If you are a Chicago construction worker, then you probably cannot sue your boss for injuries you sustain on the job. Yet, if someone else caused the accident, including the general contractor, then you may be able to sue them for financial compensation. We can work with you to figure out who was responsible for your Chicago construction accident. General contractors play a unique role on these job sites and that comes with special responsibilities. General Contractors’ Responsibilities on Construction Sites Continue reading ›
Construction workers face all kinds of risks and dangers on the job including electrocution; fire; falling debris; equipment malfunction; automobile collision; etc. Time and again though, one of the most serious and even frequent accidents we see are falls. You might have experienced this yourself at work. Chicago construction workers fall in all different types of ways. Each of them may present broken bones, herniated discs, concussions, and even death. When they do arise, you need to know who is legally responsible for the incident so that you can recover financial compensation for your medical expenses, personal injuries, and other…
Ending any marriage can be a complicated process. However, couples who have amassed a significant amount of assets or have acquired unique ones face additional complications when dissolving their marriage. If you are in this situation, you need to retain experienced high asset divorce attorneys in Illinois before moving forward with the divorce process. At … Continue reading “What to Know About High Asset Divorce in Illinois”
When you think of adoption, chances are that you envision a situation in which a child in need is welcomed into a home and family that will love and care for them. It is true that most adoptions involve a child under the age of 18, but in Illinois, it is also legal to adopt an adult under certain circumstances. This process may not only cement a family relationship that the adopter and adoptee already feel on an emotional level, it can also provide the adoptee with important benefits under Illinois law. When Can an Adult Be Adopted? According…
The new normal is that there is no normal. That may seem to be the lesson from 2020. All is thrown into the air and determining a trend for how things might land is an impossibility. The same holds for the state of the legal industry being on tilt. Or is it?  From solo and small firms to BigLaw, the COVID-19 pandemic played no favorites in impacting organizations and their clients. The storm blew hard, and the waves were fierce as most just tried to hold on. Nevertheless, as troubled waters certainly haven’t abated, the legal industry has charted a new course: a new trend led by accelerated tech adoption in delivering legal services.   Lost…
It is important to remember that dogs, while lovable and cute, are animals that may be capable of attacking someone. Dog bites can cause severe injuries that leave lasting physical and mental scars. These injuries can also incur considerable expenses. If you or a loved one were the victim of a dog attack, you may have questions about your legal options. You may wonder if the dog’s owner is responsible for your medical bills, lost income, or other costs caused by the attack. Illinois Law Regarding Dog Bite Injuries Some states follow a “one free bite” rule in dog…
Some groups in the United States have experienced a drop in divorce rates. However, that is not true for older Americans. According to the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people divorcing after the age of 50—commonly known as gray divorce—has just about doubled since 1990. Gray divorce has become increasingly more common for a few different reasons. For example, divorce has lost much of the stigma it carried years ago, and people are living longer and are not willing to stay in unfulfilling marriages. Gray divorces often include a variety of unique…
Contributed by Allison P. Sues, October 26, 2020 As COVID-19 rates are rising throughout the country, employers may want to review the safety measures they are taking to prevent spreading the coronavirus in the workplace. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently released additional guidance on the interplay between COVID-19 and an employer’s legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Key questions and answers regarding steps that employers can lawfully take to safeguard their workplace are summarized below: May employers ask all employees physically entering the workplace if they have been diagnosed with or tested for COVID-19?  Yes.…
We reported last week on a variety of new mitigation measures imposed by the State of Illinois on certain regions in the state. Today, the State announced new mitigation measures for Regions 4 (Metro East) and 10 (Suburban Cook County. These measures include bans on indoor dining and indoor bar service, and restrictions on meetings, events, and gatherings to 25 people. These new restrictions go into effect on Wednesday, October 28th.  You can read the tier 1 restrictions here. In addition, the State imposed a second tier of restrictions on Region 1 (Northcentral and Northwest Illinois, including Rockford) last…
“We need to talk.” Those four words have so much power and weight to them, especially when you are in a romantic relationship with someone. The conversation that you must have when you tell your spouse that you want a divorce can be extremely difficult. It often requires you to face the conflict head-on and outwardly admit that you are unhappy in your marriage. Even though it is not a conversation you necessarily want to have, it is a conversation that you must have if you are thinking about ending your legal union with your spouse. Whether you and your…
Complications during labor and delivery can lead to different birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy (CP). Children with cerebral palsy may experience a variety of symptoms that affect their movement, cognitive function, and many other areas of their lives. Epilepsy is a common condition that is related to cerebral palsy, and between one-third and one-half of people diagnosed with CP experience some form of seizures. While different medications are available to treat epilepsy, parents will want to make sure these drugs are safe for their children to use. Treating Seizures With Anticonvulsant Medications  Children with cerebral palsy can experience…
It is important, when going through the divorce process, to be as thorough as possible when addressing things like property division, alimony, and child custody, which includes considering one’s future needs. Unfortunately, even parties who use the greatest care could end up overlooking an important matter. In other cases, one of the parties could undergo a significant life change that makes their current divorce agreement unworkable. In these cases, the party in question can seek a post-judgment modification, although doing so can be a complicated and time-consuming process, so if you have questions about changing a parenting plan, alimony agreement,…
Illinois Cannabis Litigation Update Get Started Illinois Cannabis Litigation Update The Illinois cannabis license application process has been a lot of things but perfect. Resulting in many lawsuits and a lot of general discontent. We decided to update you on everything going on with the process in depth, why it has unleashed a firestorm of criticism and what is to expect in the following months The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act calls for the award of 75 conditional adult- use cannabis dispensary licenses throughout the State. The IDFPR was designated to implement and oversee the process for the submission and…
Divorces can be difficult, even under the best of circumstances, such as when both spouses come to the mutual decision to part ways. Dividing up property and assets may have its challenges, and in some cases, subpoenas might be necessary during the discovery phase of your divorce. This part of the process involves full financial disclosure by each spouse of all marital and non-marital assets and the income you both earn. If you believe your spouse is not being completely honest, an attorney can use various methods to uncover the truth. According to Illinois law, attorneys are allowed to…
Most people know that child support payments are used to help a divorced parent pay for child-related costs. However, fewer are aware that a similar form of support called spousal support or spousal maintenance exists. Spousal maintenance, which is commonly referred to as alimony, is financial support that a spouse pays to the other spouse during or after divorce. The amount of support that a spouse may be entitled to depends on several factors. If you are interested in pursuing spousal maintenance, an experienced divorce lawyer can help.   Determining Spousal Maintenance in the Absence of a Marital Agreement If…
What I do Well Being a practicing attorney for 30 years, I have been honing my skills every day. In these 30 years, I’ve met with hundreds of clients, and learned how to listen, then how to develop a specific financial plan based on my experience in the Bankruptcy Court. Not just hear, but actually listen to the clients and hear what they want, their goals, and needs. These listening skills help me have real-world conversations with my clients. I have detailed discussions about a topic that most people won’t talk about with their own family or friends, money. I…