Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Law and “Right” isn’t always the same thing

I’ve always wanted to be a judge… One time I was standing in line at a restaurant when I ran into a very good local judge.  We talked about the law and life and what is what like being a … Continue reading

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Duty: the backbone of all negligence cases

If you want to sue for an injury one of the things your lawyer has to prove is that the defendant owed you a duty to either not harm you or to do something to prevent your harm.  Example:  A … Continue reading

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CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT??

Illinois law states that a person can be charged with disorderly conduct when he or she “knowingly does any act in such unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another and to provoke a breach of the peace.” Seems like … Continue reading

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Equitable does not always mean “Equal” in a Divorce.

Many people have a misconception that when they get divorced they will be entitled to “half” of the marital property.  Marital property is the property that is obtained during the marriage.  Unlike equitable division, an equal split of the property … Continue reading

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What does “The Best Interests of the Child” mean in a divorce?

Once upon a time, the court system used to apply something called the “tender years doctrine.”  This doctrine presumed that the child’s best interests were to give custody of that child to the mother.  This doctrine has since been replaced … Continue reading

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One more thing for State of Illinois employees to know….Ugh!

Over the years I have represented more Illinois state workers than I can recall.  Handling cases against the state and the AG’s office poses all sorts of unique problems.  One of them makes absolutely no sense at all.  Here it … Continue reading

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The CAP: settlements for injured state of Illinois employees

One of the unique issues facing injured state employee is the bargaining position of the Attorney General’s (AG) office. In catastrophic injuries (usually permanent total disability claims) the state has a negotiating cap of $149,999.99.  The assistant AGs do not … Continue reading

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