Matthew Taylor Appears on Criminal Nuggets

 March 23, 2018   

Criminal Nuggets Podcast with Samuel Partida, Jr. | a criminal law podcast

I had the chance to sit down with Samuel Partida who is the driving force and sole proprietor behind the Criminal Nuggets podcast on his website Illinois CaseLaw. We discussed constitutional law from the perspective of a police officer and from the eyes of a criminal defense attorney, fortunately I am uniquely qualified to offer that perspective.

Sam let me talk about Terry v. Ohio (1968) as it established the stop and frisk procedure and gave us the notion of reasonable suspicion as the support for investigative stops. We also discussed how Terry applies today and what it has meant for law enforcement and the courts. Finally, we discussed a recent Illinois Supreme Court case, People v. Smith, 2016 IL App (3d) 140648.

Smith presented the Illinois court with the need to resolve the question whether an officer asking (or telling) a subject to roll up his sleeves constitutes a search that requires probable cause. The court’s review considered the encounter between the police officer and the occupants of a vehicle as it progressed from a consensual encounter to a Terry stop to an arrest. The link to the Criminal Nuggets podcast is included here: Criminal Nuggets podcast episode 459.

The podcast runs about 54 minutes and the Terry review covers about the first 14 minutes, so you can skip around at your leisure. Enjoy.

Aretha Franklin Didn’t Have a Single Will – She Had 3!

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The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin died last August, and the world of music mourned her loss. In the aftermath of her passing, her family has had to deal with the issues of resolving her estate. Originally, Ms. Franklin’s family thought she did not have a will or a trust at all. Recently, 3 wills have been discovered in her home. Now the courts will have to decide not just which one they should use, but if any of them are a proper will under state law.

You Better Think!

Don’t leave your loved ones in this position. You don’t have to be the Queen of Soul to need an estate plan. Everyone should take the time to meet with a skilled attorney who can discuss your wishes, your plans and your concerns. Find out the difference between a will and a trust. Discuss the associated documents that will help to provide you and your family with the needed direction during the various predicaments that life throws your way.

Chain, Chain, Chain, Chain of Fools

Don’t be the weak link in your chain. If you have young children, you’ll want to see that they are taken care of and with the people you trust. If you have older children, they may need special accommodations, or you might be able to add a layer of protection for them (and peace of mind for you!). You might just want to make sure you decide where your assets go and not let the State decide for you.

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Sit down and discuss your plans with me!

Call (847.894.8038) or email ( and schedule an appointment to discuss your estate planning needs with me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours Truly,

Matt Taylor

Matthew J. Taylor Attorney at Law