Legal Blog of Thaddeus M. Bond, Jr. Associates
Serving Waukegan, Libertyville, Lake County, Gurnee & nearby areas of Illinois
We all lead hectic lives. We sometimes put off important things like creating a will and/or updating our existing plan. The fact is none of us really know when we might become disabled or die. One of the best and most responsible things you can do for your family and loved ones is have a proper estate plan in place. You should designate a guardian for any minor children. Choose someone you trust to handle your affairs when you are no longer able to do so. Decide which people and charitable organizations are more important to you and make sure that your assets are distributed to them t
In today’s video blog, Attorney June Peterson-Gleason discusses how long it takes to get divorced in Lake County, Illinois.
The State of Illinois passed legislation on December 20, 2017 which became effective immediately and significantly reduced the fees which must be paid to set up and maintain a limited liability company with the Secretary of State's office. The fee to file articles of organization was reduced from $500 to only $150. The fee to file an annual report was reduced from $250 to only $75. These fees are more in line with those charged in other states as Illinois was charging some of the highest rates in the nation.
Illinois statutes no longer use the term child custody but it is a commonly understood phrase. Instead of awarding custody, courts now delineate decision making responsibility in regards to such issues as education, primary residence, health care, extracurricular activities and religion. Most of the time, these issues are resolved as part of divorce proceedings. However, in many cases, the parents of the child have never been married so custody related issues are determined as part of a parentage case. In some cases, people other than a parent might seek some form of custody of a child.
Getting divorced can be very stressful. Among the many issues you will have to deal with is payment of attorney's fees. Prospective clients frequently ask us how much they can expect to spend. The answer is rarely simple.
We are a landlord’s rights firm, choosing to represent only residential property owners and not tenants (we do represent commercial tenants). A frequent mistake that we see is landlords failing to renew their leases in writing at or prior to the time they expire. When they have a good paying tenant, many landlords want to avoid causing problems by simply letting the tenant continue under the terms of the written lease as they currently exist.
When most people think of lawyers, they assume they spend a lot of their time in court, litigating disputes on behalf of their clients. In reality, a great deal of the practice of family law involves non-litigated resolution of disputes. Approximately 95% of all civil cases are settled and do not make it all the way to a trial. Our attorneys always try to negotiate with opposing counsel to see if the dispute can be settled on mutually agreeable terms. Such resolutions save the parties money, time and the stress of being in court.