How is Legal Paternity Established in Illinois?

When a child is born to unmarried parents, the father faces several hurdles related to his rights under Illinois law. A common misconception is that the execution of a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) will grant visitation and custody rights to the father. The fact is, a VAP does not provide any protection and only

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Who Gets the Diamond? How Assets are Divided During Divorce

Illinois law requires that property in a divorce be divided equitably, but that does not necessarily mean that it will be equal. Some couples agree on how to divide what they own while other couples need the help of an attorney or a mediator to come to a settlement. Couples who are unable to come

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How Does the Probate Process Work?

The probate process in Illinois is a legal procedure supervised by the court that is sometimes needed after the death of a loved one. It is used to make it absolutely clear who will inherit the property of the deceased and to make sure that all of their taxes and debts are paid. The executor

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Prepaid Legal Services for Divorce: Why This Is Not a Good Idea

Prepaid legal services are growing in popularity and are often offered as an employee benefit in the United States. Like insurance, prepaid legal services allow you to pay a set amount monthly to help cover costs for future legal issues. Although minimal help is available through these services, some people try to use them to

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What is the Difference Between Annulment and Divorce?

A divorce and an annulment have the same result: they both end a marriage. But there is a difference between the two. With a divorce, you are still considered to have been previously married. With an annulment, it’s like the marriage never existed. Some people end up in awkward situations where all they want is

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Do I Need a Financial Power of Attorney?

If you have income or property, a Financial Power of Attorney can be an essential tool for you. It is especially important if you are ill and are worried that your illness may hinder you from handling your own financial affairs. Why Should I Sign a Financial Power of Attorney? Signing a Financial Power of

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How Do I Protect My Credit Score During a Divorce?

Although we understand that divorce can be exhausting mentally, emotionally, and physically; it is essential to keep your financial matters in order and not let unnecessary financial stress add to your exhaustion. Your marital status does not have a direct impact on your credit report, so filing for divorce will not directly affect your credit

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How to Get Your Affairs in Order

Most people really don’t like to think about making a will. They don’t like talking about a DNR (do not resuscitate order). And they really don’t like to talk about planning a funeral. But it is advised that ALL people plan for these events, and when you live alone or become terminally ill, these items

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