Severance Agreements

Web Admin - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

severance agreements, Illinois employment law attorneyIndividuals who are facing termination from employment may be offered a severance package. The terms of this package are contained within a severance agreement. Employees facing termination should pay careful attention to the terms placed within the agreement and be sure that they understand what the terms mean before signing. 

Provisions in Severance Agreements

Severance agreements are important to employers and employees. For employers, they provide protection against the employee filing a lawsuit against the employer in the future. For employees, the agreement describes what payment and benefits they will receive. Additionally, provisions can be included to protect against what will be said to future prospective employers about the reasons for the termination. The following are several of the most common issues that are addressed in severance agreements: 

- Severance Pay: Payment for the termination is usually offered in some term of weeks (for example, five weeks of pay). It is common for the offer to be based on the length of employment, such as one week of pay for each year of employment.

- Vacation Pay: Employees are entitled to payment for earned, but unused vacation time.

- Non-compete Agreement: If the employer and employee entered into a non-compete agreement, the employer should provide a copy of it to the employee and remind him or her of the terms and conditions. Additionally, changes to the non-compete can be made during severance negotiations and placed in the agreement.

- Returning Equipment: A discussion of what happens to any property of the employer (such as a company phone, laptop, or keycards) that is in the possession of the employee should be included in the agreement. This provision should explain how and by what date the property must be returned.

- Future Jobs: For the terminated employee, it is likely that he or she will be searching for a new job. In that case, it is important for the employee and his or her former employer to agree on how the employer will communicate with prospective employers. If the employee and employer give different reasons for the termination, it can be detrimental in the search for a new job. Additionally, the parties may enter into a non-disparagement clause, which states that neither of them will make disparaging remarks about the other to third parties. A non-disparagement clause should specifically define what cannot be said.

- Claims Waived: This is often the most important provision for employers. Under this provision, the employee relinquishes any right to file a lawsuit against the employer. It should define all of the types of claims and lawsuits that are barred.

- Employees Over 40 Years Old: These types of employees are protected by the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA). Workers 40 years of age and older must be given 21 days to review the severance agreement prior to signing it. Further, they have seven days after signing the agreement to change their mind and revoke it. 

Helping Employees 

If you are faced with a severance agreement negotiation, you should contact a skilled Illinois employment law attorney as soon as possible. Our team can help you understand the provisions in severance agreements, which can help you secure benefits and protect your rights. We proudly represent individuals the communities of Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Palatine, Des Plaines, Rolling Meadows, Buffalo Grove, Barrington, Arlington Heights, Inverness, and Deer Park. We look forward to hearing from you. 

      Ken Apicella

      About the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Source: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/history/35th/thelaw/owbpa.html

The Family Medical Leave Act

Web Admin - Thursday, May 21, 2015

FMLA, Illinois, Crystal Lake employment lawyerFor various medical-related reasons, it may be necessary for a person to temporarily stop working. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides individuals with a means for doing this without running the risk of losing their job. It is important for both employers and employees to understand this special area of employment law.

What Does the FMLA Provide?

The FMLA allows workers to take an unpaid leave of absence from work for specified medical and family purposes with the continuation of insurance coverage according to the same provisions as if the employee did not take the leave of absence. Under the FMLA, an employer must return the employee to the same job or one that is nearly identical or equivalent. A nearly identical job includes the following:

  1. - Identical pay and benefits;
  2. - The same shift or general work schedule;
  3. - A geographically proximate worksite; and
  4. - The same or substantially similar duties, responsibilities, and status.

An eligible employee is eligible for 12 workweeks of leave in a one-year period for:

  1. - Childbirth and to provide for the child within twelve months of the birth;
  2. - The care of a child adopted or placed under foster care within one year of the placement of the child with the employee;
  3. - The care for a direct family member who has a serious health condition;
  4. - A health condition that prohibits the worker from being able to perform essential job functions; or
  5. - Any demand due to the fact that the employee’s direct family member is a covered military member on covered active duty, which is defined as duty during the deployment to a foreign country.

Alternatively, an eligible employee may be entitled to 26 workweeks of leave during a one-year period to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness if the employee is the service member’s direct relative.


