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Buying a House at Auction?

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Buying a house at auction presents many opportunities and risks. For example, auctions usually don’t allow buyers to inspect a property before placing a bid. Only people who are intimately familiar with the ins and outs of purchasing a home should try their luck at an auction. How Properties End … [read more]

Preparing for Homeownership in Chicago

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Purchasing a home takes time and planning. Preparing for homeownership means reducing debt, narrowing expectations, and collecting savings. There are nine things every future homeowner should monitor, complete, or avoid when planning to purchase a home. Credit Score The first thing a loan … [read more]

Will Mortgage Rates Rise in 2021?

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According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), experts predict that mortgage rates will rise in 2021 despite the Federal Reserve's efforts to keep rates low. The MBA also asserts that the 2020 mortgage market will exceed $3 trillion – an amount not seen since the boom in 2003. However, 2021 is … [read more]

How Does a Domestic Violence Conviction Impact Child Custody in Illinois?

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Domestic violence charges can negatively impact a parent’s case for child custody and visitation rights. While Illinois does recognize that having both parents involved in the child’s life is in the best interests of the child, that is disregarded if one or both parents face credible charges of … [read more]

The Real Estate Closing Process for Homebuyers

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The closing process occurs after the Seller accepts an offer but before the property is transferred to new ownership. In general, the closing process entails three things (1) final approval for the loan, (2) home inspection, and (3) getting homeowners and title insurance. The closing process is … [read more]

What You Should Know About Inverse Condemnation in Chicago

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Inverse condemnation refers to a legal process in which the government seizes private property and fails to provide just compensation for the taken property. When the government takes property, it is called “condemning” it through eminent domain. If the government fails to provide just compensation, … [read more]

Will Remote Schooling Impact Your Parenting Plan?

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COVID-19 has changed many things for parents, and school changes may have an impact on parenting arrangements when children need to do school from home. Parents may need the services of a child custody attorney to work out these situations so their children can continue to get excellent schooling … [read more]

Is a Virtual Divorce Right for You?

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The COVID-19 pandemic made many legal needs turn virtual, and virtual divorce is providing an option for couples seeking divorce who want to be as safe as possible from the virus. With virtual divorce options, couples can finalize their divorce without having to go to the attorney's office or even … [read more]

Modifying Child Custody Due to COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many parents to reconsider their child custody arrangements, particularly in cases where a custodial parent's job may put a child at risk. Understanding what the IL law requires and allows in changing custody arrangements will help parents decide if it's time to … [read more]

How to Prepare Your Child for Testimony in an Illinois Custody Case

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Children often need to give a testimony in an Illinois custody case, and parents can make this process easier on the children by preparing them ahead of time. This responsibility falls under the role of the guardian at litem and it requires careful care to ensure the child understands their role in … [read more]