Typically, when one wants to obtain a divorce, or a ‘dissolution of marriage’, one hires an attorney. Divorce can carry complicated issues, especially when parties share children or a lot of property or assets. See Iowa Recent Changes to Family Law 2021 for more information. However, what happens if you do not want to hire an attorney? Is there an option to get a divorce without an attorney in Iowa? There is! It is called a “pro se” divorce.…
Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. These attorneys are teaching us how to adapt and thrive in the changing legal environment. Daniel M. Kotin is a shareholder and trial lawyer in the Chicago law firm of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman. Prior to founding this firm, Dan was a partner with the prominent firm Corboy & Demetrio. How is your firm adapting to the changing work environment? Although our office is open and most of us are at our desks, interaction with the outside world has been almost entirely…
Have you registered for The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference yet? If not, what are you waiting for?!  Join hundreds of legal professionals from across the U.S. on April 27-29 to discuss tipping points in the legal profession in the areas of future law, legal tech, well-being, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).   In this video, Commission staff and conference moderators Jayne Reardon, Stephanie Villinski, and Mark Palmer dive deep into the topics that will be covered by our speaker lineup of industry experts and share what attendees can expect to learn at The Future Is Now.  Conference details:  When: April 27 – 29, 2021 I 12 – 2 p.m. CDT    Where: The virtual conference will be hosted on thefutureisnow.2civility.org   What: Speakers will deliver 15-minute TED-like talks and…
If you are preparing to move to a new home, you may be focused on meeting your requirements to obtain financing for a new home mortgage, packing up your belongings, and getting ready for your move. However, if you will also be selling your current home, you will want to make sure you can receive a good price while also avoiding any complications that could affect the sale. Preparing Your Home For Sale As you prepare to sell your home, taking the following steps will help you get the best return on your investment and ensure that you can…
Historically speaking, the decisions made in a divorce case largely favored the woman. When spousal maintenance, or alimony, was awarded, the woman was usually the recipient. Family courts were also more likely to award the woman in a divorce case child custody, believing it was in the best interests of the child to stay with their mother. These patterns in history have led many men to believe they are already at a disadvantage before their divorce case even starts, but that is not the case. Today in Illinois, family law judges only consider what is fair when making decisions on…
Since its inception, the United States has done things a little differently. When it comes to gun laws, the country as a whole is unique. The inherent right to gun ownership is written into the country’s constitution, though each individual state has the right to regulate the possession, use, sale, purchase, and/or transfer of firearms within their boundaries. While some states are laxer with their firearm laws, the state of Illinois tends to have rather strict laws concerning firearms. In particular, not everyone is legally permitted to own a firearm in the state of Illinois. Being caught in possession…
When a person is seriously injured or killed in a grain bin fall or accident, OSHA Investigates. Grain silos, or bins, are commonly found on farms throughout the country. In the Midwest, in states like Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana, these large structures dot the landscape. These are large cylinders that are used for grain storage and to hold other crops. These are found on both commercial farms and family farms. Continue reading ›
It is no secret that divorce can be messy. Emotions and tensions can run high, causing large amounts of stress that not everyone can handle. In some situations, a spouse may end up just fleeing or leaving the state entirely to get away from the situation or in an attempt to avoid getting a divorce. In other situations, a person may end up filing for divorce because their spouse has already disappeared. Whatever the situation, an absent spouse can be frustrating and can add steps to the divorce process, but it is still possible to complete the divorce, even…
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce the launch of a Train the Trainer toolkit, which is designed to support legal professionals in the development and delivery of CLEs. “Presenting legal education courses can be very rewarding and, when done well, can have a real impact on the challenges facing the legal profession,” said Dan Davies, Education Manager at the Commission on Professionalism. “However, agreeing to present a CLE can be daunting, especially for less experienced presenters. This toolkit is an easy-to-follow course development guide that prepares presenters to deliver a meaningful and engaging course.” The…
Yesterday, we reported on a number of bills introduced in the Illinois General Assembly to amend FOIA. Today, we summarize some of the bills that propose amendments to the Open Meetings Act (OMA). HB 1765 – If approved, this would amend the OMA to prohibit law enforcement agencies from conducting background checks on speakers at meetings of public bodies except to provide security to protect public officials and others in attendance. HB 2818 – If approved, this would expand the definition of “public body” under the OMA to include governing bodies formed by intergovernmental agreements (IGA). HB 2819 – If…
Spouses need to address many different types of legal and financial matters when getting divorced, and attempting to understand the laws that apply to them and the terminology used in their case can sometimes be overwhelming. Spouses who own assets such as retirement accounts or pensions may have heard that they should use a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO). By understanding what this type of order covers and when it should be used, spouses can make sure they will be able to divide their marital assets correctly while addressing any related financial issues. Using a QDRO to Divide Retirement…
In these financially troubled times many owners are confronted with the dire choice of saving their businesses or their personal assets. Saving a business can include a reorganization. Your business can reorganize with a bankruptcy (Chapter 11) or a creditor workout. In deciding how to reorganize your business, you should consider the differences between a Chapter 11 bankruptcy and a creditor workout, including: Timing. A workout can be faster as a bankruptcy has many notice and timing requirements. Scope. While a bankruptcy involves all creditors, a workout need only involve those parties necessary to reorganize your business. Cost. Workout costs are…
The charges a person will face when they are accused of driving under the influence will largely depend on their prior criminal record. Specifically, any prior DUI convictions the accused has on their record will be considered. However, the courts will only look back on a certain period of time when determining the sentence for someone convicted of a DUI. This is known as the lookback period. Typical time frames for loopback periods in other states are five to ten years, and when a person has a DUI conviction that occurred before that period, the court will not consider it.…
Premature birth, or birth before 37 weeks gestation, is associated with a range of medical concerns. A baby who is born too early may experience patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), low blood pressure, breathing problems, intraventricular hemorrhage, and other life-threatening medical problems shortly after birth. Premature babies may grow up suffering from intellectual disabilities, vision and hearing problems, cerebral palsy, and more. Sadly, some premature babies die during infancy. If your baby was born premature, you may question whether medical mistakes are to blame. Risk Factors that Increase the Chances of Premature Birth Understanding why a baby is born prematurely…
On April 14, 2021, Jeremy will present “Seeing the Big Picture: Best Practices for Contracting and Risk Management” in the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law. This presentation focuses on how you can protect your project with carefully crafted contract requirements and a better understanding of construction insurance. The link to Jeremy’s Slide Deck is below. ACCESS SLIDE DECK HERE
The make-up of the American family has changed dramatically over the last 100 years. One of the trends taking place throughout the United States is an increase in the average ages of marrying couples. Both men and women are getting married later in life. In 1960, the average age of first-time brides and grooms was 20 and 22, respectively. Presently, the average ages of first-time brides and grooms are closer to 30. This change has affected family law concerns, including prenuptial agreements and divorce. Individuals Getting Married Are More Like to Have Significant Assets and Debts Couples used to…