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Julia Jensen Smolka featured as Advocate of the Month!

Advocates Society, the association of Polish-American attorneys featured our very own Julia Jensen Smolka in their newsletter this month. ADVOCATE OF THE THE MONTH: Julia Jensen Smolka In an effort to better-acquaint readers with Members of the Advocate Society, we….

Myths About Wills

By: Paul S. Motin, JD, LLM, CPA Face it.  Most people don’t want to consider the fact that they are not immortal.  Unless a person can be convinced there is great benefit to planning for the inevitable demise, he or….

Lien On Me: Understanding the Commercial Real Estate Broker’s Lien Act

By: Julia Jensen Smolka Regardless of COVID-19, the real estate market is hot.  With money being cheap, there will be more and more real estate transactions. With more transactions, there will be more instances where sellers and brokers argue whether….

The “New-Default Rule” Saves Lenders from the Harsh Results of the Single Re-Filing Rule

By Thomas J. Cassady On September 21, 2020, the Second District Appellate Court issued its opinion in Wilmington Savings Fund Society v. Barerra, 2020 IL App (2d) 190883, which gave lenders and mortgagees some relief from the harshness of the….

The Secure Act – Congress Just Moved the Goalposts

By Patrick D. Owens The Setting Each Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act passed Congress on December 20, 2020, effective January 1, 2020[i].  By now most of us are aware of the important terms of the latest federal tax….

Personal Jurisdiction Over Nonresidents Gets a Shot in the ‘Long-Arm’

By Jonathan R. Ksiazek In Illinois, the exercise of personal jurisdiction over nonresident defendants is authorized under the “long-arm” statute found in section 2-209 of the Code of Civil Procedure (735 ILCS 5/2-209 (West 2012)). The United States Supreme Court….


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