Attorney John H. Boyd gets appointed as McHenry County Hearing Officer

    Attorney John H. Boyd gets appointed as McHenry County Hearing Officer
    On October 7, 2014, attorney John H. Boyd of Prime Law Group, LLC,  was appointed to the position of McHenry County Hearing Officer.  Mr. Boyd has focused much of his legal practice in the areas of local government, property, land use & zoning, and civil litigation.  He looks forward listening to the citizens of the County regarding their variance requests, and is excited & humbled to represent the County of McHenry in this capacity.
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    Estate Planning Avoids Stress At A Difficult Time For Loved Ones

    Estate Planning Avoids Stress At A Difficult Time For Loved Ones
    Everyday life for busy families takes a lot of energy and can be draining even for those who make the effort to plan ahead and stay organized. When we're caught up with issues at work, helping kids with homework or running errands, it's easy to overlook the long term and the need for thorough estate planning. By taking the time to set up a will, you'll spare your surviving heirs and family members a lot of stress and confusion during a difficult time.   "Anyone who has experienced the passing of a loved one who did not have a will is going to realize the importance of a cohesive, clear plan," says Meaghan Alexander, a lawyer with Prime Law Group. The Woodstock-based firm offers clients a number of legal solutions including wills and trusts.   Along with decisions about where to distribute your property and finances, an estate plan can include instructions on tax issues, child c...
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    Employers Need to Consider Employees’ Use of Personal Mobile Devices for Work

    Some employers might think they have received a windfall when they allow or even encourage employees to use their laptops, smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices   for work, whether at the office or during non-working hours.   After all, the employer probably has not provided or paid for the employee’s own mobile device or the costs associated with it.   How can the employer go wrong? But the employer can go wrong.   Requiring or even allowing employees to use their own personal devices for work raises multiple work-related, legal concerns and can expose the employer to potential liability.   For example, use of the non-exempt employee’s own mobile device for work during non-working hours may trigger liability for overtime.   Consider employer liability when an employee who is using his or her personal cell phone or other mobile device while driving on...
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    Senate Bill 3552 heads to Governor would give counties power to remove appointees

      SB3552 Enrolled   LRB098 18619 JLK 55710 b 1        AN ACT concerning local government.     2        Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3   represented in the General Assembly:     4        Section 5.  The Counties Code is amended by changing Section 5   5-1133 as follows:   6        (55 ILCS 5/5-1133) 7        Sec. 5-1133.  Counties of greater than 300,000 but less than 8   2,000,000; reporting of information ; code of conduct for county 9   appointees . 10        (a)  A county board in a county with a population greater 11   than 300,000 but less than 2,000,000 may by ordinance require 12   any unit of local government or agency to which t...
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    DRAFTING A PREGNANCY AND PARENTAL-LEAVE POLICY IN ILLINOIS: OVERVIEW AND BEST PRACTICES

    Introduction to and Overview of Illinois Law An Illinois employer who falls within the purview of the Illinois Human Rights Act (Act) must consider many factors when drafting a pregnancy and parental-leave policy.   The Act prohibits discrimination in employment with regards to recruitment, hiring, promotion, renewal of employment, selection for training or apprenticeship, discharge, discipline, tenure or terms, privileges and conditions of employment.   Among the categories protected by the Act is sex, which is defined as the status of being male or female.   [775 ILCS 5/1-102(A); 775 ILCS 5/1-103(O)] Accordingly, the Act protects both males and females from discrimination in employment on the basis of sex.   While the Act explicitly prohibits discrimination against both male and female employees, an employer may lose sight of this tenet when it prepares a pregnancy ...
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    Jacqueline H. Lower joins Prime Law Group

    Jacqueline H. Lower joins Prime Law Group
    0 0 1 256 1462 Prime Law Group, LLC 12 3 1715 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}           Prime Law Group is proud to announce that Jacqueline H. Lower has joined the firm.   Ms. Lower practices in the multi-disciplinary area of employment, discrimination and labor law, providing counsel, evaluati...
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    Prepare to trade your privacy for your CCW

    January 1, 2014 marked the start of the mad rush for supporters of conceal and carry in Illinois to apply for their permits. It's been a long time coming, as Illinois was the last state in the Union to adopt some form of right-to-carry legislation. Granted, the State did so only after a Federal Court, in reversing the Illinois Supreme Court, ruled that citizens have a right to keep AND bear arms, which includes carrying a firearm outside of one's home,  Moore v. Madigan. According to FOX News Chicago, as of March 4, 2014, about 50,000 applications for conceal and carry had been filed, with nearly 5,000 permits being approved, and a relatively small number of applications being denied. According to their research, approximately 100 applications received objections from local and/or outside law enforcement agencies, resulting in a denial being sustained by the Illinois State Police. Two pe...
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    Illinois Speeding Laws

    Speeding laws have been amended recently.     You may have heard that the speed limit upon some Illinois interstate highways has been raised to 70 mph. However, you may not have heard that the threshold for a class A or class B misdemeanor speeding charge has been lowered by 5 mph. You will now be charged with a class B misdemeanor speeding charge under Sec. 11-601.5 if you exceed the speed limit by 26 mph; down from the previous 31 mph. Similarly, to be charged with a class A misdemeanor charge under Sec. 11-601.5 you need now only exceed the speed limit by 35 mph; down from the previous 40 mph. 0 0 1 121 695 Prime Law Group, LLC 5 1 815 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-paren...
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    Kathleen M. Laughlin joins Prime Law Group

    Kathleen M. Laughlin joins Prime Law Group
    Prime Law Group, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Kathleen M. Laughlin to its Woodstock office.   Ms. Laughlin received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Ms. Laughlin ’s legal experience consists of criminal prosecution as well as civil litigation.   While at Prime Law Group, LLC, Ms. Laughlin will be responsible for municipal prosecution, civil litigation, and family law.   Previously, she was a criminal prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office , in Arizona, and the Scott County Attorney's Office , in Minnesota, where she prosecuted traffic offenses, personal, property, and violent crimes. Ms. Laughlin has tried several cases to successful verdicts.   0 0 1 145 827 Prime Law Group, LLC 6 1 971 14...
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    Are you Named in a Lawsuit?

    Are you Named in a Lawsuit?
    If you are named as a Defendant in a lawsuit do not merely ignore the problem.  Doing nothing is a mistake.   Many people who are served with a Complaint, naming them as a Defendant in a lawsuit, do absolutely nothing.  In these cases, the Plaintiff can easily attain an order of default, a judgment from the Court, and statutory interest and/or attorney's fees in some cases.     You have rights.  By merely appearing and properly answering the Complaint you will force the Plaintiff to actually prove it's case against you.  This will, in most cases, save you money since you can call into question any exorbitant amounts the Plaintiff seeks, and will potentially allow you an opportunity to settle the matter for less than you may actually owe.   Timely addressing litigation, at the outset, is worth the time and effort.  Don't just hand the Plaintiff...
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