• November 27, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    When taking a case to the Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB), it’s only natural to hope for the best. However, not everyone receives the result they desire. Fortunately, any party dissatisfied with a PTAB decision can appeal it.*

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  • November 5, 2018 Publications

    GCT Senior Litigation Paralegal/eDiscovery Specialist, Tisha Delgado joined host Carl Morrison on the Paralegal Voice podcast on Legal Talk Network to speak about how eFiling works. While some may be hesitant to shift to eFiling from paper filing, Tisha shares the advantages to this electronic system from saving time and energy to being able to file last minute. She also shares tips for using the PACER system and provides resources for those interested in learning more about eFiling.

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  • November 1, 2018 News
    Intellectual Property

    When defamatory content is posted on a business’ profile, it can drive a business owner to madness. But a calculated response can stop the review from taking on a life of its own. Part I of this article helped distinguish a defamatory review from a simply negative one. What happens when a business owner is saddled with a false statement about his or her business where damages are suffered, devoid of any applicable legal exception?

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  • November 1, 2018 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    Illinois may be second in the nation when it comes to the highest property tax burden, but the Prairie State offers its fair share of tax breaks too. Here are a few of the laws designed to help homeowners and businesses cut their taxes.

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  • November 1, 2018 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    To address gender pay inequality, many states and local governments have passed laws that prohibit employers from asking job candidates about their salary history. As of January 1, 2019, all of the following states will have such a law in effect: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and Vermont. Illinois’ law is still in limbo as of the writing of this article due to Governor Rauner’s veto, which the legislature has vowed to override. Additionally, the following municipalities have similar laws for employers within their jurisdiction: Chicago (applies to City departments only), Louisville, New Orleans (applies to City Departments only), and Kansas City. The purpose of these laws is to stop the perpetuation of pay inequality between men, women, and minorities by ensuring that a person’s salary is based upon their value to their current employer.

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  • November 1, 2018 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    Since July 2001, Illinois has required employers with 5 or more employees to make reasonable accommodations for employees who want to express breast milk. This requirement includes providing a private room, other than a bathroom, which is in close proximity to the employee’s work area.

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  • November 1, 2018 News

    In August, Senior Litigation Paralegal/eDiscovery Specialist, Tisha Delgado, was featured in a Chicago Tribune article entitled “E-filing System Causes Confusion.” Tisha will also be presenting a session on e-filing at the Illinois Paralegal Association’s Fall Education Conference on November 7, 2018 at the Palmer House Hilton. For more information on this event, go to www.ipaonline.org.

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  • November 1, 2018 Newsletters
    • How Should You Respond to Defamatory Online Reviews?
    • Property Tax Breaks That Could Benefit You.
    • More laws Passed To Protect Pay Equality And Illinois Amendments To Nursing Mothers Workplace Act.
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  • October 25, 2018 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    Beginning on January 1, 2019, every property assessment in Illinois outside of Cook County will be fair game for assessors. Here’s what you need to know.

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  • October 25, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    Illinois law requires a general assessment of all property in the state to be made every four years, except in Cook County.*

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  • October 16, 2018 Publications

    Golan Christie Taglia LLP, a well-known diversified business law and governance, litigation, employment and commercial real estate law firm is pleased to announce its 25th anniversary in 2018. Golan Christie Taglia has expanded from a two-lawyer firm to its present team of 32 partners and associates. Over the years, Golan Christie Taglia has consistently met or surpassed the needs of its clients by maintaining a simple, yet effective philosophy: Your Success. Our Focus. During its 25 years of operation, Golan Christie Taglia has dedicated its practice to delivering successful results while providing clients the highest levels of quality and personal service.

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  • October 11, 2018 Events
    Maggiano's Little Italy, 516 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
    Property Tax Assessment

    Need a better understanding of the Cook County property tax system and its complexities? Our own Donald T. Rubin will participate in a tax panel discussion and networking session hosted by the Institute of Real Estate Management on Oct. 11 at Maggiano’s in Chicago. Learn more and register today here.

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  • October 11, 2018 Presentations
    Property Tax Assessment

    How do state-imposed tax caps affect school funding? How do Cook County tax rates compare with other large metropolitan areas? How does e-commerce affect the industrial real estate market? What is the impact of airBNB on the hospitality industry? Gain valuable insights and answers to these questions and many others as well.

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  • October 4, 2018 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    Although the Illinois tax on personal property was eliminated nearly four decades ago, the approach to classifying real and personal property remains controversial.

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  • October 4, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    Before Illinois’ personal property tax was abolished, both real and personal property were assessed and taxed the same. Nobody cared if property was called “real” or “personal.” But when the tax on individuals was eliminated in 1970 and its corporate counterpart was phased out nine years later through a constitutional amendment, classifying property as real or personal suddenly became a big deal. Since then, only real property has been taxed.

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  • September 12, 2018 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    Any corporate taxpayer contemplating an appeal should call a property tax attorney sooner rather than later.

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  • September 12, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    A corporation is considered a person under the law, albeit an artificial one. It sounds like an odd concept, but it’s been around for a while. Odder yet is that corporate personal rights exist and are expanding. Pro se or self-representation is a right that’s as old as our Constitution. In the property tax appeal process, an individual can always represent themselves, but does the same rule apply to a corporation? It depends.

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  • August 24, 2018 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    While the appeal process now includes more transparency, understanding the best way to proceed and succeed often requires the assistance of a trusted property tax attorney.

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  • August 24, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    Each county in Illinois has a three-member panel called the board of review, which acts as an intermediary between township assessors and taxpayers. Boards hear and decide assessment complaints after giving taxpayers an opportunity to be heard. They also make rules so that the appeal process is orderly and fair.

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  • August 1, 2018 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    Last year, both the City of Chicago and Cook County enacted mandatory paid sick leave laws, which went into effect on July 1, 2017. The agency responsible for enforcing the law, the Cook County Commission on Human Rights, previously advised employers that it would extend a one-year “grace period” to allow employers time to comply, in good faith, with the new law. During the grace period, enforcement actions were focused on intentional failures to comply, rather than on employers who attempted to comply, but may have failed to appreciate some nuance or unusual aspect. Now that the one-year period is over, all employers located in Cook County have even more reason to review their paid sick leave policies to make extra sure that they are in line with the new requirements.

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  • August 1, 2018 Newsletters
    • Does Your Business Qualify For A Tax Incentive program?
    • GCT Participates In An Event That Is Close To Our collective Heart
    • Update On Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Laws And A supreme Court Decision Affecting Employment agreements
    • Addressing Negative Online Reviews When They Go Big
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  • July 23, 2018 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    No matter where you live or what type of property you own, you may qualify for any number of special tax incentives that could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

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  • July 23, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    Illinois may be second in the nation when it comes to the highest property tax burden, but the Prairie State offers its fair share of tax breaks too. Here are a few of the laws designed to help homeowners and businesses cut their taxes.

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  • July 9, 2018 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    As an owner, you’re entitled to your privacy. However, denying a request for an interior inspection could work against you without a property tax attorney to assist.

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  • July 9, 2018 Property Tax Insights

    Township assessors will begin giving all properties in their jurisdiction a look when the 2019 reassessment period begins on January 1. State law requires property in Illinois to be reassessed once every four years, while it’s every three years in Cook County. But just how close of a look are assessors entitled to take?

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