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Illinois VAWA immigration lawyerAbusive marriages are more common than most people realize. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) estimates that 10 million people in the U.S. are victims of physical abuse each year, with women making up the majority of this group. Unfortunately, many victims remain in or return to abusive relationships because they feel trapped by their economic and immigration statuses.

Fortunately, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides a way for victims of abusive marriages to self-petition for permanent resident status. VAWA enables eligible individuals to file without their spouse’s involvement, meaning they don’t have to rely on the abuser in order to pursue immigration relief.

VAWA Adjustment of Status

Typically, the family-based immigration process requires permanent residents and U.S. citizens to file a petition for their non-citizen spouses. Unfortunately, abuse victims may be unable to get an abusive spouse to help them petition for permanent residence. An abusive spouse may even withhold help as a way to further control the victim.

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DuPage County wrongful death lawyerLosing a loved one in an accident brings not only deep sadness and grief but also a sense of injustice - especially if the death of a family member occurred as the result of another’s negligence. When an Illinois resident dies due to someone else’s carelessness, legal options may be available for the surviving family members.

The two primary types of legal claims that can be brought by a decedent’s family are wrongful death claims and survival actions. Both are means of pursuing monetary damages after an avoidable death.

Taking Legal Action Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act

Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, a wrongful death claim can be brought by the representative of the deceased person's estate. The purpose of this action is to seek compensation for losses related to the death. Compensation may be available for:

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Illinois removal defense lawyersImmigrants who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents face numerous challenges and anxieties. For many people, the possibility of deportation is a constant threat. Cancellation of removal is a form of relief from removal (deportation) and can be granted to immigrants who demonstrate that they have been in the United States for a certain period of time and meet other criteria.

One key factor when applying for cancellation of removal as a non-permanent lawful resident is demonstrating hardship. To demonstrate this, applicants must provide evidence to the immigration judge of the negative effects their removal would have on their family members.

Qualifying for Cancellation of Removal

Individuals living in the United States without legal status have to deal with the stress and fear that comes from knowing that their lives could be uprooted at any moment. For those placed in removal proceedings, the threat of deportation is very real.

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DuPage County divorce lawyersGetting divorced requires a couple to address several multifaceted issues. Divorcing spouses will need to divide shared assets and debts, address the ownership of the marital home, and handle other complicated financial matters. If the spouses share children, they must also decide on a parenting plan.

Most couples prefer to avoid the time and expense of a court trial by using an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process during divorce. The most common forms of ADR for divorce in Illinois are negotiation, mediation, and collaborative divorce. If you are planning to divorce soon, it may be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the benefits of these ADR methods.

Negotiating a Divorce Settlement Through Your Respective Attorneys

Movies and TV shows make it seem as if all divorce cases involve a heated courtroom trial. In reality, most divorce cases are settled long before trial. Negotiation is a form of ADR where spouses can hire separate divorce attorneys to represent them in negotiations with one another. This process allows each spouse to present their side and make a request for what they are seeking from the other spouse. Negotiations often result in an agreement that both spouses find acceptable.

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Lombard drunk driving injury attorneyIntoxicated driving kills approximately 10,000 people each year. Because it is so dangerous, driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol is illegal in all 50 states. While criminal penalties such as fines and jail time punish the intoxicated driver, the criminal court system does very little, if anything, to address the devastation suffered by victims of drunk drivers.

If you were injured or a loved one was killed by a drunk driver or drugged driver, you may want to consider taking action through the civil court system.  A personal injury claim against the driver may help you hold the driver accountable as well as recover monetary damages.

Fundamentals of a Drunk Driver Injury Claim

Under Illinois law, an injured person or the representative of a deceased person may file a civil claim for damages if:

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