Arizona Cannabis Lawyer Book Consult Now Arizona Cannabis Lawyer | Tom Dean Arizona Cannabis Lawyer Arizona cannabis lawyer, Thomas Dean, joins to discuss the cannabis initiatives Arizona has in the works for 2020. ‘Smart and Safe Arizona’ is standing out as the prominent initiative but does it include your right to grow at home, or address social equity? What licenses will be available under ‘Smart and Safe Arizona’, and how much will it cost to open a dispensary in Arizona? We answer these questions and more on today’s episode of Cannabis Legalization News.   Listen to it on PodCast…
One may wonder how I go about deciding what cases to blog on from week to week. Well, I look in a variety of places: fellow legal bloggers; a Google alert set to the ADA; LinkedIn, Lexblog, and law 360. I subscribe to Law 360 and it is worth every penny. I am able to get a variety of cases and documents without having to use the convoluted pacer system. Many of the documents are free because I am a paid subscriber. Very importantly, Law 360 has an army of legal journalists looking for legal cases in their area. Law…
If you have been charged with domestic battery, the prosecution must still prove all the elements of your offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Under one definition, the state must prove you were in a dating relationship. But how much of a relationship is enough? Under Illinois law, a defendant is guilty of domestic battery if he or she causes bodily harm to any family or household member. (See 720 ILCS 5/12- 3.2(a)(1). A family or household member can be someone who has or has had a dating or engagement relationship with you, but does not include a casual acquaintanceship…
I believe most would agree, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) interpretative guidance typically provides useful insight to employers navigating often tricky wage and hour laws. This was not the case with the DOL’s decades-old guidance regarding whether an employer was a “retail or service establishment” and could claim an overtime exemption for certain employees paid on commission under Section 7(i) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In its interpretative guidance, the DOL created lists of industries that were either not recognized as retail establishments, or could possibly be recognized as retail establishments. In an action that should be mostly…
Contributed by Jacqueline Lentini McCullough, May 27, 2020 U.S. Immigration laws and regulations have always required immigration attorneys to have a certain level of creativity to problem solve. Keeping current on regulation changes, combined with creativity, helped me navigate the paths to my clients’ goals even when they took unexpected turns. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken creative problem solving and preparedness to a whole new level. Here are six situations I am helping clients navigate. Work-from-Home Effect on H-1Bs U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a traditional organization that has not caught up with some of the modern…
As part of Illinois’s path to re-opening those businesses shut-down or limited by Illinois’s stay at home orders, the state government, through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, has released guidelines for a multitude of businesses and business settings to implement in order to re-open. There are plans and kits for retailers, manufacturers, offices, salons, spas, fitness centers, camps, and bars and restaurants, to name a few. The guidelines for bars and restaurants are extensive and you should review them prior to designing and considering your plans for re-opening to ensure compliance as deviations from the guidelines might…
There is still time to register for the CMAP webinar “Tools for Effective Virtual Meetings,” scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, May 28, from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Information about the webinar and registration is below: COVID-19 presents new challenges for those hosting public meetings, as communities pivot to incorporate online platforms and tools to reach their audiences and effectively engage a broader constituency. Join CMAP and leaders from Highland Park, Kimley-Horn and Ancel Glink, who are successfully navigating the new world of public engagement in the time of COVID-19. Speakers include:…
As the country slowly begins to open back up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, many individuals and families will soon be in the market for a new home. In fact, the spring season is usually one of the busiest times of the year for the real estate industry, and this year is not likely to be an exception. It is not uncommon for a person to buy a home without the help of a real estate attorney. However, there is value in hiring one to help with your transaction. This is especially true if you run into…
A contract is defined as a legally binding agreement that recognizes and governs the rights and duties of those involved, whether it be two or more parties. An agreement typically involves the exchange of goods, services, money, or the promise of doing so later on. In today’s business world, contract disputes are fairly common, regardless of the industry. When an agreement is drafted and signed, this binds the parties together for a period of time. However, when one party deviates from the terms of the agreement, this is known as a breach of contract. Employees usually have to sign a…
Divorce can sometimes bring out the worst in people. In some cases, a resentful spouse may resort to stalking or harassing their spouse in an attempt to get their attention or intimidate them into meeting divorce-related demands. Stalking can include repeatedly showing up at the spouse’s home, school, or workplace, or it may involve repeatedly contacting the spouse over the phone or via text messages, email, or social media. Whether you have been a victim of abuse, stalking, or another form of domestic violence, you should know that you have several options under Illinois law that can help keep you…
Yesterday, Tuesday, May 26, Chief Judge Pallmeyer entered a Fourth Amended General Order updating the first three (which extended all civil deadlines 28 days, an additional 21 days and 28 more days, for 77 total days) and further addressing the “Coronavirus COVID-19 public Emergency.” The fourth amended order did not grant any additional blanket extensions. The Court did suspend jury trials until after August 3, 2020. And, absent contrary directions from a specific judge, suspended courtesy copy requirements through July 15, 2020. Judges are free to hold hearings, bench trials and settlement conferences, although they should only be in-person…
“Bicyclist Safety on US Roadways: Crash Risks and Countermeasures” The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published a recent report to bring society up to speed regarding its interpretation of bicyclists’ safety in the United States. While increased access to bicycles and reliance on them as a main mode of transportation brings numerous positives to the community, such as awareness of cyclists’ rights on the roadway, unfortunately it also brings serious negatives such as heightened rates of serious personal injuries and deaths of bicyclists. The report cites that “since 2017, 806 bicyclists died in collisions with motor vehicles which was comparable to…
For most, their home is the single most valuable asset of the marriage. But did you know that in Illinois, if one owns a house prior to marriage, it is considered his or her non-marital property? Upon divorce, the owning spouse takes back the entire asset (including all the equity accumulated during the marriage). Whether you are already married to somebody who owned a home before the marriage or are planning to marry somebody who currently owns a home, you have a few options to protect yourself: • If you have not yet married, use a prenuptial agreement to protect…
Town of Cicero Sues City View Multicare Center for Lack of Coronavirus-Related Infection Control Measures On May 1, the Town of Cicero filed a scathing complaint against City View Multicare Center, LLC, the State of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Governor JB Pritzker, in his official capacity. The complaint came after Cicero officials and essential workers became aware of a “troubling uptick in illness at City View” along with concerning conditions at City View that started nearly two months prior to the pandemic. According to town reports, the complaint timeline for a series of dangerous coronavirus…
The Illinois General Assembly completed its May session early on Sunday morning, and passed a variety of bills that have now been sent to the Governor. We have summarized below some of the key decisions made by the General Assembly in the weekend session that include (1) budget/funding; (2) workers compensation; (3) liquor regulations; (4) township meetings; and (5) library non-resident fees. We will be reporting on other legislation in more detail as it is considered by the Governor and update you on legislation that is signed into law. Budget/Funding Legislation The IML prepared a summary of the legislation adopted…
Before a child is in kindergarten, they love you completely no matter what you’ve done. The child will barely even know you’re divorced or separated from the other parent.  It’s a very special time to be a parent but most of us have to work and miss a lot of that of that time.  While we’re working, the child will usually be in a daycare.  How do you determine which daycare your child will attend and who will pay for that daycare during and after an Illinois divorce or custody matter? What Daycare Will My Child Attend During And After…