Resources

  • Matt Carpenter Becomes Newest Senior Associate
    September 21, 2018
    Illinois Advocates is proud to announce our newest Senior Associate. Read more...

  • Visiting a Loved One in Cook County Jail
    August 15, 2018
    Venturing to see a friend or family member who is in incarcerated can be a difficult and emotionally taxing experience.  The process can feel both strange and fraught with stressful regulations. However, visiting cherished ones who are unfortunately jailed provides both you and the inmate with precious, necessary human interaction. By simply educating yourself about what to expect, and following a few helpful guidelines, the process can be made much easier, and hopefully even enjoyable. Read more...

  • Attorney Bradley Fuller's article in United Nations publication
    June 28, 2018
    An article by Associate Attorney Bradley Fuller has recently been published in Freedom from Fear Magazine with an piece entitled, "Equality of arms: the continued development of due process rights at courts of international character." In his article, Fuller focuses on due process in court cases involving international parties involved in a criminal courtroom setting.  Fuller expands on historical events since the Nuremberg trials and offers insight to how these events helped mold the criminal courtroom environment today and the rights of those charged with crimes in international contexts.   Read more...

  • Custody of Pets in a Divorce
    June 13, 2018
    In a divorce, arguments over who keeps the family pet can become very contentious and often lead to resentment between parties. Historically, the courts have treated pets as property, but under new Illinois law, this mindset has changed. More couples see their pets as integral parts of the family and seek custody of the pet during divorce proceedings.  As a result, as of January 1, 2018, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act was amended to provide guidance for judges to assist in determining who has custody of pets. Read more...

  • In a custody case, what’s in a child’s best interest?
    April 2, 2018
    In dealing with a child custody proceeding or divorce, parents may wonder when it is appropriate to appoint a guardian ad litem, child representative or an attorney for the child.  An appointment by the court is appropriate in instances where an agreement cannot be reached between the parents on issues ranging from significant decision making for the minor children, who will have primary residential custody of the minor children and who will have a set parenting time schedule and when. Read more...

  • What should be included with a lease?
    February 15, 2018
    If you are a tenant in Chicago, you have likely come across a lengthy lease with one or more of your landlords. If you are a landlord, you probably want to know what you have to include and what is ancillary. There are multiple things that need to be included in Chicago lease or disclosed with an offered lease under the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (“RLTO”) [Chicago Municipal Code 5-12-010 et seq]. Read more...

  • Impounds No Longer Retrievable through Bankruptcy
    January 5, 2018
    In the past, Chapter 13 debtors whose cars were in an impound lot due to parking tickets were able to retrieve their vehicles with no money paid up front to the City of Chicago. However, as of this year, the City has filed numerous cases in the bankruptcy court challenging this common practice – and the City has been successful in convincing the court. Read more...

  • Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace
    December 13, 2017
    While most of the focus in the news today is on sexual harassment, it is important for people to understand the full extent of protections available to employees that feel they have been harassed or discriminated against in their work place. Read more...

  • Holiday Parenting Time
    October 30, 2017
    The holidays are supposed to be a time to celebrate with family and friends. However, if you are separated or divorced from your children’s other parent, this time of year can be extremely stressful. Trying to figure out a schedule so both parents can celebrate with the children can be difficult. Read more...

  • Supreme Court Sets Sights On Public Sector Unions
    October 4, 2017
    Court's new makeup sets stage for overturning public sector unions' rights to charge "fair share" fees to non-members.
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  • Minimum Wage Increases in Cook County and City of Chicago
    September 8, 2017
    The attorneys at Illinois Advocates can assist you in navigating the rules around minimum wage and ensure that you are being paid fairly and accurately.  Read more...

  • Divorce and College Expenses
    August 23, 2017
    As many recent high school graduates are eagerly waiting to begin college, many parents are nervous about all the accompanying expenses. For divorced parents, such a concern may even be a bigger issue with the uncertainty about who has to pay for the college expenses and the extent of those obligations.  Read more...

  • Federal and State Meal, Rest and Break Laws
    August 4, 2017
    Federal and State Meal, Rest and Break Laws Federal and state law mandates employers to adhere to certain provisions regarding meals, rests and breaks for their employees. Read more...

  • Three Things Everyone Should Know about Criminal Law
    July 19, 2017
    Three common misconceptions clients have about criminal law.  This is information that could be useful to anyone with a criminal law issue. Read more...

  • What Clients Should Know During a Custody Proceeding
    June 25, 2017
    Upon opening a child custody case, it is important to have focused and clear idea of what type of relief that you, the client, are seeking.  In order to best serve our clients, your vision of the most desirable outcome for your specific situation needs to be reasonable within the framework of what you realistically may obtain as a legal remedy.   Read more...

