Parents of children with special health or developmental needs are well aware of the challenges that come with raising and providing for them. Unfortunately, these challenges can often become more pronounced when parents are going through a divorce. In addition to the mental energy that the divorce process requires, parents may also be concerned about how best to handle decisions regarding child support and parental responsibilities in a way that prioritizes their children’s interests and needs. Child Support for Special Needs Children in Illinois One of the most significant challenges for parents of children with special needs is the…
Compared to something like a car accident, a fall may not seem likely to cause severe injuries. Certainly, many people are able to escape from a fall with no injuries or only minor scrapes, bruises, and sprains. However, there are times when fall injuries can have much more serious consequences, sometimes affecting a person for the rest of their life. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic, life-altering injury in a fall, an experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover substantial compensation. Common Factors in Severe Fall Injuries Depending on how a…
A settlement has been reached in a sexual harassment lawsuit against Madison County, Illinois. The substantial settlement amount – $850,000 – was awarded to the plaintiff, an employee of Madison County, who alleged that a former Madison County board member repeatedly sexually harassed her. The plaintiff then alleged that in addition to the board doing nothing to stop the harassment, she was fired for complaining.  The details in this case reflect circumstances that are often faced by victims of workplace sexual harassment. Below we will explore some of these circumstances, the relevant laws, and what you can do if you…
When many people think about the effects of a car accident, they imagine physical injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. While vehicle crashes can certainly result in these types of injuries, they can also lead to severe emotional distress. If you have been struggling with your mental health after a car crash, it is important to speak to a mental health specialist right away. Common Emotional Injuries That Result from Car Accidents A vehicle collision is a traumatic event that can cause victims to suffer long-term emotional consequences. Mental health issues that may…
Medical providers who prescribe or dispense controlled substances are required to maintain a registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). If the DEA believes that a person has acted unlawfully when prescribing or dispensing controlled substances, it may take action to suspend or revoke a provider’s registration. In these cases, a provider can request an administrative hearing where they can present evidence showing why their registration should not be suspended or revoked. Those who need to address these issues will want to be aware of some potential rule changes that could affect administrative hearings in the future. Proposed Rule…
Applying to one or more law schools can be stressful and confusing in knowing where to apply, if your stats are acceptable, and if the education is affordable. Obtaining a law degree at the best law schools is usually highly competitive, where school officials reject many more applications than they accept. Once a law school receives your application, the Law School Admission Council credential assembly service will ensure that they’ve received every transcript from all institutions you’ve attended in higher learning. National Law School Admissions Statistics Continue reading ›
Parents who are going through a divorce or a child custody case often have questions about how Illinois parental responsibility law handles a child’s preferences. In other words, can a child’s preference for custody play a role in determining the allocation of parental responsibilities? If so, you might also be wondering if there is a specific age at which a child can refuse child visitation in Illinois. Generally speaking, Illinois law does not set one specific age at which a child’s preference can play a role in determining custody or the allocation of parental responsibilities. Instead, the court may consider…
Home » Blog If you receive notice that your trademark application is “dead” or “abandoned”, you must act quickly. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires a Petition to Revive within two months (or sixty days) of abandonment. Below, I explain the top reasons for abandonment, and what is necessary to revive an abandoned trademark. A bit creepy for a trademark blog post! Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Table of Contents I. Why Is My Trademark Dead? A. Failure to File a Statement of Use B. Failure to Renew Your Trademark Registration C. Cancellation Proceedings D. Express Abandonment
Baker Sterchi Member David Eisenberg is quoted in a recent St. Louis Record article “Western District remands case against highway commission involving mother and child who drowned” regarding the Western District of Missouri’s remand of a wrongful death lawsuit brought by a father who lost his daughter and grandchild in a road accident involving flooding.  Eisenberg notes that the court acknowledged the possibility that a reasonable person “may not have surmised that there was obvious danger in pursing the path” chosen by the plaintiff’s daughter and that it can be “difficult to win a motion to dismiss based on the…
The Missouri legislature passed a bill to amend certain rules of court, including civil discovery rules 56.01, 57.01, 57.03, 57.04, 58.01, 59.01, and 61.01, in 2019, via Senate Bill 224. These particular rules relate to the scope of discovery, interrogatories, and requests for production of documents and things.  The governor signed the bill on July 10, 2019.  Pursuant to Article III, § 20 of the Missouri Constitution, the General Assembly’s regular session terminates on May 30 of each year.  “A law passed by the general assembly takes effect ninety days after the adjournment of the session at which it is enacted.” …
Monday, June 21, 2021 Article: Organ Transplantation David Orentlicher and Joaquin Cayon De Las Cuevas recently published an article entitled, Organ Transplantation, Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law ejournal (2021). Provided below is the abstract to the Article. It is commonplace to say that the success of transplantation therapies has led inexorably to their generalisation. Far from the experimental nature of the first interventions carried out in the middle of the 20th century, new technologies have produced an increase in survival and a substantial improvement in the quality of life. This new scenario has made transplants a therapeutic alternative that…
Summer is here, and there’s no better way to enjoy the sun than with your favorite artist or band. This summer will be jam-packed with music festivals all over the United States. We’re here to keep you updated on everything you need to know about your favorite foreign artist, and whether they’ll be able to play this summer. Find out which foreign artists will be rocking the stage, information for traveling fans, and the most updated CDC guidelines so you can be fully prepared for your festival experience. Your favorite artist just might be traveling to the U.S. for a…
You may have a friend or family member that brought suit against someone else. The case could have resulted from a dog bite, construction accident, automobile collision, or other incident. Tort law refers to the civil side of the law, and it stands alongside criminal law to make up the two main branches of our legal system. We will review in detail what a tort is and what tort lawsuits are so that you have a better understanding of modern tort law as well as related concepts of monetary compensation, intentional tort, tortious act, tort liability, civil wrong, and civil…
You may be eligible for a fresh-start while maintaining your retirement plan. It is common for someone unfamiliar with bankruptcy law to use some or all of their 401k savings to pay debts when it becomes apparent their budget is not feasible. If income cannot satisfy debt over time it might appear that the only solution is to use retirement savings to satisfy the debt. However, there is a solution that will allow those under financial duress to eliminate many of their debts while maintaining possession of a qualified retirement plan. The adequacy of Social Security is not certain, and…
 Divorce is never easy, but it is made even more difficult when one spouse cannot or will not work. Studies show that divorce is substantially more likely among heterosexual couples when the husband is not employed. The working spouse may feel frustrated by months or years of supporting the household but may also feel guilty for potentially cutting off the non-working spouse’s source of income.  Divorcing an unemployed spouse does not have to be a nightmare. Along with hiring an experienced divorce attorney, here are three things to consider when divorcing an unemployed spouse.  Alimony Alimony, or spousal…
When a couple gets divorced in Illinois, a partner who shared their spouse’s last name may decide they want their maiden name back. How this is done depends on whether the name change happens as part of the divorce decree or whether you wait until after the divorce is over.  Changing Your Name During the Divorce A divorcing spouse can request that a change back to their maiden name be included as part of their final divorce decree. Consult your attorney to make sure that that you are given the right to resume use of a former or maiden name…