Declarations for Mental Health Treatment

Declarations for Mental Health Treatment                 Preparing for the worst isn’t always easy, but it is sensible. The Mental Health Treatment Preference Declaration Act is an easy way to prepare for an unfortunate event that may leave an individual “incapable.” The Act seeks to provide peace of mind to people who may have certain requests

Cannabis Legalization: What You Need to Know

Cannabis Legalization: What You Need to Know Recently, the Illinois General Assembly passed the “Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act” which will legalize recreational use of cannabis in Illinois. Beginning on January 1, 2020, adults age 21 and older will be allowed to purchase cannabis from licensed sellers throughout the state. Although the recreational use of

What to do After Being Defrauded by a Car Dealership

What to Do After Being Defrauded by a Car Dealership  There is no worse feeling than having a recently-purchased car break down. Lemon laws were enacted at both the state and federal level in order to protect consumers from deceitful car sales practices. The old saying goes: “A car loses half of its value the

Cracking Down on Distracted Drivers: Texting While Driving

Cracking Down on Distracted Drivers: Texting While Driving New Penalties for Drivers Beginning July 1, 2019, texting while driving in Illinois will become a moving violation. Up until July 1, 2019, drivers who were issued citations for texting while driving (or using an electronic communication device in general) were subjected to a simple fine. Now

Does Illinois Recognize Common Law Marriage?

Does Illinois Recognize Common Law Marriage? No, Illinois does not recognize common law marriages. There is one exception to the rule, but before we get into the details, lets go over the basics. What is a Common Law Marriage? A common law marriage occurs when a couple lives together for a length of time and

If I Get a DUI in Illinois Will I Lose My License?

If I get a DUI in Illinois will I lose my license? In Illinois a person is “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI) if he has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more, has used any illegal substance, or is impaired by medication. Receiving a DUI citation can be a life altering event that

How to Contest a Will in Illinois

How to Contest a Will in Illinois A will is one of the most important documents used in an estate plan, allowing the testator to leave property to whomever they intend, name an executor of their estate, name a guardian for minor children, and more. And while wills can be used to mitigate tensions between

Specific Performance as a Remedy for Breach of Contract in Illinois

Specific Performance as a Remedy for Breach of Contract in Illinois Entering into various different contracts with a multitude of parties is an essential part of doing business. Because contracts obligate involved parties to adhere to the stipulations of the contract, contract breaches are incredibly common. At the law offices of Johnston Tomei Lenczycki &

How is Child Support Calculated in Illinois?

How Is Child Support Calculated? If you are a parent and you are not married or living with your child’s other biological parent, reaching a child custody and support arrangement is a necessity. While parents are encouraged to work together to make a determination about where a child will live and how parents will both

Upon Death Do My Assets Automatically Transfer to My Spouse or Children?

Upon Death Do My Assets Automatically Transfer to My Spouse or Children? In Illinois, for those passing away without any estate planning, the rules of descent and distribution govern who inherits the assets of the deceased.  Considering that less than 50% of Americans have a Will, it is not unusual for the rules of descent