Archive for October 2014

Can a child choose which parent to live with after divorce?

Can a child choose which parent to live with after divorce?
A reader brought up an issue in child custody law that we get asked about fairly often, and that is whether a child is able to choose which parent to live with. The reader has two children from a previous marriage. One lives with him and the other with his ex-wife. The 12-year-old who is... Read more »

The real reason she didn’t sue

The real reason she didn’t sue
I just read a blog post from a fellow blogger. It was called Why I didn’t sue the City of Chicago. It’s about how she tripped on an uneven sidewalk and the reasons why she decided not to sue the city. Her anti-litigation argument is fine. Many people share the opinion that we are too... Read more »

Can you discriminate against someone because they are fat?

Can you discriminate against someone because they are fat?
A caller to my office wanted to sue a well known clothing maker because he says that they charge more money for clothes that come in larger sizes like the ones he wears.  In his opinion this is discrimination based on his size. I’ve had other callers to my office who were looking to sue... Read more »
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1 in 10 people are either gay or getting their wages garnished

1 in 10 people are either gay or getting their wages garnished
Did you know that 1 in 10 people are left-handed? Or that 1 in 10 people in the world live on an island? You’ve probably heard that one in ten people are gay. How about the fact that 1 in 10 Americans are having their wages garnished? If you ignore your debts, you might become... Read more »

Phil Ivey got screwed

Phil Ivey got screwed
Phil Ivey, an American professional poker player also known as the “Tiger Woods of poker,” was recently in the news for his lawsuit against a British casino that essentially accused him of cheating. The casino refused to pay out his baccarat winnings after realizing how he was winning, so Ivey sued the casino for $12.4... Read more »

Divorcing your parents in Illinois

Divorcing your parents in Illinois
If I had a time machine, I’d bet that I could go back and my 16 year old self, who did not at all get along with his parents, would think that he could live on his own or at the very least survive by crashing with friends.  Teenagers don’t know what they don’t know... Read more »
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You can get convicted of murder and never even see the victim

You can get convicted of murder and never even see the victim
A caller to my office was upset because her fiancé had been convicted of murder even though someone else had admitted to planning the crime and firing the trigger.  She assumed that the Judge had been bought off because it made no sense to her that he could go to jail simply from being at... Read more »

Future lawyers: Don’t let these ultra-high salaries fool you

Future lawyers: Don’t let these ultra-high salaries fool you
There’s an annual list of the 100 best-paid general counsel (in-house lawyers for corporations). The attorney at the top of the list made around $5.8 million last year. There were some Chicago attorneys on the list, with the top one coming in at $2.2 million. These numbers include salary and bonuses. It’s fascinating to look... Read more »

It’s easy to judge criminal defense attorneys, until you need one

It’s easy to judge criminal defense attorneys, until you need one
You might say they represent the worst of the worst in our society – the rapists and murderers and child abusers. They stand up for these people and protect their rights. Many of us are quick to judge these attorneys because of the people they help and the way they’ve chosen to spend their careers.... Read more »
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