How-to Get Your Security Deposit Back

Author: Joe Pioletti Posted on: . Filed in: Real Estate.

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Illinois Security Deposit Recovery What are my Security Deposit Rights in Illinois? The problem of landlords wrongfully keeping a tenant’s security deposit is a huge deal in Illinois. Landlords are allowed by law to deduct the costs of repair and back-owed rent from a security deposit. However, many landlords think of a tenant’s security deposit… Read More »

Guide to the Affordable Care Act – The Individual Mandate Part 1

Author: Joe Pioletti Posted on: . Filed in: Tax.


THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE AND POSSIBLE PENALTIES FOR LACK OF COVERAGE This is part 1 of an ongoing series that will break down the different provisions of the new Affordable Care Act. The goal will be to educate taxpayers on ways the Act will affect them so that they may plan more effectively. We begin by… Read More »

Even Judges Have Trouble Keeping their Cellphones Silent in the Courtroom

Author: Joe Pioletti Posted on: . Filed in: Updates.


Having your cellphone ring during court is a major no-no. Many courthouses now flatly prohibit the public from bringing their cellphones in courthouses for fear of them going off. For those of us who have had our cellphones ring at inopportune times, it may make you feel good to know that even judges struggle with… Read More »

Use of CLAT Trusts to Reduce Estate Tax Bill Flourish in Low Interest Rate Environment

Author: Joe Pioletti Posted on: . Filed in: Estate Planning.

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Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts, or CLAT trusts, have become a popular method for individuals to minimize their Federal Estate Tax bill. Sometimes referred to as “Jackie O” trusts after the former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s will called for one upon her death in 1994, these trusts have the ability to transfer money tax free to… Read More »

Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Gun Sales Tracking Practice Upheld in 4 U.S. Border States

Author: Joe Pioletti Posted on: . Filed in: Criminal Law.


A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a practice by the ATF requiring gun dealers in 4 U.S. border-states to disclose details of certain gun sales in an effort to curb U.S. to Mexico gun trafficking. Beginning in 2011 the ATF began issuing so-called “demand letters” to… Read More »