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Why Do You Need a Real Estate Lawyer?

A real estate attorney focuses their practice on assisting clients with real estate disputes, ranging from the purchase and sale of commercial spaces, fights over HOA rules, tenant-landlord issues, and facilitating the purchase of a single-family home. Real estate lawyers practice in a broad range … [read more]

How To File for Divorce in Illinois

How To File for Divorce in Illinois

To begin the divorce process (also called dissolution of marriage) in Illinois, one or both spouses need to file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage tells the court information about the spouses, the marriage, the children, if any, the assets owned … [read more]

Creating a Parallel Parenting Plan that Works

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Parallel parenting, unlike co-parenting, is a plan whereby separated or divorced parents raise their children separately. Under a parallel parenting plan, the parents don’t participate in events together and keep communications minimum. The parents approve of each other’s plans but don’t participate … [read more]

Coparenting with a Narcissist?

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Coparenting with someone who has NPD (narcissistic personality disorder) makes an already complex situation even worse because the other parent is more concerned with his or her interests than what is in the child's best interests. Child custody and visitation orders are carefully (or contentiously) … [read more]

Has the Surge in Housing Prices Run its Course?

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U.S. home prices (single and multi-family homes) have been surging for the past few years. The trend started years before the pandemic. However, the pandemic super-charged the phenomena caused by the lockdown forcing the population (the portion able to work from home) to save unprecedented amounts … [read more]

When False Accusations Enter Family Court

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Sorting truth from fiction in child custody disputes can be difficult. Balancing emotions and history, and utilizing technology all affect custody disputes and outcomes. False accusations are common in child custody disputes, as parties attempt to gain leverage in negotiations by filing bogus claims … [read more]

Is a Lease Option Agreement Right for You?

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Lease options are agreements that give tenants an option to purchase a property during or at the end of their leasing period. These agreements allow investors to sell rental properties to their tenants without entering into a new agreement. Further, lease options enable potential buyers to live in a … [read more]

Real Estate Investing Nightmares: What Could Go Wrong?

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Real estate investing is one of the best ways to generate long-term and stable wealth that can secure a family’s fortunes; however, it is also precarious and sinks a family’s fortune if an unwitting investor is unprepared. Investing in real estate can be a big nightmare. Nightmare No. 1: It is … [read more]

Broken Promises: What Constitutes a Breach of Contract in Real Estate?

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A breach of contract occurs when one or both parties fail to perform a necessary term of the contract, such as payment or provision of services. Contracts are binding agreements which describe the reciprocal duties each party to the contract must perform. Enforceable contracts can be verbal or … [read more]

How a Personal Injury Settlement Is Divided in an Illinois Divorce?

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In Illinois, under certain conditions, personal injury settlements are considered part of the marital property and therefore may be subject to asset division during a divorce proceeding. Certain items, like gifts or inheritances, are not considered marital property. However, legal settlements such … [read more]