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October 1, 2018

RSP Supports Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

RSP participated in the 2018 Race Judicata® on Thursday, September 13th

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October 1, 2018

Laurie A. Montplaisir Launches IFA's New Midwest Chapter

Partner, Laurie A. Montplaisir, launches the new Midwest Chapter of the International Factoring Association (IFA)

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June 27, 2018

RSP to Sponsor Voices for Illinois Children's 2018 Benefit: Raise Your Voice

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June 19, 2018

RSP to Sponsor Cancer Wellness Center's 2018 Golf Outing

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May 21, 2018

Connecting at the 2018 ICSC RECon

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SPRING 2017

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO COURT?

Clients and witnesses frequently ask: "What should I wear to court?" Appearance and fashion may seem like frivolous topics, but they are not. How a person dresses for a court appearance sends an unspoken signal of respect or likewise disrespect to the judge and the jury...

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August 22, 2016

Kymn Harp publishes latest book - Illinois Commercial Real Estate: Due Diligence to Closing, With Checklists

This practical handbook is a unique resource for investors, developers, brokers, lenders, attorneys and others interested in commercial real estate projects in Illinois. It provides best-practice guidance gleaned from Harp’s lifetime of experience growing up in a real estate family and his nearly four decades of experience as a commercial real estate attorney.

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SPRING 2015

REDUCE YOUR TAXES WITH THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION TAX INCENTIVE PROGRAM

To give the public an incentive to preserve historic buildings, the US Government created the Federal Historic Preservation Tax...

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WINTER 2015

WANT TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN? DON'T NAME THEM AS BENEFICIARIES OF YOUR IRA

July 26, 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against...

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FALL 2014

WANT TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN? DON'T NAME THEM AS BENEFICIARIES OF YOUR IRA

Filling out the beneficiary designation form on an Individual Retirement Account is usually a no-brainer...

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SPRING 2014

MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN ILLINOIS -- DID YOU EVER THINK YOU'D SEE THE DAY?

Haze surrounds Illinois' medical marijuana law even before qualified patients can legally light up...

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SUMMER 2014

NEW CHICAGO ORDINANCE DRAMATICALLY AFFECTS PURCHASERS OF FORECLOSED RENTAL PROPERTY

The American economy is comig back, and it appears that now is the time to buy property...

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WINTER 2013

Dr. Samuel Mudd: Innocent country doctor, or Lincoln assassination conspirator?

At Ford's Theatre in Washington on April 14, 1865, three days after the Civil War ended, the infamous actor John Wilkes Booth assassinated Illinois' greatest lawyer...

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SPRING 2013

Tax Increment Financing: Not exactly free money, but pretty darn close

Starting a new business? Expanding an existing one? How would you like some finacial help...

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FALL 2013

Keep your pooch leashed and quiet

Nigh on 40 years ago, a nascent attorney with more energy, hunger and fire in his belly than this now sedentary senior lawyer, took on a case of little magnitude but of very high principle...

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WINTER 2013

DRUNK DRIVING: BIG MISTAKE AND BAD IDEA, WITH PENALTIES TO MATCH

Frank Sinatra used to warble about having "one for my baby, and one more for the road." But that "one"....

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FALL 2012

Common Elements and Limited Common Elements: Common Condominium Questions

As condominium living becomes more common, those who buy condominium units should be aware of what they are purchasing and what rights they have in the common elements of the condominium.

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FALL 2011

A Man's Home May Be His Castle, But Who Needs A Castle Anyway?

Long ago and far away, in another galaxy, people generally passed through life with one spouse and one home. Ownership of a home was both an aspiration and a commitment.

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WINTER 2011

Consumers Beware and Businesses Rejoice: Supreme Court Curtails Class Action Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed large corporations two major victories. In the first case, the court held that businesses may lawfully block consumer class action lawsuits by including mandatory individual arbitration clauses in their contracts. AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S.Ct. 1740.

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SPRING 2011

Service Dogs and Miniature Horses for the Disabled

A priest, a blind man, and a horse walk into a bar... After March 2011, that no longer was the opening line of a silly joke: it became the law of the land, well sort of.

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FALL 2011

"The Greatest Show on Earth," or is it?

Animal lovers were recently elated that the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus agreed to pay a $270,000 fine for mistreatment of performing animals.

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SUMMER 2010

ANNA NICOLE SMITH’S ESTATE: KEEPING UP WITH THE LATEST LEGAL DRAMA

Only a few do not know of the infamous Playboy playmate, Anna Nicole Smith. But, only a few would recognize the name J. Howard Marshall II. While performing at a strip club in Houston when she was 24, Anna Nicole Smith (then Vickie Lynn Lawrence) met the elderly Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II, 63 years her senior. Anna Nicole married J. Howard in 1994. Thirteen months later, at the ripe old age of 90, J. Howard died and left an estate valued at $1.6 billion.

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SPRING 2010

IS YOUR CONDOMINIUM DISTRESSED OUT?

Municipalities have a new weapon to combat stalled condominium developments. The Illinois Condominium Property Act now allows municipalities to regain condominium housing stock that is lying in waste as a result of developers’ fraudulent schemes or financial misfortunes. A municipality may commence a suit in court to regain control of “distressed condominium property” through either appointment of a receiver, forcing the property to be de-converted from a condominium by court order or compelling the sale of the entire project. 765 ILCS 605/14.5.

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WINTER 2010

WHEN TO HOLD ‘EM, WHEN TO FOLD ‘EM

Legal video gaming comes to Illinois – or maybe it doesn’t Video gaming is an electronic video game machine into which the player inserts cash and then plays a card game like poker or blackjack against the machine. Video gaming is a form of gambling and has always been strictly illegal in Illinois, outside of licensed riverboat casinos.

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FALL 2009

CUBS WIN WORLD SERIES –

About as likely as the Cubs filing bankruptcy. Much has been made about the off-again, on-again sale of the Chicago Cubs by the Tribune. We have a winner of the bidding war! Negotiations are going fine! Cubs’ parent,the Tribune, files bankruptcy! Tribune’s bankruptcy won’t affect the sale! The dealis done! Last minute hang ups! The deal’s not done. New bidder group contacted!

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WINTER 2009

THE MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE CRISIS:

How did we get to where we are and where are we going? If you have been reading the newspapers, listening to talk radio or watching the TV news, you have become both acutely aware and often immune to terms such as “mortgage foreclosure crisis,” “predatory lending,” “subprime loans,” and “adjustable rate mortgages (ARMS).”

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