The FMLA applies to the following:

  • - Public agencies; and
  • - Private employers with 50 or more employees for at least 20 weeks in the current or previous calendar year.

In order for an individual to be eligible, the employee must:

  1. 1. Work for a covered employer;
  2. 2. Have worked 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start date of the leave;
  3. 3. Work at a location where the employer has 50 or more employees within 75 miles; and
  4. 4. Have worked for the employer for 12 months.

The 12 months of work does not need to be consecutive. Further, under most circumstances, only employment within the last seven years is counted.

For more information about the requirements of the FMLA, whether you are an employer or employee, you should speak with an experienced Illinois employment law attorney. Our firm represents clients throughout the northwest suburbs, including Deer Park, Buffalo Grove, and Crystal Lake. 

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Employee Misclassification and Why It Matters

Web Admin - Monday, March 30, 2015

employment contract, Illinois employment law lawyerThe relationship between employers and employees comes with many legal complexities, and there are times when employers can improperly curtail employees' rights, either by accident or design. One common place where this sort of issue arises is through employee misclassification, the practice of designating an employee as an independent contractor. Although the decision of which of those classes a worker falls into is one for a court to decide, many employers choose to make an improper classification in order to avoid having to provide things like overtime pay or workers' compensation insurance.

What Misclassification Is

There are two classes of worker for many employment law purposes: employees and independent contractors. Generally speaking, the difference between the two is the amount of control that an employer exercises over them. The more control, the more likely the court is to find that an employer/employee relationship exists. However, there are actually a variety of factors that courts look to, including:

  • - How much direction the employer gives in how to complete tasks;
  • - The type of evaluation system the worker operates under;
  • - Whether the business trains the worker;
  • - Whether the business reimburses the worker's expenses;
  • - Whether the worker can work for other employers;
  • - How the worker is paid;
  • - Whether the relationship is intended to be long-term; and
  • - Whether the worker's services are a key part of the business.

Examples can often be helpful to understand whether someone qualifies as an employee or an independent contractor. For instance, a secretary working at an office for years probably qualifies as an employee because of the high amount of control the employer would retain, as well as the other factors. Conversely, an IT worker hired to set up the company's network would probably be an independent contractor because they are going about the work in their own way, and the job's duration is limited.

Why It Matters

This distinction matters because it affects the responsibility that an employer has towards the worker. Many of the legal protections afforded to workers are only given to people in an employer/employee relationship. For instance, many employers misclassify their employees in order to avoid paying overtime pay or to avoid providing workers' compensation insurance. They can also use misclassification to shift tax burdens onto the worker, by avoiding things like unemployment insurance and Social Security taxes.

A worker's classification is a matter for courts to decide, and how an employer has elected to treat the worker is immaterial. If you believe that you have been misclassified and are losing access to benefits like overtime pay or workers' compensation benefits, contact an experienced Illinois employment lawyer today. Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC serves workers in many northwest suburban towns, such as Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Inverness, Deer Park, and Arlington Heights.

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Changes to Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Regulations

Web Admin - Friday, February 06, 2015

Illinois wage payment, Rolling Meadows employment lawyerLast year, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) made a set of important changes to the regulations it uses to govern the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Although these changes are substantive and significant, relatively little has been publicized about the changes. Employers should take note of these new employment regulations to ensure that they are in compliance with the IDOL's new positions on various items, as they can have a serious impact on business operations. The new regulations make a variety of substantive changes, some of which are specific and mechanical, while others are broad and may represent new attitudes about enforcement at the IDOL.

The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act

The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act is a state statute that governs the way that employers are required to pay wages to their employees. These sorts of requirements include things like how often employers must pay their employees, how employers should handle final payments for terminated employees, and how to handle payments for striking workers. As with many laws, they are supported by a set of regulations. Unlike laws, regulations are promulgated by the administrative agencies that are tasked with enforcing the statute. Yet, like laws, regulations still have binding impact on employers, so it is important for employers to keep abreast of changes in the regulations.

The Changed Regulations

The IDOL recently changed the regulations that accompany the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act in a variety of different ways. These are just some of the more important changes.

