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Illinois Family Law in 2016: No More "Custody" or "Visitation"

by Sam Erkonen on December 8, 2015 in Estate Planning and Family Law

By: Kareen Janiak Major changes are coming to Illinois Family law in 2016. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act is going through a major re-write, with new laws that will come into effect on January 1, 2016. One major change will be that the terms "custody" and "visitation" will no longer be used. [...]

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Illinois Child Support and Calculations

by Sam Erkonen on November 4, 2015 in Estate Planning and Family Law

It's a sad fact of life that relationships can end. Separation or divorce does not normally end your involvement and responsibility as a parent. When children are involved things can be much more complicated. Child support issues often come up during and after a divorce. Support is normally awarded to the custodial parent of a [...]

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Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...

by Sam Erkonen on September 15, 2015 in Contract Development and Negotiation, Corporate Representation, Entertainment

Often I am asked "are we in a buyer's or seller's market?" My typical lawyer response is along the lines of it really doesn't matter because we always keep our eye on the items which get us in trouble such as attrition, cancellation, liquor liability etc. Like in the movie "Million Dollar Baby," protect yourself [...]

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Personal Risk Management and Setting the Bar

by Sam Erkonen on September 8, 2015 in Personal Development

In my last blog we discussed the fundamentals of risk management. What we did not discuss was personal risk and how it affects our professional lives. Personal risk is setting the bar low, in essence selling ourselves short. Ever thought the other side was smarter than you? Ever shy away from something because you didn't [...]

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Football, the Titanic and Risk Management

by Sam Erkonen on September 1, 2015 in Contract Development and Negotiation, Corporate Representation, Entertainment

Every August, every team from the pee-wee league to professional football, starts its season by re-learning basic blocking and tackling, the very fundamentals of the game. It does not matter how good you are, or how experienced, every player starts the season doing the same repetitive and miserable drills they learned in their first year. [...]

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