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Legalities of Co-Ownership of a Property in Illinois

Co-ownership is when two or more individuals share ownership interest of a piece of land or any other form of real estate. In Illinois, several laws and regulations are in place that require co-owners to mutually agree upon how the property title will be held by all parties involved. Generally, there are 3 ways a title can be held in co-ownership: tenants in common, tenancy by the entirety, and joint tenants with ownership rights. Deciding the property title will determine the legal authorities and rights of outside creditors, as well as how it... Read more

Understanding Holiday Parenting Time Arrangements in Illinois

Several holidays are lined up during this month. Most people are likely to be excited about spending quality, joyous time with their family and friends during the holiday season, but divorced parents may still be uncertain about whether they will be able to spend time with their children this year. Illinois family laws were recently modified to make sure the children are able to spend adequate amount of time with both parents. Which parent will take care of their child for how many days is included in a parenting plan that comprises of a regula... Read more

Illinois Child Support Law and Shared Parenting Time

Since 1984, child support payments were calculated using the percentage shares model in Illinois until 2017. Public Act 99-0764 was signed into law by Governor of Illinois on August, 12, 2016, announcing a new way of calculating child support in divorce cases. On July, 1, 2017, the new law was put into effect, modifying two sections of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), 750 ILCS 5/510 and 750 ILCS 5/505. Now, Illinois family law uses the income shares model that has been enforced in several other states as well. One ... Read more

Property Defects and Issues – What a Seller is Legally Required to Disclose

Several laws and regulations have been enforced to protect homebuyers from unpleasant surprises and fraud when they purchase a property. Sellers are required to disclose certain information to the buying party pertaining to the condition of the house. Generally referred to as transfer disclosures, this type of information enlightens buyers about the existing legal, physical, environmental, and neighborhood problems among others. It helps them make a well-grounded decision about whether the property is worth the investment based on the facts and... Read more

The Legal Way of Ending a Residential Lease

Generally, a written residential lease is valid for a specific duration, such as one year or more, and is subject to renewal every time a tenant wants to continue living in the rental property. If you look at this from a landlord’s perspective, it is quite beneficial because they do not have to dedicate time and resources for finding a new tenant during the lease term. On the other hand, a tenant may want to keep residing in the rental property for the period stated in the lease. However, circumstances change and each party may want to end th... Read more

What are Grandparent Rights in Illinois?

Grandparents are an important part of a family, and love their grandchildren as they love their own children. They provide affection, love, attention, and advice to their grandchildren that contributes to raising them to be good, responsible adults. However, if parents get divorced or the relationship between parents and grandparents is severed for any reason whatsoever, grandparents are given limited legal rights to visitation in Illinois. Certain circumstances arise when a child cannot live with one or both parents and courts turn to non-pare... Read more

When Collaborative Divorce is the Right Choice

Divorce is a complex and emotionally distressing process that can have lasting effects on your mental health, emotions, finances, relationships with family members, and children’s psyches. Situations become worse when you go through a contested divorce and your ex-spouse starts tossing accusations and insults to shake your position and secure a better deal for themselves. In most litigated divorces, the needs and emotional wellbeing of children are overlooked, leading to lifelong scars of the separation of the parents and absence of their lov... Read more

Common Property Title Issues: How can an Attorney Help you?

Whether you are a first-time buyer or have been involved in several real estate transactions, it is essential you are aware of different kinds of issues that can arise during the process. In most cases, disputes occur pertaining the title of a property that can lead to headaches and delays in resolving the matter before closing. If not pursued with diligence, these issues can become a source of liability for you, as there may be several legal implications associated with it. It is best to work with an experienced real estate attorney who can th... Read more

Looking at Evictions from the Tenant’s Perspective

If you think that you will be evicted from the rental property soon, you should know that your landlord is required by the law to go through a proper legal procedure. Tenants have certain rights that they can exercise in order to protect themselves from unlawful eviction. It is important that you have a good understanding of the eviction procedure and know your rights in order to respond to the eviction notice in the right way. Find out the Reason for Eviction There can be several reasons for your eviction in case of a lease agreement, such as ... Read more

What You Should Know About Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity in Illinois

Whether you are married, in an unmarried relationship, going through a divorce, or share a child with your ex-spouse after getting re-married, it is important for you as a father to establish paternity. This legal process is necessary as it protects your child’s rights, as well as your rights as their father. Without establishing paternity, your privileges and rights as a parent may be at stake. Moreover, your child may not be able to reap medical, monetary, and inheritance benefits that they may avail as your next of kin. Understanding Volun... Read more