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Illinois immigration lawyerIf you are getting ready to go through the naturalization process, congratulations—you have probably been waiting for this moment for many years! Despite the normal feeling of nervousness you may have, remember that more than seven million foreign nationals have become American citizens in the past 10 years and they had to go through the same process as you.

With the help of an experienced Illinois immigration attorney, you can get through your naturalization interview and start your new life as an American citizen. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.

Know What to Expect

At your naturalization interview, a USCIS employee will ask you many questions. These usually include questions about your background, who you are as a person, how you feel about America, where you live, and more. You may be asked about recent travels outside the United States or crimes you have committed. You will be briefly tested on your English skills and your knowledge of American civics (government and history). Sometimes interviews are recorded - this does not mean that you have done anything wrong, but rather that the interview may be used for training new USCIS employees.

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Lombard divorce lawyerMost Illinois divorce cases are now resolved using alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation and arbitration. Many couples try to resolve as many issues as possible before even filing for divorce so they can increase the chance of having an uncontested divorce, which allows for a faster, cheaper divorce process.

Unfortunately, divorce negotiation is neither practical nor safe for every divorcing couple. No matter how unpleasant the experience may be, some divorces need to come before a judge so each partner has a fair chance to make their arguments and ensure the law is applied correctly.

When a divorce does go to trial, there is an important fact-gathering step called discovery. If you anticipate divorce litigation, it is important to understand the discovery process, what will be expected of you, and what kind of information you may need to provide.

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DuPage County personal injury lawyerWhen we think about someone being hurt in a car crash, fall accident, dog attack, or another injurious event, our first thoughts are often on the physical injuries the individual sustained. The physical pain and discomfort caused by an injury are certainly valid concerns, but they are not the only negative consequences of a serious injury. It is important not to lose sight of the fact that an injury can also have profound effects on a victim's ability to work and earn an income.

In Illinois, lost income and reduced earning capacity are both considered "economic damages" that can be recovered in a personal injury claim.

What is the Difference Between Lost Income and Reduced Earning Capacity?

The terms "lost income" and "reduced earning capacity" are often used interchangeably, but they actually refer to two different types of economic damages.

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Naperville divorce attorneyRetirement is usually a lifelong endeavor; people work for decades, looking forward to the time when they can finally quit their job and pursue a life of travel and hobbies. The prospect of divorce can be especially concerning for adults who are nearing retirement age because it begs a host of difficult questions: How much of my retirement will I lose? What kind of home can I afford to live in on my own? Will I be able to retire at all?

The answers to these questions vary for every divorcing spouse, but rest assured that whatever complications your case may present, having an experienced attorney on your side will result in a better outcome than if you decide to represent yourself.

How Are Retirement Plans Treated in an Illinois Divorce?

In addition to the fact that liquid assets and real estate must be divided, retirement plans must also be included as part of the divisible marital estate (unless they are protected by a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement). However, spouses can divide their entire marital estate however they want - as long as both spouses agree. This means that, while you can divide your retirement accounts, you do not necessarily have to.

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Illinois personal injury lawyerExperts generally agree that distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car crashes in Illinois and across the rest of the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over 3,000 people are killed every year because of distracted driving. Tragically, many of those deaths were people who were driving or otherwise acting safely but were struck by a distracted driver and killed.

Even when distracted driving accidents do not cause fatalities, they can still cause serious injuries. If you or a family member have been hurt in a car crash because another driver was eating, talking on the phone, texting, or doing some other activity that took their attention away from the road, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries.

Common Accidents That Result From Distracted Driving

Many people think they can multitask safely while they drive. After all, a quick text response may seem to only take a couple of seconds. Unfortunately, the statistics say otherwise - and, in fact, when a car is traveling at high speeds, the few seconds it takes to send a text may mean a car ends up several hundred feet further than it was when the texting began.

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