How to Appeal a Court Ruling

November 28, 2018

Defending yourself in court is not where most people want to end up, and having a judge rule against you is never the desired outcome. However, a judge’s decision does not always have to be final, and there are sometimes ways to challenge the decision and try to obtain a ruling in your favor.
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Toys For Tots at Grayslake Tree Lighting

November 12, 2018

The annual tree lighting event in downtown Grayslake is the perfect occasion to take part in the TOYS FOR TOTS toy collection campaign and help bring JOY to a child in need this holiday season!
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Gifting Strategies to Distribute Your Wealth Before You Pass

November 6, 2018

What is the best way to pass along assets to your kids while still living, and avoid possible penalties that might accompany such gifting?  Here are some ways to transfer wealth to your family in the form of gifts.
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Toys For Tots Drop-off Location at Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton

October 29, 2018

Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton is proud to announce that we will serve as a drop-off location for Toys For Tots during this holiday season. 
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Grayslake Business Trick-or-Treating

October 22, 2018

Put on your best costume and hurry over to downtown Grayslake on Saturday, October 27th from 11:00am – 1:00pm for some Halloween trick-or-treating family fun!
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Creating a Succession Plan for Your Family Business

October 15, 2018

Your family business is your pride and joy, and you have undoubtedly invested a great deal of money, time, and energy into creating a successful company with the intention of passing it on to your relatives when you retire.  There are many challenges that can arise that can put your plan at risk (such as family disagreements or taxes), but these suggestions can help you create a viable succession plan to pass the business on to the next generation.
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Tips for Small Businesses to Successfully Collect Debt

October 8, 2018

For small businesses, every penny counts, and even a small bill left unpaid by a customer can make a big difference in your bottom line. As frustrating as debt collection can be, it is possible to recover payment on past due invoices. Here are some tips for keeping the bills paid and collecting on those that are late.
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How to Resolve a Breach of Contract

September 28, 2018

When entering into a transaction with another party for goods or services, it is always in the best interest of both parties to execute a signed contract, detailing the terms of the agreement.  However, this does not always guarantee a favorable end result, as there are a number of ways that a breach of contract may occur.
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Thank You Grayslake Central HS

September 18, 2018

Thank you so much to Grayslake Central High School for the beautiful Homecoming window decorations! 
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Eviction Procedures That Landlords and Tenants Should Know

September 13, 2018

When a landlord feels that a tenant does not abide by the rules set forth in their rental agreement, there is a specific eviction process that must be followed in order for the landlord to remove the tenant from the property.
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September 6, 2018

We recently had nine tax appeal cases in one day and WON every case. EVERY client was granted a reduction. That’s what we call a successful day.
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Why You Need a Real Estate Attorney When Purchasing a Home

August 28, 2018

Many states do not require a home buyer to have legal representation during the purchase transaction, but considering the size of the investment and the problems that can often arise, it is very important to have an experienced real estate attorney on your side during this complex process.
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Grayslake Summer Days 2018 - Short Video Highlights

August 21, 2018

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Grayslake Color Aloft Balloon Festival

August 20, 2018

Keep your eyes on the skies as the 6th annual Grayslake Color Aloft Balloon Festival takes flight on August 25th.  This exciting event, sponsored by Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, will feature hot air balloons being inflated and competing to see which one can land closest to the Fox River. 
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Grayslake Summer Days

August 13, 2018

Celebrate the end of summer at this great family event sponsored by Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton. Grayslake Summer Days is happening on August 17th and 18th and will have tons of fun activities to choose from.
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Understanding Probate

August 6, 2018

When it comes to settling an estate, most people have heard that it is best to avoid probate whenever possible.  But how many people even know what it is?  It is a lot easier to navigate this issue when you have the necessary information, so here are the basics of probate.
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Tips for Buying Commercial Real Estate

July 27, 2018

Owning commercial real estate can be a very rewarding experience but purchasing it can be a challenge. Some people may be hesitant to make the investment because they think it will be too complicated. But by doing some preliminary research and having the right experts helping you, anyone can enjoy the benefits that commercial real estate can offer.
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Legal Documents Every College Student Should Have

July 19, 2018

The end of summer marks an exciting time for recent high school graduates as many of them will be heading off to college and university campuses to start a new chapter of their lives on their own. While they may be prepared with books, supplies and dorm room essentials, there are a few legal documents that you probably did not think of but are essential to their safety.
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Grayslake 5K Run & Walk

July 11, 2018

Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton is proudly sponsoring the 27th Annual Grayslake Chamber of Commerce 5K Run & Walk through historic Grayslake. Runners, walkers, strollers and wheelchair athletes of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in this fun community event on July 14th.
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Understanding Mechanic’s Liens

July 5, 2018

When construction or improvements are done on a property, sometimes things do not go according to plan. When problems arise and contracted payments are not made, the situation can result in a mechanic’s lien being filed.
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Appeal Your Property Taxes to Save Money

June 21, 2018

While it might seem logical to be happy about an increasing home value, when it comes to the tax assessor’s office you want your value to be as low as possible.  Since your real estate taxes are based on your assessed value, convincing the government that your home is worth less than they say it is can save you money.
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Grayslake Arts Festival & Wine Tasting Sponsored by CQRH

June 18, 2018

In what promises to be an enjoyable day, downtown Grayslake is set to host the 23rd annual Arts Festival & Wine Tasting on June 23rd. This free event will offer the opportunity to view the works of over 60 local artists who will be displaying and selling their work.
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Estate Planning is Important at Any Age

June 14, 2018

When you are young and healthy, estate planning does not always seem like an urgent matter.  But that is exactly when you should get started!  It can be an unsettling thought, but life is unpredictable and it is never too early to solidify plans for child custody, money and possessions.
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A Roadmap to Pursuing Fraudulent Transfer Actions: A.G. Cullen v. Burnham Partners, LLC

May 31, 2016

You’ve gone through all the work of litigating the case through pleadings, motions, discovery and, finally, either a dispositive motion or trial resulting in your client being awarded a long-sought monetary judgment.
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Podcast: Home Repairs Gone Awry

September 25, 2015

How can homeowners protect themselves from unscrupulous home repair/remodeling contractors? Expert litigator Mark Van Donselaar outlines what homeowners can do before, during and after a home repair or remodeling to ensure that they are protected against home repairs gone awry.
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Recent Case Demonstrates Potential Perils for Subcontractors Under the Mechanics Lien Act

July 31, 2013

Imagine the frustration of having a set of strict statutory requirements for a cause of action, meeting those strict requirements, but still failing in the underlying cause of action. Such a frustrating result is entirely possible under the provisions of the Mechanics Lien Act1 (the Act) and the case law interpreting the Act.
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How a Guarantor Became a Surety

March 31, 2009

A long-time business client calls you with a question about a contract that he is about to enter into on behalf of his business. The party with whom he is contracting is demanding that the contract include either your client’s personal guaranty, or that your client act as a surety for any debt owed under the contract.
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Checking in on an Application of the Continuing Violation Rule

November 30, 2007

In cases involving stolen checks, the appellate districts split on the application of the “continuing violation rule.” Beware, plaintiffs' attorneys: the statute of limitations for filing an action for the conversion of several negotiable instruments may, in effect, be shortening.
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Recovering a Defendant’s Attorney Fees Under the Consumer Fraud Act: Plaintiffs Worry Not

April 30, 2007

Despite the Illinois Supreme Court’s admonition that not every cause of action for breach of contract gives rise to a corresponding cause of action under the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act (the Act)1, there is no shortage of breach of contract cases including claims for relief based on the provisions of the Act.
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