Archive for September 2011

Just Married—and Wishing You Weren’t

Just Married—and Wishing You Weren’t
When the reality of your recent “I do’s” are making you wish you didn’t, what then? Going through a divorce is always an option, but what about getting the marriage annulled, and starting over? When is that a possibility? In Illinois, the law refers to annulment as “declaration of invalidity of marriage.” Basically, it is... Read more »

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Before They Were Stars

Before They Were Stars
I was listening to an interview the other day of the handsome Gerard Butler. It turns out that before he became an actor and a sex symbol, he was a lawyer. Who knew. Here is a list of others I’ve found that either started law school and quit or actually finished. Geraldo Rivera Gandhi Franz... Read more »

Are You A Lawyer Looking For Work?

Are You A Lawyer Looking For Work?
There is an under served area of law crying out for someone to take cases. And people are willing to pay whatever it takes to hire an attorney to help them and can’t find anyone. Surprisingly the area of law is traffic. Why can’t anyone find a traffic lawyer. I can refer you a case... Read more »

Is My Lawyer Normal?

Is My Lawyer Normal?
For whatever reason, I’ve heard some strange stories about things that lawyers have been doing lately. With the weather cooling down, hopefully everyone will get back to normal. But for the people that call me, I hear over and over, “Is this normal?” Let’s figure it out. Scenario #1: I’ve had a workers’ compensation case... Read more »
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Do Document Prep Companies Work? One Lawsuit Says No

Do Document Prep Companies Work?  One Lawsuit Says No
LegalZoom.com is a national online company that sells DIY legal forms. If you want a will, for example, the site will ask you some questions and then create the document and send it to you. The company is being sued by customers in Missouri who claim, according to an AP article, that Legal Zoom was... Read more »

Signs You Need A New Lawyer

Signs You Need A New Lawyer
  It can be difficult to find the right lawyer for your case – someone you feel confident in, someone with the right experience, someone you can afford. The real test is what they’ll do with your case or legal problem after they’re hired. The best thing you can do is stay involved and connected... Read more »

Don't Do The Crime If You Can't Pay

Don't Do The Crime If You Can't Pay
  A new Illinois law will require convicted drug dealers to pay for the time officers spend investigating their crimes. The article I read says the law also applies to some other drug-related offenses, and obviously only those where the defendant is found guilty. The payment goes to the law enforcement agency that did the... Read more »
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Do You Have Abortion Remorse?

Do You Have Abortion Remorse?
  A woman sued a Chicago clinic of Planned Parenthood for malpractice in 2006, two years after having an abortion, claiming she didn’t make the right decision because the clinic’s counselor didn’t properly inform her about what she was doing. An Illinois appellate court recently dismissed the lawsuit. Apparently, it’s the first case ruling like... Read more »