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Billy Joe M. on ContractsCounsel
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Billy Joe M.

Partner Attorney
Free Consultation
Chicago, IL
15 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006 with a degree in Political Science, Finance, and Economics. I stayed around Champaign for law school and graduated in 2009. I then worked at a big law firm in downtown Chicago. It was boring, so I quit in early 2011. I thought that I could not be happy practicing law - I was wrong. After I quit the traditional law firm life, I began representing my own clients. I realize now that I love helping normal people, small business owners, and non-profits address a variety of legal issues. I hope to hear from you.

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Mathew K.

Founding Attorney
Free Consultation
Illinois
9 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
DePaul University College of Law

Kerbis' practice includes business and real estate transactions, estate planning, and limited scope litigation consulting. Mathew has negotiated deals involving multinational corporate franchises and has collectively helped hundreds of clients with their transactional, civil litigation, and appellate legal needs. Throughout his tenure as an American Bar Association leader, Mathew has advocated for legal education reform, interviewed ABA Presidents and State Appellate and Supreme Court Justices, and lobbied Congress on behalf of the legal profession. As a law student, Mathew served as an extern for the Honorable Justice Robert E. Gordon of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District.

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May 27, 2022

Zachary J.

Principal
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Crown Point, IN
5 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
The University of Michigan Law School

I am a solo-practitioner with a practice mostly consisting of serving as a fractional general counsel to growth stage companies. With a practical business background, I aim to bring real-world, economically driven solutions to my client's legal problems and pride myself on efficient yet effective work.

Dan "Dragan" I. on ContractsCounsel
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Dan "Dragan" I.

Principal Attorney
Free Consultation
Chicago, Illinois
25 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
University of Illinois College of Law

I received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Northwestern University in 1996 and then got my JD at University of Illinois College of Law in 1999. I have been a lawyer helping people with legal issues in the United States and Internationally since then. That includes litigation as well as contracts/transactions. I am also passionate about helping small and medium businesses with trademark registration and trademark-related legal projects. The law can be confusing and complicated for people, and I am passionate about providing professional legal services to my clients while simultaneously making the legal process less confusing and stressful for them. My goal is to help clients navigate through both good and difficult times by tailoring my skills, experience, and services to their specific needs. I am currently licensed and authorized to practice before the Illinois courts and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Internationally I am one of a select few American attorneys licensed and authorized to practice before the United Nations ICTY/IRMCT, the International Criminal Court, and the State Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Clients have retained me internationally alongside local counsel in several European countries, Australia, and Africa in private legal matters. I have also been appointed by the United Nations to represent persons at the ICTY/IRMCT and chosen by indigent accused to represent them. Since 2009 my law firm has handled domestic and international cases, including Trial litigation (including Commercial, Premises Liability, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, and General Litigation) and Transactional work (Contracts, Corporate formation, and Real Estate Transactions). I enjoy helping less experienced practitioners and students evolve and improve. I served as an instructor/lecturer on Oral Advocacy and Trial Practice for the participants of the ADC-ICT & ICLB Mock Trial since 2014, and have presented Advocacy Training lectures for the ADC-ICT on several topics as well as regularly lecturing to visiting University and Bar groups from around the world. If you or a loved one have a legal matter of importance, let's see if I can help you with it!

Curt B. on ContractsCounsel
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Curt B.

Managing Partner
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Los Angeles, California
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, DC, FL, IL, MI
UCLA School of Law

Curt Brown has experience advising clients on a variety of franchising, business litigation, transactional, and securities law matters. Mr. Brown's accolades include: - Super Lawyers Rising Star - California Lawyer of the Year by The Daily Journal - Pro Bono Attorney of the Year the USC Public Interest Law Fund Curt started his legal career in the Los Angeles office of the prestigious firm of Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focused on a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters, including securities litigation, antitrust, trademark, bankruptcy, and class action defense. Mr. Brown also has experience advising mergers and acquisitions and international companies concerning cyber liability and class action defense. He is admitted in California, Florida, D.C., Washington, Illinois, Colorado, and Michigan.

Tina R. on ContractsCounsel
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February 17, 2022

Tina R.

contracts lawyer and websites
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Arlington, VA
17 Yrs Experience
Licensed in DC, IL, VA
Loyola University Chicago

15 years for legal experience; expertise in contracts, healthcare, ERISA, physicians, financial services, commercial contracts, employment agreements, etc. I am adept at all contracts and can provide you with efficient and quality services. I have worked at a law firm, financial services company, consulting ,and non-profit.

Ryenne S. on ContractsCounsel
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October 11, 2022

Ryenne S.

