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Illegal Downloading: A Far From Covert Crime

Posted on March 23rd, 2014 by Joe Pioletti

It all seems so easy. Movies, music and even computer software is out there in the cyber world, free, seemingly at your fingertips. For some, downloading illegal copyrighted material is justified by their at times exorbitant prices. But in the end, it could cost you a lot of money. While one can find and download […]

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The Court Has Ordered an Eviction, Now What?

Posted on March 15th, 2014 by Joe Pioletti

You have just won a forcible entry and detainer action in court against your tenant in default. The tenant is still occupying the building. Are you immediately entitled to retake possession? Not so fast. Strange as it may seem, winning an eviction suit does not immediately entitle you to take possession of the property. Once […]

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The New Concealed Carry Law in Illinois

Posted on January 27th, 2014 by Joe Pioletti

In 2013 Illinois became the final state in the country to authorize some form of concealed carry of a firearm. Effective January 5th 2014, people 21 years of age who have completed the required 16 hours of training can begin applying for a permit. As recently as early January 2014 the wording of the new […]

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Tweeting Names of People Arrested for DUI

Posted on December 17th, 2013 by Joe Pioletti

One Illinois police department has decided that being arrested for drunk driving by itself is not embarrassing enough. To make sure you are fully humiliated they are going to tweet your name so that the whole world knows. In order to deter people from drinking and driving, the Riverside Police Department has decided to engage […]

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Section 1031 Exchanges: Deferring Taxable Gain on the Sale of Property

Posted on December 10th, 2013 by Joe Pioletti

Whenever you sell business or investment property for a gain you typically have to pay tax on that gain. The IRS has created an exception to this rule known as the Section 1031 exchange. These exchanges are also referred to as like-kind exchanges, deferred exchanges, tax free exchanges, and Starker exchanges. If at the time […]

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Section 1031 Exchanges: Swap Till You Drop

Posted on December 10th, 2013 by Joe Pioletti

TURNING A TAX DEFERRAL INTO A TOTAL TAX AVOIDANCE Section 1031 Exchanges: Swap Till You Drop Previously we looked at the requirements and mechanics of a Section 1031 Exchange. For a better understanding of the basic operation of 1031 exchanges please check out that article. Here we look at one aspect of Section 1031 Exchanges […]

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The Real Cost of a DUI in Illinois

Posted on November 29th, 2013 by Joe Pioletti

Getting a DUI is expensive. I would guess most people already figured that. But how expensive is it? In 2013 the Illinois Secretary of State published a study that estimated the average DUI in Illinois ends up costing the driver a whopping $16,580 before it’s all said and done.[1] That’s excluding any costs associated with […]

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How-to Get Your Security Deposit Back

Posted on November 25th, 2013 by Joe Pioletti

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 […]

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

Posted on November 14th, 2013 by Joe Pioletti

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 […]

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Even Judges Have Trouble Keeping their Cellphones Silent in the Courtroom

Posted on October 10th, 2013 by Joe Pioletti

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 […]

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