On March 15, 2013, major changes to patent laws took effect. Filing can be less expensive, but must be done quickly. It is no longer enough to prove you were the first to invent. First to file now wins. Getting good advice early is critical to protecting your idea. Consult with a qualified patent attorney or agent right away.Full Article
On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”). While it did bring higher taxes in some circumstances, one of the significant benefits of ATRA is that it provides a level of certainty in the estate tax area that we have not seen in more than a decade. Because the current federal estate tax law has no scheduled expiration, individuals are now in a much better position to plan for the future.Full Article
The purpose of bankruptcy is to give the honest, unfortunate person a fresh start. Everyone deserves the right to put the past behind them and to have a clean slate. Bankruptcy can be complicated and if someone is considering bankruptcy there are many issues to be aware of-- a successful case requires full financial disclosure with a bankruptcy attorney and a careful review of the current and past financial situation.Full Article
Gain control of your divorce with co-mediation.
A typical divorce scenario: A family with two young children with a stay-at-home mom. Mom thinks Dad won’t be able to take care of the kids properly. Dad thinks he will lose his connection to his kids because he will only see them every other weekend and a couple of evenings. He won’t be tucking the kids into bed. He won’t be part of their lives. The ensuing negotiation is emotional and traumatic for both of the parents and the children.Full Article
INAUGURATE YOUR 2013 WORKPLACE RESOLUTIONS
2012 was a challenging year for employers and employees. The difficult economy and high unemployment rates continued, and many employees lost their jobs (and benefits.) Still, companies used furloughs, reduced compensation and schedules, and other creative ways to retain employees while cutting expenses. Discrimination claims decreased but private employers paid record-breaking amounts to resolve EEOC charges. Learn from 2012 statistics, administrative and court rulings, and new laws and other hot buttons for 2013.Full Article
Please attend my employment law presentation on April 4!
Career Resource Center of Lake County (CRC)
"Legal Issues in Employment Law" - Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation; Worker Classification; Social Media at Work
Presented by Lori A. Goldstein, Employment Attorney and CRC Board Member
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 10:15 a.m.
CRC, 40 E. Old Mill Road, Suite 105, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Call (847) 295-5626 for more information or to RSVP. Would love to see you!Full Article
Last year brought key employment law news, issues, and decisions affecting employers and employees. Worker classification (overtime exempt vs. nonexempt, and independent contractor vs. employee) and stricter enforcement on unemployment compensation and payroll taxes was the norm, as governmental agencies sought to maintain public coffers.Full Article