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IL family lawyerThere are a variety of situations where parents may become involved in child custody disputes. When married parents get divorced, there is usually no question as to the identity of a child’s parents. However, when parents are unmarried, the child’s presumed father may not necessarily have legal parental rights toward the child. Matters involving child custody may become more complicated in these situations, and to ensure that parents’ and children’s rights will be protected, it may be necessary to establish paternity.

When Will Paternity Need to Be Established?

If a mother was married at the time of her child’s birth, or if she was in a marriage that ended within 300 days before the child was born, her spouse or former spouse is presumed to be the child’s legal parent. However, if a mother is unmarried when a child is born, the other biological parent will not be considered the child’s legal parent until paternity is established.

The easiest and most straightforward way to establish paternity is for the parents to sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (VAP) form. This can be done if both parents are in agreement about the identity of the child’s father, and a VAP can be completed at any time after the child is born.


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wheaton business lawyerStaying ahead of the competition is a critical factor in a company’s success. While some companies train their employees in unique and strategic manners, others have gained distinct intellectual property. When employees, especially those familiar with these unique properties, leave a company, the business may be subjected to subterfuge. To avoid risking this level of vulnerability, a company may require their employees to sign a covenant to not compete

Defining Covenants to Not Compete

Covenants to Not Compete, more commonly known as Non-Compete Agreements, act as a form of protection for businesses. The agreements prohibit employees from taking a job with a direct competitor within a given amount of time, thus, reducing the chances of the competitor learning of the business’s advantageous practices, including trade secrets and client lists. 

It is not uncommon for non-compete agreements to accompany an employment contract. While requiring new employees to sign such agreements is fairly common in today’s competitive landscape, courts have the authority to invalidate the agreement and leave the employer vulnerable. Collaborating with a business law attorney can help companies ensure that their agreements are both enforceable and adequately protective. 


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wheaton divorce lawyerMany family members are burdened with the task of organizing and managing the estates of deceased loved ones. Creating a will ahead of time and communicating with those who will be administering the estate helps to prepare loved ones for their responsibilities. An important role of fulfilling an estate is the role of executor. Appointed executors should have a thorough understanding of what is expected of them and what challenges they may face. 

Appointing an Executor to an Estate

When a person dies, an executor is appointed to administer and direct the deceased’s last will and testament. Primarily, the executor is responsible for fulfilling the wishes of the deceased and managing necessary affairs. The will’s creator or the court will appoint an executor. 

In Illinois, a court-supervised procedure, referred to as probate, may be required in the event of a death and typically is initiated by the executor. Through probate, numerous decisions are made on the behalf of the deceased, including decisions about inheritances and taxes


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What to Know About Illinois Foreclosures

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ment. Once the specified grace period has passed, however, the homeowner may be subjected to a late fee. This late fee can then be accrued each month the loan goes unpaid. Lenders may also perform property inspections to determine if the home is still occupied and properly maintained.

What are a Homeowner’s Contractual Rights During Foreclosure?

Due to the documents signed when buying a residential property such as a promissory note and mortgage, rights and protections are also granted to the homeowner. 

An Illinois homeowner facing foreclosure will likely have the right to receive a preforeclosure notice. This notice is referred to as a “breach letter”. The letter notifies the homeowner that their loan has defaulted and allows the homeowner time to correct this before a lender can move forward with the foreclosure. 


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wheaton child support lawyerIndividuals who were never married but share a child often face unique challenges and circumstances. Challenges such as child support are often dealt with as an element of the divorce process. In cases that involve non-married parents, it is likely that the establishment of paternity will be required. If this step is delayed, it may be possible for the custodial parent to seek retroactive child support for the expenses incurred prior to the custody support order taking effect.

The Parentage Act

Before child support or parenting time can be court-ordered, parentage must be determined. Parentage refers to the legal relationship between a parent and child. The Parentage Act in Illinois, originally established in 1984, entitles every child the right to their parents’ support, including physical, emotional, and financial support. The Parentage Act was specifically put in place to address the legal rights and responsibilities of unmarried parents. This includes divorced parents and parents who were never married. 

Ultimately, when determining the allotment of child support, it is important to maintain the same lifestyle the child is accustomed to or would have been accustomed to if their parents had remained united. 


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