Bankruptcy is a financial planning tool: Chicago area families deserve a fresh start

The news is often depressing. People can’t find jobs. Moms and dads all over Chicagoland are tapping into and depleting their savings just to make mortgage and rent payments. Ring, ring, ring goes the phone with an annoying (and often threatening) bill collector on the other end. “How am I going to tell my kid... Read more »

American Immigration Council Applauds DOMA Decision

Washington D.C. June 26, 2013 – Today, the Supreme Court unequivocally affirmed that there is no legitimate reason for the federal government to discriminate against married couples on account of their sexual orientation.  The Justices struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as between a man and a... Read more »

Hiring an Attorney: Looking for honesty and communication to avoid costly surprises

Divorce litigation can be expensive!
Divorce litigation can be very expensive when the issues are complex and the parties are far from agreeing on what happens with children, incomes, assets, and so forth. When clients do not pay their attorney’s fees, the client suffers if the attorney withdraws from their case. Often that client has to hire a new attorney... Read more »

Facebook Graph Search: First use and suggestions on personalized searching

You can get very detailed in your search.
Facebook recommends a two-minute tour. The show you how to search for anything you’re into. Using simple phrases to explore connections makes it easy to receive personalized results that show details just for you. When you start searching, Facebook offers suggestions: (1) Photos of my friends and me; (2) Restaurants nearby; and (3) Music my... Read more »

Before I Graph Search I Facewash with this new Beta Facebook App

I like Digital Trends.  They offer product reviews and news about new trends for consumers who want to stay ahead of the game and enjoy the latest products and services in the technology arena.
Shame on me for not writing about Facewash[i] before Facebook Graph Search. I know you are all wondering what you can do to occupy yourself before Graph Search is launches on your Facebook page. If you trust this third party App[ii] you can search for anything other than what Facewash determines is “clean” content in... Read more »

Facebook Graph Search: How to protect your privacy and manage content issues

I do not have the Graph Search feature yet, but when I do, I will start searching my own page to locate content I want to highlight or delete.
Do not be alarmed when you hear about the new Facebook Graph Search feature. Today Graph Search is available in a very limited beta release. When you see reports in the news about Graph Search, look for comparisons with Google to appreciate the similarities. Like Google, you will be able to type a search to... Read more »

Settlement: Banks pay foreclosed homeowners but is it enough?

Will homeowners be satisfied with the recent settlement?
Part of a recent settlement, a $557 million offer of money and aid was made to homeowners alleging the big banks improperly foreclosed on their homes. The Federal Reserve probe into impropriety allegations should be quieted for the time being with the announcement of the $8.5 billion deal incorporated into a settlement among the Comptroller... Read more »

Reduce stress at work: avoiding solo practitioner syndrome with recess breaks

Have you heard about the “Solo Practitioner Syndrome” that can strike when least expected? Symptoms start with delusions about unreturned phone calls and e-mails. Eventually a cloud of stress looms over the lone professional working alone in an office or at home. Relax! Practice a few healthy distraction techniques (take recess!) during your day and... Read more »

2013 Marketing Plans: Increase in social media marketing

Janet works at ACME and she sees Good Firm's blog about a new service, and shows the article to a co-worker.
Content marketing plans should allocate more time to engage others in social networks and focus on publishing and distribution of organic content. Thank Google for making digital marketing easier in 2013. Recent search engine algorithm updates at Google are helping level the playing field so Main Street businesses are more competitive in Internet marketing. The... Read more »

Still single: Loving the holidays before it gets crazy

I just turned 37 this month and the pressure is on! If I want to get married and have kids soon there is no time like the present to start looking for a wife and future mother of my beautiful children. In the meantime, I have enjoyed being single and the benefits this age allows.... Read more »