The new regulations include a sweeping definition of an “agreement” between employees and employers. It means “a manifestation of mutual assent on the part of two or more persons.” The definition goes on to discuss the fact that agreements are broader than contracts and things like employee handbooks and past practices can constitute agreements, even over express disclaimers in some circumstances. This means that employers may end up binding themselves to prior wage practices permanently.

The new regulations also change certain notice and recordkeeping requirements. For instance, the regulations now require employers to provide written notice of a person's wage when they are hired and whenever that rate changes, to the extent possible. Additionally, employers must now keep records of the hours all employees work per week, regardless of whether any of the employees are actually subject to overtime requirements.

These are just some of the changes that the IDOL recently made to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act regulations. If you are concerned about your company's compliance or believe that your employer is violating your rights as an employee, contact an Illinois employment law attorney today. Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC serves many different clients across the northwest suburban area, including in towns like Rolling Meadows, Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, and Deer Park.

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Retaliatory Discharge and Whistleblower Claims in Illinois

Web Admin - Thursday, January 30, 2014

illinois whistleblower employment lawyerIllinois law creates something called an “at-will” employment relationship between an employee and an employer. Ordinarily, this means that an employer may fire an employee for any reason or even no reason at all. But, Illinois law does create an exception in cases of retaliatory discharge.

A retaliatory discharge occurs when an employer fires an employee for taking an action that is protected by either a statute or general public policy. One of the most common actions that gives rise to a retaliatory discharge claim is an employer's firing of an employee after “whistleblowing.” Whistleblowing means that an employee reported suspected illegal conduct by the employer to the government, and it is protected by 740 ILCS 174.

Illinois Whistleblower Protection

Illinois law provides statutory protection to whistleblowers, so that their employers cannot fire them in retaliation for their reporting. However, the law has a limited set of actions that qualify as whistleblowing for the purposes of legal protection. Employers may not fire their employees for reporting their illegal conduct to a government or law enforcement agency, testifying against them in court, or refusing to perform an illegal act. Furthermore, the information that the employee provides does not actually have to expose any illegal conduct on the part of the employer. Instead, the employee merely needs a reasonable belief that the information involves an illegal act.

The law also contains a few other miscellaneous provisions. It prohibits employers from putting in place policies that that would prevent an employee from disclosing information that they believed involved an illegal act on the part of the employer. Additionally, the law includes a catch-all provision, designed to provide broader protection to whistleblowers. It forbids employers from retaliating against employees for attempting to expose any “public corruption or wrongdoing.”

In addition to forbidding retaliatory discharge, the law also recognizes other types of actions as retaliation. Generally speaking, the law forbids employers to retaliate with “materially adverse employment actions.” While termination is certainly the most common, other things like demotions, pay cuts, transfers and shift changes may qualify under certain circumstances.

In the event that the employee proves that they suffered retaliation, the law provides them with a variety of remedies, including:

  • • Reinstatement; 
  • • Back pay with interest; 
  • • and Compensation for damages from the violation.

If you believe that you suffered a retaliatory discharge for whistleblowing or some other protected act, contact a Chicago employment lawyer today. Call 847-934-6000 to speak to a member of our team. We serve many Northwest Suburban areas including Barrington, Palatine, Schaumburg, and other surrounding communities.

