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  • Personal Injury And Divorce: The History, Analysis And Evolution Of The Standard To Be Applied In Illinois

    Dec 14, 2018

    Divorce and personal injury, while separate and distinct areas of the law, share many common traits: They often come unexpectedly and without warning; They have direct consequences to each spouse; They usually find each spouse unprepared on how to deal with the fallout; The timing of one can often cause the other; and They almost invariably result in the hiring of attorneys. Illinois Courts have long struggled in determining which area of the law takes...
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  • Section 513 and College – Changes in the Statute and How it Impacts the Students, Parents, Lawyers, and Courts

    Dec 29, 2015

    The scope, extent and amount of a parent’s obligation to contribute to a child’s post-high school college education has long been a source of uncertainty and anxiety for families throughout the country. Over the course of the last 25 years, this anxiety has heightened exponentially for students and parents alike due in large part to: a. The soaring costs of college tuition; b. The soaring costs of ACT and SAT tutoring, college preparation courses and...
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  • Interviewing the Expert Witness in Child Custody Cases

    Sep 11, 2012

    19th Judicial Circuit Child Representative/Guardian Ad Litem Training College of Lake County – September 11-12, 2012 Differing Roles in Interview Process for Attorneys/Guardian Ad Litem/Child Representative*750 ILCS 5/506*In Re Marriage of Bates, 212 ILL. 2d 489, 289 ILL.Dec. 218, 819 N.E. 2d 714 (2004)*In Re Marriage of Kostusik, 361 ILL.App.3d 103, 296 ILL.Dec. 732, 836 N.E 2d 147 (1st Dist., 2005) Right to Communicate with 604(b) and/or 604.5 Experts Manner of Communication Discoverable Information Who...
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  • Raising Proper Evidentiary Objections

    Feb 8, 2011

    Objections Black’s Law Dictionary, 6th Edition, 1990, defines “objection” as: The act of a party who objects to some matter or proceeding in the course of a trial, or an argument or reason urged by him in support of his contention that the matter or proceeding objected to is improper or illegal. Used to call the court’s attention to improper evidence or procedure. Such objections in open court are important so that such will appear...
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  • Frequently Asked Questions in Child Custody

    Sep 2, 2004

    What is the difference between the terms “Sole Custody” and “Joint Custody”? Education Medical Needs Religion Activities How can you determine if you are a candidate for Joint vs. Sole Custody?(See Exhibit “A”) What does the term “Primary Residential Parent” mean?(See Exhibit “B”) What are the differences between: Mediation Conciliation Arbitration What does an “Attorney for Child/Guardian Ad Litem/Child Representative” do?(See Exhibit “C” – Cite – Section 2.93 of IICLE 2003 Handbook) What are the...
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  • Draft Tips for Marital Settlement Agreements

    May 2, 2004

    10 Things to Remember: Draft Defensively Don’t be Married to the Form Talk to Opposing Counsel Before You Start Drafting Don’t A-S-S-U-M-E Anything Use Examples if Necessary Think Before You Draft Math is Important Too If You Need More Time, Take It Proofread Repeat Steps 1-10 Each Time Hints and Examples: 1. Draft Defensively Remember Your Audience (It is Not Just Your Client) Think of What Can Go Wrong Think About the Post-Decree Calendar Ambiguity...
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  • What Happens When the W-2 Form Doesn’t Fit?

    Sep 4, 2000

    Your client walks into your office at the initial office consultation and proceeds to describe in great detail the lavish lifestyle that she, her husband, and the children have enjoyed for many years. She describes the large home in the suburbs, the expensive cars, the travel and the unlimited monthly spending. You inquire as to how this wealth was amassed and the conversation slowly starts to deteriorate into conjecture and a shrug of the shoulders...
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