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Do I Really Need a Survey?

Real Estate

From Berman Fink Van Horn “Do I really need a survey?” is a question I hear from time to time from clients purchasing commercial real estate, most often in the context of the purchase of operating space they are leasing or from first-time purchasers of commercial property. Generally, these clients believe that they either know…

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HIRING A BROKER: TERMS OF THE ENGAGEMENT

Real Estate

From Berman Fink Van Horn In prior posts, I highlighted general concepts associated with retaining a real estate broker professional, and described different types of engagements.  Now, let’s review some of the features often present in a broker engagement agreement. Duration:  How long is your Broker being hired to represent you in the purchase, sale,…

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How much wasted work-time is too much?

Employment

From Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis According to a recent survey conducted by OfficeTeam, on average, employees spend 8 hours per workweek on non-work activities. What does this non-work time look like? Personal emails: 30 percent Social networks: 28 percent Sports sites: 8 percent Mobile games: 6 percent Online shopping: 5 percent Entertainment sites: 3 percent Moreover,…

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ETHICS OF ADJUSTING YOUR ASSETS TO QUALIFY FOR MEDICAID

Elder Law

From Tuesley Hall Konopa Whenever I tell people that I’m an elder law attorney, I usually get asked one question – “How is it ethical for people to take advantage of loopholes in the rules and protect their assets while qualifying for Medicaid to pay for nursing home care costs? Recently, I was asked this…

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Does a LinkedIn request violate a non-solicitation agreement?

Employment

From Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis In Bankers Life and Casualty Company v. American Senior Benefits (Ill. Ct. App. 8/7/17), Bankers Life sued a former sales manager, Gregory Gelineau, for violating the following non-solicitation agreement after he jumped ship to American Senior Benefits, a competitor: During the term of this Contract and for 24 months thereafter, within the…