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Grundy County Recording Fee Increase in Effect

12/08/2017 - 6:23pm
Effective December 1, 2017, the cost to record a four-page document in Grundy County, Illinois, increased to $86.00 (previously $80.00), plus $1.00 for each additional page. For more more information...

Kankakee County Recording Fees Changing in 2018

11/07/2017 - 1:51pm
The Kankakee County Recorder's Office fee structure will change to a flat fee schedule (no charge for additional pages) effective January 1, 2018. For details, see the pdf, below. For current rates,...

City of Chicago Water Certificates for Non-Metered Accounts

11/03/2017 - 2:05pm
Attorneys should be aware of some nuances related to Non-Metered Account Chicago Water Certificates. Non-metered accounts are billed twice annually and each bill covers a six-month period. Because of...

Prevent Claims: Follow these Eleven Tips - Updated

10/03/2017 - 10:10am
EDITOR'S NOTE: Updated October 1, 2017 New tip #2 that a party should never use contact information supplied in an email they receive for confirmation, including wire instructions for transmitting...

Lake County Recording Fee Increase

09/29/2017 - 3:05pm
Effective December 1, 2017, the cost to record a standard document in Lake County, Illinois, will increase to $60 regardless of the number of pages. For a list of other new rates, see pages 5-6 of...

City of Chicago Discontinuing Multiple Dwelling Building Registrations

09/13/2017 - 11:13am
As of September 6, 2017, the City of Chicago no longer requires sellers to obtain a multiple dwelling (four or more units) building registration. Since the repeal of this requirement, it is no longer...

How to Avoid Probate...and Spend Even More Money

08/17/2017 - 5:38pm
by Gregory J. Miely, ATG Senior Managing Attorney and Corporate Counsel Many people, in their desire to avoid the court costs and attorneys' fees of probating their estates, have sought to transfer...