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Dear RSS Clients and Colleagues:

We hope you are in good health during this unprecedented time.  With so many uncertainties relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that we will continue to provide our legal services consistent with Governor Pritzker’s Executive Stay-At-Home Order which has now been extended to May 29, 2020.

Our law firm qualifies as an “essential business” under Governor Pritzker’s Order.  We remain available and committed to assist you with your business, real estate, banking and finance, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights, estate planning and administration and civil litigation matters.  You will be able to speak to one of our staff members or attorneys promptly if you call our regular business phone, 847-367-9699, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Until the shelter at home order is lifted, our firm will remain open for business virtually through 1) telephone, 2) conference call, or 3) teleconferencing.  Please contact us to discuss the best way to meet with you.


Because we are working remotely, previously scheduled in-office appointments or conferences need to be rescheduled.   If acceptable, a phone conference or video conference can be scheduled.

Court Information

The majority of Illinois courts have instituted automatic continuances for most cases for 28 days.  If you are impacted by a continuance, your attorney will contact you directly. Should you have questions or concerns, please let us know and we will figure out how the court is handling your specific matter.

State of Illinois Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Update
All matters in the 19th Judicial Circuit, scheduled through May 28, 2020, shall be continued and rescheduled to a date after May 29, 2020. As per the order (click below this paragraph to download), notices will be generated by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, who will send notice of rescheduled dates upon receipt from the judge as approved by the presiding judge.

A judge in the 19th Judicial Circuit in Waukegan has tested positive for coronavirus. The judge was on the bench in the T-110 Bond Court the week of April 27th and was last in the courtroom on May 1, 2020. While the court has been operating under emergency operations, Bond Court is considered essential. If you or anyone you know has been to the Waukegan courthouse near its T-110 area during late April or early May, please contact your doctor or the Lake County Health Department. A press release is posted below:

Estate Planning

Our firm remains able to prepare your estate plan during this time.  Take the necessary steps now to finalize and implement your estate plan.  Our staff remains available and will work with you through the entire process.

Please note that executing Wills and Trusts requires witnesses and a notary.  All law firms in Illinois are looking for a solution so that our clients can execute these important documents at this critical time.  We will attempt to find a workable solution for your unique needs.

We are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our staff and clients which is of upmost importance to us.  We will do our best to answer any of your questions and inquiries promptly and appreciate your patience while we navigate through the challenges of operating our office remotely.  Please be safe and best of luck as each of you also work through your own challenges during this crisis.

From the attorneys and staff at Ralph, Schwab & Schiever Chtd.

Other Useful Information And Helpful Websites

On May 5, 2020, Governor Pritzker unveiled his Restore Illinois plan to reopen the state, with criteria to move into each phase of the plan.  The plan establishes four health regions, each with the ability to independently move through the five-phased approach:  Northeast Illinois; North-Central Illinois; Central Illinois; and Southern Illinois. Lake County is in the midst of Phase 2. No dates were given for future phases, which are represented by the illustration below.

To obtain more detailed information about phases 3 and 4, please click the download button below.

Tax filing information
The IRS and Treasury Department have extended the deadline of filing income tax with no penalties to July 15, 2020.  According to IRS-2020-58, this deferment “applies to all tax payers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment.  We are sharing this news as a courtesy.  As to taxing entities other than the IRS and Treasury Department, each client or potential client should contact their tax and accounting professional for specific tax and accounting advice and services.

Useful Links
Below are useful links for our business clients and also for individuals, including Governor Pritzker’s Stay At Home Executive Order, the Small Business Administrations Guidelines for Businesses amidst the COVID-19 crisis, and how the Americans with Disabilities Act recommends treating coronavirus.  We will do our best to provide other useful links as they become available.

  1. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s executive “Stay At Home” order dated March 20, 2020

  • IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (Small Business Administration link)

  • What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19