Carlson Dash Digest – April 2015

We are not only committed to providing excellent legal guidance to our clients, but we are also focused on continuing education for both our own team as well as sharing knowledge with the our valued clients and peers in the legal community. We are dedicated to keeping our clients, colleagues and team informed about recent legal changes, relevant topics, and providing fresh insights. 
Kurt Carlson to Speak at IMN’s Real Estate & Bank General Counsel Forum 

Managing Partner, Kurt Carlson, will be speaking at and moderating on panels for IMN’s Real Estate General Counsel Forum, which is being held in Chicago on May 7th, discussing the best practices and industry developments from a legal perspective on the Litigation Management panel and the Best Practices for Managing In-House Lawyers and Outside Counsel panel. 

He will be shedding light on: controlling costs in litigation, budgeting, ADR, mediation and settlement as well as topics around commercial leases, property management agreements and disputes, working with contractors, development, zoning, title insurance information and best practices for managing in-house lawyers and outside counsel.

Bryce Cox Joins Carlson Dash

Bryce Cox has joined Carlson Dash’s Wisconsin office. Bryce’s practice focuses on real estate, commercial and business transactions and litigation, as well as appeals. We are excited to have Bryce join us as we continue to expand our Wisconsin practice.



Attention Lenders: Take a Second Look

The “All Asset” UCC financing statement does not cover all categories of assets and it is important to recognize there are multiple types of collateral which cannot be perfected through a UCC financing statement. Read more to understand three of the most common pitfalls run into by lenders: “All Asset” UCC Financing Statements: Not Always A Perfect Solution


Unincorporated Cook County—Zoning Certificates Required


Cook County now requires sellers to obtain zoning certificates for property located in unincorporated Cook County prior to the closing of a prospective sale.  Effective March 21, 2015, the owner of any property in unincorporated Cook County that is under contract for sale is required to obtain a zoning certificate from the Cook County Department of Building and Zoning in order to verify the property’s current zoning classification, any outstanding building permits, and outstanding violations or judgments on the property prior to closing.

It appears that the Cook County Recorder of Deeds will require production of such a Cook County zoning certificate before accepting deeds to property in unincorporated Cook County for recording.

The new zoning certificates will alleviate issues of uncertainty surrounding zoning and classification of properties in unincorporated Cook County by providing purchasers of property in unincorporated Cook County with the underlying zoning classification of the property prior to closing.

Instructions for applications for the zoning certificates and application forms can be found at  The County charges a fee of $100 per application.  The certificate is valid for 180 days after issuance.








Carlson Dash. April 2015 Issue.




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