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Pitfalls and Challenges in Obtaining a Tax Deed Most properties sold at the annual tax sale result in redemption. “Redemption” is the formal name for the repayment of the unpaid taxes by the owner or interested party. Depending on your Read More….
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Buying a Tax Lien – Understanding the process and obligations. There are three kinds of tax lien sales in Illinois; Annual, Forfeiture and Scavenger Sales.  The annual and forfeiture sales are similar in that the buyer purchases the tax lien Read More….
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Quiet Title – Avoiding Property Disputes Before They Happen. How many neighbors have fallen out over an extension that has been built, blocking out some of the sunlight into the next-door neighbor’s house, or a hedge planted over the property line, Read More….
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Recent Changes to Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Creates New Risk for Primary Contractors The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (Wage Act) is a powerful statute which creates significant penalties for employers who fail to pay their employees earned wages and Read More….
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When a relative dies without a will, your family may not know what to do. Problems you may encounter include how to deal with funeral expenses, how to cover immediate bills, and what to do about the estate. No Will? Read More….
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SUBROGATION: ITS APPLICATION BY ILLINOIS COURTS.  In Illinois, the general rule is that lien priority is awarded to whoever records a lien against property first.  This concept is often referred to as “first in time, first in right.”  UnionBank v. Read More….
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Real Estate Transactions and Powers of Attorney (what if I cannot make the closing) Selling your home can be stressful. Between home repairs, costs, and the frustration of moving, it is enough to be a full-time job. This is usually Read More….
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What is Title Insurance and do I need it? What is Title Insurance? Title insurance protects home buyers and mortgage lenders against defects in title. Title is a document which shows legal ownership of a property. Title will show past Read More….
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SUBROGATION: WHY THE FIRST TO RECORD A LIEN ISN’T ALWAYS THE ONE WITH THE BEST LIEN POSITION. In Illinois, the general rule is that lien priority is awarded to whoever records a lien against property first.  In other words, a Read More….
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EASEMENTS: HOW ONE CAN GIVE SOMEONE ELSE A RIGHT TO USE YOUR PROPERTY. If you own property, there is a good chance that it is subject to an Easement.  Easements can be relatively new, created within the last few years, Read More….
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ADVERSE POSSESSION: CAN YOU GET PROPERTY FOR NOTHING? In Illinois, it is possible to develop a claim to property that was never originally yours or never officially conveyed to you.  This is the doctrine of Adverse Possession, sometimes commonly referred Read More….
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