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How Social Media Posts of Parents and Kids Can Impact Custody

 Posted on December 28, 2023 in Family Law

Blog ImageIt is estimated that more than 300 million people in the United States have at least one social media account. As people spend more and more time on social media, a larger percentage of their lives ends up getting documented, for better or for worse. Social media has a way of impacting nearly every aspect of our lives. Child custody cases are no exception.

Whatever gets posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media platforms, either by a child or a parent, may eventually be used in court against a parent during a child custody case if the content paints a negative picture of their parenting capabilities. This is why it is so important to understand the significant impact any posting can have in a custody case. It is also why it is important to have a skilled Illinois family lawyer advocating for you.

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How Does a Criminal Conviction Impact Immigration Status?

 Posted on December 28, 2023 in Immigration

Illinois immigration lawyerWhen a person is convicted of committing a crime, the court will hand down the penalty they are required to serve as punishment. If the individual who is convicted is an immigrant – whether in the United States legally or illegally – there will likely be even more consequences because that conviction can mean they will be forced to leave the country. This is why any immigrant who has been charged with a crime should immediately contact an Illinois immigration attorney to ensure their rights are protected.

United States Immigration Laws

Under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, there are two types of crimes that can result in a non-citizen’s removal from this country. The first is an aggravated felony. It is important to note that the definition of an aggravated felony is different under federal immigration law than it is under state law. In fact, there are many crimes that state laws classify as misdemeanor offenses that immigration laws consider aggravated felonies and convictions would result in the person’s removal.

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Common Reasons Why a Green Card Waiver May Be Denied

 Posted on December 15, 2023 in Immigration

Blog ImageA green card grants permanent residency in the United States, but the process of obtaining one can be complex. Even if a person thinks they are eligible, there is always the risk that their application may be denied – often because they committed an act that violates U.S. immigration law. However, even if an application is denied, there are certain circumstances where the applicant can apply for a green card waiver. Given the complexity of this process, it is important to have a qualified Illinois immigration lawyer advocating for you. Otherwise, your green card waiver could also be denied. The following are some of the common reasons why a green card waiver may be denied.

Ineligibility for the Waiver

One of the most common reasons for green card waiver denial is that the immigrant does not meet the eligibility criteria for the waiver. There are different types of waivers available, such as the I-601 waiver for grounds of inadmissibility, the I-751 waiver for the joint filing requirement in cases of divorce or abuse, and others. Each waiver has specific eligibility requirements and conditions. If an immigrant does not meet these requirements, does not provide sufficient evidence, or does not demonstrate a genuine need for the waiver, then the application will likely be denied.

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What Are the Most Common Assets in a Marital Estate?

 Posted on December 15, 2023 in Family Law

Lombard, IL asset division lawyerWhen a couple decides to divorce, one of the most significant areas that need to be determined is how the marital estate will be divided between them. Illinois follows the equitable distribution principle. This means that while the estate will be divided fairly, it will not necessarily be divided 50/50.

The marital estate is made up of all the assets and debts a couple acquires during a marriage. While the makeup of assets may vary widely from one couple to another, there are four common types of assets that many marital estates contain. If you are considering divorce, it is important to make sure you speak with an Illinois divorce lawyer to ensure your financial rights are protected.

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Have You Been the Victim of a Surgical Error?

 Posted on December 15, 2023 in Personal Injury

Blog ImageEach year, approximately 15 million patients undergo some form of surgery in the United States. Some procedures are relatively minor, while others are much more serious, with the potential to change the patient’s life forever. While the majority of surgical procedures are successful, the reality is that all surgeries carry some risk. It is estimated that more than 4,000 surgical errors occur each year. Patients who suffer injuries from surgical errors should consult with an Illinois malpractice lawyer to find out what legal recourse they may have.

If you are considering any type of surgery, you should ask several questions in advance so that you can be fully prepared for whatever lies ahead.

Is the Procedure Necessary?

