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Can I Sue for Slip-and-Fall Injuries from an Illinois Waterpark?

 Posted on July 15, 2024 in Personal Injury

IL injury lawyerExtreme heat across the U.S. and in Illinois has more people than ever headed to waterparks to cool off. Illinois is home to a number of waterparks, with Raging Waves in Yorkville the largest at 58 acres. Waterpark accidents are not all that uncommon, with approximately 51,000 waterpark injuries reported between 2012 and 2021.  

Children and adults alike enjoy splash pools, floating down "lazy rivers," and riding the numerous water rides. Unfortunately, with all this water, slip-and-fall accidents are common. You might think that waterpark owners would not take a slip-and-fall accident seriously—after all, we all know water is wet, making falls possible, so is there any real liability?

The answer to that question may surprise you! If you have experienced a slip-and-fall accident at an Illinois waterpark, do not immediately assume you have no recourse. Instead, speak to a knowledgeable Naperville personal injury attorney from Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, who can help you determine whether your slip-and-fall injuries are the result of negligence, thus compensable. Having an experienced lawyer by your side could make a real difference in the outcome of your accident.  

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Why Does Paternity Matter When Unmarried Couples Separate?

 Posted on July 15, 2024 in Family Law

Naperville, IL paternity lawyerFor married couples, Illinois courts assume the husband is the father of any children born during the marriage unless evidence such as a Denial of Paternity form or a VAP overturns that assumption. The same is true for parents in a civil union. During a separation or divorce, the father has parental rights and can seek custody.

This situation is different for unmarried parents. In Illinois, the biological mother has sole custody of a child born to an unwed couple by default. However, there are ways that the biological father can gain parenting rights. Mothers can also seek to prove paternity to receive child support. If you need to establish paternity, an Illinois paternity lawyer can help.

What Does Paternity Mean Legally?

Paternity establishes a legal connection between a biological father and his child. This connection is important, both for the parents and their child. Legally established paternity:

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Will a Foreign Conviction Affect My Immigration Proceedings?

 Posted on July 14, 2024 in Immigration

IL immigration lawyerWhen the United States immigration authorities decide whether you are a person of good moral character, one of the factors they will consider is whether you have been convicted of any crimes, either here or in your home country. However, judicial systems work very differently around the world. It sometimes happens that a person is convicted of an offense in a foreign country that would not be considered a crime in the United States or would be a far less serious offense. If you were convicted of a crime in your home country before trying to move to the U.S., you will need to be represented by an experienced DuPage County, IL criminal issues in immigration lawyer. A lawyer can often work to show that your foreign conviction does not indicate that you would be anything less than an upstanding resident.

What if My Crime Would Not Be a Crime in The United States?

Other countries might criminalize all sorts of conduct that would be considered perfectly legal or even constitutionally protected activity in the U.S. This is why immigration authorities will consider whether the crime you were convicted of in your home country would be considered a crime in the U.S. If your offense would have been entirely legal if you had done the same thing here, your conviction will not be held against you for immigration purposes.

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How Are Collectibles Divided in an Illinois Divorce?

 Posted on June 29, 2024 in Family Law

Bloomingdale, IL divorce lawyerOne of the more complex parts of the divorce process is called property division or asset division. This is when spouses divide marital property between themselves. Marital property, as defined by Illinois law, refers to possessions that were acquired by either spouse during the marriage. With some exceptions, these possessions are considered marital property and belong to both spouses.

Property division becomes more complicated if certain assets are involved. Collectibles and antiques, for example, are not so easy to divide. For one thing, their value may have increased over the years since they were purchased. For another, they cannot be physically divided any more than real estate property can.

If you have expensive antiques or collectibles that need to be divided, contact an Illinois property division attorney who can help make sure they are valued and divided fairly. This article will discuss how that is done.

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What to Do When an Uninsured Motorist Crashes Into You

 Posted on June 28, 2024 in Personal Injury

IL injury lawyerBeing involved in a car accident is stressful enough as it is, but it can be even more distressing if you discover that the other driver is uninsured. In Illinois, drivers are required to have auto insurance to cover damages in the event of an accident. However, accidents involving uninsured motorists do occur, leaving victims concerned that they will need to cover all accident-related expenses on their own. If this has happened to you, speak with an experienced Bloomingdale, IL personal injury attorney who can explain your options and help you navigate the process of recovering damages.

How Does Uninsured Motorist Coverage Work?