About the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Recent Posts


Illinois job attorney hands free device medical research privacy laws Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer Chicago insurance law firm Palatine personal injury lawyer Palatine corporate attorney car accident wage theft Chicago employment attorney Des Plaines tax law firm Illinois medical malpractice case boating DUI truck collisions Crystal Lake car accident attorney traffic violations defense crossover accidents Inverness personal injury attorney Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer holiday statistics unpaid assessment Joliet general practice lawyers Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys Chicago traffic lawyer Illinois pedestrian accident attorney BAIID insurance claim delay marijuana Illinois employment law personal injury Illinois trusts attorney Do Not Resuscitate fiduciary rule delay Rolling Meadows insurance attorney Rolling Meadows Attorney agent Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys denied insurance claim estate planning Illinois employment law firm healthcare claims Home Remodeling Repair Act Illinois workers compensation lawyer Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer texting while driving distracted driving accident victims compensatory time denial of life insurance breathalyzer test Buffalo Grove employment lawyer suspended license rollover accidents Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers texting and driving capital gains tax Chicago trucking accident attorney CAM Arlington Heights trucking lawyer income distribution deducation Self-Directed IRA Accounts workers compensation benefits life insurance claims back injuries employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, life insurance lawyer Schaumburg car accident attorney Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers pedestrian accident contracts Crystal Lake car accident lawyer construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation Illinois real estate lawyer Schaumburg criminal law attorney Barrington boating accident attorney accidental death benefits Illinois employee rights attorney. insurance dispute attorney Illinois employment laws Barrington estate planning lawyer Rolling Meadows employment law attorney cell phone tower data construction accidents traumatic brain injury cell phone accidents Inverness estate planning lawyer healthcare Inverness elder law lawyer Schaumburg estate planning attorney overtime pay gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney loopholes marijuana crimes attorney Des Plaines civil attorney Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers rent to own real estate contracts Barrington litigation attorney IRA benefits Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney Illinois wills and trusts commercial real estate trucking accident lawyers trust payments fiduciary rule problem employees insurance disputes license suspension Illinois Probate Act of 1975 life insurance Illinois insurance claims lawyers Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers employment lawyer Barrington employment law firm fault based insurance FSLA Barrington attorney Landlord Tenant Ordinance car crash modern family estate planning power of attorney motorcycle accident Palatine civil attorney Illinois traffic attorney Illinois speeding lawyer Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer institutional trustee Des Plaines accident attorney spinal cord injury Illinois mortgages Rolling Meadows employment attorney Des Plaines real estate attorney Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer wills Chicago lawyer Illinois personal injury Des Plaines collections attorney pregnant women license revocation Illinois workers compensation attorney elder law Rolling Meadows tax attorney wrongful termination insurance claim dispute attorney digital evidence health insurance dispute Rolling Meadows accident lawyer advance healthcare directive federal regulations for LLCs POA paid sick leave Inverness real estate attorney DUI penalities Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer auto accidents workers comp Illinois workplace discrimination attorney BAC criminal record estate planning attorney Schaumburg Attorney Illinois insurance lawyer Schaumburg personal injury attorney Crystal Lake employment law attorney investment property severance agreements Illinois workplace lawyer Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act Palatine punch death Illinois traffic attorneys Illinois wrongful termination lawyer Illinois DUI attorney breach of contract Buffalo Grove probate lawyer liens Illinois LLC creation digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers dog bites Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers DMV personal injury claim traffic tickets bicycle accidents Retaliatory Discharge GM ignition switches Illinois pet lawyer Riverwoods estate planning lawyer traffic deaths estate planning lawyer pedestrian-automobile accident Palatine probate lawyer Schaumburg construction accident lawyer Barrington criminal defense lawyer Palatine injury attorney Schaumburg employment law attorneys Illinois estate planning law firm FMLA traffic laws corporate law Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Illinois will lawyer Barrington personal injury attorney Deer Park medical malpractice attorney Illinois insurance claim attorney probate lawyer Super Mario Barrington workers compensation attorney real estate attorney Illinois construction accident attorney Barrington personal injury lawyer civil litigation attorney Deer Park DUI lawyer Illinois estate planning criminal DGAA Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer murder defense employment law, Illinois employment laws Illinois traffic ticket lawyer subcontractor right to work traffic violations Illinois attorney probate claims Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm Illinois lawyer insurance adjusters DUI defense Forcible Entry workers compensation Illinois medical malpractice lawyers living trust benefits Kenilworth estate planning lawyer Inverness