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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 driving 3,179 were killed and 431,00 injured because of distracted driving In 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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Divorcing in Illinois

Contested vs. Uncontested? In the state of Illinois as any other place, there are certain rules and regulations in regards to divorce.  Furthermore, when one spouse decides he or she wants to end a marriage, it is important to understand the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce and what is involved in both.   Contested Divorce A contested divorce is simply when both parties do not agree on the proceeding.  Often times, most items agued over are: One spouse does not want the divorce Child support amounts Property division Allocation of debts Spousal support or maintenance issues Child issues; living arrangements and visitations  Uncontested...

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St. Louis Man Charged in Deadly Car Crash

​Pregnant 15-year-old Teen KilledIn St. Louis, Missouri 21-year-old Brian Green pleaded guilty to his actions that occurred from a car crash that happened March 6, 2014.  Now, Green will serve three years in prison as he was charged with criminal action and second-degree involuntary manslaughter.  Green admitted he knew that his driving posed a substantial risk and that his actions could have killed someone thus leading to his charges.Sadly, the fatal car crash happened when Green sped his Acura up to 60 mph, went through a stop sign, and struck another vehicle and a tree.  Tragically, when the car struck...

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Divorce and Abuse of Parental Time

What Happens When a Parent Abuses Time with Their Children? Divorce is hard on a family, especially when children are involved.  Furthermore, when one parent abuses the allocated time with his or her children after divorce or separation, repercussions can occur.   If a parent of a child does abuse parenting time, the court may provide an expedited procedure and enforce the time appropriately.  In Illinois, both criminal and family court offers rights for allocation of parental time to divorced parents or those who had a child who were never married. Additionally, the laws for parental time applies to non-custodial parents who were...

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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 proceeding Enforcement or modification Defense of an appeal or any other judgment Prosecution 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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