Collaborative Divorce: A Divorce Option To Seriously Consider

If traditional divorce is a war, collaborative divorce is a productive conversation. At GKWW, we have family lawyers who have been certified to facilitate that conversation, bringing this difficult transition to a mutually agreeable closure. The goal of collaborative divorce, naturally, is for both parties to cooperate in achieving a fair and amicable divorce. The spouses agree to certain ground rules that promote resolution with a minimum of animosity; the attorneys for the spouses make similar commitments. Couples who opt for collaborative divorce generally reap the following benefits: Retaining privacy. In a typical traditional divorce, many pleadings, discovery, motions, and…

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A Quarter Century of GKWW: Tom Gardiner Reflects on 25 Years of Success

It seems hard to believe that it’s been 34 years since Jim Koch and I tried our first case together.  At that time–1983, to be specific–we were both young men. We were Assistant State’s Attorneys in the Public Integrity Unit. Almost all of our cases were covered by the press–bribery, corruption, official misconduct, solicitation to commit murder, and the like. (Jim even was named a special United States Attorney to handle a case involving a Chicago alderman.) I became the head of that Public Integrity Unit, but Jim left the State’s Attorney’s Office to work at the National Futures Association,…

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Trust & Estate Administration: A Roadmap

As a trustee or executor, you have a fiduciary duty to properly handle the administration of the estate–but how? The prospect is often overwhelming, both logistically and emotionally, and every detail of the responsibility is of the essence. Gardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona guides families and their businesses through the arduous process and relieving them of the worry and confusion it can cause. Trusts are often established during the life of the person establishing the trust. Trusts can be structured to minimize estate taxes, to eliminate the need for probate proceedings in court, and to provide protection against creditors, among…

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