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Firm Partner Appointed Associate Judge in Cook County

Prominent Lawrence Kamin partner and litigation attorney, Mitchell B. Goldberg, has been appointed as an Associate Judge in the Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago.  Mitch was one of 44 candidates selected from 225 applicants by a nominating committee led by Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans.  Each applicant was evaluated by…

Remembering Attorney and Colleague Désirée L. Grode

The Lawrence Kamin family mourns the loss of our respected colleague and friend, Désirée L. Grode, who passed away on February 12, 2021.  Désirée recently joined our Estate Planning practice in 2020 as an “Of Counsel” attorney assisting clients with their estate planning and probate administration matters. She exhibited great passion for her…

In Memoriam: Paul B. Uhlenhop
In Memoriam:  Paul B. Uhlenhop 1936-2021 Beloved Partner, Colleague, and Friend

Paul Buscher Uhlenhop, 84, a Senior Partner of Lawrence Kamin, LLC and prominent legal expert in…

Estate Planning Emerges As a Critical Need, Timely Opportunity Amidst Pandemic

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep through the United States, schools are shuttering for the Fall session, employers are extending remote work plans, and the nation’s healthcare system is preparing for an upward trend in positive COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and, sadly, deaths. With the rates at which people have suddenly fallen ill and become incapacitated from…

SBA Issues New Forms, Guidance to Implement the Flexibility Act

In early June 2020, Congress adopted and the President signed the Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) Flexibility Act of 2020 (“Flexibility Act”), which was designed to ease some of the strictures and address some of the confusion arising from the PPP. In particular, the Flexibility Act expanded the Covered Period for loan forgiveness from eight…

Congress Adopts PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, Easing Loan Terms

Since the passage of the CARES Act on March 27, 2020, and the introduction of the Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) on April 3, 2020, almost four and a half million businesses, non-profit organizations, and self-employed individuals have received PPP loans totaling some $510 billion. The Department of Treasury and the Small Business…

SBA Issues Interim Final Rule on PPP Loan Forgiveness

On Friday, May 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration began outlining the process for obtaining forgiveness of loans issued pursuant to the Payroll Protection Program, when it issued SBA Form 3508, entitled “Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application” (“Forgiveness Application”). The 11-page document sets forth write papers information and documentation required to obtain loan…

SBA Releases Loan Forgiveness Application, Provides Guidance for Forgiveness

After Congress’s adoption of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, including the Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) on March 27, 2020, the Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued an Interim Final Rule (“Final Rule”) that governed the implementation of the CARES Act. Since then, the SBA has…

CARES Act: New SBA Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program Certification

Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as a key avenue for economic relief under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Small businesses quickly drew down the $350 billion free grammar checker that Congress set aside for the program, and Congress is in the process of authorizing an additional $310 billion…

CARES Act – Tax Relief for Businesses

In the recently-adopted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress and the President put in place a program designed to introduce cash into the economy and provided greater liquidity for businesses. For many small and mid-sized businesses, the CARES Act provides a direct infusion of capital through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)….

CARES Act: SBA Regulatory Guidance for Paycheck Protection Program

The linchpin of the recently-adopted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—a program designed to rapidly infuse cash into the U.S. economy through forgivable Small Business Administration (SBA) loans targeted to paying employee expenses. The CARES Act was only adopted on March 27, 2020, and the Department of the Treasury…

FFCRA: Temporary Rule Governing Implementation of Coronavirus Relief Act

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor posted a Temporary Rule issuing regulations pursuant to the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA”), both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). Both the new law and rules are effective as of…

CARES Act: SBA Loans Under the Paycheck Protection Program

Under the recently-passed CARES Act, the Federal government created several new programs to protect and bolster the United States economy from the fallout resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps the most important of those programs to businesses is the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), because it provides loans, which can be completely forgiven, to eligible…

CARES Act: Employee Retention Credit and Deferral of Payroll Taxes

In addition to the expansion of SBA Section 7(a) loans available to subsidize payroll expenses, as provided in Section 1102, the CARES Act contains provisions (a) that allow eligible employers carrying on a trade or business to receive a refundable tax credit against Social Security taxes imposed under section 3111(a) of the Internal Revenue…