Uninsured motorist coverage (UM) is designed to protect people who are involved in accidents with drivers who do not have insurance. This coverage typically helps pay for medical costs, any lost income, and other damages resulting from the accident. UM coverage is optional in Illinois, but many insurance policies automatically include it unless the policyholder specifically opts out.

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New Protections May Be Available for Some Undocumented Immigrants

 Posted on June 24, 2024 in Immigration

IL immigration lawyerRecently, the Biden administration introduced new policies that are meant to provide a pathway to legal status for certain undocumented immigrants who are currently living in the United States. These policies focus on creating opportunities for undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens and immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. People who may be affected by these policies will need to understand the steps they can take to achieve legal status in the United States and avoid issues such as deportation. An experienced attorney with a strong understanding of immigration law provides guidance for immigrants and helps them complete their legal requirements to receive visas or Green Cards.

Green Cards for Undocumented Spouses of U.S. Citizens

Spouses of U.S. citizens who are undocumented immigrants will now have a clearer path to obtaining a Green Card, which will grant lawful permanent residence in the United States. To be eligible, the undocumented spouse must be legally married to a U.S. citizen, and they must have resided in the United States for at least 10 years.

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3 Things to Include in an Illinois Parenting Plan

 Posted on June 18, 2024 in Family Law

Naperville, IL divorce lawyerLife after divorce is very different than it is during marriage. For this reason, people who get divorced prepare for post-divorce life in their own ways. Spouses are free to make their own arrangements on issues like alimony or how to divide marital property.

But there is one preparation that Illinois law wants to make sure is done thoroughly, and that is parenting a child after divorce. Parents who file for divorce are therefore required to submit a parenting plan to the court. A parenting plan is a document that explains in detail how you and your spouse plan to parent the child after the marriage ends. It is a legally binding document that must be approved by the court, so it is best drafted by an Illinois parenting plan attorney.

Here are three things to include in an Illinois parenting plan.

Parenting Time

Parenting time is how Illinois law refers to physical custody of the child. One of the most important elements of a parenting plan is details about how the parents will manage parenting time. This includes:

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Proving the At-Fault Driver Was Texting

 Posted on June 17, 2024 in Personal Injury

IL injury lawyerDistracted driving, particularly texting while driving, is a leading cause of accidents. If you have been involved in an accident and suspect the other driver was texting, gathering evidence to support your claim is important. An Illinois lawyer can help you put together your proof properly.

Obtain and Carefully Review the Police Report

The police report is a critical piece of evidence in any accident case. It contains vital information about the accident, including the location, time, date, parties involved, and the responding officer’s observations. When reviewing the police report, pay close attention to any mentions of distracted driving or cell phone use. If the officer noted that the other driver was seen using their phone, this could be valuable evidence in your case. Request a copy of the police report as soon as possible after the accident and review it thoroughly with your attorney.

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Do I Qualify for an Employment-Based Permanent Resident Visa?

 Posted on June 13, 2024 in Immigration

IL immigration lawyerSimply having a job in the United States is not enough to qualify you for an adjustment of status based on your employment. A lot of immigrants with visas work, but not all can obtain permanent residency using an employment-based visa. Getting your status adjusted based on your employment requires your employer’s cooperation. The company you work for will need to help you apply, and this can be a tedious process that not all employers are willing to go through. You also need to meet other requirements that may not be easy to prove. If you are seeking an adjustment of status based on your work, you need a highly skilled DuPage County, IL immigration attorney.

The Basic Requirements for Getting an Employment-Based Green Card

You must be able to meet these basic requirements to be eligible for an employment-based adjustment of status:

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When Falling Cargo Causes Injuries

 Posted on May 29, 2024 in Personal Injury

IL injury lawyerTrucks can present countless dangers on the road. Whether the driver is negligent and crashes into someone, the engine parts are faulty and do not respond quickly enough to the brakes, or something the truck is transporting falls off the truck, the potential damage from an accident can be staggering. When a regular driver is minding his own business and suddenly a huge object crashes into his windshield, it can be extremely damaging and even fatal. Unfortunately, that is what happens when cargo is not properly secured onto a truck, and it is a major problem on the roads. If you were injured as a result of falling cargo from a truck, speak with a skilled Naperville, IL truck accident attorney who can review your case and advise you on how to seek maximum compensation.

What Makes Cargo Fall From a Truck?

Trucks carry cargo that is supposed to be secured with restraints like chains or straps so that it all stays in place while on the road. If something is not properly secured, it can shift inside the truck, causing it to swerve and possibly hit a nearby car. It could also fall out of the truck, creating an obstacle on the road for other vehicles.

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