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New Illinois Concussion Law Goes Into Effect

  August 20, 2015     By Salvi & Maher, LLC
As the end of the summer draws near, tens of thousands of Illinois students and their parents are actively preparing for the upcoming school year and the changes it will bring.

When is Mediation Necessary?

  August 17, 2015     By Abear Law Offices
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution, that is, a mechanism for resolving matters outside of the courtroom. Mediation is becoming an increasingly popular form of resolution for divorce settlements, in particular because it involves settling differences between spouses in front of a private mediator, rather than the court system.

Tort Reform Is Not Only Useless, It's Harmful

  August 12, 2015     By Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
The insurance industry and corporate interests have worked for decades to sell the story of “tort reform,” the idea that “frivolous lawsuits” and the high cost of health care can only be stopped by limiting people's right to sue for damages.

Decriminalization, Legalization, and Marijuana Use in Illinois

  July 27, 2015     By Cosley Law Office
With many states jumping on the marijuana legalizationn bandwagon, whether it be for medical or recreational use, “legalization” and “decriminalization” are two words often used interchangeably, although they have different meanings under the eyes of the law.

Common Drug Crime Questions for a Narcotic Case

  July 15, 2015     By Law Office of Steven Haney
Anyone arrested for a drug case is always concerned about possible consequences and how the case may be defended.

Aggravated Speeding - Illinois' newest criminal offense

  July 14, 2015     By Law Office of Steven Haney
“Aggravated speeding” is a relatively new criminal offense in Illinois. It is classified as a class B misdemeanor if the speed is between 26 – 35 mph in excess of the posted speed limit and classified as a class A misdemeanor if the speed exceeds 35 mph over the posted limit.

Basics of the Illinois Sex Offenders Registration Act – 730 ILCS 150

  July 14, 2015     By Law Office of Steven Haney
Which criminal offenses require registration as a sex offender?

Three Injuries that Regularly Occur in Warehouse Environments

  June 17, 2015     By Ankin Law Office LLC
Over 145,000 laborers across the U.S. work in warehouses, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports. Sadly, about one in 20 of these workers will suffer injuries in a given year, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Due to the hazards present in most warehouses, the following serious injuries are especially common among these workers.

When Can the Police Stop me on the Street? What are my Rights?

  June 12, 2015     By The Law Office of Purav Bhatt
Police will often use a person’s presence in a high-crime area, coupled with unprovoked flight as sufficient to justify an officer’s brief, investigative stop. Illinois courts have decided that this was consistent with previous decisions recognizing a citizen’s right to ignore the police, as it found that unprovoked flight is not simply refusing to cooperate but is suspicious conduct that allows the police to investigate.

Committing Offenses on the Internet – Internet Crime

  June 12, 2015     By The Law Office of Purav Bhatt
When a crime is allegedly committed using the internet the first question is always, “Where should this case be handled?” Should it be in the state where the offender committed the offense? Should it be where the victim lives? Should it be somewhere else like in federal court?

What can the Police Require me To Do once I'm Arrested?

  June 12, 2015     By The Law Office of Purav Bhatt
Once you are arrested what you say and do in the presence of the police becomes that much more important to protecting your freedom. Because your freedom is at stake, what you say and do can mean the difference between guilty and not guilty.

Confessions to Police

  June 11, 2015     By The Law Office of Purav Bhatt
I always advise my clients not to speak with the police or any law enforcement authority without an attorney present. This is common sense to an experienced criminal defense attorney but to the citizen who has never had contact with the police, the desire to explain his or her side of the story and defend themselves is a natural instinct.

The Importance of Paying Illinois Child Support

  June 7, 2015     By Abear Law Offices
If you are one of the millions of Americans that have gone or are going through a divorce with children, you are probably very familiar with the term child support.

Establishing Paternity in Illinois

  June 7, 2015     By Abear Law Offices
Paternity is the legal term for the relationship between a father and his child. While maternity is always apparent, sometimes there may be questions as to who is the father of the child. When these questions arise, intervention of an experienced family law attorney is warranted.

Tips for Handling an Illinois Traffic Stop

  June 3, 2015     By Cosley Law Office
We’ve all been there: felt the panic rise over us when we see flashing lights in our rearview mirror; felt the anxiety of getting pulled over even if we think we are doing nothing wrong. The truth is, most of us have been or will be pulled over for a traffic infraction at some point in our lives.

Illinois to Introduce Safe Phone Zones

  June 3, 2015     By Salvi & Maher, LLC
Like it or not, cell phone use is a part of life in the 21st century. People use their phones for everything regardless of rules against their use in cars, public transportation, and certain public spaces like gyms, restaurants, and churches. Statistics have shown that driving a car while using a cell phone can cause accidents.

