Legal Blog of Thaddeus M. Bond, Jr. Associates

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

June 03, 2020

The Lake County, IL civil courts reopened for business this week.  All hearings are taking place via Zoom.  Bench trials will be allowed but jury trials will not take place until at least some time in the fall.

We are doing everything we can to get our current caseload moving forward.  Because the courts were shut down for over two months, there is a backload of cases and the judge's time is in high demand.  We keep up to date with all of the current court rules and procedures so we can make sure your case gets completed in the most efficient manner possible.

May 01, 2020

We recently achieved a very favorable result from the Illinois Appellate Court.  Our client was an elderly woman who bought a home in joint tenancy with her husband in 1963.  She left the abusive relationship and divorced her husband in 1968 while remaining on the title to the home.  Her ex-husband remarried and remained in the home with his new family until his death in 1993.  By law, the title vested entirely in our client at that time.  However, her ex-husband's new wife and daughter failed to notify our client of the death and continued to use and occupy the property until they decided

April 22, 2020

In Illinois, what used to be called child custody is now called parenting responsibilities. The state made this change in 2016 to better reflect that what is in the best interests of the child in allocating parenting responsibilities, not necessarily awarding one parent custody and one parent visitation hours.

Custody issues may be arranged one of two ways:

April 16, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world for all of us.  The shutdown of much of the economy is having severe impacts on landlords and tenants alike.  Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions we have been getting from our landlord clients.

March 27, 2020

Alimony is called spousal maintenance in Illinois and can be one of the most contentious and emotional aspects of divorce. Payments are decided based on statutory guidelines as well as the judge's discretion.  These payments may be indefinite, temporary for the duration of the divorce, or for a specific amount of time to allow the ex-spouse to gain employment.  Maintenance may be ordered for men as well as for women; the law does not differ by gender. It's also important to note that maintenance is not a part of every divorce; it does not have to be ordered.

March 17, 2020

We are acutely aware of the daily changes which have been taking place due to the current COVID-19 outbreak and due to the fluidity of the circumstances we will continue to adjust on a daily basis to ensure that we stay abreast of the situation.  Due to the size of our office, we are still working in the office on a daily basis, but depending upon the circumstances may switch to remote work in the event it is determined to be appropriate.

March 12, 2020

Courts are an adversarial system.  Your family lawyer is on your side. They are fighting for the best outcome for you. So how do you choose the one that is best for you? Consider the following factors.


Experience in family law matters.  Our divorce lawyer, June Peterson-Gleason, has been practicing in Lake County, IL for 30 years.  She is known and respected by judges and other attorneys.  She is intimately familiar with the laws, regulations and formulas applied in divorce proceedings, custody cases, and support and maintenance matters. 

February 19, 2020
  1. The right to visit and inspect your property.  Your tenant does not have the right to bar you from accessing the real estate that you own.  The law requires only that you visit at reasonable times and with reasonable notice.  Absent an emergency, it is best to give notice of a visit at least 24 hours in advance.  Notice of an inspection can be given by telephone, voice mail, text or e-mail.