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Things to Consider Regarding Parental Decision-Making and Parenting Time

In January 2016 amendments were made to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of the Marriage Act. (“IMDMA”). These changes instituted new terminology, words like “custody” and “visitation” have been replaced with terms like “parental responsibility” and “parenting time” to emphasize the relevance of both parents and avoid lessening the significance of the role of either […]

You are Involved in a Auto Accident-Is Your Employer Responsible to the Other Driver?

Does an employee’s travel to a work meeting with his boss “after hours” entail conduct that results in the employer being liable for injury to another during the travel process? In Hoy v. Great Lakes Retail Services, Inc., 2016 IL App (1st) 150877 (March 17, 2016) Cook Co., 4th Div., Kurt Woltmann was a carpenter […]

When is a Settlement a Settlement?

Martina Beverly sued Abbott Laboratories (Abbott), her former employer based on a claim of employment discrimination related to her German nationality and retaliation.  After an early furtive attempt by Abbott to dismiss the case, the parties agreed to mediate the dispute in a single day over the span of 14 hours at which time both […]

Access to Social Media Rights-Business Owner vs. Former Employee

So you’re a Business Owner and active on social media. A rogue employee wishes to leave employment and take the ownership rights of the social media account with them. How can you prevent loss of the social media account, including the names, addresses, etc. that go along with it? CDM Media USA Inc. v. Simms […]

Understanding the Difference between a Revocable and Irrevocable Trust

What is a Trust? In estate planning, a trust is a written legal document whereby a relationship is established between the maker of the trust and another individual (trustee) for the ownership, control, and distribution of property for the benefit of the others (and sometimes the maker too). This legal document allows the person to […]

New Year, New Laws for Drivers

As we enter into 2016, a number of new driving laws will take effect. Speeding Regulations (HB1453) An individual driving in a construction zone, school zone or urban area going 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit may be charged with the offense of aggravated speeding (Class B misdemeanor). If going over 35 […]

When to File Your Taxes as “Head of Household”

If you are in the midst of a divorce proceeding, but your marriage is not yet dissolved at the end of a calendar year, you may be able to choose Head of Household (HOH) as your filing status. There are multiple potential benefits if you are eligible for HOH status. Requirements in Order to File […]

New Laws for Divorce in Illinois 2016

Recently enacted legislation means that substantial change is coming in the way Illinois courts will handle divorce cases. These new laws will go into effect on January 1, 2016. Currently, in Illinois, there is a distinction between divorces based on fault grounds, such as adultery and mental cruelty and no-fault divorces based on irreconcilable differences. […]

What You Need to Know About Bicycle Safety

With good weather, come bicyclists sharing the road. Even as the summer months come to a close, cycling still provides a sensible alternative for exercise, recreation or travel, but cycling can also bring with it the risk of injury. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cyclists face a higher risk of […]

Tips to Remember During a Divorce

Experiencing a divorce can be stressful. However, being informed, knowing what to expect and preparing for important steps may reduce the emotional burdens. We have compiled some tips to remember throughout the divorce to make the process easier on you. Before Manage the difficult emotions that come when your relationship is past the point of […]

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