Victims of Personal Injury Accidents Are at Risk for these 3 Mental Health Illnesses

  May 1, 2015     By Ankin Law Office LLC
The victims of personal injuries often live with many harmful long-term consequences. These individuals may suffer from ongoing health complications or permanent disablement. Many injury victims face challenges performing daily activities, from work to hobbies. Sadly, some victims also develop debilitating mental illnesses or disorders.

Waiting for Deportation? Do Not Be Afraid

  April 28, 2015     By Katz Law Office, Ltd.
Facing deportation can be scary. If you are facing the possibility of being deported from the United States, you need to contact an experienced immigration defense attorney as soon as possible to begin working on your case's defense strategy. Deportations are governed by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

Illinois' New Photo Lineup Law

  April 26, 2015     By Glasgow, Beattie, Olsson
Wrongful convictions can destroy lives. Being convicted of a crime one did not commit can land an innocent person in prison, saddle him or her with fines and legal fees, and destroy his or her career and relationships while the truly guilty party lives free.

Underage Drinking Liability: Illinois House Bill 4745

  April 23, 2015     By Cosley Law Office
Minor in possession. Open container violations. Driving under the influence. Minors are particularly susceptible to committing these alcohol-related crimes in peer-driven situations while still underage. Some parents have resigned to the fact that their children will drink regardless of their efforts, and will do everything they can to keep them safe—even if that means breaking the law themselves.

3 Questions to Ask after Your Car Accident

  April 3, 2015     By Ankin Law Office LLC
In 2013, about 2.3 million people in the U.S. suffered injuries in car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These accidents are often traumatic, so it’s not surprising that many people don’t know how to react afterward. Unfortunately, a poor response to a serious accident may later prevent a person from receiving compensation for any associated injuries.

What Happens When Business Partners Divorce in Illinois?

  March 26, 2015     By Abear Law Offices
Spouses do not typically go into marriages anticipating the marriage will fail. Likewise, partners do not begin a business thinking that it will be anything but successful. When the two worlds collide, a divorce settlement may adversely affect the future of a business, particularly when the spouses were business partners.

How Can Social Media Affect my Illinois Divorce?

  March 25, 2015     By Mulyk, Laho & Mack, LLC
We live in an age where we constantly feel the need to let everyone in the world around us know exactly where we are at all times. This is made possible by social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and other similar networking and social sharing pages.

Recent Product Recalls Consumers Should Know About

  March 19, 2015     By Salvi & Maher, LLC
Thousands of products are recalled every year due to manufacturing defects, poor product design that creates unsafe conditions for users, or a lack of adequate safety information about the product included with its packaging.

Product liability: What Are the 3 Defect Types?

  March 4, 2015     By Ankin Law Office LLC
A product may be defective due to errors in design and production or due to the manufacturer’s failure to provide adequate instructions and warnings.

If You Have Not Divorced in Mexico, Can You Remarry in the United States?

  March 2, 2015     By Katz Law Office, Ltd.
If you have not divorced in Mexico, but you remarried in the United States, could this affect you? In short, yes. If you are married to another person anywhere in the world, you may not marry again until your first marriage is formally ended.

The Importance of Illinois Prenuptial Agreements

  March 2, 2015     By Abear Law Offices
The prenuptial agreement. We hear about it in movies, on television, and may have signed one or know someone that signed one before entering into marriage.

Divorce Tips for Illinois Moms

  February 26, 2015     By Mulyk, Laho & Mack, LLC
Going through a divorce when children are involved can be emotionally draining and challenging for the entire family.

Indirect & Direct Illinois Child Support Payments

  February 23, 2015     By Abear Law Offices
One of the greatest and most obvious concerns newly divorced parents have is in regards to their children. Divorce proceedings can be time-consuming, expensive, emotional, and very difficult on a family.

New Illinois Domestic Violence Law

  February 23, 2015     By Abear Law Offices
The Illinois legislature has recently taken critical, necessary steps to ensure the safety of women suffering from domestic violence.

Illinois Divorce Tips for New Beginnings in the New Year

  February 20, 2015     By Abear Law Offices
January marks a new beginning for all of us: new year, new goals, new life. On the flip side, January is also historically the month where the most divorces are filed.

4 Cognitive Distractions Drivers Face

  February 16, 2015     By Ankin Law Office LLC
Sources of cognitive distraction that many drivers may encounter include electronic devices, in-car systems, passengers and printed materials.

Defendants' Insistence on Confidential Settlements Can Have Adverse Consequences for the Public

  February 16, 2015     By Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
Confidentiality clauses in lawsuit settlement agreements have become more common over the years, but secrecy in settlements can be harmful for injured plaintiffs and for the public.

Illinois Snowmobile Safety Tips

  February 16, 2015     By Salvi & Maher, LLC
Snowmobiling can be an exhilarating winter activity for Illinois residents of all ages. But like any other sport, it can be dangerous. Snowmobile accidents can lead to serious injury and even death.