COVID-19: Emergency Financial Assistance for Illinois Small Businesses

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCEO) has created three programs offering emergency financial assistance to small businesses. Under these programs, Illinois businesses with fewer than 50 employees can apply for low- interest loans and grants. The first program has an April 1st deadline, so…

COVID-19 Resources For Illinois Employers

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has entered Executive Order 2020-10, which becomes effective March 21, 2020. With some exceptions, the Executive Order directs Illinois residents to remain at home and temporarily shutters many Illinois businesses. This Executive Order follows federal action that also affects Illinoisans and employers alike.

The SECURE Act of 2019 and Its Impact on Estate Planning

In December 2019, Congress enacted the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, or as it’s more commonly known, the “SECURE Act.” The SECURE Act took effect January 1, 2020 and changed many rules that govern your retirement plans and other tax deferred plans. As a result, changes may need to be made to…

Illinois Trust Code Changes in 2020

As of January 1, 2020, numerous changes to the law regarding trusts took effect in Illinois. Herein, we are focusing on the one change we think clients should be most concerned about: A trustee’s duty to inform trust beneficiaries of the existence of the trust and providing them with financial records regarding the trust.

Smart Asset Protection Strategies for Business Owners

Chances are, you know someone who has been sued. Maybe that someone is you. The fact is, your enviable position as a successful business owner comes with a major downside: You are a potential target for lawsuits (some of which may be frivolous and unfounded) and other attacks that can wreak havoc on your…

Firm Achieves “Best Law Firm” Milestone

With rankings in the 2020 edition of “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and Best Lawyers®, Lawrence Kamin is among a small group of law firms that has been ranked every year since the award debuted in 2010. For a decade, the firm has consistently been recognized by…

Over My Dead Body: The Role of the Illinois Disposition of Remains Act in Disputes Over a Decedent’s Remains

Disputes often arise among family members when a loved one dies, including the disposition of remains.  These disputes are time sensitive. Death certificates must be timely filed and accurately reflect the method of disposition. Failure to do so could result in regulatory problems for involved parties. The Illinois Disposition of Remains Act, 755 ILCS…

“Leading Lawyers” Lists Lawrence Kamin Attorneys for 2019

Four Lawrence Kamin attorneys have been named as 2019 “Leading Lawyers” and join a distinguished group that is comprised of less than five percent of all lawyers licensed to practice in Illinois. We congratulate our esteemed colleagues who have been nominated by their peers as top lawyers within their respective areas of law:

Supreme Court Finds State Tax on Trust Income Unconstitutional

The United States Supreme Court recently decided in the case North Carolina Dept. of Revenue v. Kimberley Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust (588 U.S. (2019)) that a State cannot tax income of a trust based solely on a beneficiary’s in-state residency, especially if no distributions are made.

Supreme Court Strengthens Protection of “Confidential” Information Under FOIA

Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine statutory exemptions. FOIA Exemption 4 of the 5 U.S.C. §552(b)(4) prevents mandatory…

Illinois Bans Salary History Inquiry in Amendments to State’s Equal Pay Act

Illinois is poised to join over a dozen states in banning employers from inquiring as to applicants’ salary history. A recently-signed set of amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 (IEPA), which will become effective on September 29, 2019, will prohibit employers from inquiring about and considering an applicant’s salary history when…

An Employer’s Guide to the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act

In January 2015, Illinois became the first state to fully enact legislation requiring that private-sector employers offer their workers retirement benefits. Now as employer registration deadlines for mid-sized and small companies approach, local businesses are on notice to take appropriate action steps to ensure they comply with the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act to avoid per-employee…

Special Salute to Special Olympics Illinois

Congratulations to the Special Olympics Illinois on its record-setting 2019 Inspire Greatness Gala and the more than $1.3MM in fundraising achieved. As a proud sponsor of the event, Lawrence Kamin salutes this year’s Athlete Honoree, Patrick McCarthy, and all of the Special Olympics athletes for their perseverance and commitment to always do their best….

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