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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]

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]

Does Child Support Include College Expenses?

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Typically child support ends when a child turns 18, but in cases where a child decides to attend post-high school education in some form, support payments often need to continue. Parents who have primary custody of a child who is entering the college years may need to work with a family law attorney … [read more]

In Illinois What Factors Are Considered in Awarding Parental Responsibility (Custody)?

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Courts awarding parental responsibility in child custody cases must consider many factors, including the wishes of both the parents and the child, the child's current relationships, and mental and physical health for all involved. Weighing these choices is not easy, and often requires the help of a … [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]