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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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How to Identify Real Estate Fraud

We define the two most common forms of fraud—and how to avoid them. Your clients have worked hard over the past few years to save money to purchase t...
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Evolving Your Estate Plan

Life isn’t static, so your estate plan shouldn’t be either. Here are seven instances when you should revisit it Many years ago, you drafted your esta...
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5 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Here’s what you should, and should not, care about when searching for your first home. So, you’re ready to leave apartment life behind and looking to...
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Is a Home Addition Worth the Cost?

Home additions can add value to your home and make it easier to sell, but they can also drain your budget. Here’s what you need to know before breakin...

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...
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BUSINESS LAW

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...

Buying an Existing Business

5 Tips for acquiring an existing business Building a business is hard, time consuming work, which is exactly why buying an existing business is so ap...

Understanding Employee Categorization

How employee categorization impacts your business To many, owning your own business defines the American Dream. While being the boss does have its pe...

Taxes and Your Small Business

How to Prepare Your Taxes as a Small Business Owner For many, tax time brings with it a sense of urgency and pressure, causing mistakes to inevitably...

5 Tips for Entering into a Joint Venture

The challenges and risk associated with entering into a joint venture in Illinois When starting a business, joining forces with like-minded individua...

Protecting Your Start Up Business

What legal agreements you need when starting a business There are many aspects to starting a new business. Carefully crafted agreements play an essen...
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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

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...

Finding the Right Real Estate Attorney

What to know before hiring a real estate attorney A qualified real estate attorney is an essential element of a successful real estate transaction, e...
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