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Legal Series Webinars

Each seminar will include 45 minutes of content followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

Collision repairers who understand their legal rights and responsibilities have a distinct advantage over those who don’t. This six-part seminar series is essential for anyone who needs a refresher or would like to learn about the laws that impact collision repairs in Illinois. It is designed to provide a cost-effective and convenient way to get an overview of current law with a focus on practical, day-to-day issues. Each seminar will include 45 minutes of instruction followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. The speaker, Patrick J. McGuire, is an Illinois attorney who has 20+ years of experience advising and representing shops. Dates TBD, (starting early 2023). Price: $400 AASPI member/$600 non-member

Seminar 1

The Illinois Collision Repair Act has been in effect since 2004 and applies to all repairs over $100. Compliance with the law is mandatory and, when properly understood, can help streamline a shop’s workflow and provide confidence when dealing with consumers and insurers. Non-compliance, on the other hand, can be very costly. Learn what you need to know to comply with the Collision Repair Act and how it can help you maximize profits while minimizing liabilities.

Seminar 2

First-party claims: Learn the practical things every shop owner should know about insurance policy provisions, statutes, and regulations that apply when a customer is making a claim under his or her own insurance policy, including issues related to deductibles, aftermarket parts, OEM procedures, paint caps, shop liability, diminished value, bad faith, and DRPs.

Seminar 3

Third-party claims: Learn the practical things every shop owner should know about the contract provisions, statutes, and regulations that do not apply when a customer makes a claim against an at-fault party and his or her insurance policy, including issues related to deductibles, aftermarket parts, OEM procedures, paint caps, shop liability, diminished value, and DRPs.

Seminar 4

Shop liability in the age of ADAS and OEM procedures: With the increased complexity of modern vehicles and their safety systems, the liability associated with repairing such vehicles has also increased. What are your options if a customer or insurance company vehicles has also increased. What are your options if a customer or insurance company says that they don’t want to pay for an OEM procedure? How would a court determine whether your decision to perform or not perform the repair was negligent? Unfortunately, shops have been known to make decisions that increase liability while decreasing profits while a more legally sound approach can do just the opposite.

Seminar 5

Total-loss vehicles: What are the rules? What you need to know to increase your chances of getting paid for your labor, skill, materials, and storage charges and decrease your chances of getting stuck with a practically worthless salvage vehicle.

Seminar 6

Post-repair rights and remedies: Many shops don’t realize that Illinois law provides repairmen with variety of options for enforcing payment for their labor, skill, materials, and storage services. Each one has its pros and cons so the question is knowing which option is best in a particular situation considering the amount in issue, the payor, and whether it is a one-time issue or a recurring problem that could be very costly over time if not addressed legally.

This course summary is advertising material only and not intended to provide legal advice. Patrick J. McGuire is licensed in Illinois only. Law Offices of Patrick J. McGuire, P.C., 119 S. Emerson Street, Suite 192, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 

Tel: (312)541-0500; Email: patrick.mcguire@pjmlegal.com