Monday, September 26, 2022

Celebrity Estate Planning: Misfires of the Rich and Famous

Celebrities are not immune to the pitfalls of having outdated or nonexistent estate plans, and even if careful estate planning has taken place, changes in family circumstances or tax laws can have negative impacts. 
This article takes a look at some famous mistakes made by famous people, including over simplistic wills (Jim Morrison), after-born children (Philip Seymore Hoffman), domicile (Heath Ledger), second families and decanting (David Bowie), and oral promises (Anna Nicole Smith.)
Ultimately, what all of these mistakes have in common is that they are preventable.
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Injuries sustained during the crash of an overloaded big rig and a passenger car can be severe, and the victim may require treatment for a lifetime.
Medical expenses would escalate over time, and the victim would need help to pay those expenses. In such a situation, how do you determine liability for the injuries?
Overloading issues
There are many reasons for truck-car crashes, but one the driver of a passenger vehicle would not see coming is a big rig with overloaded cargo. Too much cargo that is not properly loaded will result in a truck that is off balance, which
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During divorce, legal separation, or the establishment of a first-time custody arrangement for non-married parents, there can be a number of legal requirements that might seem overwhelming at first. Creating a plan for child custody, which is divided into “parental responsibilities” and “parenting time” in Illinois, can seem like an insurmountable amount of work. An experienced family law attorney can walk you through the process step-by-step. 
In our last blog, we discussed a broad overview of what a parenting plan needs to contain to get approved by an Illinois family law judge. Today, we will look at
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In an effort to address widespread complaints about significant rates of sexual harassment in Illinois restaurants, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law in 2019 requiring restaurants to provide sexual harassment prevention training to employees. However, even though most restaurants are meeting their legal training requirements, sexual harassment continues unabated at many institutions. 
Restaurants can be particularly difficult workplaces to manage cases of sexual harassment because the atmosphere is often hectic, casual, and friendly. Coworkers frequently date each other and outgoing, flirtatious personalities tend to be drawn to customer-facing roles where tips can be significant. Nevertheless, unwanted sexual attention
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Everyone makes mistakes, even good people like yourself. In order to erase your criminal records, you must discover which aspects of your criminal history are eligible for expungement (to remove the records) and which are eligible for sealing once you have obtained all the relevant data (to hide the records from the public). 
Read the basics of record sealing and expungement to learn more about your rights and how a Will County Lawyer criminal defense lawyer can help you get the best results. 
How to Seal A Criminal Record
The circuit clerk in the county where the arrests took place
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There are many professions in Illinois that require a professional license. There are boards that oversee the different types of licenses, with most of them falling under the umbrella of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Each board has their own set of rules and regulations that stipulate what is required and what is forbidden for someone to be approved for their license. One of the factors that could make it difficult for an applicant to obtain a license is if the applicant has been convicted of a crime.
What Type of Criminal Record Will Not
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The last two Chicago mayors have preached over and over the importance of traffic safety in our city. That includes safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrains. Previous mayor, Rahm Emanuel, launched “Vision Zero,” whose main goal was to have zero pedestrian traffic deaths within ten years. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has continued to push the “Vision Zero” plan since taking over. Despite all the talk and planning to make our streets safer for everyone, pedestrian and traffic deaths have increased over the last few years in both Illinois and Chicago.

The Chicago Department of Transportation (“CDOT”), is hopeing to end that
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Being involved in a truck accident is certainly not something anyone wants to go through. Due to their large size, trucks can cause catastrophic injuries and even death. If you are involved in a truck accident, it is important to know what to do. Check out these steps to take after a truck accident.
Knowing the right steps to take can help protect your rights and make the process easier. Contact a Chicago 18 wheeler accident lawyer if you have any questions or need help filing a claim.
Call the Police
Calling the police may seem like the obvious thing
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Divorce litigation is a strategy of last resort for many. For others, courtroom litigation is a patently necessary affair from the outset. Spouses in high net-worth marriages may have a significant share of assets at stake in complex divorce proceedings, with potential winnings far outweighing the expense associated with divorce litigation. Further, certain complex assets may be difficult to divide in an equitable fashion, rendering compromise at mediation or attorney-facilitated negotiation unlikely. In such cases, judicial decision-making may be preferable for both spouses. 
However, even when it is beneficial, divorce litigation brings a separate set of challenges. Detailed evidence must
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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Why People of Color Are Less Likely to Have a Will

According to a survey conducted by Consumer Reports earlier this year, high numbers responded not having a will in place. While the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a wake-up call for many Americans around end-of-life planning, it is still reported that 1 in 3 Americans don’t have a will.
The Consumer Report Survey showed a noticeable difference in responses from people of color, with the top reasons cited as being too young, not having enough assets, not being sure how to create one, or
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You are driving down a picturesque road in DuPage County when suddenly you are struck head-on by another vehicle. Waking up in the emergency room, the doctor informs you that you have suffered a spinal cord injury and may never walk again. Your very existence has been upended instantly, with life as you knew it irrevocably shattered. 
Catastrophic injuries from a car accident involving the neck and spinal cord are amongst the most severe injuries someone can experience. During this turbulent and frightening period in your life, it is vital to remember that since you are suffering from a personal
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When a couple decides to create a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, they usually have questions about what, exactly, the agreement can include. Can they set limits on alimony? What about child support? Can parents agree to split custody of the kids 50/50 now, while they get along well and are not in a heated divorce
Enforceability is perhaps the most important part of a prenuptial agreement because if a contract is not enforceable, it is a waste of time and money, and a couple ends up fighting over the issues they hoped to protect themselves and
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Divorce litigation can be a stressful affair. The hearings may go on for weeks or even months depending on the particular issues of the case. Those going through a high-asset divorce may be in and out of the courtroom for more than a year. Substantial evidence may need to be gathered, including financial records, bank statements, deeds, and more. Litigation is not an expedient method of divorce. The unpleasantness and inconvenience of litigating a divorce drive many spouses, including those who are far from amicable, to resolve their divorces through the use of cooperative divorce techniques such as mediation. 
However,
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Saturday, September 24, 2022

The Queen’s clothes and jewels: Who inherits her enormous collection?

While many have been talking about Queen Elizabeth’s $447 million fortune and how it will be divided amongst members of the Royal family, many are curious what will happen to her large collection of clothing and jewelry. Royal experts believe her wardrobe will be split primarily between Kate Middleton and Queen Consort Camilla, with Middleton having first choice.
The late Queen had a famously colorful sense of style and many of her most memorable outfits will be taken by a royal trust for future display in museums. It
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Criminal penalties for drug distribution or selling drugs are usually much more severe than mere possession. If you or a loved one were accused of drug dealing, drug manufacturing, drug distribution, or possession with intent to deliver, secure legal counsel immediately. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and begin building a strong defense against the charges.
Accusations of Selling Drugs
In order to be convicted of selling drugs, the prosecution must prove that you:

  • Intended to sell or distribute the drug, and
  • Actually sold or distributed the drug

The prosecutor does not
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Whether during a divorce, as part of a first-time parenting plan for unmarried parents, or a dispute arising after several years of co-parenting, child custody disputes can be cases of serious contention. Determining how parenting time and parental responsibilities are allocated is often hotly contested by both parents.
Complicating things is the fact that children often develop their own opinions about how things should be, especially as they get older and have a better understanding of the difference between each parent’s home environment and parenting strategy. If either you or your child believes your child deserves a fair say
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