accident lawyer mass shooting Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer Deer Park real estate law firm rumble strips medication errors Long Grove estate planning attorneys Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney Illinois Trust Code pizza emoji PTSD Illinois employment law attorney Arlington Heights TBI attorney murder charges creditors Buffalo Grove corporate attorney Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Schaumburg civil litigation attorney trustee speeding coronavirus Deer Park criminal attorney Palatine business attorney Illinois business law atorneys consent to a search Palatine corporate law attorneys drug possession Legal Info Buffalo Grove real estate attorney uninsured motorist boating accidents Deer Park employment law attorney employees Schaumburg real estate lawyer social media after death blended families pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality surgical mistakes Palatine trusts lawyer drugs brain injury Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer vacation home fines caretaker rights appealing an insurance claim Schaumburg elder law lawyer Illinois jet ski accident lawyer Illinois driving without license South Barrington real estate lawyer Long Grove estate planning attorney Arlington Heights insurance attorney Rolling Meadows probate lawyer Illinois boating accident lawyer Crystal Lake personal injury attorney workplace sexual harassment digital assets unauthorized overtime pedestrian accidents Illinois injury lawyer residential real estate preventable medical errors Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer Fourth of July Illinois personal injury lawyers meal breaks Illinois car accident attorney Palatine estate planning lawyer Illinois employment attorneys Palatine traffic lawyer home inspection lawyer Arlington Heights employment law attorneys Illinois elder law attorney Arlington Heights injury attorney Arlington Heights criminal lawyer Liquor Control Act spinal cord injuries insurance denials Barrington civil litigation attorney Arlington Heights accident attorney employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys Chicago estate planning South Barrington real estate attorney operating agreements IRELA insurance dispute hit and run accident trucking accidents Schaumburg personal injury lawyer Inverness corporate attorney Palatine insurance lawyer insurance attorney Arlington Heights tax lawyer Illinois tax attorney Jay Andrew Rolling Meadows traffic attorney gift taxes Palatine elder law attorney traumatic brain injuries Schaumburg wrongful death attorney power of attorney for healthcare Rolling Meadows Illinois small business Chicago employment lawyer products liability Palatine law firm employment contract reckless homicide automated cars Arlington Heights car accident lawyer Chicago attorney Illinois business lawyer Chicago insurance claim attorneys Chicago corporate attorney distracted driving accidents insurance claim estate attorney Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer license reinstatement Arlington Heights car crash attorneys Palatine drug lawyer involuntary manslaughter Illinois real estate Illinois medical malpractice attorney landlord commercial leases comparative negligence filing a medical malpractice claim Crystal Lake injury attorney Illinois corporate lawyer civil litigation golf accidents sole proprietorship Colin Gilbert real estate lawyer Schaumburg criminal attorney business litigation Crystal Lake employment lawyer dynasty trusts estate planning trusts vacation home car accident lawyer Illinois collections attorney Arlington Heights Attorney Barrington employment law attorney living trust Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer pain and suffering expungement criminal law homestead rights commercial leasing insurance denial appeals Schaumburg probate attorney Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission ObamaCare Illinois bicycle safety TBI Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer overtime violations Arlington Heights lawyer Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Schaumburg traffic lawyer low-ball insurance settlement Palatine civil litigation lawyer Illinois insurance attorney Palatine employment lawyer ken apicella slip and fall boating under the influence startup company employee rights hiring employees Long Grove real estate lawyer Rolling Meadows criminal attorney Inverness injury lawyer employment law blood alcohol content elder abuse Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer drunk driving statistics Des Plaines DUI attorney taxes Barrington injury attorney insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys natural gas explosion Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer employee discrimination real estate leasing revenge porn whistleblower protections Kenilworth estate planning attorney Illinois trucking safety Inverness probate lawyer Crystal Lake accident attorney premises liability Arlington Heights employment attorney employee misclassification tax attorney Crystal Lake will lawyer Transfer on Death Instrument liability Mount Prospect elder law attorney Crystal Lake insurance lawyer Illinois Sales Representative Act Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer pay when paid contract personal injury accidents Palatine Attorney anesthesia errors Class A misdemeanor Crystal Lake business law attorneys sexual harassment swimming pools Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer IRA trust transfer real estate closing Illinois Human Rights Act Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys Schaumburg estate attorney Crystal Lake traffic attorney Deer Park personal injury lawyer digital information Barrington Traffic Lawyer Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument Illinois law Deer Park accident attorney Buffalo Grove injury lawyer jet ski accidents driving traffic accidents real estate attorneys Des Plaines claims law firm car crash injuries Illinois wills and trusts attorneys Illinois personal injury attorney license Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Des Plaines injury