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How I learned Spanish

A lot of people notice that I speak Spanish and I speak it very well. What they don’t know is that I learned it as an adult in my early 30s. It was one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done so I wanted to share my secret. 1) Get pimsleur CDs for your car. Listen to each CD twice. Listen to it once and then listen to it …Read More

5 Things You Can Do to Have a Cheap Divorce at Our Office

Talk to the Assistants before Talking to the Attorney Assuming that your attorney is the only person in the office who can help with your case is one of the most expensive misunderstandings a person can make. Legal assistants can’t give you legal advice, but they still know just as much about what’s going on. If you have a question, ask them first, and they’ll generally charge you about half …Read More

Discovery Process

The discovery process is a crucial step in every contested divorce to determine the extent of the parties’ property and assets. While potentially complicated and time-consuming, it represents a necessary and efficient path to settlement and a critical tool in the event of a trial.  The following paragraphs explain how the discovery process works in Cook County, and how attorneys use it to ensure that their clients’ best interests are …Read More

How to Use the Cook County Clerk Docket Article

Navigating any legal situation can be a nerve-wracking and overwhelming experience and it can be difficult to keep track of important information such as the case number, upcoming court dates, and judge assignment. As a reference for participants and attorneys, the Cook County Clerk’s office has established a searchable online docket that includes all the relevant information for each case. COOK COUNTY CLERK ELECTRONIC DOCKET Cook County’s searchable online docket …Read More

About the Provisional Waiver Process

The provisional waiver process is not a change in the law, only a change in procedure. The new procedure will take effect on March 4, 2013. The new procedure shortens the time immigrants must wait outside the United States. Applicant must: be the spouse or child of a United States citizen be the beneficiary of an approved immediate relative visa petition be present in the US have a case pending …Read More

Probate and Divorce Hypothetical

FACTS Hector and his wife, Veronica, were married some years ago in Indonesia. Since that time Hector and Veronica have lived in the U.S. and Indonesia. When Veronica’s uncle Edward died in 2003, he left his estate intestate in Cook County. The Circuit Court of Cook County declared Paul, Edward’s brother, the sole heir in April, 2003. Paul is Veronica’s father. The Circuit Court appointed Veronica the independent administrator in …Read More

Questions and Answers About Adversary Proceedings and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Here are some rules that answer questions about adversary proceedings in Chapter 7 Bankruptcies: 1. What is an adversary proceeding? Rule 7001. The following are adversary proceedings: (1) a proceeding to recover money or property, other than a proceeding to compel the debtor to deliver property to the trustee, or a proceeding under §554(b) or §725 of the Code, Rule 2017, or Rule 6002; (2) a proceeding to determine the …Read More

Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude

One of the difficulties you may face in immigration court is having a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT) on your criminal record. A CIMT is a crime that shows some kind of moral failing in the perpetrator. It is not always clear what qualifies as a CIMT, since CIMTs are not equivalent to any other legal category. A CIMT is a bar to admissibility, meaning you cannot be allowed to …Read More

Drawbacks and Benefits of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

  Deferred Action is not suitable for everyone, but it can be a good option if you are aware of the drawbacks. Drawbacks: If you apply there is no guarantee your application will be approved. The application costs $465. The application fee is non-refundable whether your application is approved or not. If your application is not approved, there is a small risk that your case may be referred to ICE …Read More