Califf & Harper, P.C. February 2011 Newsletter

Meet Califf & Harper, P.C.
Califf & Harper, P.C. is proud to send you the February 2011 edition of our firm Newsletter. It is our sincere hope that you find the information presented here both interesting and relevant.
Califf & Harper, P.C. has been meeting the legal needs of the Quad Cities area in Illinois and Iowa for over one hundred and thirty years. We provide personal service to our individual clients and families and business assistance to our corporate clients, including public entities, closely held corporations, businesses, manufacturers and financial services industries located in and around the eastern Iowa and western Illinois Quad Cities region, as well as Chicago and its suburbs. We also act as local counsel for various national corporations. Additionally we frequently practice before the State and Federal Courts in Illinois and Iowa, the National Labor Relations Board, the Internal Revenue Service, the immigration courts, and other governmental agencies.
Our firm provides legal services for our clients by using the skills of various attorneys who practice in the following areas of law:
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Business Counseling & Commercial Transactions
  • Commercial & Civil Litigation
  • Construction Industry Practice
  • E-Business
  • Elder Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment (Management Only)
  • Estate Planning & Wealth Preservation
  • Immigration Law
  • Labor (Management Only)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Public Sector, Municipalities, School Law
  • Real Estate, Development, Zoning
  • Taxation
  • Trust & Estate Administration
For more information, please contact Califf & Harper P.C.
Franklin S. Mitvalsky and Harvey A. Levin recently assisted a client with the refinancing of a portfolio of properties involving over $65,000,000.00 of proceeds under loans sponsored through the United States department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The refinancing required the resolution of numerous complex issues involving the retirement of senior and mezzanine debt covering four separate properties and required a closing process that spanned two consecutive days.
Business Legal Audit
Califf & Harper, P.C. offers a Business Legal Audit to our business clients as a routine comprehensive legal review. The Business Legal Audit allows us to identify risks and offer suggestions to reduce or eliminate those risks.
For more information about a Califf & Harper, P.C. Business Legal Audit, please contact us. We will schedule a team of our lawyers with different areas of experience to assess the legal health of your business and provide helpful suggestions to avoid potential pitfalls and maximize legal opportunities. Our value added approach is designed to provide results oriented suggestions at a reasonable cost.
Moline, IL Telephone: 800-764-4999 or 309-764-8300
Naperville, IL Telephone: 800-764-4999
Robert P. Boeye Named Among the Top 5%
For more than 40 years, Mr. Robert P. Boeye has served his clients as a labor and employment lawyer at Califf & Harper, P.C., in Moline, Illinois. Mr. Boeye continues to use his sterling reputation and competitive nature to develop winning strategies for his clients whether that means negotiations and arbitrations before the National Labor Relations Board and various other administrative agencies or simply guiding his clients with sound labor law advice. To see the complete article as it appeared in the 2010 edition of the Business Edition of the Leading Lawyers Magazine, click on the link below.
Bob Boeye: Honesty & Integrity
Roger L. Strandlund Recognized by Leading Lawyers Network Magazine
Roger L. Strandlund was recognized as an attorney that stands out in the real estate and development world by being available to his clients "no matter what." To see the complete article as it appeared in the Leading Lawyers Network Magazine - Real Estate, Construction and Environmental Edition for 2011, click on the link below.
Removing Hurdles for Community Plans
Importance of Complying with the Home Repair & Remodeling Act
Written by Abigail C. Waeyaert, Attorney, Califf & Harper, P.C., contributing author for the December, 2010 Quad City Times Business Journal.
The Home Repair and Remodeling Act (HRRA) became effective January 1, 2000. It was originally enacted to increase consumer confidence, reduce the likelihood of disputes, and promote fair and honest practices in the home repair and remodeling business in Illinois. Originally the HRRA had some devastating results for contractors. In some cases Illinois courts ruled that homeowners could get out of paying for the improvements made to their homes simply because the contractor failed to provide a written contract. Click on the link below for the full story.
Importance of Complying with the Home Repair & Remodeling Act
What Duties Are Owed By Directors to a Not-For-Profit Organization?
Written by Karla C. Steele, Attorney, Califf & Harper, P.C., contributing author for the February, 2011 Quad City Times Business Journal.
It is estimated that more than 1,300 not-for-profit organizations exist in the Quad Cities alone. A common misperception is that a member of a not-for-profit organization's board of directors (a "director") is insulated from any personal liability due to the fact that the organization is incorporated. The truth, however, is that a director could be held personally liable if she violates her fiduciary duties. Directors have three primary fiduciary responsibilities - the duties of care, loyalty, and obedience. Click on the link below for the full story.
What Duties Are Owned By Directors to a Not-For-Profit Organization?