3 Important Factors to Consider When Choosing an Attorney
August 30, 2021
Working with a qualified attorney can make all the difference in your legal success so it’s good to be prepared ahead of time. The following factors can help you determine which attorney is right for you.
5 Crucial Ways a Mechanic’s Lien Helps Contractors Get Paid
August 6, 2021
Filing a mechanic’s lien is a great way to recover debt, and will usually get a quick response – BUT ONLY if it is executed properly! From residential claims to large commercial projects, our experienced team knows how to properly perfect and enforce a mechanic’s lien to achieve a successful settlement.
Grayslake area golf enthusiasts – this event is for you! The Grayslake Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 51st annual Golf Outing, and Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd is a proud sponsor. Get the details and a link to register here.
Property values seem to be rapidly increasing, and that usually means a higher tax bill. But don’t lose hope – there are ways to appeal to get your property taxes lowered. Here is what you need to know to successfully appeal your bill and pay less moving forward.
Seller Disclosure Requirements: Home Sellers Can’t Afford to Get This Wrong
June 19, 2021
Selling a home in IL is an exciting process, but you need to be fully prepared! Home sellers must be aware of and comply with their legal disclosure obligations in order to avoid legal issues down the line.
The Grayslake Arts Festival and Wine Tasting event is back for 2021, and Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd is a proud sponsor. Find the details of the event along with a link for advance tickets here!
5 Financing Strategies to Launch or Expand Your Business
May 14, 2021
Small businesses have a range of options when it comes to financing. The best choice for your business depends on your specific needs, so it’s important to do as much research as you can. Find some great ideas here.
DIY Legal Forms Vs an Actual Lawyer: Is it Worth the Risk?
April 27, 2021
An internet-based world makes it easy to cut out personal interactions, but some DIY tasks are not always a good idea. In fact, typical “fill-in-the-blank” legal forms may appear to be easy, but they can often cause more trouble in the long run.
At some point in your life you will probably be faced with the issue of probate – and you will likely have a lot of questions. Luckily, we are here to help. Here are answers to some of the more common questions people have when it comes to probate.
5 Things You Must Do Before Hiring Your Next Employee
March 26, 2021
The minute you hire anyone to work for you, you subject your business to the potential risk of an employment-related lawsuit. Before you hire your first, your tenth or your one hundredth employee, following these guidelines will help to keep your business protected from legal action.
4 Pressing Legal Issues Facing the Small Business Owner Right Now
February 26, 2021
Small business owners are responsible for the success of the company and are continually faced with changing legal requirements that they must understand and adhere to. Here are some of the top legal issues that they are dealing with in these changing times.
Hire a Real Estate Attorney to Avoid These 5 Costly Mistakes
February 12, 2021
Buying a home is a strategic process, so buyers need to be ready to act quickly to secure their dream home. But real estate buyers and sellers should not be in such a hurry that they lose sight of important details in the process. One way to avoid costly mistakes along the way is to hire an experienced real estate attorney.
You’ve Been a Target for IL Unemployment Fraud – Now What??
January 29, 2021
If you’ve received a letter stating you filed for unemployment when you did not, you are one of the hundreds of thousands of people that are caught up in the IDES (Illinois Department of Unemployment Security) unemployment fraud happening right now. Here's what to do.
Legal issues can arise at any time, for anyone, at any age. And while a good lawyer is important throughout all stages of your life, seniors can be especially vulnerable. Here are some common situations a senior could be faced with in which they could benefit from the help of an experienced, trusted attorney.
Savvy Small Business Collections Tactics in Troubling Times
December 30, 2020
Small businesses have been hit hard in these times of COVID-19. So many are trying to stay afloat, but are facing big challenges due to clients that cannot pay their bills on time. Here are a few practical suggestions for maximizing your collections efforts.
Avoid These 4 Costly Mistakes When Selling Your Small Business
November 30, 2020
Selling a small business is never an easy decision. As a business owner, you put a lot of time and effort into building the business. Therefore, it is often not just a financial decision, but an emotional one as well. For this reason, it is important to have as much information as possible before moving forward. If you do come to the conclusion that selling is the best route, be sure to avoid these common mistakes.
