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08.28.2014

If divorcing spouses cannot reach an agreement, the court will distribute the assets and debt using the rule of equitable distribution or what it considers to be fair. In Illinois, the court considers each party’s contribution to the marital property, the value of the property, length of the marriage, economic circumstances of each spouse, whether there is a prenuptial agreement, custodial issues involving the children, and the age, health and income of each spouse, among other factors.

08.25.2014

A new Illinois law creates a category of “home kitchen operators,” defined as those who make less than $1,000 from producing food in their own homes to sell by themselves or for a religious or charitable organization. The law authorizes local governments or health departments to inspect a home kitchen operation if there is a complaint or disease outbreak.

08.21.2014

If the traffic violation could have a detrimental effect on your driving privileges, it is advisable to consider hiring a lawyer. To find a lawyer in your area, contact the Illinois State Bar Association’s lawyer referral service to speak with an attorney to learn more about your options. Call 800-922-8757 and receive a 30-minute consultation with a lawyer in your area for no more than $25. Or, you can search the ISBA’s online database (illinoislawyerfinder.com) for lawyers who practice in the field of law you need.

08.18.2014

There are a number of ways to avoid being scammed by dishonest home improvement companies. Be wary of someone who shows up at your doorstep unsolicited and offers a free inspection or “special offer.” Don’t let yourself get rushed into a remodeling project. Even if you’ve made an appointment with a contractor, make sure you confirm their identity before allowing them to enter your home. And never let work begin before you have a written contract that includes guarantees, warranties, prices of labor and materials, the contractor’s registration number and his or her contact information.

08.14.2014

The first step is to know and follow the local community’s requirements related to swimming pool safety. In general, homeowners should install a fence around the pool that is at least four feet tall and has gates that lock. Latches should be in good working order and above the reach of children. Keep rescue equipment in the pool area. Visitors and babysitters should be instructed about pool safety and encouraged never to be distracted by phones, a TV or other guests. It is also advisable to notify your homeowners insurance carrier to make sure you have adequate liability coverage.

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