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Questions about Homeschooling and Parenting Schedules in Illinois

 Posted on June 21,2024 in Family Law

IL divorce lawyerIn recent years, families have increasingly chosen to educate their children through homeschooling. Since parents in the state of Illinois are not required to register to homeschool, it is difficult to know exactly how many children are taught at home rather than in schools but some estimates put the number in the tens of thousands.

Homeschooling is an excellent solution for some children and an awful scenario for others. Additionally, some parents are very well-suited to teaching their children while others are not. It is no wonder that the decision to homeschool a child can be a very difficult one to make, particularly after a divorce. Often, parents who want to homeschool have very strong beliefs about large topics like education, social interactions, religion, and more. If divorced parents disagree about these larger topics, it is reasonable that they might disagree on whether or not homeschooling is the best choice for their child. What happens when the court has divided up your parental responsibilities, and you need to make this decision together? If you and your ex are having a hard time deciding where your child should go to school, speak with a qualified Wheaton, IL family law attorney to understand more.

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Filing for Divorce in Illinois

 Posted on May 06,2024 in Family Law

IL divorce lawyerDivorce is generally not something done on the spur of the moment. It sometimes takes years for couples and individuals who are unhappy in their marriage to decide to get a divorce. In that time, they might be trying to reconcile, speaking with others who have been through divorce, and trying to picture what their future would be like outside the marriage. You may have been contemplating divorce for a while and are now ready to consider the practical matters involved, like how someone actually files for divorce. This article will explore some aspects of filing for divorce in Illinois. If you think this might be relevant for you, speak with a qualified Wheaton, IL family law attorney for personalized legal advice.

Where Should We File for Divorce?

While all courts in the state of Illinois are subject to the same laws, different county courts have reputations for ruling in certain ways on various issues. You might prefer to file and have your divorce proceedings take place in a certain county, but for that to happen, you need to meet the state’s residency requirements:

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What Is a Revocable Living Trust?

 Posted on April 04,2024 in Estate Planning

IL trust attorneyPeople who want to try to provide for their loved one’s financial future have several options to choose from. One option that we will discuss in this article is called a revocable living trust. Simply put, this type of trust allows for your assets to be managed and transferred to others during your lifetime and after you have passed away. If this is something you might want to pursue, you should speak with a qualified Wheaton, IL estate planning attorney to gain a more extensive understanding of the advantages and legal requirements involved.

What Is Involved in an Illinois Revocable Living Trust?

When someone drafts a revocable living trust (RLT), they are essentially outlining an agreement they have forged with another individual or institution (the trustee). The individual who drafts the trust (the grantor) is transferring ownership of his assets over to the trust. The RLT includes terms for the trustee’s management of this property, with the grantor able to maintain control over everything related to the trust, including what will happen with it after his death.

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Three Worthwhile Reasons to Sign a Prenup in Illinois 

 Posted on March 19,2024 in Family Law

Glen Ellyn, IL prenuptial agreement lawyerWhile prenuptial agreements are commonly associated with divorce, their benefits extend far beyond that. Signing up for an Illinois prenup can offer couples various advantages that go beyond planning for the worst-case scenario. Understanding these additional reasons can help couples make informed decisions about their financial future together. 

At NN Legal Group, Attorney Nelson has over 12 years of experience providing clients with practical, client-focused legal representation. Well-respected in the legal community, our firm provides clients with representation they can depend on from a compassionate attorney who has dedicated his career to helping people when they need it most.

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The Primary Issues Addressed During Divorce

 Posted on February 14,2024 in Family Law

Blog ImageDivorce brings with it many complications and concerns that need to be addressed before the union between couples can be dissolved. The main issues addressed include property division, custodial rights and support for children, and the possibility of spousal maintenance. Though not all issues may concern every couple, they are all important and common concerns that require attention during the divorce process. For representation and advice in the legal matters of divorce and what follows, contacting an experienced divorce lawyer can be vital.

Property Division

Dividing property is possibly the biggest point of contention in Illinois divorce. One half of the couple will often feel that they deserve more than the other or that they have a better claim to certain assets. Illinois is an equitable distribution state, which means that the division of property must be fair and equitable to both parties involved. Fair and equitable does not always mean a 50/50 split of assets.

