Family Law and Estate Planning Basics: How a Divorce Affects Your Estate Plans

A lot changes when you get divorced. From moving out of your marital home to figuring out child support and visitation, many big, life-changing decisions need to be made. One thing that people don’t often think of right away is how their divorce will affect their estate plan. When couples are married and plan out their estates, it’s common for them to create a plan that takes the marriage into consideration, or Read More

The Differences Between Uncontested, Joint Simplified, and Contested Divorce in Illinois

The legal term for divorce is “dissolution of marriage” in Illinois, but for the purposes of this blog, we are using “divorce” for consistency. Divorces are a difficult time for everyone involved. They are stressful and often contentious, especially when you have children to worry about. For these reasons it is in everyone’s best interests to settle a divorce as quickly and amicably as possible. There are a three Read More

The Holidays are Prime Time to Review Your Estate Plans! Here’s Why

While you might not associate estate planning with your winter holiday traditions, the end of the year is a great time to take a step back, reflect, and plan for the future. Estate planning is very important for individuals and families at all stages of life, not just towards the end. Although it might seem that thinking about your estate plan during your holiday festivities is a bit of a drag, estate planning is as Read More

The 4 Types of Spousal Maintenance Awarded in Illinois

In Illinois, family law issues are dictated by the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. This act provides guidelines for issues from marriage to divorce to child custody. Under the act, spousal maintenance (a.k.a. alimony or spousal support) is a payment given to one spouse from the other after divorce. In Illinois, there is no automatic entitlement to maintenance. That right must be based upon facts Read More

What to Consider When Developing a Fair Visitation Schedule

If you are attempting to co-parent with an ex, developing a fair visitation schedule for your children is a top priority. Visitation rights are granted to the non-custodial parent after divorce and child custody determinations have been made. In Illinois, the terms are laid out in a visitation schedule that is determined under the guidelines of the Uniform Child Custody Act (UCCA). As a parent, there are many things Read More

Understanding Limited Scope Representation or Unbundled Legal Services in Illinois

Limited scope representation, or unbundled legal services, is an alternative to traditional full-service legal representation where an attorney and their client can limit their relationship to a specific task. By unbundling legal services, a lawyer can represent a client on a singular aspect and/or specific specific aspects of a case. The effect is that the client gets the legal assistance they need without the added Read More

What You Need to Know About the New 2017 Child Support Guidelines in Illinois

The new Illinois Child Support Law officially took effect on July 1, 2017. So what’s different? Under the old law, child support was based on the net income (gross income, minus taxes and other deductions) of the child support payer and the number of children the payer is supporting. For instance, it was 20% of the payer’s net income for one child, 28% for two, 32% for three, and so on. Additionally, the payer parent Read More

Which Business Entity is Right for You?

There are many things you have to think about when starting a new business—from getting funded to figuring out who to work with. But first, you will need to choose a business structure. There are several options, and each comes with its own set of advantages. So, in order to make sure you’re able to optimize your business to the fullest, review our list below to learn about some of the main options available and Read More

How to Ensure Your Property is Properly Distributed When You Pass Away

Everyone procrastinates. The idea that uncompleted tasks can be taken care of at a later date pervades home and work life. However, one task should not be put off: estate planning. Many people wrongly assume that estate planning is only for the sick or elderly. Not many people think about the end of their life, and if you’re inevitably caught unprepared, your intended beneficiaries could suffer as a result. Read More

Illinois Divorce: 7 Key Facts Every Couple Should Know

If you are considering a divorce in Illinois, you probably have many questions about what happens once your marriage ends. Everything from who gets the house to the visitation schedule for any children are all impacted by Illinois law. Because divorce laws can vary greatly from state to state, it’s important to understand the nuances of Illinois divorce law by exploring the following 7 key facts which every couple Read More