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Avoiding a holiday drunk driving charge

One of the quickest ways to sour your holiday spirits is to end up in handcuffs -- but that’s exactly what could happen if you get stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. Halloween is coming fast, and it’s a major night for drunk driving fatalities -- but the next few holidays could be even worse. The risk...

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3 kinds of restrictive covenants that protect employers

Your employment contract will talk about job responsibilities and compensation, as well as company policies. Sometimes, it will also restrict an employee's behavior while they work for you and after they leave your company.  Restrictive covenants are valuable additions to your employment contract that can protect you from the most blatant and...

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Don’t procrastinate in estate planning

Someday, everything you own will be passed on to someone else. Most likely, those assets will go to your children but could also go to grandchildren, family friends and many others. You can do with your assets as you like.  However, in order to make sure that your wishes are actually followed, you need to create an estate plan. The simplest type...

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The basics of the BAIID system in Illinois

Allegations of drunk driving will likely lead to criminal charges, big fines and the suspension of your driver's license. When you want to get back on the road or if you need to drive keep your job or take care of your family, you may need to participate in the Illinois Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) system. The BAIID program...

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What constitutes valuable consideration for a work contract?

Companies usually execute employment contracts with their workers when they first hire them, although they may expand those contracts or change them and expect their workers to sign again in the future. Employment contracts outline the business' responsibilities to the worker and the obligations of the employee to the company. When those terms...

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What if the seller hid defects in the real estate you purchased?

Whether you bought a industrial facility or a residential property, you probably looked closely at the seller's disclosure and made a point of touring the space with your real estate agent to check for defects and likely had a professional inspection. Unfortunately, even buyers who performed their due diligence may not be aware of problems with a...

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Does your estate plan need a power of attorney? 

Estate planning is a process that often begins with the writing of a will. You are likely healthy and happy, but you’re just planning for the future and thinking of the day when you have to leave your assets to your heirs. A will is one of the easiest ways to do it.  But is it enough? You may want to take the time to consider a power of attorney,...

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3 ways for businesses to resolve breach of contract disputes

When everything works perfectly, business operations are smooth and seamless. Supply comes in, and products go out. Clients hire you for services and pay you promptly after you fulfill their needs. Unfortunately, human conflict and failure eventually affect many businesses. The people you hire, the companies that provide you with materials or...

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