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Your Guide to Equitable Distribution in an Illinois Divorce

 Posted on January 19,2024 in Family Law

DuPage County divorce attorneyProperty division is one of the murkier issues during the Illinois divorce process. Having to split the assets you feel you have earned with your future ex-spouse may feel like a punch to the gut. You and your spouse can choose to work things out on your own before the courts get involved. However, if you cannot reach an amicable settlement, it will be up to the courts to decide the fate of your marital estate. In Illinois, marital property is divided and distributed “fairly and equitably” between the divorcing couple. When you need assistance in your divorce, the first call should be to an experienced attorney who can help you weather the storm that a divorce process inevitably brings.

“Fair and Equitable”

Illinois is an equitable distribution state where marital assets are divided in a way that seems “fair and equitable” to a judge for both parties. This means any hope of a 50/50 split might as well be tossed out the window – usually. Instead, the court will look at the current and future needs of the couple and address the divide accordingly.

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How To Legally Handle Neighbor Disputes in Illinois

 Posted on December 20,2023 in Civil Litigation

DuPage County civil litigation lawyersUnfriendly or annoying neighbors are more common than you would like to think. Often, they are little more than a nuisance with petty squabbles over easily forgettable issues. Yet, neighbors sometimes become hostile and prove themselves more dangerous than otherwise expected. At this point, you will need to take care of the situation as best you can in a strictly legal way. Consult a civil litigation attorney for additional information regarding complications with hostile individuals or less-than-friendly neighbors.

Types of Neighborly Disputes

One can face three primary disputes with their neighbors in Illinois that can cover a good range of issues. The three disputes are the following:

  • Boundary
  • Property Damage
  • Nuisance

These disputes can be dealt with legally, often through a homeowner's association (HOA), landlord, or property management company. However, if the conflicts stem from or cause illegal behavior at any point, you must get the police involved before it gets any more complicated.

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Why Having a Will is Important

 Posted on November 16,2023 in Estate Planning

Wheaton, IL Estate Planning LawyerHaving a last will is crucial to ensuring your wishes for your estate are upheld in the event of incapacitation or death. Without a will, the state will oversee how your estate is distributed, which will usually follow a set formula that could see assets placed in the hands of those least desirable. Contact an estate planning attorney who can help cut through the complexities of creating a Will and have you better understand how best to ensure your wishes are followed.

Deciding the Fate of Your Estate

Those who die without a will in place are considered “intestate.” According to Illinois intestate laws, The probate court will decide what to do about your estate. Chances are likely that Illinois laws will not align with your personal wishes for all of your property and assets. To prevent this outcome, you can become a “testator,” the terminology used for the person who creates a will. Drafting a will, will allow you to decide the fate of your possessions and allow your family and friends to know what to expect as well.

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How Does HB 2862 Affect My Illinois Business?

 Posted on October 16,2023 in Business Law

Wheaton, IL Business Lawyer

House Bill 2862 was passed by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker on August 4, 2023. The law will take effect on July 1, 2024, and make significant amendments to the rights and protections of day and temporary laborers in Illinois. Understanding the impacts the bill can have on your business is imperative. An Illinois business lawyer can provide a more in-depth overview of what the new changes bring and how best to ensure your business meets compliance.

What is HB 2862?

HB 2862, also referred to as the Temp Worker Fairness and Protection Act (TWFPA), is a law that expands the rights and protections of day and temporary laborers in Illinois. The law brings significant changes to the Day and Temporary Labor Services Act (DTLSA) and applies to businesses that use day and temporary laborers, as well as the day and temporary labor service agencies that provide these workers.

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How to Create a Durable Power of Attorney

 Posted on September 15,2023 in Estate Planning

Wheaton, IL estate planning lawyerA durable power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that gives someone you trust the power to make decisions about your finances and health care matters if you become unable to do so yourself. The POA remains in effect even if you become incapacitated.

To create a durable POA in Illinois, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old and of sound mind

  • Sign the POA in front of a notary public and at least one witness

  • The witness cannot be your agent, your spouse, your descendant, or your sibling

  • Include specific language in your POA, such as warnings and notices

Creating a power of attorney can be complex and overwhelming. There are a lot of ways in which the process can go wrong, namely in giving up powers you never intended. Speaking with an attorney is the best course of action to understand exactly what will benefit you most when filling out the form for a POA.

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