Areas of Practice, Civil Litigation, Latest News, Mechanic's Lien, Mechanic's Lien Foreclosure, Real Estate

Make Sure You Got All Your Money Before You Give a Release in a Mechanic’s Lien Scenario

In a recent case the court held that once a release is recorded on title to a property removing the mechanic’s lien previously filed by the unpaid contractor, there is no recourse and any claims based on the lien are waived forever. So even if the release is executed and recorded based on a settlement […]

Areas of Practice, Civil Litigation, Latest News, Mechanic's Lien, Mechanic's Lien Foreclosure, Real Estate

Case Law Update – Mechanic’s Liens

The validity of mechanic’s liens filed and the subject of timely foreclosure actions are subject to the veracity and accuracy of the information represented in the mechanic’s lien documents that form the basis of the action. Honest mistakes in information in the lien do not invalidate the document. The statute will invalidate a lien wherein […]

Areas of Practice, Civil Litigation, Latest News, Real Estate, Real Estate Litigation

Illinois Real Property Disclosure Report – Mandatory or Else!!!!

Realtors, ever “forgotten” to get a disclosure signed by your client? Ever forget to make sure the other realtor gets their client to sign? Beware it can come back and bite you! And cost everyone in the end!!!! The right to completed Real Property Disclosure Report attendant to a real estate transaction is absolute. Until […]

Areas of Practice, Civil Litigation, Latest News, Mechanic's Lien, Mechanic's Lien Foreclosure, Real Estate

Case Law – Mechanic’s Lien Act

The Mechanic’s Lien Act creates certain protections for contractors who complete work on real property and then face the prospect of not getting paid by unscrupulous owners of the real estate. To take advantage of the benefits under the Act, the contractor needs to strictly comply with the terms and conditions of the Act. One […]

Areas of Practice, Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Latest News

Unpaid Tolls and a Suspended License Plate – What Can I Do?

One of the effective methods used by the Tollway Authority here in Illinois to collect unpaid tolls is by suspending the license plates of the vehicle involved. The tolls are not even the worst part of the total amount because more often than not the penalties and interest drastically increase the amount due. Two ways […]

Areas of Practice, College Expense, Divorce Judgment Enforcement, Family Law, Latest News

Appellate Court Decision – College Expenses and Proper Drafting of a Divorce Judgment

Divorce is exhausting, it is emotional and it can be very tricky. Critical to any divorce from a legal perspective is concise and exhaustive drafting of the judgment document. Recently, the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District was asked to determine whether the language of a marital settlement agreement reserving the matter of each […]