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Memorial Day 2020 – A Sad Day in the History of the State of Illinois

Memorial Day is day to honor soldiers who who died in the service of our country so that we could remain a free people.  Unfortunately, if you live in Illinois, you have lost your rights as citizen of this country giving them to Dictator Pritzker who is now ruling the state with an iron hand by executive orders.  The members of the Illinois House and Senate should be ashamed of themselves since they have abdicated their duties to the citizens of this State.  Fortunately, it appears there is one Clay County, Illinois Circuit Judge who is not afraid to be critical of the despotic tactics of Dictator Pritzker.  His opinion should be wake-up call to the citizens of this State.  The Judge states the following in his opinion about the defendant, Governor Pritzker:

The defendant in this case orders you to stay home and pronounces that, if you leave the state, you are putting people in danger, but his family members traveled to Florida and Wisconsin because he deems such travel essential. One initial rationale why the rules don’t apply to him is that his family family farm had animals that needed fed. Try selling that argument to farmers who have had to slaughter their herds because of disruption in the supply chain.

When laws do not apply to those who make them, people are not being governed, they are being ruled.  Make no mistake, these executive orders are not laws.  They are royal decrees.  Illinois citizens are not being governed, they are being ruled. The last time I checked Illinois citizens are also Americans and Americans don’t get ruled. The last time a monarch tried to rule Americans, a shot was fired that was heard around the world.

Illinois Governor Says Let Them Use Garbage Cans for Golf Carts!

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Illinois Governor Pritzker has implemented extensive rules for those who want to golf in the State of Illinois.    One of the rules is that you cannot use power carts, and pull carts cannot be rented.  You may bring your own pull carts, and the Governor has suggested that players use garbage cans to haul their clubs around the courses.   As a service to our clients, we have extra garbage cans available for use by our clients as golf carts.   In accordance with our office procedures, the carts have been sanitized and are certified COVID-19 free.  See you on the course!

Illinois’ Governor Pritzker Completes Financial Destruction of Illinois

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Illinois’ Governor Pritzker with his latest Order, known as Pritzker’s Destroy Illinois Order,  retains most restrictions on the daily activities of the citizens of Illinois indefinitely.   Many businesses, including restaurants, might as well close permanently.  To Governor Pritzker and his friend, the Chicago Mayor, we say enough is enough.   Mr. Governor, there appears to be two sets of rules in the State of Illinois, one for your family with its billions and the ruling elite, including the Mayor of Chicago, and the other for the hard-working citizens of this state whose businesses you are destroying.

Despite the hostile business climate in the State of Illinois, our office continues to serve our clients using video conferences, drive thru executions, and other safe and secure business practices.  We look forward to helping our clients move forward and get back to business.

Heather McPherson Records Video for Illinois State Bar Association on COVID-19 Response

As a result of COVID-19, McPherson Law Offices has responded with changes in office procedure so we could continue to serve our clients during these difficult times.  Heather discusses in a video for the Illinois State Bar Association changes which our office has implemented, and have now been utilized by our clients since March 16, 2020.

 

 

Illinois Governor Pritzker Allows Important Businesses to Reopen – ANIMAL GROOMING SERVICES.  Thank Goodness McPherson Law Offices Remains Open as an Essential Business!

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I guess human grooming services don’t count in Illinois.  Another sad commentary on the priorities in the State of Illinois.

At McPherson Law Offices our number one priority is our clients, and as an essential business we remain open to serve our clients in a safe and secure manner.  From video conferences to drive thru document execution, we continue to serve our clients in this new world.

So, if you need legal work done, from a Trust to a new Will along with other related documents, give us a call.  But if you need a need a haircut, don’t call us, just go to your favorite animal groomer, and say Governor Pritzker sent you.  His hair looks pretty good.