Principal Attorney
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Chicago, IL
14 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
DePaul University College of Law

My name is Ryenne Shaw and I help business owners build businesses that operate as assets instead of liabilities, increase in value over time and build wealth. My areas of expertise include corporate formation and business structure, contract law, employment/labor law, business risk and compliance and intellectual property. I also serve as outside general counsel to several businesses across various industries nationally. I spent most of my early legal career assisting C.E.O.s, General Counsel, and in-house legal counsel of both large and smaller corporations in minimizing liability, protecting business assets and maximizing profits. While working with many of these entities, I realized that smaller entities are often underserved. I saw that smaller business owners weren’t receiving the same level of legal support larger corporations relied upon to grow and sustain. I knew this was a major contributor to the ceiling that most small businesses hit before they’ve even scratched the surface of their potential. And I knew at that moment that all of this lack of knowledge and support was creating a huge wealth gap. After over ten years of legal experience, I started my law firm to provide the legal support small to mid-sized business owners and entrepreneurs need to grow and protect their brands, businesses, and assets. I have a passion for helping small to mid-sized businesses and startups grow into wealth-building assets by leveraging the same legal strategies large corporations have used for years to create real wealth. I enjoy connecting with my clients, learning about their visions and identifying ways to protect and maximize the reach, value and impact of their businesses. I am a strong legal writer with extensive litigation experience, including both federal and state (and administratively), which brings another element to every contract I prepare and the overall counsel and value I provide. Some of my recent projects include: - Negotiating & Drafting Commercial Lease Agreements - Drafting Trademark Licensing Agreements - Drafting Ambassador and Influencer Agreements - Drafting Collaboration Agreements - Drafting Service Agreements for service-providers, coaches and consultants - Drafting Master Service Agreements and SOWs - Drafting Terms of Service and Privacy Policies - Preparing policies and procedures for businesses in highly regulated industries - Drafting Employee Handbooks, Standard Operations and Procedures (SOPs) manuals, employment agreements - Creating Employer-employee infrastructure to ensure business compliance with employment and labor laws - Drafting Independent Contractor Agreements and Non-Disclosure/Non-Competition/Non-Solicitation Agreements - Conducting Federal Trademark Searches and filing trademark applications - Preparing Trademark Opinion Letters after conducting appropriate legal research - Drafting Letters of Opinion for Small Business Loans - Drafting and Responding to Cease and Desist Letters I service clients throughout the United States across a broad range of industries.

Gerald W. on ContractsCounsel
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August 28, 2021

Gerald W.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Round Rock, Texas
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL, TX
Valparaiso University School of Law

My clients know me as more than just an attorney. First and foremost, my background is much broader than that. Prior to attending the Valparaiso University School of Law, I earned a Master of Business Administration and ran a small business as a certified public accountant. Thanks to this experience, I possess unique insight which in turn allows me to better assist my clients with a wide range of business and tax matters today. In total, I have over 20 years of experience in financial management, tax law, and business consulting, and I’m proud to say that I’m utilizing the knowledge I’ve gained to assist the community of Round Rock in a variety of ways. In my current practice, I provide counsel to small to medium-sized businesses, nonprofit organizations, and everyday individuals. Though my primary areas of practice are estate planning, elder law, business consulting, and tax planning, I pride myself on assisting my clients in a comprehensive manner. Whenever I take on a new client, I make an effort to get to know them on a personal level. This, of course, begins with listening. It is important that I fully understand their vision so I can help them successfully translate it into a concrete plan of action that meets their goals and expectations. I appreciate the individual attributes of each client and know firsthand that thoughtful, creative, and customized planning can maximize both financial security and personal happiness. During my time as a certified public accountant, I cultivated an invaluable skill set. After all, while my legal education has given me a deep understanding of tax law, I would not be the tax attorney I am today without my background in accounting. Due to my far-reaching experience, I am competent in unraveling even the most complex tax mysteries and disputes. My CPA training benefits my estate planning practice, too. In the process of drafting comprehensive wills and trusts, I carefully account for every asset and plan for any tax burdens that may arise, often facilitating a much smoother inheritance for the heirs of my clients. Prior to becoming certified as a CPA, I made sure to establish a solid foundation in business both in and out of the classroom, and the acumen I’ve attained has served me well. Not only am I better able to run my own practice than I otherwise would be; I am able to help other small business owners fulfill their dreams, as well.

Clara D. on ContractsCounsel
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October 8, 2021

Clara D.

Principal
Free Consultation
Illinois
21 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
University of Chicago

After graduating from The University of Chicago Law School in 2002, Clara spent eight years in private practice representing clients in complex commercial real estate, merger and acquisition, branding, and other transactional matters. Clara then worked as in-house counsel to a large financial services company, handling intellectual property, vendor contracts, technology, privacy, cybersecurity, licensing, marketing, and otherwise supporting general operations. She opened her own practice in September of 2017 and represents hedge funds, financial services companies, and technology companies in a range of transactional matters.