  • Tips on Defending an Illegal Downloading Lawsuit
    June 5, 2017
    Initially, it is extremely jarring to be notified by your internet service provider (“ISP”) that a subpoena has been issued in a case that is against an IP address that you own. Your immediate inclination may be to either ignore the notice, or to immediately settle for whatever amount the adverse party in the case tells you to pay. Before doing anything, consider about the following and speak to an attorney to understand your rights and the full range of options you have. Read more...

  • Chicago Tenant's Rights
    May 20, 2017
    Tenants make up the lion’s share of residents of the City of Chicago. In many instances, tenants are at a disadvantage in their relationship with landlords. Typically, landlords control the majority, if not the entirety of the terms within a lease agreement from day one. However, there are local ordinances that restore the balance between a landlord and tenant, namely, the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (“RLTO”) (5-12-010 et seq.) and the Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance (5-14-010 et seq.). Read more...

  • Household Median Income Test in Bankruptcy
    May 1, 2017
    In order to qualify for bankruptcy, federal law requires that a debtor fall below a certain income to qualify for a bankruptcy. This is called the median income, and is based on location and household size.  Read more...

  • Inspection Reports for Real Estate Transactions
    April 18, 2017
    The process of finding a future home can be an exhaustive process. While hearing that the Seller has accepted your offer to purchase a home comes with a sense of relief and excitement, the work for a home buyer is not yet complete. One of the most important clauses in a standard real estate purchase contracts is the Inspection Contingency. Read more...

  • Income Shares Model for Child Support
    March 17, 2017
    Starting July 1, 2017, Illinois will join the majority of the country and start using the income shares model to calculate child support. This new model is a more comprehensive way to calculate child support and it fairly distributes the cost of raising a child between both parents.  Read more...

  • Are you a new client? What to expect from Illinois Advocates.
    January 15, 2017
    The attorneys and staff at Illinois Advocates want to remind our new and potential clients that we are committed to excellent service. Read more...

  • Congratulations Attorney Cassandra Voissem!
    November 18, 2016
    Illinois Advocates welcomes Attorney Cassandra Voissem. Read more...

  • Welcome Attorney Lauren Goyette!
    September 1, 2016
    Illinois Advocates welcomes Attorney Lauren Goyette. Read more...

  • Can a debt collector really put me in jail?
    August 30, 2016
    If a debt collector has threatened you with jail time for refusal to pay a debt, he or she may be lying to try and coerce you into paying. Read more...

  • Cara Anthaney Becomes Newest Senior Associate
    August 22, 2016
    Illinois Advocates is proud to announce our newest Senior Associate. Read more...

  • How late can a debt collector call me?
    August 15, 2016
    If you are in northern Illinois and you’ve been targeted by late-night, harassing debt collection calls, contact a debt collection attorney in Chicago today to fight back and reclaim your well-deserved rest. Read more...

  • Welcome Attorney Stephanie Lieberman!
    July 7, 2016
    Illinois Advocates welcomes Attorney Stephanie Lieberman. Read more...

  • Can debt collectors garnish your wages or federal benefits?
    July 6, 2016
    Don’t take chances with your paychecks and your savings. We can help stop illegal threats from debt collectors. Read more...

  • Welcome Attorney Jennifer Filipiak!
    July 5, 2016
    Illinois Advocates welcomes Attorney Jennifer Filipiak. Read more...

  • Got a Traffic Ticket? Some Tips for Contacting an Attorney
    April 6, 2016
    Useful advice for drivers who receive traffic tickets.  Find out what you need to do.   Read more...

  • Attorney Cara Anthaney and Office Manager Kyle Tasch Present to Local 727 Funeral Directors
    December 10, 2015
    Illinois Advocates' attorney and office manager share their expertise during a continuing education seminar. Read more...

  • Being a Debtor
    March 2, 2015
    Having our attorneys help you can relieve some of that overwhelming burden of debt. We are here to help, just give us a call.  Read more...

  • Attorney Mark Arnecilla Teaches Continuing Education for 727 Funeral Directors
    January 8, 2015
    Mark Arnecilla, Attorney at Illinois Advocates, shared his experience on the different aspects involved in estate planning, drafting and filing wills. Read more...

  • Help With Loan Modification Programs
    January 7, 2015
    Attorneys at Illinois Advocates are available to guide and expedite you through the process of loan modification programs and foreclosure alternatives. Read more...

  • Why You Should Use An Attorney When Buying or Selling A Home
    January 7, 2015
    Illinois requires an attorney to prepare the closing documents when buying or selling a home, but the title company's attorney will not be able to advise you. Read more...

  • Attorney William "Bill" Tasch Selected for 2015 Illinois "Rising Stars" List
    January 1, 2015
    William (Bill) Tasch, Illinois Advocate Senior Associate has been recognized by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers 2015 as a rising star. Read more...