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    Six years after an Effingham County judge signed a March 2007 order that closed Walter L. Carlen’s estate and discharged the executor, the estate’s sole judgment-creditor, First State Bank of Beecher — which scored a $139,470 judgment against the estate in 1998 based on several promissory notes — petitioned to reopen the estate so it could revive the unpaid judgment and add post-judgment interest.
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    Dear Snap-D: We are merging next year and would like to get the messaging correct and get it to all key stakeholders. What is the best approach to reaching everyone?
  • Jeff’s Sidebar

    In the 1980s, Ronald E. Stackler’s practice, like my partner’s and mine, concentrated on the defense of professionals who require state licenses to practice their profession. Doctors, real estate brokers, architects, engineers, beauticians. Even farriers, back then.
  • The Buzz

    When Ernie Banks died in January, there was tremendous publicity regarding the legendary athlete’s will and his relationship with his caretaker, Regina Rice. Just three months prior to his death, Banks signed estate-planning documents disinheriting his estranged wife and children and leaving all his assets to Rice.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    In 1990, in an effort to attract investment of foreign capital into domestic projects, Congress created an employment-based preference category for issuing visas to qualified foreigners seeking to gain legal residency in the United States. Because this category is the fifth employment-based visa category created, it has become commonly known as EB-5.
  • Life in the Workplace

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a Muslim job applicant who was not hired by Abercrombie & Fitch because, according to a district manager, the applicant’s headscarf, which she wore for religious purposes, would violate Abercrombie’s dress code.
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  • Beyond the Playing Field

    Over the last century, the intellectual property protection afforded to leagues, teams and athletes in the sports domain has expanded significantly. In fact, due to the vast popularity of sports as a cultural pillar in the United States, a great deal of modern intellectual property law actually derives from sports-related disputes. Many of the things we associate with sports in the modern context would not exist but for the evolution of intellectual property law.
  • Juris Endurance

    Eating a small snack before a run can increase your speed and endurance. Make sure your snack provides protein, carbs and anitoxidants that can help repair your muscles.
  • More than 35,000 college athletes and cadets at U.S. service academies are helping researchers write a new, extensive and groundbreaking chapter in the study and tracking of concussions.
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  • Practice in the City

    I know I have written a lot over the past few years about the concept of mindfulness. On the surface, it may not appeal to some lawyers.
  • NEW YORK — Independent record label founder Allen Kovac had planned to remove the music by his artists from iTunes a week ahead of the launch of Apple Music.
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  • Literary Argument

    With Cook County Associate Judge Thomas More Donnelly, I serve as co-chair of the Literature and Law Committee of the Illinois Judges Association. Retired judge Stuart H. Shiffman from Sangamon County serves on this committee as well. Judge Shiffman reported that a certain novel published in 1964 was among his favorites.
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