Victims of domestic abuse, whether it be physical or emotional, are often afraid to leave their spouses. Unfortunately, research suggests these concerns are well-founded, as victims tend to be at the greatest risk when they try to end an abusive relationship. In cases like this, victims may wonder if they can file for a divorce on their own, without alerting their spouse first. Fortunately, the answer is yes. If you need help filing for divorce in Illinois and are worried about your spouse finding out, our attorneys can discreetly work with you to protect your privacy. 
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Introduction to the Illinois Tax Lien Sale Process Every state’s delinquent property tax process is dictated by state statute. States can be generally divided between tax lien states or tax deed states. Illinois is a tax lien state. However, not Read More….
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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

What to Worry About: How Well do Retirees assess the risks they face in Retirement?

Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research recently published a study that explores perceived risks to retirement in America versus what the actual risks are
The study found that the largest risk factor to retirement is living longer than planned and running out of money, while the perceived biggest risk factor is a market drop that cuts into savings. Below are the five top risk factors found by the study:

  • Longevity: living longer than planned
  • Health: need for long-term care that

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    It’s time for another breakdown of lien laws in the U.S.! This week, Karalynn is taking a trip back to her home state of Illinois with Jeremy Baker, a clever and committed construction attorney in IL. From your Illinois lien timelines to when you are allowed to send notice for your liens, Jeremy has a lot of excellent insight into how Illinois contractors can ensure they are properly paid for their work.
    Jeremy breaks down details on:

    • State licenses, and what requirements exist for contractors operating within the state.
    • The many ways you can lose out on your right

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    LSI Corporation and Avago Techs. U.S. Inc. v. Regents of the University of Minnesota

    Docket No. 2021-2057 (IPR2017-01068) (


    August 11, 2022

    Brief Summary:   Board decision that LSI did not timely raise arguments or show portions of prior art patent relied upon was “by another” affirmed.

    Summary:  UMN sued LSI and Avago (“LSI”) for infringement of US 5,859,601 and LSI petitioned the USPTO (“Board”) for IPR of the ‘601 patent naming inventors J. Moon and B. Brickner relating to computer storage devices using maximum transition run (“MTR”) coding.  The Board instituted IPR of claims
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    If you were in a toxic marriage, you probably know that divorce is perhaps the only way to take your life back fully. Whether your spouse was manipulative, narcissistic, or outright abusive, you are done with it and ready to move on without them. Fortunately, your spouse absolutely does not have the power to prevent you from divorcing them. No matter what they try, you can ultimately get your divorce finalized whether they like it or not. There are, however, a few tactics they might try. Some of these tactics are meant to delay the inevitable. Others are merely an
    Continue Reading 4 Wild Divorce Tactics a Toxic Spouse Might Try

    If your child is injured at birth a lawyer can help that child make sure they have all the medical care they would need for the rest of their life the elements of damage are the medical expenses for that child’s past and future as well as the human losses the disability the disfigurement the pain and suffering and the mental anguish that child is going to have the rest of their life.
    The Illinois personal injury law firm of Phillips Law Offices has a recognized reputation as having aggressive, skilled, and determined representatives and advocates for injured individuals
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    What Are the Signs of a Malignant Narcissist?
    Malignant narcissists tend to display some of the worst traits of both APD and NPD, and often have severe dysfunctions in their personal relationships, work, and ability to function in other areas of life.
    Their reckless behavior, disregard for others, and inability to form lasting healthy relationships with others can make them easier to spot than people with fewer traits or more mild or ‘covert’ forms of narcissism.
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    If you are at the beginning of the divorce process, you may have a lot of conflicting emotions. Some people cannot wait for a final divorce decree. Others are hoping for reconciliation and do not want a divorce at all. Whatever position you are in, you may be wondering exactly how long it might take to finalize your divorce in Illinois. There is no one-size-fits-all answer here. Some spouses can reach a divorce settlement very quickly and be done with the process in a matter of weeks. Others share complex assets that must be painstakingly untangled by a court, which
    Continue Reading How Long Does It Take to Get Divorced in DuPage County? is an investment fund?

    An investment fund may sound like a foreign idea, but it is far more commonplace than most people realize. An investment fund is a company whereby investors pool their money together for reinvestment into other companies and businesses. Rules for starting and capitalizing investment funds can be found under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the US Securities Act of 1933, as well as the regulations promulgated thereunder. In fact an investment fund is legally known as an investment company and is defined as “any issuer which–
    (A) is or holds itself out
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    Just as no divorce is easy, no divorce is quite the same. Individual spouses (and many cooperative couples) have to decide the tenor they want their divorce to have, as well as the strategy they are going to pursue. Some spouses opt for a scorched-earth approach after a long and bitter marriage, while others decide from the get-go that they want to cooperate as much as possible. Each potential strategy has advantages and an attorney can help you settle on the right choice for you. Here are the three most common divorce strategies in Illinois. 
    Litigated Divorce
    A litigated divorce
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    Among all the other important questions an engaged Illinois couple must ask each other is whether they want to sign a prenuptial agreement. Even if a couple feels completely committed to a each other, discussing a prenup can bring up some sticky issues. Is it bad luck to discuss a divorce this early? How much do you really want to share financially? Here are some things to think about as you consider whether a prenup is right for you and your fiancé. 
    Potential Benefits of Signing a Prenup
    While every couple starts their marriage off on a high note,
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    In a continuance of the labor-friendly trajectory of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under the current administration, the 9th Circuit recently issued a decision upholding the right of the NLRB to award legal fees to a union incurred during the collective bargaining process. This ruling should put all unionized employers on notice of the ripple effects of decisions such as this one on their own bargaining.
    Continue Reading Employers Beware: Egregious Behavior During Collective Bargaining Can Lead
    to Paying Attorney’s Fees to the Union

    Fireworks accident and injury statistics reveal a nationwide increase in deaths and injuries from fireworks. According to a staff report issued by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, injuries and deaths from fireworks increased by 25% from 2016 to 2021. Likewise, the Centers for Disease Control reports that over 11,500 people suffered injuries because of a firework-related accident in 2021. 

    It’s illegal for consumers to use most fireworks in Illinois. Many Chicagoans flock to Indiana each year, where most fireworks are legal, to stock up and celebrate the 4th of July. Indiana’s fireworks accident and injury statistics show that
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