2018-04-11 Doing Research on the Phone

Choosing an Attorney

One of the most common questions that people ask about lawyers is: How do I find the best lawyer? If you need a lawyer, for whatever reason, that is the right question to start your search. Choosing a lawyer should involve as much thought as buying a car. Lawyers are not cheap; people don’t choose […]

2018-04-06 Elderly Dad and Daughter

A Word of Warning About Powers of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a document by which one person (the principal) can appoint another person (the agent) to act on the principal’s behalf in regard to financial and property matters (Property Power of Attorney) and health care and personal matters (Health Care power of Attorney). In other words, one person (the principal) can […]

2018-02-06 Filling out Taxes

Maintenance Tax Deduction Going Away

While many property owners in Illinois flooded to their assessor’s office to prepay their property tax bills due to the expected reduction of the property tax deduction on their Federal tax returns, the recent tax reform act enacted by Congress and signed by President Trump also contains a significant change to family law matters.  Maintenance […]

Father Carrying Son

Child Support Liens

Many people may not realize, including some attorneys, that each installment of overdue support owed by a noncustodial parent becomes a lien by operation of law against the real and personal property of the noncustodial parent. That means that these liens “arise” whenever child support becomes past due! This is a kind of super lien […]

2018-01-10 New Fam Law Changes

New Family Law Changes Effective January 1, 2018

As a new year comes, so do the effective dates of many new statutes that Illinois has passed in 2017.  Several of these laws involve family law matters.  Pet Custody The first and most talked about change is the authority for courts to determine “pet custody” in divorce cases.  We have previously done a separate […]