Civil Litigation

Serving Waukegan, Libertyville, Lake County, Gurnee & nearby areas of Illinois

Experience Matters

Here at the Law Offices of Thaddeus M. Bond, Jr. & Associates, P.C., our two attorneys have nearly 60 years combined experience practicing in Lake County, IL.  Our title insurance officer and escrow closer has over 30 years experience as well.  How does this help our clients?

Legal Fees for an Eviction

Wondering what it costs to evict a tenant in Lake County, Illinois?  Here is our current fee structure:

  • $500 flat fee plus costs for an uncontested case.  $800 flat fee plus costs if the tenant requests and is granted a trial or files a motion to vacate a default judgment.
  • Costs average $400-$800 and cover such things as the court filing fee, service of process fees and/or the costs to have the sheriff schedule and attend an eviction.

I won my eviction lawsuit. Now what?

In order to win an eviction case, you need to convince a judge that the occupant of the property no longer has the right to be there, either because of non-payment of rent or violation of other lease terms.  Once you prove to the court that a proper pre-lawsuit notice was served and the tenant still did not leave, you will get an order telling the tenant to vacate.  If the tenant still does not leave, you must hire the county sheriff to enforce the court order.

The Lake County Sheriff Mistreats Landlords By Deliberately Violating the Law

In a quest for positive press coverage, our sheriff's office continues to ignore its responsibilities. Judges must follow the law when entering orders determining when someone must leave a property when they fail to pay what they owe. The sheriff has no right to disregard a court order or disregard a judge's determination of when someone must leave.

What should I do if I’ve had a Car Accident?

First, get medical attention to those who may need it.

Next, call the authorities.

Then, you should get as much information as possible from the other driver and occupants, including:

  • Contact information (address, cell phone number(s), email addresses)
  • Driver license information (state of issuance and license number)
  • Vehicle information (make and model)
  • Insurance information (name of company, phone number and policy number)

You should also get the names and contact information of any witnesses.

Change to Illinois Statute Protecting Landlords

For many years, a landlord had to bring a case to remove a tenant from their property under the Illinois Forcible Entry and Detainer Act.  This terminology was not very well known to anyone other than lawyers and judges.  Effective January 1, 2018, the term Forcible Entry and Detainer Act has been replaced by the more commonly used “Eviction.”  From this point forward, paperwork filed with the courts should not use reference to Forcible Entry and Detainer and should simply state that the landlord is seeking an Eviction.  Additionally, the Illinois Supreme Court has issued a new standardized

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