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In this article, we discuss liability of partners under Iowa partnership laws and answer the following questions: What is a partnership under Iowa law?, Does the partnership agreement determine liability?, What are the rules for equal access to information under Iowa partnership law?, and What duties do partners owe to the partnership under Iowa partnership law?…
In this article, we give an overview of form I-134, Affidavit for Support of a Foreign Visitor, and discuss some tips for the sponsors of foreign visitors. We’ll answer the following questions: Who can sign form I-134 and what level of responsibility are they assuming?, Should visa applicants have an I-134 form?, What information is needed for each part of the I-134 form?, and What extra information or documents should be included with the I-134 form?…
With so many things that can be done online these days, you may wonder “Is an online divorce service for an Illinois divorce a bad idea?” This article answers that question by shedding light on the following related questions: Are there any benefits to online divorce?, What could go wrong with an online divorce?, and What aspects of divorce might be beyond online capabilities?…
In this article, we answer the question “Can you appeal a temporary order during an Illinois divorce case?” We also unpack the following relevant questions: What is a temporary order?, Can temporary orders be appealed before the final judgment?, What type of temporary orders are appealable in divorce cases?, and What is the process of appealing a temporary order?…
This article answers the question “What happens to my lease if my building goes into foreclosure in Illinois?” We’ll explore what rights and options tenants have if their landlord defaults on the mortgage and the building goes into foreclosure. In addition, we’ll answer the following related questions: Are there laws in place to provide protection for tenants?, What federal laws exist to protect tenants?, What factors determine a tenant’s protection against foreclosures in Illinois?, Does Illinois have any special protections for tenants in the city of Chicago?…
In this article, we answer the question “When is worker’s compensation insurance required in Iowa?” and also answers the following related questions: How is an employee/employer relationship established for work comp purposes in Iowa?, When is worker’s compensation necessary in Iowa?, When are Iowa employers exempt from obtaining worker’s compensation insurance?, Do out of state employers have to provide Iowa worker’s compensation insurance?, What happens if an Iowa company does not obtain worker’s compensation insurance?, and How can an Iowa company obtain worker’s compensation insurance?…
In this article, we illustrate how to get rid of a second mortgage or HELOC in Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Illinois using a process called “lien stripping.” We also answer the following questions: What is a lien on a home?, What is lien stripping?, How does lien stripping work in Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Illinois?, Does lien stripping make my second mortgage go away immediately?, and Is lien stripping an option with any other type of bankruptcy?…
In this article, we discuss Chapter 20 bankruptcy and answer the following questions: What is Chapter 20 bankruptcy?, What are the benefits and drawbacks of filing only Chapter 7 bankruptcy?, What are the benefits and drawbacks of filing only Chapter 13 bankruptcy?, What are the benefits of Chapter 20 bankruptcy?, and What are the drawbacks of Chapter 20 bankruptcy?…
In this article, we discuss Illinois Temporary Custody Hearings in Child Protection Cases and answer the following questions: What is the purpose of the Temporary Custody Hearing?, What documents should be present at a Temporary Custody Hearing?, Who should be notified regarding the Temporary Custody Hearing?, and What are the possible outcomes of a Temporary Custody Hearing in Illinois?…
In this article, we identify the required parties in Will and Trust disputes that are required in order to proceed to a final decision. We also answer the following questions: What is a “Necessary” or “Indispensable” Party?, Who are the Necessary Parties In Will Disputes Versus Trust Disputes?, and What if a Necessary Party is Underaged?…
Consumer Defense FAQ: This article explains the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and tackles some of the frequently asked questions our Consumer Defense attorneys receive about the laws that shield you from debt collectors, protect the integrity of your credit report, and punish those that violate those laws. Three main statutes that create this Consumer Defense area of law are the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.…
Bankruptcy FAQ: In this article, our Illinois bankruptcy attorneys answer questions that are frequently asked about bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is a legal process designed to help individuals and corporations liquidate or restructure their debts. Most consumers will file either a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The other types are generally for corporations, farms, and even governmental entities.…
In this article, we unpack the process of filing a Motion to Dismiss an Illinois divorce case and answer the following questions: How do I file a Motion to Dismiss my spouse’s petition for dissolution of marriage?, For what reasons can a petition for dissolution of marriage be dismissed?, How can I dismiss my spouse’s motion in an Illinois divorce case?, and Can I dismiss my own petition for dissolution of marriage in Illinois?…
In this article, we answer the following questions: When should a fiduciary for an Illinois trust resign?, What reasons would the fiduciary of an Illinois trust have to resign?, What legal hurdles might prevent a fiduciary from resigning?, Is a “retired” fiduciary still liable?, and How can an Illinois fiduciary protect herself from continued liability?…
A guardian ad litem must be aware of what conflicts of interest may arise in child custody cases. Conflicts of interest regularly arise between family members in child custody cases, especially in families involving multiple children. In this article, we explore what conflicts of interest a guardian ad litem may be subject to if unaware of the law.…