to building one.

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*The following article appeared in the June 2016 newsletter of the ISBA Standing Committee on Legal Technology.

Virtual Law Offices (VLOs) have become more common in today’s evolving...

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Welcome to 2016! If you’re like me, you’ve spent the first few weeks of the New Year trying to get organized and set some goals for the year to come.  Whether it’s a new workout regimen, quitting smoking, spending more time with family, or something else, the start of a new year presents a natural opportunity to make some small changes to improve ourselves and our lives. One item that you may have been putting off for a while may be putting an estate plan in place to protect your family. And, if you haven’t done so, I’m happy to help you make 2016 the year you...

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A revocable trust is one that is created during the life of the grantor, and its primary uses are to manage property during the grantor’s life and reduce the cost and time associated with probate upon the grantor’s death while permitting the grantor to retain an amount of control over the assets it holds. Along with the ability to retain control over the assets in a revocable trust, a grantor retains the power to amend or even revoke the trust entirely during his life. 

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In 2015 it is estimated that 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's, most of those over the age of 65. Surprisingly though, a few hundred thousand of those cases occur in individuals younger than 65. As everyone knows, Alzheimer’s is a condition that reduces cognitive function due to degeneration of the brain. Unfortunately, the number of patients living with Alzheimer’s is only expected to rise over the next decade.  While advancements in medicine offer some promising hope for earlier diagnosis, and...

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Knowing the differences between federal and state estate tax laws is essential for estate planning attorneys that want to ensure they are minimizing any tax burden on their clients. 

In Illinois, there are some important differences when it comes to estate tax considerations, including an exclusion amount that differs from the federal exclusion amount by over $1 million, the ability to use portability when planning for married couples, and differeing gift exclusion amounts which open up the potential...

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