Illinois Business Law Questions & Answers

Q: I own an epoxy company and we had an issue on a job with the top coat failing and I offered to redo and customer denied

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Illinois on
Answered on Apr 8, 2019
Steve McCann's answer
There are a few issues based on the facts presented. That being the case, I recommend you organize everything in your possession that is relevant to this matter, including the governing contract, and consult with an attorney individually to explore your options.

Q: I had a verbal breach of contract when I signed an offer letter as an independent contractor, can I sue for this matter?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 18, 2019
Steve McCann's answer
You may be entitled to a remedy based on the facts provided, but the viability of recovering on such an action is dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the details around the statements made, as well as the terms of the offer letter you reference. That being the case, I recommend you organize everything in your possession related to this matter, including the offer letter, and consult with an attorney individually. Many of us offer free consultations, and will gladly...

Q: Is there a way if I register myself as a business and trademark/copyright myself as the business as an artist/musician

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Copyright and Criminal Law for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 25, 2018
William Wolf's answer
The laws vary from State to State, but in Illinois, if you're a convicted felon, you can't have a gun, period.

You would need to hire a security guard.

Q: What type of lawyer deals with the Treasury Direct Account process

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Social Security for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 23, 2018
Ray Choudhry's answer
If this has to do with social security direct deposits, a social security attorney might be the one to contact.

Q: What are some of the legal things we should be aware of

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 26, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
It could be difficult for an Illinois attorney to address your question without knowing more information. For instance, will working from home involve proprietary software and introduce issues with the usage of that software? Maybe a starting point could be to consult with an attorney in Illinois who can review your current contracts and determine if they need to be supplemented or changed.

Tim Akpinar

Q: Should a 10% shareholder of an established LLC have access to an independent contractors personal information?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Business Law for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 20, 2018
T. J. Jesky's answer
This is a good question. If the 10% shareholder is involved in the day-to-day business operations of the LLC, I can see where they might have access to this information.

If the shareholder is a passive investor, the managing member of the LLC may have passed the line in sharing this information with the 10% shareholder.

Q: Can a manager who is not your manager disclose your salary information to other employees?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Sep 4, 2018
T. J. Jesky's answer
Most larger Companies have a Policy and Procedure Manual. That being said, it is doubtful that leaking a salary would be in the Manual; however, if is in the Policy and Procedure Manual, you have your answer.

If the information leaked was accurate, and you have no damages, you have little recourse. Separately, it doesn't speak well for the manager who leaked the information. Upper management is not going to trust this manager with confidential information.

Q: what can I do for the employee I had terminated leave for good?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Business Law for Illinois on
Answered on Aug 9, 2018
James G. Ahlberg's answer
Order him ro leave. If he doesn't, call the police.

Q: Client filed chapter 7 in the middle of a sale of their partnership - to the other partner. Does this affect the sale?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Business Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jul 31, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Yes. At a minimum, it stays the sale bc it is an asset of the estate. It may possibly still go thru, but only under the watchful eye of the court.

Q: Wantingto put my business in our mall ,Its unique fried ice cream roll business but the Dairy Queen lease might stop it

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jun 14, 2018
Drew Ball's answer
You should contact an attorney to review the lease and/or the facts about DQ's conduct that you are indicating are interfering with your business. You may have the ability to assert some type of civil claim in hopes of encouraging the mall to lease a location to your business, but again a thorough review of the documents and facts would be necessary for us as attorneys to accurately advise you. I encourage you to reach out to an attorney directly for a consultation. I wish you the best.

Q: I quit my job because my manager assaulted me. My corporate did not offer resolution. Can I file charges?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Apr 2, 2018
Steve McCann's answer
Yes, it is possible you are entitled to a remedy from your previous employer, but the viability of your claims is a very fact specific determination. That being the case, I recommend organizing everything in your possession related to this matter, including proof that you reported these actions to HR and were retaliated against, and consult with an attorney individually. Do not make any statements to your previous employer until you do. A knowledgeable attorney will review the details of...

Q: Events management company wanting to use attendees headshots in marketing on social media (i.e. twitter, LinkedIn, etc).

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Communications Law, Contracts and Internet Law for Illinois on
Answered on Mar 15, 2018
Carrie A. Ward's answer
You need affirmative consent to use their images for promotional purposes. Did you hav them sign a release? Were they provided affirmative notice that their pictures were taken and may be used for promotional purposes? An experienced attorney in the promotional space can help you develop the proper releases and disclosures to use these images in the future.

Q: I have a non-solicitation agreement as a contractor in Illinois. I would like to start an LLC under my wife's name.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Business Law and Business Formation for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 13, 2018
Steve McCann's answer
Yes, it is highly likely. However, a definitive answer is dependent on the precise language of the non-solicitation agreement with your previous employer. That being the case, I recommend organizing the non-solicitation agreement and any other information you believe is relevant to this situation, and consulting with an attorney to get a definitive answer.

Q: Commercial equipment repossession

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 12, 2018
Steve McCann's answer
It depends on the precise terms of the lease. That being the case, I highly recommend organizing the lease, as well as any other documents you have in your possession regarding this matter, and consult with an attorney individually, as you do not want a personal judgment against you for the full cost of the equipment, as well as court costs, attorney's fees, and other penalties if it can be avoided.

Q: Hello, I am searching for information on the process of removing customers' old motorcycles from my dealership.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Consumer Law for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 7, 2018
Steve McCann's answer
The answer to your question depends on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the terms of any contracts signed and the location of your dealership. That being the case, I recommend organizing everything you have in your possession regarding this matter, including the contracts, title(s), and other documents, and consulting with an attorney individually, as you do not want to make a mistake and be liable for damages in the event the customers return.

Q: As an independent contractor, can I be required to purchase a workers comp insurance policy by the business owner?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Workers' Compensation and Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 17, 2018
James G. Ahlberg's answer
As an independent contractor, do you have any employees? If not, the only person the policy will protect is you, and then only if you insist on a rider covering yourself. The situation sounds strange, but their insistence that you have a policy isn't illegal.

Q: Does my work still need to pay me if I can't work due to a canopy collapse at my work? Not injured, they are closed tho

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Business Law for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017
James G. Ahlberg's answer
Unless you have a contract with your employer specifically requiring them to pay you under these circumstances, they do not have to do so. Consider filing for unemployment benefits if you're going to be off work very long.

Q: I was in a vehicle accident a couple months ago during my recovery an employee of mine had my former customers sign a pa

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Libel & Slander, Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 11, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Yes, you can file an action to have the earnings from those customers go to you. You need to consult a business attorney who handles partnership and other business litigation dealing with who shares in the proceeds of a business.

If you have the business's computers you need to get their advice on how to 1)block former employee from access (though he may have downloaded) 2) what to look for as far as records showing what the state of the business was.

At the same time you need...

Q: To become an additional party (defendant) in TTAB Opposition.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Business Law for Illinois on
Answered on Sep 27, 2017
Benton R Patterson III's answer
This is not a question that has an easy answer. An attorney would need to review all the facts. Unless you have an ownership interest in the trademark registration, a business partner may not have standing to join the proceeding. If not, you may be able to move to file an amicus brief in support of the defendant. If you think you need to move to join an opposition proceeding or have a strong interest in the outcome of a proceeding, you should have a private consultation with a trademark...

Q: Thanks, followup question.If we go for option 1 i.e creating a legally binding agreement of how income Should be divided

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Business Law for Illinois on
Answered on Aug 22, 2017
Ray Choudhry's answer
Our office charges on an hourly basis.

It is best to hire a local lawyer.

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