Legal Blog of Thaddeus M. Bond, Jr. Associates

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

February 16, 2017

Our firm has handled literally thousands of residential real estate transactions.  We have often worked with some of the best real estate brokers in the business but have also worked with some of the worst.  Based on those experiences, here is our advice for choosing the right realtor for you:

February 09, 2017

Legal issues can be very emotional, costly and very time consuming for our clients.  As such, we always strive to have a strong attorney client relationship.  We have a successful practice and consider ourselves a boutique firm, meaning that we are selective about the clients we choose to represent.  We have no interest in battling with our clients or spending time working for someone who is not completely happy with our services.  We recognize that we are not the right match for every person and that our clients will not always agree with our recommendations.  When someone

January 25, 2017

By now, you have probably set some New Year's resolutions and maybe even broken some of them.  With the holidays now past and a new year in full swing, here is a list of things you should consider consulting with your lawyer about so that you have a successful and prosperous 2017:

January 19, 2017

For most people, the purchase and/or sale of real estate will most likely be the largest, most important financial transaction of their life.

January 11, 2017

Selecting a lawyer who is a good fit for you is very important.  You will be addressing serious and sensitive matters and will likely be working regularly with that person for months if not years. 

January 04, 2017

A new law went into effect in Illinois in 2016 which dramatically changed the way what used to be called child custody is determined.  A court now makes decisions based on "allocation of parental responsibilities."  One or both parents are chosen to be responsible for a child’s education, health, religion, and extracurricular activities.  The terms sole custody or joint custody are no longer used.

December 28, 2016

A lot of new laws go in to effect in Illinois in 2017.  Here is a summary of some of those laws which might be of interest to our clients.

December 14, 2016

Myth No. 1: Do-it-yourself or online wills are sufficient.  Computer-generated forms and fill-in-the-blank templates, while inexpensive and tempting to use, can't provide the expert legal advice you need to properly plan your estate. Enlist the services of a qualified estate planning attorney, whose knowledge and experience will ultimately save your estate money and eliminate problems.

November 30, 2016

The vast majority of arms-length real estate transactions are closed by a title insurer.  Title insurers have protections in place against fraud and forgery designed to prevent the wrong people from receiving the net proceeds from the sale of real estate.  A good title searcher will always check if the most recent conveyance of property was insured by a known and reputable title insurer.

November 19, 2016

In adoption matters and cases involving disputed child custody, Illinois courts will often appoint a guardian ad litem. The "GAL" acts as an advisor to the judge and normally prepares a report and recommendations as to how to proceed. This usually involves interviewing the child, the birth parents and/or step parents or other custodial adult. The GAL tries to obtain as much relevant information as possible to determine the best interests of the child and the best place for him or her to reside.