Dec 10, 2019 | Uncategorized | If you’re one of the estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV and AIDS in the United States, you know that medical advances have significantly improved your treatment options and quality of life. However, even “manageable” HIV can seriously limit your ability to work and do the things you love. At Bryant Legal Group, we help people living with AIDS and HIV apply for disability insurance benefits. In this article, we discuss the essentials of HIV-related claims and suggest some simple ways you can strengthen your application for benefits. What Is the…
Wintertime can be a beautiful season throughout the city of Chicago due to the snowfall and holiday decorations. Although the sights can be breathtaking, it is imperative to understand the risks that are often associated with winter weather conditions. Falling chunks of ice can strike an individual, causing severe injuries and even death. Before simply accepting or dismissing the incident as happenstance, a victim should seek legal help from Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can work with a victim or their family to help recover compensation linked to negligence.   …
The end of a marriage is rarely without conflict, but some divorces involve more contention than others. If divorcing spouses cannot reach an agreement about issues such as asset division, child custodychild support, and spousal maintenance, the court will need to intervene. Courtroom litigation is typically more expensive, time-consuming, and stressful than alternative means of resolution like mediation and collaborative divorce. When spouses are able to put their resentments aside and work cooperatively to resolve divorce issues, they will likely save a great deal of time and money. Read on to learn about two…
In this article, we explain, “How to transfer guardianship proceedings to another state.” Our guardianship attorneys answer: Can guardianship proceedings be transferred to another state? Steps to transferring a guardianship to another state Notifying interested parties of a guardianship transfer Can Guardianship Proceedings Be Transferred to Another State? In most cases, yes. But the speed in which they can be transferred heavily weighs on whether the state in question has adopted the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA). The Act: Provides detailed and accurate rules for transferring guardianship between states Allows states to recognize and register guardianship…
Yesterday the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation issued notice of an emergency rule that, if enacted, will govern the issue of what happens if there is a tie between applicants in the current point-based scoring process for Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization licenses under Illinois’s Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (410 ILCS 705). Briefly, given that there are 250 points available to each cannabis dispensary license applicant in the cannabis point system as detailed in the statute (plus an extra 2 for community engagement) the system allows for a tie as all or some of the…
Contributed by Jacqueline Lentini McCullough, December 10, 2019 keyboard labeled “data protection” After the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, U.S. academic institutions continue to grapple with compliance issues. Institutions must address areas where there is exposure to risk and train their employees to minimize that exposure. One area of risk is the flow of data. Who on campus is the gatekeeper handling the data? Most universities will have a Data Protection Officer (DPO) as required by Article 37 of the GDPR. Other campus GDPR actors may include University Counsel, Information Technology Officers,…
Today’s blog entry is going to be my last substantive blog entry of the year. My daughter is on break the last two weeks of December, and just about everybody takes the Christmas season off anyway. The very last blog entry of the calendar year is when I traditionally do my top 10 Understanding the ADA blog entries of the year. I have not been following what is the top 10 from month to month. So, I am really curious to see how that is going to work out. Today’s blog entry is actually on a case that my fellow…
Tuesday, December 10, 2019     As pretty much everyone in Illinois knows, January 1, 2020 is the first day that recreational cannabis will be legal in the state. Since the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act was passed on June 25, 2019, a variety of concerns have been raised by municipalities, businesses, employers, and others regarding certain provisions of the Act, resulting in legislative discussions of a “trailer bill” to address some of these issues. We reported on this a couple of weeks ago here after both houses had approved it and it was sent to the Governor for his…
Synopsis: Q & A From Defense Attorney John Campbell and Lobbyist Jay Shattuck About New IL Recreational Marijuana Laws in Your Workplaces.   Editor’s comment: Our name partner John Campbell had a good question from a client worth sharing; he asked lobbying expert Jay Shattuck of the IL State Chamber if he could provide some insight. Please note Jay is not a lawyer and doesn’t profess to be; that said, in my view, he is one of our State’s top experts on understanding legislation and its impact on your business.   John Campbell noted the IL recreational marijuana statute provides…
In Illinois, statutes provide protection to a disabled person with respect to the time within which a cause of action for personal injury will accrue. Under traditional legal thought, the cause of action begins to accrue and the statute of limitations begins to run immediately on the date of injury. In cases where the injury is not obvious enough to be discovered the moment it occurs, the date of accrual begins on the date the injured person “knows or should have known” a cause of action exists. Under the discovery rule, the plaintiff has the burden of establishing facts to…
Right of First Refusal What is the Right of First Refusal in Real Estate Contracts The explanation of the right of first refusal (ROFR) can be complicated sometimes, but we will discuss the term further to explain what the right of the first refusal means in the real estate business and how it applies to the holders of the right and the real estate owners. What Is the Right of First Refusal? The right of first refusal (ROFR) in the real estate is a contract that gives a specific right to a party to purchase a particular property. The right of…
Charitable solicitation is more complex than just asking for donations. In fact, there are a number of essential regulatory procedures that nonprofits must stay up to date with to stay off the charitable solicitation “naughty list.” Currently 39 states and the District of Columbia have charitable solicitation laws requiring a nonprofit organization to register prior to soliciting or accepting donations from residents in that particular state. To ensure that your nonprofit organization is good this holiday season, keep the following information in mind as you plan and develop the organization’s fundraising activities. Registration Prior to Solicitation Most states define solicitation…
Written by attorney Richard C. Baker  It’s that time of year again and high on the list among the things that a church should be considering at year’s end is the housing allowance for its ministers for the next calendar year, 2020. The housing allowance is a very important tax benefit for ministers but, without proper attention, can be lost or diminished for a specific year. By way of review, in cases where the church does not provide a parsonage, the IRS’s Code allows a church to provide for a housing allowance to both ministers who own their residences and…
Written by attorney Terry S. Lu William Dukes was incarcerated for 15 years, 6 months, 2 days, and 45 minutes for a crime he didn’t commit.  In 1993, a grandmother and her granddaughter were discovered dead in a bathtub. Based upon questionable witness testimony, the police focused their investigation on William. The police repeatedly pulled him into the station for questioning, interrogated him, dropped in on him unannounced at work, talked with the people who lived and worked around him, and generally made his life difficult. As a result of their investigation and these constant disruptions, William lost his job…
When one spouse believes that the other spouse wronged them during their marriage, they may want their divorce agreement to be a way to punish their spouse. Illinois divorce laws do not assign blame to either party for actions such as infidelity, but the court may favor the “victim” spouse when dividing marital properties if the cheating spouse used marital assets to pay for the affair. Parenting time is not a commodity that you withhold from your spouse to punish them. You must base all of your parenting decisions on what is best for your children, and obstructing parenting time…
Your ex-spouse has an order of protection against you. You thought it was still okay to call her best friend, but now the police have arrested you for violating the order. What is the law? What can you do? You can be charged with violating an order of protection if you 1) knowingly commit an act prohibited by the order or fail to commit an act ordered by the order, and 2) you have been served notice or have actual knowledge of the contents of the order. To avoid trouble, you should read any order carefully and err widely on…