Archive for October 2011

How To Scare A Lawyer On Halloween

How To Scare A Lawyer On Halloween
Happy Halloween! In honor of this greatest of holidays, here are 3 ways to scare off a lawyer from taking on your case. 1. If you get in an accident and before you get medical treatment, you are calling a lawyer to see what you should do. Some people do this because they don’t know... Read more »

When Can You Remove Your Judge?

When Can You Remove Your Judge?
Lawsuits can be contentious and you can feel like everyone is against you.  The judge that is hearing your case, though, is (supposed to be) the one impartial participant, and is only on the side seeing that justice is served.  But judges are only human, and therefore sometimes some bias for or against one of... Read more »

Jereme Richmond Is Making Bad Decisions

Jereme Richmond Is Making Bad Decisions
  Former super hyped prospect who didn’t pan out Jereme Richmond was sent back to jail on Friday.  The former U of I bench-warmer had been arrested in August and out on bond for allegedly pointing a gun at his girlfriend and saying he’d kill her. The super genius was out on bond with a... Read more »
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Why Lawyer Rating Sites Are A Joke

Why Lawyer Rating Sites Are A Joke
Every now and then I’ll get a call from someone who is wanting my opinion on an attorney they are considering hiring. I usually ask what made them consider hiring that attorney. Some people say a friend/relative had a good experience with that lawyer. That’s usually a good sign. Others tell me they liked the... Read more »

Joe Walsh Is Shameless

Joe Walsh Is Shameless
No, I’m not talking about the former member of the Eagles. A reader sent me a Suntimes story from last week in which Congressman Joe Walsh is trying to get out of his child support obligation because he claims to have had a verbal agreement with his ex not to pay.  My reader was in... Read more »

Home Repair and Remodeling Problems

Home Repair and Remodeling Problems
Years ago, I lived in a house in Evanston that was built in 1878. The “pipes” were made out of tar and paper and were sloped back toward our house. On multiple occasions, disgusting sewage filled up our basement, costing us a ton of money and causing us to have to sue the scumbag previous... Read more »
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Is Your Lawyer Hungry?

Is Your Lawyer Hungry?
Years ago, Bobby Knight went on a hilarious rant about whether or not one of his players had their game face on. He facetiously asked what a game face looked like and proceeded to contort his own cranium in many different ways. Love him or hate him, it was hilarious. I used to feel the... Read more »

Should We Be Able To Record Cops?

Should We Be Able To Record Cops?
In Illinois, it is not illegal to photograph or videotape a police officer in public. It is illegal, however, to make an audio recording of a police officer in public. Photographing and videotaping law enforcement officers performing their duties has been controversial. Civil rights activists and journalists argue that it’s an important check on police... Read more »

Why Should I Care About Amanda Knox?

Why Should I Care About Amanda Knox?
In case you missed it, Amanda Knox was acquitted of murder, in a case that has gone on for nearly four years. Knox was an American college student who had been studying in Italy when her roommate was brutally murdered. Knox and her boyfriend were accused and convicted of the murder, and faced decades more... Read more »
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Is There A Way To Legally Avoid Paying Taxes?

Is There A Way To Legally Avoid Paying Taxes?
Benjamin Franklin wisely counseled that nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes. Yet to this day there are still those who think they can “outsmart” the system and avoid paying taxes or other legal obligations. They soon learn, though, that while you may be able to “cheat death” for a while by... Read more »
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