Determining Pet Custody in Illinois

Determining “Pet Custody” in Illinois         The age-old saying of a dog being “man’s best friend” shows just how much our furry friends mean to us. Animals show people affection, bring people joy, and provide a sense of championship that can otherwise be elusive. Having that sense of championship is what creates such a strong

The Differences Between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for relief under the Bankruptcy Code. Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy – What’s the Difference?                 If you are in serious debt and are looking for a way out, two options that bankruptcy attorneys often recommend to clients are filing for Chapter 7 or

The Pros and Cons of Prenuptial Agreements

The Pros and Cons of Prenuptial Agreements                 A prenuptial agreement, more commonly known as a “prenup,” is an agreement entered into by a couple before they get married. The central purpose of forming a prenuptial agreement is to protect each spouse’s property rights in the unfortunate event that the marriage ends in a divorce.

Illinois Estate Tax Exemption and Calculation

Illinois Estate Tax Exemption and Calculation Planning your estate is a necessary step in making sure your heirs get the property they are entitled to. In Illinois, like the federal government, there is a tax placed on the estates of individuals that must be paid before any money can be dispersed to their heirs. This

1031 Exchanges of Real Estate

1031 Exchanges                 Only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Death is impossible to avoid, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret; you may be able to defer paying taxes on the sale of real property that is used as an investment. There are very specific rules governing

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