Mixing Legal Specialties

When hiring a lawyer, many people look for specific types–real estate lawyers, personal injury lawyers, etc. They think about lawyers as fitting into neat categories. However, often reality is more complicated than that, and individual lawyers will work in a variety of related fields. This week, we want to find out more about mixing specialties, and how lawyers mix and match to find the areas of law that are best matched to them. Why we’re asking: Like most professions, there is a lot more to a legal career than meets the eye, and the average layman doesn’t realize how wide …


Resources for Adoptive Families

When it comes time to build a family, there are a lot of different options. For many, adoption is the way to go, because it gives a home to a child who needs it and might not otherwise get it. However, many people are hesitant about adopting children because there are a lot of complications that can arise, both in terms of financial care, and legally. This week, we’re turning to our legal professionals to find out what kinds of resources are out there to help adoptive families after the adoption has gone through. Why we’re asking: Adopted children are …

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Realtors and Title Companies

When buying property for the first time, there’s a lot that the average future homeowner doesn’t know, and many different industries they’re going to be dealing with for the first time. Some homeowners don’t understand the process well enough to even ask the right questions. To help out, we’ve decided to tackle a question that many people looking to buy property don’t know enough to ask: how does a title company factor into my home buying plans? Why we’re asking: The average home-buyer in the United States is probably familiar with realtors and real estate lawyers, but many are probably …


Legal Awards: Public vs. Private

Many decisions face young attorneys just starting out in the legal world, and figuring out what kind of legal work is right for you can be a real challenge. To help, we turned to our legal professionals to find out how they handle some of these questions. We asked them about the differences between working publicly or privately as an attorney, and how they decided which was right for them. They had some insightful things to say, which can hopefully help young lawyers just starting out who are debating which route is right for them.

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Public vs. Private Attorneys

There are a lot of options for people who want to go into the legal profession, and figuring out what specialty or type of attorney you want to be can be challenging. One of the biggest questions facing a new attorney is whether they want to work in a public setting, or go into private practice. Figuring out which is right for you can get confusing and complicated. Why we’re asking: There’s a world of difference between working in the public sector and working in the private one, no matter what type of law you go into. Figuring out which …

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Landmark Cases to Know

Throughout US history, there have been a few landmark cases that the general public knows well, or at least recognizes when they hear the name. Plessy vs. Ferguson. Brown vs. the Board of Education. Roe vs. Wade. These cases became well-known because they affected the course of history and political discourse in the United States, but they are not the only cases that the general public could benefit from knowing. Landmark cases exist across all legal disciplines, and they can set precedents that affect citizens at an individual level. For example, what cases should you look at during a property …


Hiring a Lawyer Before Marrying

Many people like to think about love and marriage as intertwined, and believe that so long as the love is there, the marriage will follow naturally. However, this is not always the case. While the more romantic notions of marriage might be tied to love, marriage is also a legal institution, which means that it comes with a whole host of complicated issues that must be addressed. There are many legal factors involved in a wedding that may require the attentions of a lawyer.


Insurance and the court system

Going to court is expensive, whether you win your case or not. But for a properly insured defendant, the cost of court proceedings and the final payout can be much more manageable, or even covered entirely by insurance. Unfortunately, how liability insurance works in the case of legal proceedings is poorly understood by the general public, and many people don’t find out their insurance isn’t adequate until it’s too late to do anything about it. For example, many insurance plans will only cover bodily damages, and not mental or emotional problems resulting from an accident. Understanding how insurance works in …

Illinois Divorce

DIFFICULTY: Legal may be help required depending on the complexity of the case Initial Filing Fee: Fee varies by jurisdiction In Illinois, a divorce is initiated through a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. In Illinois, divorce can be granted based on either “fault” grounds or “no fault” grounds. The Illinois version of the “no fault” ground is entitled “irreconcilable differences.” In Illinois, irreconcilable differences is the most commonly used ground for divorce because it negates the need to air anyone’s dirty laundry in open court. The “fault” grounds for divorce in Illinois are: adultery, bigamy, physical cruelty, mental cruelty, desertion, …


Knowing When to Settle

If you believed what you saw on TV, you would think that all legal cases went to court, where angry attorneys fought it out in front of a grumpy judge and a colorful jury. In reality, however, many cases are settled out of court, without ever going to trial. In fact, this is a preferable arrangement in many situations. But how can you know when a settlement is the right choice? Why we’re asking Misunderstandings about the legal profession and what it entails have given tons of potential clients the wrong idea about how it works. When you hear about …