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What is a Living Will?

​Estate Planning with a Living Will A living will, which is often called a health care directive or advance directive is a legal document that provides the security that your end-of-life medical care will be what you want.  Contrary to the name, a living will is not similar to other documents which leave property at the time of your life.  A living will simply will direct medical professionals what your wishes are at the end of your life if you are unable to communicate.  Therefore, a living will have no power once you are deceased.  Creating...

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Grounds for Divorce

Divorcing in Illinois When your happily ever after seems to be taking a turn for the worse and divorce seems imminent, it can be an emotionally and physically taxing time.  Therefore, it helps to be aware of the different grounds for divorce, and how they will impact your proceeding.  One of the first steps is to file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.  In addition, the party that files this document is the Petitioner or Plaintiff, and the other spouse is the Respondent or Defendant.  The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is a public document and is very brief and lists basic...

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Car Crashes Still on the Rise Due to Texting While Driving

Texting and Driving Everyone knows that texting while driving poses a danger on the road and can cause car accidents.  Likewise, with the popularity of cell phones, social media, and instant check-ins have only increased the publics risk for either being killed or gravely injured in a car accident. As a result, many states have banned the use of a mobile device while diving in an effort to curb the amount of car crashes. Statistics of Distracted Driving in 2014:18 percent of car accidents were due to distracted driving3,179 were killed and 431,00 injured because of distracted drivingIn the U.S. 660,000 drivers use...

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Divorce:  Who Gets to Stay in the Family Home?

 Allocation of the Marital Residence If you’re in the midst of a divorce proceeding, you may be wondering who, if anyone will be able to stay in the home.  In Illinois, there are several different factors which determine who will be able to stay in the marital home, and throughout this difficult process it helps to be informed.  Keep in mind in some instances, the family home is sometimes sold and the couple splits the proceeds.   Marital Property One of the most important factors of determining who gets to stay in the family home is to determine...

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Handling Divorce with Minor Children

Right to First Refusal During any divorce proceeding that involves minor children, the court will always favor in the best interest of the child.  Such arrangements include awarding either one or both parent’s rights of first refusal to provide child care for the minor children.   Likewise, right to first refusal means that if either parent intends to leave the minor children in care of a substitute child-care provider for a lengthy amount of time during normal visitation times, the parent doing so much first offer the other party to opportunity to watch the child.  The only...

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Who Pays for Attorney’s Fees in a Divorce?

Divorce and Attorney Fees When you’re going through a divorce, it’s important to understand how will pay for the attorney’s fees which can sometimes be a high amount depending on the circumstances.  Likewise, from time to time a court may make one of the divorcing parties pay the majority of the attorney’s fees based on his or her financial resources.  When fees and costs are awarded to one person in a divorce proceeding the court takes into account the following:Maintenance or defense of any proceedingEnforcement or modificationDefense of an appeal or any other judgmentProsecution of any...

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What is a Living Trust?

Help with Your Estate Planning Although it is typically not a topic many people like to think about, it is important to understand what goes into estate planning.  Furthermore, when you work hard your entire life, you want to make sure your assets are controlled even after you’re gone.  Even for people who live modestly, it helps to rest assured you have a living trust in place based on your individual circumstances.  What is a Living Trust? A living trust manages your property and assets after your death.  Likewise, with a living trust no court intervention is...

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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp Settle Divorce

Heard Will Donate $7 Million Dollar Settlement to Charity Even celebrities cannot escape the downfall of divorce.  Furthermore, most recently, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have settled their divorce for more than $7 million.  Sadly, the large settlement of the divorce comes after Heard accused Depp of domestic violence allegations which in turn won her the more favorable settlement amount.  Following the settlement news of the former couple’s divorce, they released the following joint statement:“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” Heard and Depp stated.  Heard is now dedicating both...

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What You Need to Know About Personal Injury

What is a Personal Injury? A personal injury is an injury that happens to a person’s body, regardless of how it happened whether intentional or negligence.  Furthermore, personal injury takes the shape of many forms and it is important to know the basics to help if you or a loved one finds yourself with a potential claim.  Some Examples of Types of Personal Injury CasesAutomobile accidentsSlip and fallDog bitesMotorcycle accidentsPedestrian accidents Of course there are many other types of accidents which may fall into the category of personal injury cases, and those are only a few of...

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Divorce: How are Property and Debts Divided?

Marital Property Divorce can be a messy process which can turn your financial and emotional world upside down.  However, there are many steps you can take to ensure your finances are not severely impacted for years to come especially when there is a large amount of marital property at stake.  In the state of Illinois, marital property is all things acquired subsequent to the marriage which in includes debts, property, and any other financial obligations.   Non-Marital Property ​It is also equally important to understand what assets are considered non-marital property as well.  Examples of such items include:Property...

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