HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY FATHER, JON SVITAK
On April 26, my father will be 59 years old. For 31 of those 59 years, he has been an exceptional role model and father to me. I want to take this opportunity to not only wish him a happy birthday but also to express my gratitude and appreciation for all of the sacrifices he made and continues to make for me and my siblings. I’ve learned a lot of life lessons from my dad. For starters, he’s one of the hardest working people I know, and that’s because he takes his work very seriously. As a real estate broker, his clients place a tremendous amount of trust in him and his expertise to find or sell their homes. I’ve watched him navigate his clients through stressful situations and deliver satisfying results. I can relate. I know that our clients trust us to handle their case, and we take that responsibility very seriously. Watching my dad all of these years has taught me the importance of professionalism, and I try to take that lesson with me to work on a daily basis. My dad has also taught me the lesson of loyalty. There are few people more loyal than my dad to his closest friends and family members. Once you’re in the circle, you’re in for good. I have always admired the levels to which his friendships can rise. His relationships with his friends and clients are genuine, not surface level. His loyalty knows no bounds when it comes to our
family. He’s been the best cornerman in the world to me and my siblings, and he and my mother grow closer by the day. My dad is an honest man. Sometimes his frankness can get him into trouble with my mother (when she asks what he thought about dinner, for instance), but it’s one of his most admirable traits. One thing we
promise to our clients is that we will always be honest with them. I think it’s the most important aspect in any relationship. My dad has always taught me, mostly by example, that honesty is the best policy. I aim to be honest with myself, my family, my coworkers, and my clients every day. Thanks for everything you do to teach and inspire me, Dad. I hope you have a wonderful 59th birthday. – Jonathan Svitak
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY CASE NOW THAT ILLINOIS COURTS ARE CLOSED?
In the wake of the news that Illinois state and federal courts will be suspending operations due to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19, many of our clients are wondering what this means for their cases and whether their legal rights will be affected.
their cases to trial or resolution as quickly as possible. At the same time, we can be mindful of recent cautions from public health and safety officials. There is a tremendous amount that can be done to advance our cases, even without going to court. We continue to work tirelessly to develop strategies that apply the most pressure on the insurance companies that so often needlessly delay these matters. We are continually updating our internal systems and procedures to make our firm more efficient, effective, and client-focused. While physical courthouses may be closed, e-filing programs allow us to continue to file new cases, motions, and pleadings in existing cases. The dedicated team and robust systems we have in place at SLG mean we will be ready to hit the courthouse steps the moment courts resume normal operations. This is also a tremendous opportunity to examine not only what we can do for our clients but also what we can do for our friends, colleagues, and neighbors in the community. Each of us here at SLG is exploring how we as individuals can help those who might be struggling or panicked. It is a time for humanity and compassion, and by working together, supporting one another, and acting selflessly, we will survive this crisis and emerge stronger and more unified than ever.
Anyone with a legal case may feel the impact of a court shutdown. However, individuals who have been injured by the wrongful conduct of another individual or large corporation may feel even more vulnerable during this uncertain time. Beyond social distancing and limiting exposure to a contagious virus, our clients in need of medical treatment may fear whether an already taxed health care system will be able to meet their ongoing needs. It is for this reason that the lawyers at the Shannon Law Group continue to fight for the rights of our clients, even though the courts may be on hiatus. Our commitment to our clients is only fortified by this moment. We know that our clients need someone fighting for them every step of the way and every moment of the day now more than ever. The interconnected digital age we now live in allows us to continue to do the work to advance our clients’ rights and push
– Your Team at SLG
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