Legal advice is most helpful before you make the commitment to buy a home. As a buyer, you’ll want an attorney lined up before you make an offer and, certainly, before you sign an offer to purchase. If you are a seller, you’ll want to consult an attorney early in the process and before signing a listing agreement with a real estate agent.
You should have proof of identity, residency, insurance coverages, charge cards, checkbooks and other financial-related information, as well as proof of employment, other identification such as a voter’s ID card or Social Security card, and legal documents. For a complete list and further information, access the Illinois State Bar Association’s Disaster Legal Services Manual at http://goo.gl/V62CDt.
Among records which should be changed to reflect the new gender are Social Security and the Illinois Secretary of State. If a person is enrolled in Medicare or SSI and Medicaid, they may receive service denials if their claim is not consistent with the gender data on record. Also, a person must provide the Illinois Secretary of State with acceptable documentation about the change in gender and get a new driver’s license. Acceptable documentation includes a report or statement from a medical doctor or psychiatrist, or a certified copy of one’s amended birth certificate.
One new law requires boaters to display a bright orange flag from the highest point of a boat’s helm when towing a person such as a water skier. Another new law allows authorities to seize and impound watercraft used repeatedly by a boater who’s been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And, starting in 2016, boating safety courses will be mandatory for younger motorboat operators. A valid boating safety certificate will be required for those born after January 1, 1998, before they can operate a motorboat with a 10 horsepower or above engine.
Illinois law prohibits the use of hand-held cellphones, texting or using other electronic communications while operating a motor vehicle. However, hands-free devices or Blue Tooth technology is allowed for persons age 19 and older. There are a few exceptions. Illinois drivers can use a hand-held cellphone to report an emergency situation, while parked on the shoulder of a roadway, or when stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed if the vehicle is in neutral or park.