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Illinois Probate Proceedings

Illinois law requires probate proceedings in the event a parent passed away and she owned either any real estate or personal property of $100,000.00 or more.  However, if your mom passes away with no real estate and her other assets are less than $100,000.00 at the...

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision regarding barred stale claims during bankruptcy proceedings and violations under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Midland Funding LLC v. Johnson was originally heard in the Southern District of Alabama. The specifics...

Illinois Temporary Alimony

Can I get alimony while my divorce is pending? Leaving your spouse is a huge decision, and it comes with lots of financial fallout. Many people worry whether they’ll be able to support themselves on their own income, especially if they’ve been a stay at home parent....

Defending Credit Card Lawsuits

Do I need a lawyer if I have been sued by my credit card company? In Illinois, you can be sued in small claims court for amounts up to $10,000, so unless you have a very large credit card debt, it is likely that you are being sued in small claims court. While many...

2015 Legislative Update, Part 2

As we noted in Part 1, a substantial revision of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act is among the bills sent to governor Rauner this legislative session. The following is the second list of bills organized by topic, as originally published by the...

Handling the Press in your Legal Matters

Interview with Carrie Clark, Attorney at McCarthy, Callas & Feeney, P.C., Rock Island, Illinois Q.        Ms. Clark you have had some recent experience in handling some high profile cases. A.        Yes, apparently they are getting some attention here. Q.       ...

2015 Legislative Update, Part 1

A substantial revision of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act is among the bills sent to governor Rauner this legislative session. The following is a list of bills organized by topic, as originally published by the Illinois Bar Journal on...

Vacation/Sick Time Pay Out?

After I leave my job, do I still get paid for my unused earned vacation or sick time? In Illinois, a former employee is entitled to collect the monetary equivalent of his/her vacation time earned as long as the employment contract, agreement, or policy states that...

SSDI Basics

Most people assume that they will never become disabled during their lifetime. However, a 20 year-old worker actually has a 3-in-10 chance of becoming disabled before they reach retirement. If you have a severe medical condition that is expected to last at least one...

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