What is the Elder Advocate Movement?

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It’s no secret that the elderly are an underserved and often underappreciated portion of the community. The Elder Advocate movement calls for a new standard of treatment, law, and social work to be standardized by the legal industry in order to better care for and value elderly citizens. The Elder Advocate movement seeks to provide […]

Coronavirus Elevates Threat of Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

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Attorney Tad Thomas | 888-981-0031 | Free Consult “The most important thing isn’t the legal process. The most important thing is protecting that loved one immediately.” Elderly residents of nursing homes face an elevated risk of health complications from the coronavirus. They are also at a higher risk of another threat: elder abuse at the […]

At What Age Should You Contact An Elder Law Attorney?

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Attorney Marty Fogarty | 888-981-5604 | Schedule Your Consult Today The idea of making estate plans can be daunting and stressful to arrange, causing many people to put off the task. However, it’s wise to begin making estate plans sooner rather than later. So, at what age should you contact an elder law attorney? Marty […]

Bequeathing Money to Children With Special Needs

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Attorney Marty Fogarty | 888-981-5604 | Schedule Your Consult Today Estate plans can be stressful to arrange, even more so if you have a child or grandchild with special needs whose situation needs to be specifically considered and planned for. So, what’s the best method for bequeathing money to children with special needs? How should […]

A Sigh of Relief as Illinois Gambling Expansion Passes Hurdle

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Ever since this year’s historic gambling expansion bill passed, there have been concerns about whether state regulators will be able to meet important deadlines related to the bill. These concerns have been somewhat addressed now that a group has been hired to conduct a feasibility study relating to the construction of a casino in downtown […]

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Special Needs Estate Planning

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If you have a loved one with special needs, what happens when you can no longer care for them? If you do have an estate, a trust, or inheritance, you can rest assured: you do have options for special needs estate planning. The question is, what option should you put in place in the event […]

What’s Happening with Illinois Sports Betting?

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One problem with legalizing sports betting is the stigma against gambling. Overcoming this hurdle is a crucial step in legalizing sports gambling at the state level, which many states are pursuing in light of a recent Supreme Court decision. Expansion of Legalized Gambling The U.S. Supreme Court made it relatively clear: legalized sports betting is […]

Tax Season: Will the Shutdown Affect Your Filing?

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The good news is…. no. It will not. That’s a surprising answer given the fact that when a government shutdown occurs, it means all staff and employees working for the government—including the Internal Revenue Service—won’t be working at all. That’s typically the case. However…. The IRS Made a Recent Announcement Stating That Tax Season Will […]

What You Should Know about USCIS Form I-130

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If you are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you may be able to help your relative immigrate here.  First of all, you need to know who the USCIS is (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) because you will be working quite a bit with this institution for quite some time. The form […]

Illinois Strikes Time Limits to Criminally Prosecute Sexual Abuse of Minors

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In August 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into the law SB 189, an amendment to the criminal code regarding sexual abuse of minors. The new law allows for prosecution of sexual abuse of children at any time, basically completely eradicating the statute of limitations for criminal cases. Previously, the victim had 20 years after […]

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Illinois Revamps Child Support Calculations

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New child support calculations will be implemented on July 1, 2017. Prior to this overhaul of the calculations, child support was generally determined based upon the payor’s income and number of children. For example, a person who was obligated to pay child support (generally the non-custodial parent) had to pay 20% of his or her […]

How is a Plane Crash Investigated?

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Whenever there is a plane crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is called in to investigate. The NTSB investigates “all civil aviation accidents in the United States and major accidents in the other modes of transportation.” In any investigation, the NTSB pulls together as much information as it can before determining probable cause of […]

Are Concussions The Only Way Football Players Can Damage Their Brains?

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According to a recent study, a concussion is not the only way a football player can alter their brain functions; being hit in the head is enough to change how the brain works. HealthDay News reported that a recent study found that “the more total hits a player had received to the head, the more […]

Is Distracted Driving A Serious Issue?

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Distracted driving is a dangerous act of negligence. Recent statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that distracted driving is increasing among drivers. According to the NHTSA, distracted driving has caused a sizable chunk of accidents resulting in fatalities and injuries. In 2012, over 3,300 people were killed in an accident […]

Will Cell Phone Bans While Driving Be Effective At Making Our Roads Safer?

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The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) conducted a study last November to create a measuring stick state authorities could use to device whether a new law that went into effect on January 1 of this year reduced the number of people who use cell phones while driving. The new and more stringent law would make […]

Illinois Officials Record Over a Dozen Deaths at Care Home for Disabled Children

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Alden Village North is a nursing home facility that serves as a care home for physically and developmentally disabled children. According to Illinois state officials, multiple serious violations and at least 14 child deaths were recorded in connection to the nursing home between 2000 and 2010. The Chicago Tribune recently revealed five more cases of […]

Can you get a “DUI” if you are sleeping off the effects of alcohol in your car?

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If you have had too much to drink and do not want to drive your car, do not sleep off the effects of the alcohol in your car. The Illinois Supreme Court has found that a man who was sleeping in his car with the car running and a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 was guilty […]

Can you be held liable for a motor vehicle loan that you co-signed as a buyer, even if you are not the spouse or parent of the actual owner?

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Before January 1, 1997, only mothers and fathers or husbands and wives who co-signed on an installment loan for a motor vehicle were primarily liable along with the actual owner of the vehicle. In a recent decision, the Illinois Supreme Court held that persons (other than parents or spouses) who co-signed as buyers on a […]