Archive for January 2012

Ten Reasons Not to Represent Yourself

Ten Reasons Not to Represent Yourself
  No one wants to spend money on a lawyer if they don’t have to.  I tell people all of the time when they can handle a legal matter themselves like a minor speeding ticket.  But there are many times that if you don’t hire someone you are bound to get destroyed in court.  Here... Read more »

FAQs: Guardianship of an Adult

FAQs: Guardianship of an Adult
When I hear from people who are concerned about a parent who is ill or elderly, I get some common questions. Often, people are wondering what guardianship entails and how you go about getting it. Below are some basic answers to these questions. People are sometimes surprised at how difficult it can be to get... Read more »

You Have To Pass Two Tests Before You Become A Lawyer

You Have To Pass Two Tests Before You Become A Lawyer
Everyone knows that in order to be an attorney, you have to pass the bar exam. Lots of studying. Hours of testing. All on items of knowledge that will quickly become irrelevant when you become a practicing attorney. It’s more of a rite of passage than a true test of whether you will be a... Read more »
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Four Legal Resolutions For The New Year

Four Legal Resolutions For The New Year
It’s time to take care of those things that have been languishing at the bottom of your to-do list. Or maybe you’ve forgotten about those parking tickets, or decided it isn’t worth fighting for back child support. If any of these applies to you, resolve to take care of it this year. Even the most... Read more »

Lawyers As PR Firms

Lawyers As PR Firms
Recently, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was accused of a sexual assault.  As a Cubs season ticket holder and anti-rape person I was not happy with this development.  He hasn’t been arrested yet and certainly deserves the presumption of innocence.  He has been interviewed by the police and we’ll see how this shapes out.   Arrested or... Read more »

Everyone Wants To Sue Oprah

Everyone Wants To Sue Oprah
If you surveyed 100 lawyers, you’d probably find that 99 of them will tell you that law school doesn’t prepare them for what their real world legal practice will be like.  I certainly learned some basics, but most of what you learn is just a good base for passing the bar and general legal knowledge. ... Read more »
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New Illinois Laws In 2012

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Happy New Year. January 1st is a common time for new laws to go into effect. Here are ten of the approximately 200 laws that are new in 2012: 1. Seat belts. All drivers and passengers riding in vehicles must wear seat belts. Previously, the law didn’t include adults riding in the back seat. If... Read more »

Getting Divorced? Here Is What Lawyers Think You Should Know

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This time of year leads to more people deciding to divorce than any other.  The holidays make people miserable and New Years resolutions make it easy to decide to put the terrible part of your life behind you.  Many people won’t file until the spring when they get their tax returns, but there are thousand... Read more »
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