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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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When Is It Too Late to Get a Postnuptial Agreement?

The answer to this question is: it’s never too late. A common misconception by many couples is that nuptial agreements can only be made before the wedding (prenuptial). While a prenuptial agreement is most widely recommended, couples who are already married can still draw up a valid marital contract, known as a postnuptial agreement. Much

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What Not to Do When Getting a Divorce

Anyone who has been through it can tell you: divorce is not easy. Tension is high and couples can make bad decisions in the heat of the moment. With the vast amount of financial, emotional, and practical details that have to be sorted out, it’s not a surprise that some couples make critical mistakes with

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DUI Law in Illinois: What Are The Penalties For a First Offense?

As with any criminal law charge, a person charged with a DUI is presumed innocent until proven guilty. If the person is found guilty, the penalty will depend on state law as well as other circumstances (such as the presence of open containers of alcohol in the car) and if the defendant cooperates with the

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Maintenance and Alimony: What Can I Expect in the State of Illinois?

Alimony, spousal support and maintenance all refer to the same thing. They are payments granted to one spouse, paid by the other spouse. As you start the divorce process, it’s necessary to know the basic principles of alimony. Who is entitled to alimony in Illinois, and what are the criteria for awarding it? Alimony may

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I Have a Court Order, But My Ex is Not Complying. Now What?

Sometimes it seems that people either do not understand, or otherwise forget, that the courts are there to deal with issues that arise after a divorce. There are legal procedures in place to take care of conflicts, but if you don’t exercise your legal rights, the situation will not be resolved in the proper manner.

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What Property is Considered Marital?

During a divorce, all property acquired by either the husband or the wife before they got married is considered non-marital property. All property acquired after the marriage is considered marital property. The courts do not have authority over non-marital property, so one of the first things the court will have to do is figure out

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Is It Necessary to Have a Living Will If I am Healthy?

The answer is very simple. YES. A living will, also known as an advanced directive, is a legally binding document that gives the details of your end-of-life requests in case you are unable to speak for yourself. Examples of this would be if you are in a car accident and are in an unconscious state,

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Spousal Maintenance Guidelines Become Law In Illinois

This new law will be coming into effect January 1, 2015. We encourage you to call our office with questions.   From The Illinois State Bar Association August 18, 2014 Written by Mark Mathewson A new public act dramatically changes how spousal maintenance is determined for divorcing couples whose combined gross income is less than

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