That Insurance Policy Does Not Guarantee Protection in All Cases
October 29, 2020
Having a good insurance policy in place should provide the protection you need when it comes time to file a claim. But unfortunately, it’s not always as straightforward as it should be. See how some insurance companies avoid paying on claims, and what you can do about it.
Commercial Litigation: A Powerful Example of How we Succeed for our Clients
August 31, 2020
Our commercial litigation experts support our business clients and allow us to obtain the best possible results for a wide range of legal disputes. Here’s a great example of one of our client success stories.
3 Things Employers Can Do Right Now to Ensure Employee Safety
August 14, 2020
In these uncertain times, “business as usual” just doesn’t exist. Here are some tips for employers who are trying their best to keep their businesses open while also focusing on employee safety during a pandemic.
A Power of Attorney is a Powerful Way to Protect Your College Student
July 21, 2020
Once a child turns 18, a parent may not have the legal authority to step in and make decisions if necessary. One way to provide some much-needed protection is to have a power of attorney (POA) prepared before they head off on their own.
Bankruptcy Basics: 3 Things You Need to Know Before Filing
June 23, 2020
If times have been especially hard financially, and you are wondering how to find relief, know that you are not alone. If you believe a bankruptcy is the way out, read on for important information you’ll need to get started.
You got your Lake County Real Estate Tax Bill. Now What?!
May 27, 2020
Once you receive your tax bill in the mail there isn’t anything that can be done to challenge the bill. But there are things that can be done so that next year’s real estate tax experience is less painful.
3 Common Myths About Adoption That You Should Know
May 5, 2020
From selecting which type of adoption is best for you, to understanding the laws that vary from state to state, the adoption process itself can be challenging even for the most prepared adopters. It’s a good idea to hire an adoption attorney as step #1 in the process.
Get to Know the Law Firm of Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd.
April 25, 2020
The lawyers of the law firm of Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd. are not only trustworthy and dependable, they are members of the Grayslake community themselves. Get to know your local lawyers - we are here when you need us!
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Means Relief for Small Businesses
April 3, 2020
The recently passed CARES Act includes provisions designed to help the small business community continue operations through this time of economic uncertainty. Find important details of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) here.
3 Reasons to Hire an Attorney When Refinancing Your Mortgage
March 11, 2020
As with many legal and financial transactions, refinancing a mortgage can be a daunting task. While not required, it’s important to protect your interests by hiring an experienced mortgage refinancing attorney.
Essential Information About Filing a Work Injury Claim
February 20, 2020
When you’re injured on the job, you may be entitled by law to get compensation from your employer. Filing an injury claim can be complicated, so it is recommended that you file with the guidance of one of our experienced attorneys
Essential Information Every Landlord Needs to Know Before Eviction
January 23, 2020
Not following proper procedures when terminating a lease agreement can cost a landlord a lot of time and money, and with one simple mistake, force them to start the process over from the beginning. Before starting the lease termination process, consider these guidelines.
When you’re ready to hire a contractor for that big home improvement project, you want to have the right person for the job. The process of finding a contractor doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Consider these tips as you start your search.
Avoid These 5 Critical Mistakes When Starting a Small Business
December 10, 2019
Starting a new small business can be challenging and is often overwhelming. But the best way to ensure success is to be prepared right from the start. Don’t jump into anything without doing your homework first - and avoid these common mistakes at all costs.
Attorney Jencie Richtman Exemplifies Compassion by Helping Veterans for Free
November 27, 2019
For everything that veterans sacrifice for our country, it is an honor to be able to find a way to make their lives easier when they are in need. Jencie Richtman is committed to accomplishing that goal, and has been recognized as a standout volunteer for Public Interest Law Initiative’s veteran’s pro bono program.
Practical Estate Planning Advice for Blended Families
November 14, 2019
Being part of a blended family where people have been widowed, divorced or remarried can present its share of challenges, with estate planning being one of them. Read on for some tips to navigate these unique hurdles.
Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd effectively represents workers who feel that they have been treated unfairly as well as employers who need to defend their actions. Here are some examples of employment disputes for both employers and employees that we can help resolve.
Know Your Legal Rights: 7 Basic Facts About Personal Injury Claims
September 25, 2019
You may be wondering what types of injuries are typically involved in a personal injury case, and what type of compensation you may be entitled to if you do file a lawsuit. Here is an overview of the types of cases we can assist with and what you might expect from a personal injury lawsuit.
