Legal Blog of Thaddeus M. Bond, Jr. Associates

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

February 07, 2020

Mediation is a collaborative process where the parties to a legal dispute try, with the assistance of a trained mediator, to reach agreement on some or all of the issues in their case.  We now offer virtual mediation services for those in involved in divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and other family law disputes.  Simply log in to our website,, fill out a questionnaire form and contact our office to schedule a mediation session via Skyp

January 02, 2020

The most well-known new Illinois law is the one making recreational, non-medicinal use of marijuana legal.  There are still restrictions on where you can acquire marijuana and on where it can be smoked.  Also, it is still a violation of federal law to use marijuana despite Illinois laws.  On the plus side, many people with past misdemeanor marijuana related convictions are having their records expunged.

Minimum wage will jump from $8.25 to $9.25 statewide.

October 29, 2019

Divorce proceedings in Illinois typically follow this pattern:

1. Petition Filed

One party to the marriage may begin the legal process for the dissolution of marriage by filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The Petition and a Summons will be served upon the other spouse.

2. A Response is Filed

Once served with a summons, you have 30 days to file an appearance and written response. If you don’t, the court can hold you in default and grant your spouse relief without your participation in the proceedings.

October 10, 2019

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?

September 27, 2019

Wire fraud schemes targeting home buyers and sellers, attorneys, and settlement agents continue to increase in frequency and scope.  The fraudsters are attempting to divert sellers’ proceeds and buyers’ incoming funds by intercepting e-mails containing wire instructions, changing the content of the email and the wire instructions in the e-mail attachments, and redirecting funds.

August 29, 2019

The state of Illinois does not have a set formula for calculating alimony, also known as spousal support.  Because of the nuances of the law, you should hire an attorney to assist you with determining a fair maintenance payment.  You should not try to work it out on your own.

August 09, 2019

Legal matters involve sensitive and sometimes uncomfortable issues.  You have to know that you can trust your attorney and that the information you provide will not be disclosed to the wrong people and will not be used to your detriment.  How can you find out if you can trust the lawyer that you are considering hiring?

July 19, 2019

The answer, quite simply, is very little.  Illinois no longer requires that you prove grounds for a divorce and is essentially a no fault state.  You no longer need to show adultery, substance abuse or abandonment to be granted a divorce. Instead, the person filing for divorce must show only the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. 

July 12, 2019

For many people, the answer is yes.  A living trust is a device that can help your heirs avoid probate court after you pass away and make transition of ownership of your assets relatively easy.  We will review with you all of your significant assets and will advise you if a trust makes sense for your situation.  Quite often, we recommend a living trust for people who own their own home and/or other real estate.  Once your will, trust and other estate planning documents are executed, we will assist with transferring title to your real estate and your other assets in to the trust.  When you p