Archive for February 2015

Can you afford to be a lawyer?

Can you afford to be a lawyer?
A Pennsylvania defense attorney has been sanctioned in the amount of $1 million for purposely using evidence that the court had forbidden. The judge says that she intentionally brought up certain facts, which were off limits, as part of her trial strategy. The attorney denies wrongdoing and is appealing the sanctions. The case was a... Read more »

The Ernie Banks will disaster and what it teaches us

The Ernie Banks will disaster and what it teaches us
The litigation over the will of Ernie Banks is a perfect example of why you should set up an estate plan well before your mental health becomes questionable, especially if you have a large estate and you plan to disinherit your entire family. A will contest (where someone files a lawsuit claiming the will is... Read more »

The two things needed to win a case for negligence

The two things needed to win a case for negligence
Legal themes in the phone calls I receive from people looking for legal help tend to come in waves.  Of late is the theme of people that don’t understand how they don’t have a case. Case #1 – Woman goes to a Chicago Loop hotel for a rendezvous with her boyfriend.  Her ex boyfriend finds... Read more »
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Odd items can be marital property in an Illinois divorce

Odd items can be marital property in an Illinois divorce
When you think of marital property, you think of something like a house, car, TV, etc.  The general definition is that it’s something that was acquired during the marriage. So we see a lot of cases where a house and what to do with it is a big point of contention.  But there are also... Read more »

What to wear and act like in court

What to wear and act like in court
Every courtroom and judge is different, but pretty much all of them require some measure of respect. If it’s your first time in front of the judge in your case, then this is particularly important. First impressions are hard to do over. Here are some tips on what to wear, what to say, and what... Read more »

If you aren't professional, you might not graduate from med school

If you aren't professional, you might not graduate from med school
I was “lucky” that when I started law school at Chicago-Kent, they made my class the first one that had to go through “Professionalism Day.”  The theory was good. They want to teach law students to be professional.  The application, at least back then, was a joke and certainly made no impact on anyone that... Read more »
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Illinois lawyers that try to handle both sides of a case confuse me

Illinois lawyers that try to handle both sides of a case confuse me
There is a really good legal malpractice firm that will sue other attorneys if they screw up on your case and cause you a financial harm.  They are all over the internet and I hear that they do a great job.  But I could never recommend them to you. The reason is they also represent... Read more »

The best parenting advice I ever received

The best parenting advice I ever received
I am a lucky father of two great kids.  That doesn’t mean that they are perfect all of the time. To paraphrase Louis CK, sometimes they are assholes.  They don’t want to go to bed.  They won’t tie their shoes.  They take forever eating their food.  They whine.  Essentially they are smaller versions of me.... Read more »