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A physician’s job can be one of the most challenging careers a person can embark on. To become a licensed doctor, a person must go through years of schooling, rigorous training, and testing before being certified to practice medicine. However, like many other occupations, physicians who work for a hospital or practice may be required to sign an employment contract. These legal documents often contain complicated language regarding important issues, such as medical malpractice. Therefore, it is essential that a skilled legal professional reviews the details of the contract before you sign it. An attorney can protect your rights…
The end of employment after many years at one company can bring on many feelings for an employee. He or she may be angry, sad, shocked, or even relieved. Being terminated or “let go” can often come as a surprise if the employer suddenly had to downsize. In certain situations, an employer may offer a severance package to the dismissed employee. A severance agreement is a legal document that outlines the responsibilities and rights of each party involved. It generally provides a certain amount of severance pay for the employee in return for meeting certain requirements. For professionals who are…
Although many people do not expect their marriage to end in divorce, statistics show that approximately 40-50 percent of U.S. marriages do not stand the test of time. Regardless of the reasons for wanting to legally end their union, there are many decisions that a couple needs to make before they can finalize their divorce, including the division of property, spousal support, or child-related issues. Under Illinois law, a spouse may ask the court to order the other spouse to pay spousal maintenance (alimony). However, in some cases, the ex-spouse may fail to follow the order. That is why it…
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms. However, federal and state laws regulate who can own and possess guns and other types of weapons. Under Illinois’ Concealed Carry Act, individuals must have a permit to carry a gun in public. In addition, all gun owners must have a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID). Carrying a gun without the required paperwork can result in fines and even jail time. There are additional actions that constitute the unlawful use of a weapon (UUW). In some cases, a person may not realize his or…
Starting a new job can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. In many cases, companies require new employees to sign an employment contract. This legal document includes information on salary, paid time off, job duties, benefits, and more. A contract may also include a “non-compete” clause. Essentially, this means that a worker cannot leave the company and go work for a competitor. These clauses protect businesses from employees taking specific information, skills, and client data and using it against them while working at another company. Similarly, a non-solicitation clause prevents a worker from contacting other workers at…
The law firm of Khan Nayyar & Associates, LLC in Oakbrook Terrace is proud to announce that two of our attorneys/partners were selected as Rising Stars of 2020 by Super Lawyers. Attorney Omar F. Khan received the distinct honor for his work in Immigration. Attorney Faraz Nayyar was honored for his efforts in Employment and Labor law.  Rising Stars Selection Process Super Lawyers is a rating service compiled of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have acquired a high caliber of peer recognition and professional performance. Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars selection process includes independent research, plus peer…
Most couples enter into marriage thinking it will last “til death do us part.” Although that may have been more common years ago, statistics show that almost half of all marriages in the United States now end in divorce. Once the decision has been made to legally terminate a marriage, there are many issues that need to be resolved, such as asset and property division, spousal maintenance, and child support if a couple had children together. Child support in Illinois is determined based on several factors, and one question parents might have is what will happen if the paying parent…
The state of Illinois passed several new laws that went into effect on January 1, 2020. One of the more notable laws made it legal for people 21 and over to purchase and use recreational marijuana. An Illinois adult can possess up to 30 grams (approximately one ounce) of the cannabis flower. A person can use marijuana in his or her own home and on-site in certain marijuana-related businesses. Although marijuana is now legal in Illinois, it is essential to understand how the new law relates to U.S. immigration if you are currently living in the country (or visiting) as a…
Immigration has been an integral part of the United States since the Europeans discovered the “New World” in the 1400s. Each year, the U.S. sees tens of millions of visitors from around the world, many of them staying in the country long-term or permanently. Though some of the biggest immigrant populations in the U.S. are comprised of people from countries such as Mexico, China, and India, there has been an increase in recent years in the number of immigrants from African countries. The majority of African immigrants are from sub-Saharan countries, and one that is rapidly growing is South Africa.…
By far, one of the most common ways that Illinoisians lose their driving privileges is by being arrested or convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). Illinois law states that any person who fails, refuses to submit to, or does not complete a chemical test to determine their blood-alcohol content (BAC) is subject to a statutory summary suspension of their license. This suspension length is six months for a failed chemical test, meaning a driver’s BAC was 0.08 or higher. If a driver refuses to take a chemical test, they will have their driver’s license suspended for one year. Statutory…
There are many issues that could arise between an employer and an employee. Wage disputes, discrimination, and retaliation claims are all common types of employee/employer disputes. When things like this are brought to light, it is often discovered that not just a single employee is experiencing these issues. This is when a class action lawsuit can come into play. How Is a Class Action Lawsuit Different From a Regular Lawsuit? A class action lawsuit is a claim that is taken to court that represents a group of people who have all been affected by an employer’s actions. Rather than multiple…
No matter the reason for the breakdown of your marriage, the divorce process will typically follow the same basic steps. After one spouse files a petition for divorce, the two of you will go through the discovery and negotiation process, and eventually you will reach a settlement, which will be entered in court as your final divorce decree. Though the process is fundamentally the same for all couples, some people will experience the process a bit differently, especially if they have a high net worth. In these cases, certain areas of the divorce process, such as discovery and negotiations, tend…