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David A.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Chicago, Illinois
19 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
Chicago Kent College of Law

David Alexander advises clients on complex real estate transactions, including the acquisition, disposition, construction, financing and leasing of shopping centers, office buildings and industrial buildings throughout the U.S. An experienced real estate attorney, David reviews, drafts and negotiates all manner of retail, office and industrial real estate agreements, including purchase and sale agreements, construction contracts, leases and financing documentation.

Wendy C. on ContractsCounsel
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September 12, 2022

Wendy C.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Chicago
25 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL, WI
University of Wisconsin Madison

Business Advisor and Real Estate Consultant: Small boutique firm working to assist entrepreneurs, business start-ups, property investors, new home buyers, and distressed owners Wendy Calvert began her career as a corporate attorney focusing on complex commercial litigation, primarily in construction, property and casualty, and contractor liability. Through this experience, Wendy has managed and successfully litigated cases in Illinois and Wisconsin. In 2004, Wendy relocated to Illinois to work as an insurance litigation counsel and later as an executive sales consultant and insurance expert. Wendy now utilizes her skills as a contract negotiator, litigator, and sales consultant to negotiate real estate deals and help entrepreneurs create and grow the businesses of their dreams. EDUCATION Wendy earned her Juris Doctor in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin Madison. In 1989, Wendy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Communications from Marquette University.

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October 14, 2022

Jingjing L.

Attorney
Free Consultation
London, UK
7 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
University of Chicago Law School

I am a dual qualified (Illinois; England & Wales) transactional lawyer with about 6 years of legal experience. I'm very commercial and pragmatic in my approach, and I provide clear and timely service. I have worked in two of the top international "big law" firms focusing on corporate, private equity, insurance and financial services work. I'm now working in-house at a Fortune 500 company and have a wide range of experience with commercial and corporate contracts as well as legal and regulatory research.

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Real Estate Legal Questions and Answers

Real Estate

Rental Agreement

Illinois

Asked on Oct 8, 2023

Does a rental agreement need witnesses?

I recently signed a rental agreement for an apartment that I am moving into next month. I was not asked to have any witnesses present when I signed the agreement, so I am wondering if a rental agreement needs witnesses in order for it to be legally binding. I would like to make sure that the agreement is valid before I move in.

Frank V.

Answered Oct 27, 2023

Witnesses are not generally required for rental agreements.

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Real Estate

Warranty Deed

Illinois

Asked on Jun 1, 2022

CAN YOU TELL ME THE PROCEDURES OF A WARRANTY DEED

I RECIEVED A WARRANTY DEED IN THE MAIL AFTER THE SELLERS REFUSED TO SPEAK TO ME AFTER A FIRE OCCURED LAST YEAR

T. Phillip B.

Answered Jul 12, 2022

Did you purchase the property before or after the fire? If before, did you have insurance? If after, what was the agreement you had with respect to the insurance proceeds the Seller was to receive? The Warranty Deed is what is offered when there is a transfer of real estate and the seller warrants ownership to another. Frequently this will also involve title insurance to back up the warranty deed if there were other claims against the property

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Real Estate Lease Agreement

Illinois

Asked on Jan 24, 2022

What questions should I ask for a commercial lease?

I am being asked to sign a commercial lease agreement and am interested to learn what types of questions I would want to ask the landlord before signing the agreement. Any thought or advice would be much appreciated!

Jane C.

Answered Jan 25, 2022

I suggest you consult with an attorney who handles commercial real estate transactions. I suggest you as what charges you will be responsible for - water, heat, electric; what alterations are allowed; what repairs will the landlord cover; if the landlord will abate rent for COVID shutdowns.

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Purchase Agreement

Illinois

Asked on Oct 30, 2023

Are oral purchase agreements valid?

I'm in the process of purchasing a property and the seller and I have verbally agreed to the terms of the purchase. I'm concerned about the validity of the agreement and want to ensure that I am properly protected under the law. I am looking for clarification on whether an oral purchase agreement is legally binding.

Michael C.

Answered Oct 31, 2023

Your question suggests a real estate purchase. Oral contracts for the sale or transfer of land are subject to the statute of frauds in most states. This requires such agreements to be in writing and signed by the parties to be enforceable. Although there are some limited exceptions, I recommend trying to get your verbal agreement memorialized in writing as soon as possible.

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Real Estate Contract

Illinois

Asked on Mar 27, 2022

what is better to buy land or rent for construction in US?

we are a construction company from Ukraine, we are planning to build a cottage town in the USA

T. Phillip B.

Answered Apr 5, 2022

I suppose it doesn't matter if you have the lease giving you permission and the lease is long enough to justify the building expense when you won't own it. But I'd buy the land so you could eventually sell the property with the building on it.

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