Archive for June 2010

A warning for underage drinkers

The law in Illinois says that if you are convicted of an underage drinking offense, your driver’s license will be suspended. The law applies regardless of whether you were drinking and driving. Specifically, the law requires the Illinois Secretary of State to suspend the driver’s license (for three months) of anyone who is convicted of,... Read more »

Facebook could lead to your downfall

Online evidence from sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter is not only admissible in court, but it’s popular. A recent Chicago Tribune article reports that 81 percent of the attorneys in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers have used evidence from social networking sites in their divorce cases. And 66 percent said they had... Read more »

Why lawyers don't call people back

A reader asked what she can do to get her lawyer to return phone calls. I’ve never really understood why so many attorneys seem to have this problem.  It’s as if they don’t actually want to have clients.  And even if you are busy, it’s not hard to return a phone call or e-mail within... Read more »

Ask a lawyer questions for free

If you have any legal questions you would like my to discuss on this blog, please send them to me at  I will collect the best ones and post the answers here, confidentially of course.   Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free,... Read more »

They can fire me for that?

They can fire me for that?
With the terrible economy, it seems like on a daily basis we are getting questions from people in the Chicago area who have been fired.  Illinois has an at will law which means that you can be let go at any time, for any reason, except for something illegal (unless you have a contract that... Read more »

Ambulance chasing is alive and well in Chicago

Ambulance chasing is alive and well in Chicago
  Lawyers in Chicago are accused of a lot of scummy things, but the worst accusation you can make to an attorney, especially a personal injury one, is to call them an ambulance chaser. Soliciting a client is a big no-no and can lead to an attorney losing their license to practice law.  But lawyers... Read more »

Funeral crashers

  Sadly, when someone dies, people often come out of the woodwork at the funeral looking to “cash in” even though they had nothing to do with the deceased during their life.  If you have a loved one who has recently passed away without leaving a will behind, you may be wondering what will happen... Read more »

Don't be like Joran van der Sloot

First, don’t (allegedly) kill two people.  Second, don’t agree to talk to the police if under questioning. When you are arrested or even if you are just being questioned by the police, you have the right to remain silent.  You can and should exercise that right. The old saying is that anything you say can... Read more »

I hate Illinois Nazis

In case you don’t recognize it, that is (IMO) the greatest line from the Blues Brothers.  I can’t believe that it has been 30 years since that classic movie came out. My favorite scene is when the car is driven through the front door of the Daley Center.   I can’t imagine that would be... Read more »

How do you know a lawyer is lying?

  Their mouth is moving is the punchline, but it’s really not legit.  Most attorneys are like most doctors, cops, teachers, mechanics, politicians (ok, maybe not them) in that they are good people who aren’t trying to fool you.  But since a few bad apples give us all a bad name, here is some lawyer b.s.... Read more »