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About FWZ&G

FWZ&G combines the client service expected from a small firm with the experience and capabilities typically found in larger ones. It is this combination that has established Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green as a law firm for growing businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals and individuals with special or unique legal needs.
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The Importance of Obtaining a Registered Trademark

New business owners and entrepreneurs alike should understand the importance of holding a federal trademark registration for their service or product.  Not only is a registered trademark on the federal principal register an extremely valuable asset, the protections afforded by a registered trademark are of paramount importance to maintaining brand image in connection with a […]

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Estate Tax and Generation Skipping Taxes Repealed
On November 2, 2017, Republicans in the House of Representatives released their version of a tax reform bill: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is not yet law and is only the beginning of what is sure to become a legislative battle.

The Tax […]

Pet Trusts

While cats and dogs are common house pets, pet trusts can be drafted for the benefit of many other domestic animals to ensure that your family pet receives the love and care it deserves for the entirety of its life. As Chicago estate planning attorneys, our main focus is ensuring continuity amongst family members through preparations of wills […]

Oral Modifications to Written Contracts: A Lesser-known Breach of Contract Rule

A breach of contract suit most commonly arises when one party fails to uphold their contractual duties. In most cases, the court will examine the arguments of the plaintiff and the defense within the boundaries of the established written agreement, arriving at a verdict through a reinforcement of the contract’s provisions. One important rule that many clients and […]

LLC Veil Piercing & Substantive Consolidation

A limited liability company can function as an extremely powerful and flexible business organization structure.  The LLC, if structured properly, can shield members (aka LLC business owners) from the legal obligations and debts of the LLC.

In limited liability companies which are solely owned, small or family owned, business assets and business liabilities may often overlap and intertwine […]

Estate Planning Myths

Estate Planning is a very complicated area of the law where myths abound and they can be harmful to you and your loved ones.  Below is a list of common myths about estate planning.

Estate Planning Myth #1: If I have a good Will, probate will not be required, and my assets can be transferred immediately to the beneficiaries […]

Common Mistakes in Federal Trademark Registration – Part 1

This is Part 1 of a 6 Part blog.
Part 1: Trademark Priority and Trademark Distinctiveness
US trademark law and the trademark registration process is very much different compared to trademark law in foreign countries. Whether a entrepreneur, inventor or US business is seeking to prosecute a federal trademark or a foreign entity or individual is contemplating […]

Looking at Two Sides of Trademark Infringement

A generic trademark is a product name or term which is the actual name for that product. Examples include: BANANA for bananas, or LAW FIRM for a law firm or CHICAGO TRADEMARK ATTORNEY for Chicago trademark attorney. A generic term is not eligible for trademark registration or protection. The rationale being, to allow a business or individual […]

Trademark Cease and Desist Based on Likelihood of Confusion

While this specific occurrence happened a couple years ago, it showcases a some variety of issues that can arise if one were applying for a federal trademark registration or how your business could protect yourself from trademark infringement.

Starbucks, the behemoth Seattle based coffee company worth an estimated $16.447 billion in 2014, sent the owner of […]

Reveal’s InControl eDiscovery Legal Technology

How much do you spend on legal document review technology?

The high price tag in Discovery for most matters is legal document review. This topic spans most legal industry blogs and analyst reports, where everyone shares an opinion on how to get control of costs before you have to make payments.
What do you do to get […]