Archive for May 2012

The Most Misunderstood Law In Illinois

The Most Misunderstood Law In Illinois
                  I talk to about 80 people a day about all sorts of Illinois legal issues with the hopes of either answering their legal questions or recommending the right attorney for them.  In 11+ years I’ve heard almost every story imaginable and certainly have noticed many common... Read more »

Doing Nothing Can Be Your Best Legal Action

Doing Nothing Can Be Your Best Legal Action
                When someone calls or e-mails me for legal guidance, they usually are hoping I can recommend them an attorney.  Selfishly I hope that I can because that is how my business makes money.  But I always tell the truth, even when that means telling a caller that... Read more »

Is This The Most Successful Law Of The Last 40 Years?

Is This The Most Successful Law Of The Last 40 Years?
It’s odd to think that our parents and grandparents lived in a time where lynchings occurred, separate bathrooms for blacks and whites existed and generally speaking racism was overt.  While racism of course still exists and was certainly present when I was born in 1972, laws had been passed (mainly the Civil Rights Act of... Read more »
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Lawyer Scam

Lawyer Scam
            This isn’t about scummy lawyers scamming clients; it’s about con-artists scamming lawyers or at least trying to. It’s not a new scam, but it’s still circulating. So I wonder if it’s actually working on some people. Here’s how it works: A lawyer gets a vague email from someone looking... Read more »

Illinois cracking down on unemployment fraud

Illinois cracking down on unemployment fraud
One thing I’ve learned in my years in practice is that if people can convince themselves that something isn’t really a big deal, they will gladly do it even if they know it’s wrong.  The big stand out in this department as of late is people who are back to work, but still collecting unemployment... Read more »

Appeals court puts eavesdropping law on hold

Appeals court puts eavesdropping law on hold
              The ACLU won points this week in its fight against Illinois’ eavesdropping law – specifically the part that says people can’t make audio recordings of on-duty police officers in public without their consent. Illinois’ current eavesdropping law makes doing this a felony. Lower courts had rejected the ACLU’s... Read more »
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Does Your Attorney Stink?

Does Your Attorney Stink?
                  It’s hard to know whether you’re talking to an attorney who is good at what they do. If you’re not an attorney, how are you supposed to evaluate their competency? There are things to look for, things to ask and signs that they might not be... Read more »

Fired for being obese? It’s perfectly legal.

Fired for being obese? It’s perfectly legal.
              Employers can fire you, or even refuse to hire you because you are obese. It’s unfair, but it’s not illegal. Most people believe that in our “sue happy” country you can sue for anything at anytime.  But the reality is that discrimination is only illegal when it’s for... Read more »
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    I am a lawyer who talks like a regular person. I provide direct, honest advice, and if needed, I will recommend a lawyer to you.

  • In 2001, I started www.fingreatlawyers.com. It is a free service, and I talk to people about their Illinois legal matters. I'm not the place to find a free lawyer, but I only suggest Illinois attorneys that I'd recommend to my own family members and friends. Call me at (312) 346-5320 any time if you have any legal questions.
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