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5 Ways to Protect Your Small Business

We outline how to limit risk and keep your business running smoothly Starting your own business is as exciting as it is hard. As an entrepreneur, you...
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How to Handle Multiple Offers

Selecting the best offer isn’t as straightforward as it seems. If you are selling your place in a “hot” real estate market, it is possible you will f...
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Understanding VA Home Loans

We outline what you need to know—including how to determine if you qualify and benefit from a VA loan For those who served in the military, Veterans...
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How to Prepare Your Home for Listing

Putting your home on the market? These 6 tips can help make sure your home looks its best When you make the decision to sell your home, the idea of p...
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Buying a Home in Another State

To avoid buyer’s remorse, follow these five steps for purchasing a home from afar Buying a home is stressful, and if you are looking to purchase a ho...
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Estate Planning for Blended Families

How to plan for a future with stepchildren, children, in-laws and exes Estate planning isn’t the most pleasant topic or discussion point among family...
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How to Maintain Good Standing With Your State

A Certificate of Good Standing is key to your business’s success Whether you’re looking to borrow money to put toward expanding your business, or rec...
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5 Steps to Take When Winding Down Your Business

Be sure to tie up loose ends before closing your doors. Here’s how There are many reasons business owners close up shop, including retirement, starti...
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BUSINESS LAW

What Is a Blind Trust?

Understanding blind trusts: what they are, who needs them and how to set one up The concept of “blind trusts” may be off many people’s radar until e...

How to Transfer or Close Your Business

Whether you’re passing the torch or closing your doors, there’s a right way to walk away from your business Whether your business is large or small,...

Do You Need an LLC?

Deciding When, How and Why to Legally Establish Your Business Whether you’ve been slowly building your own company for years or your Etsy business ju...

Independent Contractor Agreements 101

What to know about the independent contractor agreement Working with independent contractors is a bit different from hiring employees on a full-time...

Employee vs. Independent Contractor

What is the Difference Between an Employee and an Independent Contractor? When first starting a business, it’s common to hire staff as independent co...

The Elements of an Airtight Business Contract

There are few things as important in business as a contract. The contract serves as a guideline for the agreement, outlining how two parties should in...

Which Business Structure is Right for You?

Owning a business comes with many risks and responsibilities, and deciding on the structure of your business is one of the most significant decisions...
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COMPANY NEWS

ALA Sponsors Holiday Food Drive

For the third year in a row, ALA participated in Loaves and Fishes of Naperville HOPE (Help Other People Eat) program. This program was created to hel...

Default Practice Group Adds Associate Counsel

Freedman Anselmo Lindberg LLC recently announced the hiring of Anum Muhiuddin. Ms. Muhiuddin joins the firm as associate counsel in the default practi...

ALA Attends NARCA Conference

Partners Lou Freedman, Barb Nilsen and Tony Sottile, along with Director of Operations, Steve Trubich, and Director of Compliance, Jessica Hamm, will...

ALA Fall Newsletter

If you would like to be added to the distribution list to receive updates and newsletters from the Firm, please email our Director of Client Developme...
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ESTATE PLANNING

Estate Planning For New Parents

What to think about once you become a parent Being a new parent is both equally exciting and frightening. Exciting, because you’ve never loved somet...

Prenuptial Agreement 101

What to know about prenuptial agreements The prenuptial agreement is a form of estate planning, one that’s not often thought about until two people d...

Estate Planning for Special Needs

Caring for a child or loved one with special needs means taking extra precautions when it comes to estate planning. Not only is this person likely dep...

Updating Your Estate When Moving Abroad

The decision has been made, and you and your family have decided to become expatriates and move across the pond. It’s an exciting time, but you have m...

When Estate Planning Isn’t Fair

5 Reasons You May Have to Split Your Assets Unequally for Your Children Most parents want to treat all of their children equally. But sometimes in es...

Estate Planning for a Single-Owner Business

Follow these steps for building a succession plan for your business Businesses that operate under one owner oftentimes thrive and are capable of achi...

Should You DIY Your Estate Planning?

The internet is smart, but some things are best left for the experts A simple Google search can provide answers to even the most complex questions. H...

A Guide to Purchasing Life Insurance

Bolster your estate plan with one of these three life insurance policies. Life insurance policies are designed to provide financial support for your...
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GENERAL LITIGATION

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REAL ESTATE

The Pros and Cons of Renting vs. Buying

How to Decide Whether Renting or Buying Is Right for You You’ve been renting for years and saving up your money, and now you’re ready to think about...

The True Cost of Buying a Fixer Upper

What it really means to take on a rehab Buying a “fixer upper” home is a growing trend, thanks in large part to popular shows (like the aptly-named H...

Getting Approved for a Mortgage

5 Ways to Guarantee Your Loan House-hunting before you’ve secured a mortgage is a recipe for heartbreak. Prospective homeowners often apply for a mor...

6 Mistakes Most Home Buyers Make

Avoid These Top Home Buying Regrets A home is probably the largest purchase you will ever make in your life. Yet, according to NerdWallet, half of ho...

The Value of a Broker’s Commission

What You Get From Working with a Real Estate Broker When selling your home, it can be tempting to do it yourself. It’s hard to give up 6% commission–...

5 Tips for Real Estate Brokers

How to work with a real estate attorney to make sure your transaction runs smoothly The world of real estate is fluid and oftentimes complex. As a br...

5 Signs You’re Ready to Buy a Home

How to know it’s time to make a real estate purchase There comes a time when you’ve had enough with renting and you’re ready to buy your first proper...
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