Real Estate

A home is one of the largest investments you will ever make. If you aren’t prepared to handle all the little details, the experience can be stressful and disappointing. Even the most straightforward real estate deals involve numerous pages of legal paperwork. Whether you’re a buyer, seller or facing foreclosure, an ISBA member lawyer will work to protect your investment.

Legal Resources: Home

The purchase of a home or condominium is often one of the largest investments an individual will make.

With so much at stake, it is important not to leave anything to chance. It is...


Homeowners who have fallen behind in mortgage payments should be aware of companies who offer to “help.” In many cases, the “help” is a scam that can lead to even greater financial difficulties....


Your landlord can require you to pay a security deposit, which may be used to cover unpaid rent, repair damages to the unit and/or clean the unit after you move. The amount of the security...


When one occupies the real estate owned by another person with the owner's consent, it is usually under a lease, which can be written or oral. A lease does not have to be in writing unless it is...


A homeowner who has been served with foreclosure papers should be aware of legal rights that may help with settlement of the case.

According to John G. O’Brien, 2009-10 president of the...


There are several steps that a homeowner who is facing foreclosure can take to avoid losing his or her home.



In general, a tenant has the right to a safe, livable home, to have the landlord make necessary repairs to the property and to live in the home without interference by the landlord. A tenant...


If you rent a house or apartment, Illinois law provides you with certain legal protections. Being familiar with the law, as well as the specific terms of your individual lease, can help you avoid...


Solicitation phone calls are generally unwelcomed by most Americans. They are often disruptive and inconvenient. In 2008 the federal government enacted The Do-Not-Call Improvement Act, which makes...


To legally evict a tenant from a residential property, you must comply with the Illinois eviction process and the various steps involved, outlined here:

Step 1: Send an...


The Residential Tenants’ Right to Repair Act allows you to hire a licensed tradesman or supplier to make necessary repairs and to then deduct the cost of the repair from your rent. However, this...


Trees are beautiful, welcome additions to a property, but they can create legal problems for home owners. If limbs from a homeowner’s tree hang across a neighbor’s driveway and block the view, the...



If you are facing eviction, it is important to know your rights and what you should do in response to your landlord’s notice.

Know what you can be evicted for...


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