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Divorce brings with it many complications and concerns that need to be addressed before the union between couples can be dissolved. The main issues addressed include property division, custodial rights and support for children, and the possibility of spousal maintenance. Though not all issues may concern every couple, they are all important and common concerns that require attention during the divorce process. For representation and advice in the legal matters of divorce and what follows, contacting an experienced divorce lawyer can be vital.
Property Division
Dividing property is possibly the biggest point of contention in Illinois divorce.
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Property division is one of the murkier issues during the Illinois divorce process. Having to split the assets you feel you have earned with your future ex-spouse may feel like a punch to the gut. You and your spouse can choose to work things out on your own before the courts get involved. However, if you cannot reach an amicable settlement, it will be up to the courts to decide the fate of your marital estate. In Illinois, marital property is divided and distributed “fairly and equitably” between the divorcing couple. When you need assistance in your divorce, the first
Continue Reading Your Guide to Equitable Distribution in an Illinois Divorce

Unfriendly or annoying neighbors are more common than you would like to think. Often, they are little more than a nuisance with petty squabbles over easily forgettable issues. Yet, neighbors sometimes become hostile and prove themselves more dangerous than otherwise expected. At this point, you will need to take care of the situation as best you can in a strictly legal way. Consult a civil litigation attorney for additional information regarding complications with hostile individuals or less-than-friendly neighbors.
Types of Neighborly Disputes
One can face three primary disputes with their neighbors in Illinois that can cover a good range of
Continue Reading How To Legally Handle Neighbor Disputes in Illinois

Having a last will is crucial to ensuring your wishes for your estate are upheld in the event of incapacitation or death. Without a will, the state will oversee how your estate is distributed, which will usually follow a set formula that could see assets placed in the hands of those least desirable. Contact an estate planning attorney who can help cut through the complexities of creating a Will and have you better understand how best to ensure your wishes are followed.
Deciding the Fate of Your Estate
Those who die without a will in place are considered “intestate.” According
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House Bill 2862 was passed by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker on August 4, 2023. The law will take effect on July 1, 2024, and make significant amendments to the rights and protections of day and temporary laborers in Illinois. Understanding the impacts the bill can have on your business is imperative. An Illinois business lawyer can provide a more in-depth overview of what the new changes bring and how best to ensure your business meets compliance.

What is HB 2862?
HB 2862, also referred to as the Temp Worker Fairness and Protection
Continue Reading How Does HB 2862 Affect My Illinois Business?

A durable power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that gives someone you trust the power to make decisions about your finances and health care matters if you become unable to do so yourself. The POA remains in effect even if you become incapacitated.
To create a durable POA in Illinois, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old and of sound mind
  • Sign the POA in front of a notary public and at least one witness
  • The witness cannot be your agent, your spouse, your descendant, or your sibling
  • Include specific language in your POA, such as warnings

Continue Reading How to Create a Durable Power of Attorney

A civil judgment is a legal ruling against an individual or entity in a non-criminal court case. These judgments can arise from various issues, such as unpaid debts, breach of contract, or personal injury claims. While the immediate implications of a legal judgment can be difficult to deal with, the influence on your credit score is a major concern.

How is Your Credit Score Impacted?
A civil judgment can have a detrimental effect on your credit score. Credit agencies may interpret it as evidence of financial insecurity and irresponsibility, resulting in a reduction in your credit score. This decline can
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For whatever reason, one may not have put an agreement with someone else in writing. While it is not ideal, it also does not mean that the agreement is completely unenforceable. If you can prove that the legal elements of a contract have been met, the agreement can still be upheld. To avoid legal issues, you should consult with a contracts attorney.
Oral Contracts Are Possible
It is possible to have a legally binding oral contract. However, you would need to prove that the following exist:

  • There was an offer and acceptance
  • There was consideration (meaning both parties have

Continue Reading Is There Such a Thing as an Oral Contract?

