Client Cosmolex Portal

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Rincker Law, PLLC has been using Cosmolex for the last year.  Cosmolex offers an opportunity for us to have a Client Cosmolex Portal.  Client invoices, court pleadings, and correspondence is saved into your Cosmolex portal.  You are also able to upload documents into the portal to send them to us.  This can work great for confidential documents such as tax …

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Illinois Employment Law: What Issues Should Employment Handbooks Discuss? (Part 2)

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Here are a few suggestions for your employment handbook.. Remember that there is no one-size fits all.  Let Rincker Law help you tailor your employment handbook to your company. Vacation       Illinois law does not require employers to offer vacation benefits; however, if the employer has established a policy, promised, or contracted to provide these benefits, then it must. See 820 …

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Illinois Employment Law: What Issues Should Employment Handbooks Discuss? (Part 1)

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There is no one size fits all for employment handbooks but there are a few things that you should be sure your handbook discusses.   Here are a few pointers: Terms of Employment Open Door Policy Drug Free Workplace Policy Equal Employment Opportunity Polic Non-Union Status Statement Sexual Harassment Policy  Leave Policies Sick Leave Only a handful of states have their …

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New York Allows for Electronic Notary Services

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Breaking News from Sabra Law Group – Great news! Rincker Law is able to help facilitate this need. Executive Order 202.7 allows for electronic notarization in New York State! IN ADDITION, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 29-a of Article 2-B of the Executive Law to issue any directive during a disaster emergency necessary to cope …

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What Should I Know About Changing My Name as a Transgender Minor in NYC?

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The transgender community is growing, and with that comes unique legal needs.  One issue that has come up quite a bit in our practice lately, is a name change of a minor due to a change in gender.  About one-third of the people I saw in court for name changes were transgender or transitioning. Having a name you feel connected …

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5 Steps to Take When Winding Down Your Business

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There are many reasons business owners close up shop, including retirement, starting a new venture or, hopefully, because they’ve won the lottery.  No matter what the reason, it’s important to diligently wind down a business before moving on. Here are five steps to take: Reach consensus. If you’re a sole proprietor, then the only consensus you need is your own.  …

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Our First Law Clerk: Behwal Rasul

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Behwal A. Rasul is a young attorney licensed to practice law in Pakistan. He did his L.L.B from University of London. After practicing law for a few years, he decided to pursue his studies. In May 2018, he graduated with an LL.M. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His major interests are corporate law, investment promotion, intellectual property, trade, constitutional …

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New York Divorce Law: When the Marital Residence May Not Be Marital Property

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The law outlines what is marital property and what is separate property.  However, the issue becomes murky when separate property was the marital residence, since often the marital residence is marital property.  Real property purchased prior to the marriage does not become marital property merely because it is the marital residence (meaning that the couple lives there as husband and …

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New York Matrimonial Law: Service by Publication

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In a divorce, it sometimes is “impossible” to find and personally serve the defendant-spouse. After other efforts have been made, service by publication may be used as a last resort after “diligent” searching by other methods under CPLR 315. Service by publication is time consuming and may be costly. A poor person’s fee waiver for certain court filing fees is …

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New York Animal Law: Injuries by Pets and Farm Animals

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A friend recently told me a story of a particular house in her neighborhood that she avoids on her walks with her children, since the dog “looks and acts vicious”. In the past, neighbors have complained of the dog running up to the end of the property with a loud, intimidating bark; however, the dog has yet to run off …

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What Happens in a Mediation Session?

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The mediator should begin the mediation session with laying a few ground rules. Here are some examples: 1. Explaining his/her role in the process 2. Reminding everyone about confidentiality and how the information used in the mediation is for “settlement purposes” and cannot be used in court 3. Depending on preference, asking the parties to put cellphones on silent or …

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What is Mediation? (Part 2)

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In yesterday’s post, I noted what mediation is NOT.  Well, this is what mediation IS: Mediation is a Conversation Put simply, the role of the mediator is to facilitate a conversation between the parties The mediator is not there to listen to testimony like a trial or arbitration. Albeit “heated” at times, a mediation session is conversation focused. Mediation Allows …

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