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  • By: Alan E. Sohn
  • Published: September 30, 2013

Recently Donald Trump was successful in his defense of a claim by a woman who claimed that he was guilty of fraud for failing to allow condominium unit purchasers in the Trump Tower to share in the profits of certain amenities as allegedly promised in Trump’s marketing materials. Mr. Trump has now again defeated a claim by a defaulting purchaser…Read More

  • By: Alan E. Sohn
  • Published: September 30, 2013

What does the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision declaring DOMA unconstitutional mean to Illinois same-sex couples? Well, while a great moral victory and as portents for the future, a great deal; in the immediate material sense – not much. Why? Because it affects only same-sex couples who are legally married and/or reside in a state that permits same-sex couples to be…Read More

  • By: Alan E. Sohn
  • Published: December 17, 2012

Both houses of the Illinois General Assembly have passed legislation to amend the Illinois statute which provides for the exemption of personal property of individuals from judgment, attachment or distress for rent. NEW ILLINOIS EXEMPTION: PERSONAL PROPERTY Both houses of the Illinois General Assembly have passed legislation to amend the Illinois statute which provides for the exemption of personal property…Read More

  • By: Alan E. Sohn
  • Published: November 14, 2012

Transferring Residential Property Upon Death-In prior years, it has often been my experience that the only asset remaining in a deceased person’s estate that requires probate is the decedent’s personal residence. AVOIDANCE OF PROBATE: Transferring Residential Property Upon Death In prior years, it has often been my experience that the only asset remaining in a deceased person’s estate that requires…Read More

  • By: Alan E. Sohn
  • Published: November 14, 2012

In prior years, it has often been my experience that the only asset remaining in a deceased person’s estate that requires probate is the decedent’s personal residence. As of January 1, 2012, this circumstance can now be eliminated and probate avoided. Illinois has joined 16 other states, including its neighbors Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin, in adopting a Residential Real Property…Read More

  • By: Alan E. Sohn
  • Published: October 15, 2012

Many business agreements include a provision calling for the resolution of disputes through arbitration rather than resort to the available court systems. These clauses are often recommended by reason of the delays and costs involved in court-centered litigation. However, considering the additional costs that may be incurred through arbitration, one should not blindly agree to an arbitration clause without considering the…Read More

  • By: Alan E. Sohn
  • Published: October 15, 2012

The Bonus Forfeiture: The courts of Illinois have generally disfavored non-compete provisions in Illinois employment contracts. An employer who seeks to enforce a competition restriction that precludes a former employee from engaging in competitive activities must demonstrate the reasonableness of the restriction. In order to be enforceable, the courts of Illinois have repeatedly required that the restrictions be very narrow…Read More

  • By: Alan E. Sohn
  • Published: October 15, 2012

In a recent Note from the Desk, I commented on the propitiousness of making family gifts in 2012 in order to take advantage of low values, low interest rates and the unprecedented $5,120,000 federal estate tax exemption. Recently, the United States tax court issued an opinion which further supports this proposition.Read More

  • By: Alan E. Sohn
  • Published: October 15, 2012

As many of you know, there is an Illinois statute which shields property owners from liability for having created unnatural accumulations of ice and snow where they have made efforts to remove snow and ice from sidewalks abutting residential property. There is an exception to this protection where the property owner’s alleged misconduct was willful and wanton. The Illinois statute…Read More

  • By: Alan E. Sohn
  • Published: August 15, 2012

The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear Carr and Newell vs. Koch State Board of Education, a case challenging Illinois’ public education funding mechanism. The plaintiffs challenged the use of local tax assessments as a key variable in provisioning state education payments to school districts. While the state currently sets a minimum level of target funding for each student…Read More

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