reckless dog owner

2019 IL Law Changes for Reckless Dog Owners

The new year has brought multiple changes and additions to the current laws of Illinois. One law that has been modified with the new year is the Animal Control Act’s new provisions regarding “reckless dog owners.” A person can now be found to be a “reckless dog owner” if they own a dog that kills

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Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Attempted Pension Reform

On November 29, 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously declared two recent changes in Public Act 97-651, impacting the calculations for some pension plans, to be unconstitutional.[1]In Carmichael v Laborers’ & Retirement Board Employees’ Annuity & Benefit Fund of Chicago, the Court was forced to decide whether these recent amendments, which modified the calculation of

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pet insurance

What is Pet Insurance and Should You Consider It?

If you have read our recent blog posts, you’ll know that Illinois law now permits courts to determine which party should have joint or sole ownership over a companion animal in a divorce, or dissolution proceeding. This new law brings up a variety of new questions and issues. One of the more interesting related issues

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multi family adjustment

Multi-Family Adjustment in Child Support

Illinois law governs the method of calculating child support in a dissolution or parentage proceeding. The method of calculating child support was modified in July 2017. Since then, parties and attorneys alike have been adjusting to the new method of determining child support. One of the interesting points of the July 2017 changes to child

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driving with electronic devices

Illinois Cracking Down on Driving with Electronic Devices

Effective July 1, 2019, Illinois will take a more aggressive stance on driving with electronic devices. [1]  Beginning this summer, driving while using a cell phone or other electronic device is a moving violation.  Fines for driving with an electronic device will remain the same, costing $75 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense,

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Illinois car seat law

Changes to the Illinois Car Seat Law in 2019

The new year will bring changes to the Illinois laws regarding child safety seats. As of January 1, 2019, Illinois will require up to age 2 to be secured in a rear-facing car seat, unless the child weighs more than 40 pounds or is taller than 40 inches.[1]  This amendment to the Illinois Child Passenger

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Divorce Law Edwardsville IL

Pet Visitation In The State Of Illinois

It is common knowledge that when parties divorce, they have to figure out how to share time with their children and divide their personal property, among other issues. However, one thing that may not be regularly considered, except perhaps by some pet lovers, is determining which party will keep a pet. On a temporary basis,

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estate planning

Understanding Estate Planning & Why it is Important

Estate planning is essentially the process of filling out the correct paperwork and working with an attorney to ensure your final wishes are carried out. While it may seem confusing at first glance, with the proper help and knowledge, estate planning can be taken care of with relative ease. It is important that everyone take

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changes to Illinois Maintenance laws

2019 Changes to Illinois Maintenance Laws

Starting January 1, 2019, the Illinois maintenance guidelines are undergoing changes that may impact your pending divorce.  Under both the current and new maintenance guidelines, the law sets out certain calculations to be used in determining the amount of maintenance. These calculations apply when the gross annual income of both parties is less than $500,000.00

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expungement of marijuana

Potential Law to Allow Expungement of Marijuana-Related Criminal Charges

On February 3, 2017, freshman House Representative La Shawn K. Ford introduced Illinois House Bill 2367, designed to allow people to ask for expungement of some convictions for possession of marijuana or related paraphernalia.[1]  This Bill provides that “a petitioner may petition a circuit court to expunge records of a conviction or plea of guilty

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The State Of Illinois Turns 200

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Illinois’ statehood, as well as the creation of our Supreme Court. With this milestone in mind, Sherer Law would like to take the opportunity to step back and reflect on our history and some on the great legal minds who have shaped our State. On December 3, 1818 Illinois was

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