Archive for October 2012

7 crimes likely to happen tonight

7 crimes likely to happen tonight
                      Halloween, like most holidays, can be a boon for criminal lawyers in Illinois because people often use it as an excuse to act like an idiot.  Here are seven things likely to cause people to need a defense attorney after tonight. Public intoxication –... Read more »

Guaranteed way to stop a fraud from happening to you

Guaranteed way to stop a fraud from happening to you
So last week, a Skokie man, Tahir Malik, was arrested for a 2nd time for impersonating an attorney.  Basically he tells people that he’s a lawyer and offers to help them out.  In this case he allegedly asked for $1,400 in cash to handle some traffic tickets. Tahir has spent some time in jail for... Read more »

Last minute Halloween costume ideas, scary lawyers

Last minute Halloween costume ideas, scary lawyers
Halloween is days away.  If you can’t think of a costume, why don’t you dress as a scary attorney.  Here are the scariest ones I know of: Cheesy billboard guy: There is no rule against outdoor advertising for lawyers and they certainly don’t offer a marketing class in law school, but these guys that go... Read more »
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Six legal items you may not know about

Six legal items you may not know about
              As a lawyer, I certainly don’t know everything or as some people who call me will tell you, I don’t know anything.  I do learn new things about the law most weeks.  Here are some items that I became aware of in the last couple of years that... Read more »

20 un-written rules we need to make laws

20 un-written rules we need to make laws
A couple of times a week I write about actual laws and legal issues.  But what I haven’t touched on are the un-written rules of the world.  Here are the 20 most important that should guide your life. You can’t give yourself a nickname.  I had a friend in college who was called cub because... Read more »

Legalized loan sharking

Legalized loan sharking
If you have a personal injury lawsuit of some kind and are desperate for money or just want your money now, there are companies out there that will give it to you, or at least part of it, right now.  And if you lose your lawsuit they won’t get a penny back from you.  Sounds... Read more »
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Who gets to keep the cat?

Who gets to keep the cat?
If you’re breaking up with someone you’ve been with for a long time, dividing up the stuff you own can be a source of frustration. Even more upsetting is determining who gets to keep the pet, unless it clearly belongs to one person or the other. These so-called pet custody cases can end up in... Read more »

Shady operating room procedures and medical malpractice

Shady operating room procedures and medical malpractice
If you’ve ever been under general anesthesia, you know how unsettling it can be. You have no idea what’s happening while you’re out, and you wake up hours later feeling like only seconds have gone by. You are literally putting your life in someone else’s hands. Now imagine that while you’re under anesthesia, your trusted... Read more »

Two recently filed lawsuits I predict will go nowhere

Two recently filed lawsuits I predict will go nowhere
There were two lawsuits filed in the last week that made headlines.  Some of the commenters below the articles (yes I made the mistake of getting sucked in to reading that stuff) talked about how frivolous these cases are and this is why our society is falling apart and how the attorneys are a bunch... Read more »
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Five Practical Legal Tips

Five Practical Legal Tips
Here are some random legal tips that I think most people would appreciate.  These are from recent phone calls I’ve had. Police stop. If you are pulled over, it’s in your best interest to provide basic information, such as license and registration, but it’s not required that you answer questions. You don’t technically have the... Read more »
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