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Cutting Edge Technology: Changing the Commercial Real Estate Industry for Good?

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Technological advances like automated valuation technology based on machine learning can simplify and expedite the process of buying or selling commercial real estate, but AVMs may also result in appraisals that do not reflect actual market values. As automated property valuation methods become more … [read more]

Getting Divorced? Your Kids Have Rights Too

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The American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers established the Children's Bill of Rights in 1998 to remind parents that they have an obligation to consider their kids' needs as they work through the divorce process with their child custody attorney. An equitable divorce agreement respects the … [read more]

What You Should Know Before Buying a Condo

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While buying a condo in Chicago is similar to purchasing a home or apartment, there are many distinctive differences that are crucial to understand. Buyers should never sign on the dotted line without first getting the answers they need. Condo Management It is critical to know whether or not the … [read more]

When the Custody Order Is No Longer in Your Child’s Best Interest

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Situations change and what was in the best interest of a child years ago may not be feasible today, which is why child custody orders can be amended as life moves forward. When a substantial change in circumstances occurs, the courts will consider modifying child custody orders to protect the … [read more]

These Real Estate Scams Could Whisk Away Your Dream Home

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Real estate scams can rob prospective homebuyers and owners of their cash and prevent them from purchasing their dream home. Scammers often target the inexperienced, the elderly and other vulnerable or less informed buyers and owners. An understanding of the real estate purchase process and the … [read more]

Getting it Right with a Guardian Ad Litem

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Courts often appoint a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to represent the best interests of children in a child custody case and providing timely and accurate information without offering more than necessary is the best way to protect parental rights. Guardian Ad Litem Represents the Children Under … [read more]

Why You Need a Preapproval When Buying a Home

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Pre-approval for a mortgage is a necessity for home buyers who want their offer to buy to be taken seriously. Many buyers seek assistance from a real estate lawyer or real estate broker to better understand the Chicago home market and the need for mortgage pre-approval before making an offer on a … [read more]

Disabled Parents Are At Risk of Losing Their Kids

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Parents with disabilities may lose custody of their children when government agencies claim that the disability prevents the parents from adequately caring for them. To regain custody, disabled parents are forced to turn to the courts to demonstrate their ability to properly care for their … [read more]

Tiny Houses Could Be the Key to Homeownership in Chicago

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The emergence of tiny houses in the Chicago market may provide a solution for those seeking home ownership, but buyers should be aware that purchasing a tiny house is a real estate transaction with the same legal requirements as a traditional home purchase and may also be subject to other … [read more]

Would the 50/50 Parenting Bill Put Kids at a Disadvantage?

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A bill before the Illinois legislature proposes 50/50 child custody, or equal parenting time, in all divorce cases involving children. However, equal parenting time may not always be in the best interests of children. The law's 50/50 standard may complicate efforts by parents and their family law … [read more]