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A divorce is already a difficult ordeal. If you are suspicious that your spouse may be hiding assets, it can make the process even more stressful. Although hiding assets is unethical and illegal, it occurs more frequently than you may like to think. Some spouses may attempt to conceal certain assets to reduce how much they have to pay or to spite their partner. In this situation, it is critical to speak to a skilled divorce attorney promptly. Different Ways Spouses Can Hide Assets Spouses who want to get out of paying their fair share in a divorce may use…
Many people in Illinois depend on their vehicles to get to work and other important places. However, when someone has their driver’s license suspended, it becomes illegal to drive a car. In Illinois, people can get their driver’s licenses suspended for many different reasons, such as driving drunk, failing to appear in court for a traffic ticket, and driving without insurance. If they still try to get behind the wheel of a car, they could face severe consequences. Consequences of Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License If a judge has suspended or revoked your driver’s license, you cannot…
Under Illinois law, employers must provide workers’ compensation insurance for almost all employees. Failure to do so may result in up to a $500 fine each day of noncompliance. In the majority of cases, workers are eligible to receive these benefits even if they are partially to blame for the workplace accident. By obtaining these benefits, workers are prohibited from filing a lawsuit against their employer for additional damages. However, if a third party caused or contributed to their injury, workers can file a lawsuit against that third party. Why You May Want to Pursue a Third Party Claim Although…
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that left turns account for 22 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. If you were injured in an accident caused by a driver who made an improper left turn, you may be entitled to receive compensation. It is in your best interest to discuss your case with a skilled Illinois vehicle accident lawyer promptly. Why Left Hand Turn Accidents Are Dangerous Making left-hand turns is a necessary part of driving. However, if they are not done correctly, left-hand turns can contribute to vehicle collisions. Here are a few reasons why these…
Everyone makes a mistake at some point or another. Fortunately, the state of Illinois understands that. Courts are authorized to use alternative methods of sentencing after a person is in trouble with the law. The criminal justice system in the U.S. has been criticized many times for the number of incarcerated people across the country. One of the ways that states attempt to keep their prison population down is by providing alternative options for sentencing nonviolent offenders. Court supervision is a tool that is often used for low-level offenders that allows them to stay out of jail. Understanding Court…
After a messy separation, it is not uncommon for one spouse to relocate for a fresh start in life. Moving to a different city or state, can be a much-needed change of scenery, but it can also be a catalyst for confusion if a parent takes their child to a different state. In any divorce case, parents must create a parenting plan that outlines how they will share parenting time and decision-making responsibilities. If a parent or child lives in two different states, however, confusion can come as to where the case for child custody should be filed. In these…
In the 80s and 90s, the message toward drivers was aimed at lowering the number of people killed by drunk drivers. In today’s world, drinking and driving is still something we educate drivers about. However, another danger that may not be as obvious lurks in the shadows: distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 3,100 people killed in distracted driving accidents in 2019. If you have been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, understanding what caused the accident may help you obtain compensation. Types of Driving Distractions When you…
In the first part of this two-part blog series, we discussed how the workers’ compensation benefits for medical costs, temporary total disability (TTD), and temporary partial disability (TPD) payments are calculated. In this part, we will discuss how permanent benefits and death benefits are calculated. Permanent Benefit Amounts If an injured worker reaches maximum medical improvement and is still unable to work or do the same work they once did, permanent partial or total disability benefits will likely be awarded.  There are several methods of calculating permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits:  Wage differential – The wage differential is two-thirds of…
Nearly all employers in the state of Illinois are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to help offset some of the costs of workers being injured. Workers’ compensation provides various benefits to employees when they are injured, including both temporary and permanent benefits for total- and partial-loss injuries. Benefits typically cover medical expenses related to the injury or death benefits if the injury resulted in the worker’s death. The amount of compensation an injured worker receives greatly depends on what the worker was earning at the time of the accident and the outcome of the injury. In this two-part series,…
When a child is born to married parents, that child’s biological parents are presumed by law. The biological mother of a child is obvious — it is whoever gave birth to the child. When it comes to the child’s biological father, any man who is married to the child’s biological mother at the time the child is born or within the 300 days before their birth is automatically presumed to be the child’s biological father. When a child’s parents are not married at the time of the child’s birth and were never married, parents must go through other avenues of…
Like many other areas, gun laws differ from state to state. Each state is responsible for creating and implementing its own laws pertaining to the purchase, sale, possession, and use of firearms. Naturally, some states have laws that are more strict than others. In Illinois, any person who wishes to own and possess a firearm legally must have a valid firearm owner identification (FOID) card. Obtaining a FOID card is not difficult, but there are specific requirements that you must meet before the state will issue you a permit. Possessing a firearm without a valid FOID card can result in…
The temperatures are rising, the sun is shining, and the days are getting longer in Illinois. You know what that means—road construction season is back in full swing. Construction zones can be dangerous places for drivers, pedestrians, and construction workers alike. According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 39,000 construction zone motor vehicle crashes that resulted in injuries across the country in 2019. Understanding the cause of these accidents can help prevent them from happening in the future. Causes of Illinois Work Zone Accidents Many of the factors that can cause accidents…
Originally published: March 3, 2020 UPDATE: A year ago, the United States was in the middle of the worst part of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the situation surrounding the coronavirus has been rapidly changing. Many places of business closed because of the pandemic, though there were individuals who still had to report to work because their jobs were deemed to provide essential services. This past June, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill adding protections for essential workers to the Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act. Specifically, the amendments to the Act state that a COVID-19 infection is automatically presumed…
Illinois has a strong history of juvenile justice. The state was the first in the U.S. to create a separate court for juvenile offenders around the beginning of the 20th century, and it has since influenced the majority of other states to follow suit. Juvenile courts are critical to the rehabilitation of youth who find themselves in trouble with the law. In Illinois, however, there are certain circumstances in which a juvenile offender’s case can be heard in adult criminal court, rather than juvenile court. Factors Used to Determine Whether a Transfer is Warranted Changes to Illinois law in…
Divorce is one of the most stressful life experiences that a person can go through. Adults have a difficult enough time coping with divorce, but children who do not fully understand the situation can have an even harder time coping with the huge changes that come with divorce. Children often feel as if their entire world is changing when their parents divorce, and they may react with mood or behavioral issues, which can be both frustrating and saddening for parents. While you cannot change the way that your child feels, you can teach them healthy ways of coping with their…
No matter the job, no matter the field, Illinois workers’ compensation exists to provide assistance to those who are injured at work. Nearly all employers in the state of Illinois are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, with minor exceptions. If you are hurt on the job, your employer is supposed to report your injury to the Workers’ Compensation Commission so your benefits can begin, though employers often attempt to deny workers’ compensation claims, even if they have merit. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you claim your benefits if your employer does not want to cooperate. Benefits Provided by…