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What should I expect at my Social Security hearing?

Social security hearings are designed to be much less formal than hearings in court. Although this is an informal hearing, there are a couple of procedures that are necessary to follow. All witnesses are required to testify under oath, so each individual who testifies...

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Happy Labor Day!

The attorneys and staff at McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC wish all of you a happy and safe Labor Day weekend. Please note that MPM will return to normal office hours, beginning Tuesday, September 5, 2017.  Beginning that date, our office will be open Monday through...

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Pre-Divorce Checklist

There are a number of things that you should accomplish before you begin divorce proceedings.  First, make sure that you have secured all of your personal property such as jewelry, photo albums, family heirlooms, children’s keepsakes, etc.  Personal property is...

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Liability in an Illinois Personal Injury Case

It is important to remember that not every accident resulting in injuries results in a successful lawsuit. In Illinois, a successful personal injury claim may only be made where the injured party can establish the liability of one or more others, as well as the...

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VALUATION OF AN ILLINOIS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASE

After an injured worker has received medical and temporary disability benefits under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, they are entitled to a third benefit. This Permanent Partial Disability payment, or PPD benefit, is the “settlement” received at the conclusion...

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Costs in an Illinois Personal Injury Case

In Illinois, a person injured as the result of another’s negligence may wish to retain an attorney to pursue a claim for damages. Although injury attorneys typically receive a contingency fee in such injury cases, attorney’s fees are not the client’s only financial...

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