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Statute Update: Changes for Illinois Bicyclists

Bicyclists in Illinois can now put a red tail light on the rear of their bike, instead of, or in addition to the traditional red reflector.  Bicycle groups laud the new law as a recognition of changing technology, which will provide for greater visibility,...

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PURSUING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST A HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR

The civil attorneys of McNamara Phelan McSteen often consult with homeowners who either paid a contractor to do work which was not completed, or was done but done poorly and not in accordance with industry guidelines.  Fortunately, Illinois has laws in place to...

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Family Law and the Guardian ad Litem in Will County

Recently, the Will County Circuit Court has been relying on Guardians at Litem to assist in investigating and making recommendations in order to resolve disputes between parents centered on the issues of parenting time, the determination as to who will make major...

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WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE’S NEGLIGENCE CAUSES YOUR INJURIES

Every day, people find themselves injured due to the negligence of another, whether it be in an auto accident, at the grocery store, or walking into an office building. Illinois law allows an injured person to be compensated financially for his or her damages under...

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Understanding Illinois Seizure and Forfeiture Law

Asset forfeiture is the legal process where property which has previously been seized may permanently be confiscated. When faced with a potential forfeiture issue it is important to understand some basic principles: First, a forfeiture action is civil in...

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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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