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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]

Can Parents’ Mental Health Records Be Revealed in Child Custody Cases?

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When parents are entering a child custody case, mental health records may be part of the discussion, and patient-client privilege may not always apply. The goal of child custody proceedings is to make a decision that serves the child's best interests. A parent's mental health may impact what those … [read more]

Can Buyers Back Out of Real Estate Agreements During the Pandemic?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented legal questions, and many are wondering if their real estate contracts are enforceable in light of the current world situation. A real estate sales contract is legally binding, and walking away from it puts the buyer's earnest money at risk. Does the … [read more]

How Illinois Courts Handle Death During Divorce

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A scissor is cutting a marriage certificate Because divorces can take months or even years to finalize, some people end up facing the reality of having their spouse die before the divorce is final, and this creates complications that must be addressed. If there are unresolved issues in the … [read more]

What You Should Know About Your Child’s Extracurricular Activities After Divorce

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Children are playing football When parents head to divorce, their child's extracurricular activities are one of the many things they must address, ensuring that the child's needs are met and the activities handled in a fair manner. Extracurricular activities are an important part of building up a … [read more]

What Is a Private Listing Network?

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A house model with for sale words under the frame In high-value markets like Chicago, many top properties sell every day without ever being listed publicly because of the private listing network, and this network helps sellers get top dollar for their properties. The private listing network is a … [read more]

The Truth About Post Decree Modifications

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Two people discussing some paperwork in a meeting After a divorce, changes in the lifestyle of either party can require changes in the divorce agreements, and this is often done through post-decree adjustments. If the particular condition of the divorce is considered immune to modifications, a … [read more]

Chicago Real Estate: A Year in Reveiw

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Real estate words show on a computer screen, and one hand holds a house model Chicago’s residential and commercial real estate market saw significant changes throughout 2019. Ever-evolving, real estate markets may experience effects due to a range of factors. Events at the state, national, and … [read more]

Child Custody in Illinois: Here’s What Can Happen When Abuse Reports Are Ignored

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A frightened girl hiding in the corner Child abuse reports that go ignored may result in continued maltreatment and allowed ongoing contact between children and those who have abused them. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 676,000 children of the 3.5 million referred … [read more]

Real Estate Investors Are Avoiding Chicago. Here’s Why

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Aerial view of Chicago buildings Chicago's financial difficulties and investors’ fear of higher taxes to cover unfunded liabilities have caused some investors to delay property purchases or avoid the area market altogether. The city's commercial real estate values dropped significantly in … [read more]