There are a number of problems that can pop up before or during a loan closing that you may not be prepared for. Working with an experienced attorney is the best way to avoid unplanned obstacles like the following, or to help deal with them if they do arise.
The sooner you get your estate in order the better, and it is best to start with accurate information. Here are some common misconceptions about the estate planning process and the realities behind them.
The death of a loved one is one of the most stressful times in life, and the question of “What do we do now?” can be overwhelming. Hopefully, these suggestions will help provide a roadmap for the days that follow.
The Lake County Circuit Clerk's Office has announced its 2019 Amnesty Week, during which all collection fees and accrued interest will be waived on any past due fines owed on criminal and traffic matters in Lake County.
Don’t miss the chance to take part in the 28th Annual Grayslake 5K Run & Walk taking place on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 8:00am. People of all ages and athletic abilities can participate in this day of healthy togetherness, so runners, walkers, strollers and wheelchair athletes are encouraged to participate in this race through historic Grayslake.
24th Annual Grayslake Arts Festival & Wine Tasting
June 12, 2019
It’s that wonderful time of year again when the Grayslake Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Arts Festival & Wine Tasting event - and Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd is proud to be a sponsor of this 24th celebration!
Great Beer, Great Music - For a Great Cause! Grayslake Craft Beer Fest
May 28, 2019
If you LOVE craft beer, or would like to know why they are so popular these days, you must head over to the Grayslake Craft Beer Festival on June 1st! Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd is a proud sponsor of this fun adults-only event that you don’t want to miss.
An Irrevocable Trust Can Offer Reliable Asset Protection For Your Beneficiaries
May 3, 2019
Developing an appropriate estate plan to preserve and protect assets is a concern for many people. One estate planning option to consider is an irrevocable trust. There are several advantages to this type of trust, although it may not be appealing to everyone.
Legal Issues Often Overlooked When Starting a New Business
April 17, 2019
Turning a great idea into an actual business can be an exciting undertaking. However, properly executing your plan can sometimes be a challenge. If you have decided to launch a new business, it is very important to pay attention to some key legal issues that often are overlooked.
When a borrower fails to make one or more mortgage payments, the lender may initiate foreclosure proceedings in an attempt to recover the mortgaged property. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding mortgage foreclosure
A Non-Disclosure Agreement Keeps Confidential Information Protected
March 21, 2019
Exchanging confidential information is a necessary part of conducting business, but if a company’s secrets got out, it could mean financial devastation. A non-disclosure agreement helps ensure that sensitive information is not disclosed to any unauthorized individual.
Hiring a Good Attorney Can Help Protect Your Business
March 6, 2019
A smart business owner knows that no matter how much time and effort is put into safeguarding the business, there is always the possibility that a legal issue may arise. In order to protect the integrity of your investment, it is important to have an attorney on hand to provide support in any number of situations.
Insurance Claim Disputes – What to do if Your Claim is Denied
February 14, 2019
After dutifully paying monthly premiums, it can be extremely frustrating to have an insurance claim denied. Although it might feel like fighting an uphill battle, it is possible to get a denial reversed. A qualified attorney, like those at Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd, can make a difference in whether you emerge victorious in your insurance claim dispute.
If you were to become terminally ill or severely injured and are unable to speak for yourself, doctors and loved ones may be left with the responsibility of making medical decisions on your behalf. A living will is one way to make your final wishes known.
Applying for a Small Business Loan – Improve Your Chance of Approval
January 17, 2019
Small businesses often need to rely on loans to get started or to cover daily expenses such as inventory, rent or payroll while working to take the company to the next level. While a small business loan may be necessary to grow and expand a business, they are not always easy to obtain. Here are a few things a business owner can do to improve the likelihood of an approval.
A guardianship may be granted if a court finds that a person is legally incapacitated or in some way unable to provide for his or her necessities in life. There are different circumstances for appointing a guardianship, based on whether the person is an adult or a minor.
If you find yourself in a situation in which you require legal representation, you want to be assured that you have the best attorney by your side. Working with a qualified attorney can make all the difference in your legal success, and these factors can help you determine which attorney is right for you.
If you own, or are thinking of purchasing, a piece of land and you want to build a new structure on that land, you must understand zoning laws and how they affect what you are legally allowed to do with it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.