New Illinois Eavesdropping Bill

  February 13, 2015     By Glasgow, Beattie, Olsson
Following the deaths of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Mike Brown, Americans began to start asking more critical questions about transparency in law enforcement. Many groups and individuals called for increased surveillance and some municipalities in the United States went so far as to equip police officers with body cameras so all their actions on the job could be monitored.

Learn the Steps to Avoid Losing Your Home to Illinois Foreclosure

  February 10, 2015     By Katz Law Office, Ltd.
If you are facing foreclosure, don't give up hope just yet. There are ways you can work to keep your home. Before signing away your deed or allowing the bank to foreclose on your house, contact an experienced foreclosure attorney to discuss the options that are available to you. Depending on your circumstances, keeping your home can be fairly simple or require a more complicated strategy.

How Does Divorce Affect My Illinois Social Security Benefits?

  February 9, 2015     By Mulyk, Laho & Mack, LLC
While the ideal situation is being able to amicably divide your assets upon divorce, that might not always be the case. Even if you are willing to work with your ex-spouse in dividing property and other assets, things can get complicated quickly.

Liability Concerns Prompt Some Illinois Cities to Limit Sledding

  February 3, 2015     By Botto Gilbert Lancaster, P.C.
Along with building snowmen, dodging snowballs and relaxing with a warm mug of cocoa by the fire, sledding is a fond childhood memory for millions of Illinois residents. But in recent years, safety and liability concerns over the beloved winter pastime have prompted cities across the country to close hills to sledders.

The Costs of Mesothelioma Cancer

  January 30, 2015     By Balkin Law Group
Mesothelioma cancer develop in your body and may not show up for years after. There's no way to prepare for the cost so once you're diagnosed, start asking questions right away.

Avoid Truck Accidents With These 4 Rules

  January 20, 2015     By Ankin Law Office LLC
Drivers can reduce their risk of truck accidents by leaving extra space, avoiding blind spots, pulling over safely and using caution in intersections.

Claims of Lawsuit Abuse Are Not Backed Up by the Facts

  January 20, 2015     By Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
To hear some critics tell it, Illinois is overrun with too many lawsuits. Travis Akin, of the group Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW), claims that “jackpot justice” has turned the Illinois courts into a “judicial hellhole.”

Mutation Increases Mesothelioma Survival

  December 30, 2014     By Balkin Law Group
A genetic mutation that increases the odds of developing mesothelioma has now been identified as the same mutation that leads to an increase in survival time.

4 Tips to Keep You Safe on the Roads This Winter

  December 24, 2014     By Ankin Law Office LLC
Drivers can reduce their risk of wintertime car accidents by preparing their vehicles for winter driving and adjusting their driving techniques.

New Illinois Law Will Require Pregnancy Accommodations

  December 21, 2014     By Mulyk, Laho & Mack, LLC
Illinois has seen many positive changes in support of women’s equality recently. In addition to signing an amendment to the Equal Pay Act that will centralize workplace discrimination investigations, Governor Quinn also signed into law a bill that will expand accommodations for expecting and new mothers.

Winter Driving Safety and Car Accident Prevention on Illinois Roads

  December 21, 2014     By Botto Gilbert Lancaster, P.C.
During the winter months, the risk of being involved in a car accident increases. According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 23 percent of the car accidents that occur each year are caused partially or entirely by poor weather conditions. During the 2009-2010 winter season, Illinois was one of the top 10 states for weather-related traffic fatalities.

Denied an Interview Because of Past Mistakes? The Law Can Protect Your Rights

  December 19, 2014     By Glasgow, Beattie, Olsson
Earlier this year, HB5701, the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, was passed and signed into law in Illinois. This law is more colloquially known as the Ban the Box law and presents Illinois job applicants with greater opportunities to secure employment. Similar laws are becoming popular throughout the United States. Currently, 12 states have statewide Ban the Box laws and 19 states contain at least one city or county with this type of law.

The Danger of Medical Marijuana on Illinois Roads

  December 19, 2014     By Salvi & Maher, LLC
Illinois joined the growing group of states to allow the use of medical marijuana.

Patient Safety Initiatives Needed to Address Medical Malpractice

  December 15, 2014     By Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
Medical malpractice is a national crisis, killing more than 200,000 people each year by some estimates.

Surviving During the Holidays in a Divorce or Legal Separation

  December 8, 2014     By Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, PC
In Illinois, there are parents with physical custody of the children, often referred to as residential custody, and there are non-residential custodial parents with visitation rights. In any divorce in which the parties are parents, often, divorce lawyers will tell you that the primary issue is often the division of visitation time with the kids. The most sought after parenting time is during the holidays when families are expected to be together and the kids are not in school.

New Illinois Maintenance Law

  December 3, 2014     By Mulyk, Laho & Mack, LLC
In every Illinois divorce, the family law court decides whether one spouse must pay maintenance, commonly referred to as spousal support, to the other side.



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