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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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08.11.2014

Resigning from your job to avoid the stigma of termination may diminish or eliminate the value of any claim you may have against your employer such as discrimination. Also, resigning means you would not qualify for unemployment. 

08.08.2014

As long as they continue to live in the house, they owe rent. Given that the property is in foreclosure, they should notify the mortgage holder about their plans to remain in the house and that they will continue to pay the rent until the foreclosure action is complete. If they choose not to pay rent, the landlord has the legal right to evict them.

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