It may seem obvious to ask about the necessity of a procedure, especially if it has been suggested or recommended by your doctor. However, there may be alternatives available. Your

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Navigating Through Your First Holiday Season After Divorce

 Posted on November 28, 2023 in Family Law

Bloomingdale Divorce LawyerThe holiday season, traditionally a time for joy, togetherness, and celebration, can be particularly challenging for those who have recently gone through a divorce. The transition from spending holidays with a partner and a shared family to facing them alone or with different arrangements can bring a mix of emotions, including sadness, loneliness, and anxiety. However, with some proactive strategies and a positive mindset, you can navigate this challenging time and find moments of joy and fulfillment.

If you have decided to end your marriage or are trying to work through these legal issues without an attorney, consider contacting our firm to speak to a skilled Illinois divorce lawyer.

Acknowledge Your Feelings and Grieve

It is important to recognize and accept the emotions that arise during the holiday season during or after your divorce. You may experience grief, sadness, anger, and even a sense of loss. These feelings are entirely normal and part of the healing process. Give yourself permission to feel and process your emotions without judgment.

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What Is Drive Safer Sunday?

 Posted on November 22, 2023 in Personal Injury

Bloomingdale Personal Injury LawyerDrive Safer Sunday is an annual observance held on the Sunday following Thanksgiving in the United States, which falls on November 26 this year. The goal of this initiative is to raise awareness about safe driving practices during one of the year's busiest travel weekends. As families and friends come together to celebrate Thanksgiving, many take to the roads to visit loved ones or embark on holiday shopping trips. Drive Safer Sunday serves as a reminder of the importance of road safety during this time and encourages responsible driving behavior. The following is an overview of this annual initiative. For more detailed information if you have been injured in a crash, contact an Illinois car accident lawyer.

Thanksgiving Weekend Travel

Thanksgiving Day is always observed on the fourth Thursday of November. Traditionally, the holiday turns into an extra-long weekend, beginning on Wednesday evening and ending on Sunday.

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Federal Government Announces Temporary Rule Change for H-2B Visas

 Posted on November 22, 2023 in Immigration

Illinois Immigration LawyerOn November 17th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Department of Labor (DOL), announced a temporary rule that will make additional H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas available next year. There will be an additional 64,716 H-2B visas available in 2024 for workers for American businesses that are in dire need of foreign national workers because they cannot keep up with current consumer demand. These industries include landscaping, hospitality, tourism, seafood processing, and other industries that rely on seasonal and temporary employees. If you have questions about this new program or any other immigration issues, contact an Illinois immigration lawyer for help.

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Asylum Immigration Regulation Lawsuit Reaches Appeals Court

 Posted on November 10, 2023 in Immigration

Illinois immigration lawyerWhen COVID-era Title 42 restrictions ended in May, the Biden administration announced new regulations for migrants seeking asylum at the Mexican border. This announcement led to a lawsuit filed by advocacy groups to block the implementation of the regulation. This week, the case made its way to the federal appeals court. Given the unknown of how this lawsuit will be resolved and the complexities of U.S. immigration law, it is critical for anyone seeking asylum to have the legal guidance of an Illinois immigration lawyer.    

Court Case

The regulation makes the assumption that most of those migrants are ineligible for asylum because they failed to ask for protection from any of the other countries they passed through during their migration to the U.S. They are also ineligible if they failed to use legal pathways to enter this country.

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When Are Punitive Damages Awarded in a Personal Injury Claim?

 Posted on November 08, 2023 in Personal Injury

DuPage County personal injury lawyerUnder Illinois law, an injured party can file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the party who caused the accident or incident that resulted in those injuries. Financial compensation can include economic damages, such as medical expenses and loss of income, and noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and permanent disability. These two types of damages are sometimes referred to as compensatory damages. In some cases, the injured party may also be awarded punitive damages.

Punitive damages are awarded when the jury or judge believes that the at-fault party's conduct was particularly egregious, reckless, or intentional. Unlike compensatory damages, intended to compensate the plaintiff for their actual losses, punitive damages serve a different purpose: to punish the at-fault party and deter similar conduct in the future. An Illinois personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case to determine if punitive damages may be a factor.

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