America is changing and so are we

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At McPherson Law Offices, we are changing with times in order to serve our clients.  We are on our 3rd week of virtual conferences and “drive-thru” signing of estate planning and other documents.  With these new procedures, we can serve clients throughout Illinois, Florida, and Wisconsin.  Although we welcome these changes as a way to better serve our clients, like all of you we will miss the way things were.

In the last 20 years there have been three events which have changed the United States and the quality of life in this country.  The first was 9/11, the second the so-called Great Recession, and now the third, the Coronavirus Pandemic which it appears will kill thousands in this country.   Americans now must stand six feet apart, not shake hands, not congregate in groups of more than 10, no more funeral visitations, no more eating in restaurants, and finally the mandatory closing of non-essential businesses.  Most of these restrictions will end in a month, but some will become part of America.  It may be an America of no handshaking, no hugging, and an acceleration of meetings by telephone or video conferences.   There will fewer annual meetings of organizations, and for that matter, fewer weekly and monthly meetings of clubs.   9/11 created a police state at our airports where American citizens are treated with contempt by a new government bureau, the TSA.  The Great Recession destroyed the hope of many of our citizens for economic security, and now the Coronavirus Pandemic may destroy any feeling of intimacy among the citizens of this country.

Even in this new environment, we will continue to serve our clients.  We may be doing it in new ways, but we will continue to deliver the high caliber of legal serves that our clients need and deserve.  We thank all of you during this time and look forward to seeing you soon whether it is in person or virtually.

Illinois Trials Continued

On March 20, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court ordered that the Chief Judge of each Circuit may continue trials for 60 days and until further order of the Supreme Court.  Illinois Supreme Court’s Order.

On March 25, 2020, the Chief Judge of the 15th Judicial Circuit, continued all trials for 60 days from March 20, 2020, and until further order of the Illinois Supreme Court.  15th Judicial Circuit Order

We will continue to monitor this ever changing situation for our clients.  Please call us if you have any questions about your matter.

Illinois Governor Issues Shelter in Place Order

In Illinois, we are sheltering in place, but essential businesses and operations continue.  Please take a look at the order.  Attorneys and many others are essential businesses.

https://www2.illinois.gov/Documents/ExecOrders/2020/ExecutiveOrder-2020-10.pdf

As I said before, our goal is to protect our clients, our team, and our community.

To achieve our goal, we went to virtual meetings only this week.  It went well.  However, this week we halted any signing and witnessing of documents in person to protect everyone.  Next week, we will start “drive-thru” signing and witnessing of documents for those who cannot wait to complete their planning.  We will do this in our parking lot with disposable clipboards and pens.  More to follow next week.

Be well my friends!

Our Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our goal is to protect our clients, our staff and our community.  To meet this goal, we have taken the following three actions:

  1.  We are meeting via telephone or video conference with our clients and other professionals.
  2. We will use e-signing anytime we can.
  3. We are developing a procedure for “drive-thru” signing of documents that need witnesses.  We will be ready to sign your trusts, wills, and other documents very soon through our “drive-thru.”

As many of you know, civil matters in the 15th Judicial Circuit have been continued for at least 30 days.  Please check with us if you have questions about your matter.

We are constantly monitoring the situation and are here to help and advise our clients.

Thank you and stay healthy!

Illinois’ 15th Judicial Circuit COVID-19 Response

The judiciary of Illinois’ 15th Judicial Circuit should be commended for taking swift and decisive action to combat the spread of COVID-19 and for protecting the citizens of the Circuit. Thank you to the judges of the 15th.

Chief Judge Hanson states, “Out of an abundance of concern for the health and well-being of the citizens of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle and Stephenson Counties, and consistent with the recommendations of the Illinois Supreme Court, as well as the County Health Departments within our circuit many of the civil and criminal cases in the 15th Judicial Circuit will be postponed and suspended beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 and continuing through Friday, April 17, 2020.”

During the period of suspension, all civil matters not deemed an emergency will be postponed to a future date.

Any clients with questions about the status of their matter should give us a call at 815.235.4411.