Your business will need legal help at various points. There are certain issues that you should not try to handle on your own. However, you may not have the budget to hire an attorney. An Illinois outsourced general counsel can work with your business on an ongoing basis and provide you with legal advice in numerous areas.

Staff Attorneys Can Be Costly
When you have a growing business, you may not have the resources to build your own in-house legal function. Not only do you have to pay an attorney’s salary, but you would also need to spend tens of
Continue Reading Why Should Your Business Hire an Outsourced General Counsel?

The process of registering a company with the state varies, depending upon the business formation structure chosen by the founders of each new enterprise. There are four primary company structures available to aspiring business owners. If you are hoping to launch a new business venture soon, it will be important for you to weigh the pros and cons of each opportunity before committing to one over the others.
Sole Proprietorships 
Sole proprietorships are owned by one individual, whereas partnerships involve multiple owners. These business formation opportunities offer particularly flexible managerial structures and do not require much work to set up.
Continue Reading Which Business Formation Structure Will Suit Your New Company Best? 

A 2021 Pew Research Center Survey revealed that just shy of one-third of American adults describe their Internet usage as being online “almost constantly.” Roughly half of the respondents indicated that they go online at least several times per day. This means that, if you are like more than 75 percent of your peers, you spend a great deal of time interacting with the world electronically. If your estate plan does not reflect that reality, it is time to start updating your documentation.
What Is Digital Estate Planning?
In a nutshell, digital estate planning involves setting your digital affairs in
Continue Reading Why It Is Time to Start Addressing Your Digital Estate Planning Needs

If you and your child’s other parent are divorcing or otherwise going your separate ways but you both plan to remain very active in your child’s life, the court will likely insist that you draft a parenting plan as part of your overall child custody order. The process of creating a parenting plan will allow you both to set expectations concerning communication, transportation, co-parenting duties, and other aspects of raising your child in separate households.

If you and your co-parent cannot work through fundamental differences concerning how this document should be constructed, a judge will need to make a determination
Continue Reading Crafting a Parenting Plan that Works for Everyone

Starting a business can be a thrilling, rewarding experience, but it can also be nerve-wracking and stressful. There are so many things a new or prospective business owner needs to think about – how the market is currently being served, what kind of business structure to use, how to document the business’s daily operations, and so much more. 
For unseasoned business owners, so many of these processes can feel like a shot in the dark. How do you know if you are doing everything correctly? How can you protect yourself from future wage lawsuits or tax audits? Fortunately, an Illinois
Continue Reading A Business Law Attorney Can Help You Start Your New Business

If you are looking for a way to provide for your family’s future, a revocable living trust may be the right choice for you. A revocable living trust is an arrangement that allows you to manage and transfer your assets during your lifetime and after your death. It is important to understand the advantages of creating such a trust, as well as the legal requirements in Illinois, and a qualified estate planning lawyer can help.
What is a Revocable Living Trust?
A revocable living trust (RLT) is an agreement between an individual (the grantor) and another person or institution (the
Continue Reading An Overview of Revocable Living Trusts for Estate Planning in Illinois

People often spend months and even years thinking about divorce before actually beginning the process. The reasons for this are myriad: not being sure whether you really want to end the relationship, concern about divorce’s effects on young children, uncertainty about the divorce process itself. Whatever the reason, gathering information about how to get divorced in Illinois is an important first step for eventually leaving an unhappy or abusive marriage. 
While there are seemingly endless resources available online to help coach people through divorce, the process can be very complex and there is no substitute for an experienced divorce attorney
Continue Reading An Overview of the Divorce Process in Illinois

Anyone who has started a business in Illinois knows how challenging it can be to get the project up and running. The planning, paperwork, and personal investment in time, money, and sweat equity can be overwhelming, especially in a business’s first few years. 
Unfortunately, even after all the careful effort involved in helping a business become successful, business owners may occasionally face unexpected litigation. Even if your business is not dealing with any lawsuits now, learning about the types of litigation a business like yours might face can help you prevent problems in the future, as well as understand
Continue Reading Common Types of Business Litigation in DuPage County