law firm Inverness traffic law firm deed transfer DNR Illinois Smoke Detector Act estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys trench injuries living trust vs will Palatine employment law lawyer Illinois living will Inverness insurance attorney privacy changes to mortgage law Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer Illinois red light cameras sexual images Barrington drug crime attorney drug crime financial advisors Arlington Heights traffic attorney Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer probate claims process Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney unpaid overtime murder first degree murder Palatine traffic accidents Arlington Heights real estate lawyer Chicago biking tips Illinois civil litigation lawyer rest breaks Barrington employment attorney jet ski rollover car crashes independent contractor Long Grove estate planning condo condo association Illinois rollover accident lawyers Inverness DUI lawyer federal crimes LLCs no contest clauses Illinois personal injury lawyer forming a corporation in Illinois llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Illinois defective products attorney foreclosure Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers job lawyers landlord tenant law personal injury lawyer Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, personal injury claims icy parking lots Illinois home inspection employment attorney Attorney Ken Apicella liability claims insurance agents insurance agent negligence Schaumburg estate planning lawyer construction contracts attorney fees drug crimes lawyer loss of consortium field sobriety test Barrington criminal lawyer real estate zoning work unions insurance claim denial new real estate form probate process insurance claims Des Plaines pet law attorney Illinois estate planning attorney senior citizens Inverness civil lawyer deadly crashes Illinois employment lawyer Deer Park traffic lawyer clemency Illinois registered agent Palatine criminal defense lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute Fair Labor Standards Act Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney bike accident Des Plaines personal injury lawyer manufacturing wrongful death Illinois insurance dispute lawyers DUI attorney insurance negligence Crystal Lake pet attorney Whistleblower Claims preventing accidents special needs trust Inverness real estate lawyer denied insurance claims Palatine real estate lawyer Schaumburg drug defense lawyer Long Grove real estate attorney Colin H. Gilbert food poisoning drunk driving Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers BUI medical malpractice DUI traffic offenses Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys natural gas nursing home negligence bicycle dooring accidents Deer Park workers compensation lawyer Barrington real estate lawyer Deer Park traffic accident attorney defective products lawyer digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, eluding a police officer foreclosed rental property Chicago will attorney Barrington medical malpractice lawyers Buffalo Grove law firm wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace college kids Crystal Lake employment attorney fatal car accidents installment contracts medical malpractice claims guardianship attorney insurance claim denials drug crimes Arlington Heights estate planning attorney Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney dram shop law Chicago estate planning lawyer pet law head on collisions car accidents wills and trusts IRS internet Schaumburg personal injury lawyers minimum wage Des Plaines criminal attorney probate Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer Mt Prospect Attorney Schaumburg injury lawyer medical marijuana medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers probate fees product liability estate plan School Visitation Rights Act estate planning for college students personal injury law firm Des Plaines Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Detainer Actions caregiver underfunded trust controlled substance mortgage ACA cell phone Rolling Meadows traffic law firm Buffalo Grove traffic attorney insurance claim dispute Illinois criminal defense attorney Schaumburg corporate attorney Schaumburg employment attorney defective products Policy Cancellation Barrington estate planning attorney Affordable Care Act in terrorem provision car collision comp time trusts trauma after an accident slip and fall accidents Des Plaines real estate lawyer Palatine employment attorney Illinois traffic laws Rolling Meadows real estate attorney Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer Schaumburg insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys estate tax Palatine workers compensation lawyer Illinois medical malpractice claim child safety car accident lawyers Illinois probate lawyer real estate contract living wills Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer pet bites civil rights violation unfunded trust traffic crimes Kenilworth estate planning attorneys Chicago car accident lawyer Crystal Lake traffic lawyer Thanksgiving small business Des Plaines drug lawyer Barrington business law firm medical malpractice compensation car crashes Crystal Lake law firm irrevocable trust Home Sale Contingencies Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers Schaumburg insurance lawyers dealing with problem employees Illinois employment law attorneys criminal defense real estate Family Medical Leave Act Exclusions Palatine construction attorney Des Plaines personal injury attorney Crystal Lake tax lawyer Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers owner responsibility Rolling Meadows business lawyer Illinois traffic accident lawyer bad faith insurance claims Illinois insurance disputes Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney life insurance policy underage DUI Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer personal injury attorney underinsured motorist Des Plaines insurance attorney Mount Prospect real estate lawyer estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Employment Discrimination Law disability benefits