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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Does the father of my child have legal parental rights over the baby, if he is still married legally to someone else?

his name is in the birth certificate

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on May 5, 2022

Yes.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: How can I sue my job for mental distress? I asked 3 law firms and they all denied me. They never asked for proof for

anything. They were both Personal injury and employment law firms. What can I do to get what I deserve.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Apr 29, 2022

You need to talk to a workers' compensation lawyer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: In Illinois if two parents are not married do both have equal rights over a child or does the mother have more?
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Apr 8, 2022

They have equal rights unless a court has issued an order specifying otherwise.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: Can my employer switch me from salary to hourly without notification, change in job description, or documentation?

I signed a contract in July 2021 stating my employment and salary and my position of Office Manager. The company went through some financial hardship and the owner stopped paying us regularly. When asked about pay, the owners would never directly answer the situation. Eventually, without... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Apr 8, 2022

The non-payment of wages when due is not legal. Go to the website for the Illinois Department of Labor and file a complaint for unpaid wages. It is a very user-friendly website. As for the reduction in pay, your best option is to bring your contract to a lawyer practicing in the field of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Illinois on
Q: My Aunt is pregnant and wants me to adopt the child. What do I need to do?
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Mar 23, 2022

You need to meet with a lawyer who handles adoptions. This is not something to treat as a do-it-yourself project.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: Can a landlord collect more than what was agreed upon in the lease?

Property has recently switched landlords. Lease is for $8400 over 12 months. Am currently at about $11,000 paid.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Mar 22, 2022

No. When he bought the building, he bought it with the leases in place, as they were. The exception (and I've never seen it) would be a lease with a provision allowing rent to increase in the event of a sale of the property.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Family Law and Insurance Defense for Illinois on
Q: My dad passed away he left his life Insurance policy to my older brother. But my brother is in drug rehab I need it pay
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jan 29, 2022

Your father had a contract with the life insurance company that requires them to pay the benefits of the policy to the person he named as the beneficiary. They won't make an independent determination of the wisdom of your father's choice. Furthermore, if they gave the proceeds to you,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My husband just was told he may have a 7 year old son he didnt know about. The mother hasn't had the child for awhile.

the mother is in jail right now waiting a trial and then will go to prison for a while. I am his wife. We want to prove paternity and totally adopt him as OURS . But don't want him around his "mother" ever again seeing as she is so unfit. We have 4 kids of our own and a house and I... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jan 25, 2022

There are too many variables in your situation for a lawyer to give you solid advice on these issues without sitting down and talking to you and your husband. I encourage you to make an appointment with an attorney in your area who handles adoptions. Also, if DCFS has to due an investigation of you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Q: I'm being told that because I no longer work there they don't have to pay me my vacation or personal time off ?

I worked there for 3 years an give 2 weeks notice of taken a new job

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jan 25, 2022

If your employer is located within the State of Illinois, he is required to pay you the proportion of your vacation which you've earned when you leave the job. For example, if your employer provided two weeks of vacation per year and you worked half the year before leaving, he must pay you for... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Health Care Law for Illinois on
Q: Question about a family member who is hospitalized

My brother is hospitalized after having a stroke, he not able to communicate well but for hospital aid and benefits we need to access thinks like bank statements and pay stubs. They haven’t been given to us at the bank or his job. Is there some legal paper we can get to be able to access that on... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jan 17, 2022

If he hasn't appointed anyone to hold his power of attorney for health care, you'll need to make an appointment with a lawyer to file papers in court to create a guardianship for a disabled adult. From what you describe, this should be done as quickly as possible.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Illinois on
Q: My great grandmother had land in Puerto Rico and passed in the 1970s. Do we still have claim on the land?

My great grandmother had land in Puerto Rico and passed in the 1970s. She left deed to my grandma and her sister, her only children. Both passed within last ten years and we uncovered the deed to the land. What rightful claim is there to the land? We visited it and saw it was empty.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jan 11, 2022

This is a great question, but it should be asked of a lawyer licensed to practice in Puerto Rico. I strongly encourage you to do so.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: I’m unsure how to proceed. My mother was put in an assisted living place, aka memory care. That wasn’t my mothers wishes

The “ POA “ didn’t even notify the facility that she has muscular Dystrophy . POA didn’t notify court that they had a felon during fudicary duties! Now I’m not allowed to see my mother. I was the only one to visit!! What shouldI do??

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Dec 8, 2021

You need to make an appointment with a lawyer in your area as quickly as possible. Bring a copy of the POA if you have one. Bring any proof you have regarding the felony you say the holder of the power of attorney has.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: What do we do

My husband and I are in the process of buying our home. We have a verbal agreement with the owner stating “as long as we finish renovating at our expense we can come up with an outstanding payment”. We just received a letter about tax delinquencies and the house has been bought by someone else... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Nov 30, 2021

You need to meet with a competent real estate attorney ASAP, within the next few days if possible. Bring every scrap of the paperwork you have regarding the property and the tax sale to that appointment.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: Can I sign the rights to my children over to their mother?
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Nov 30, 2021

No. Even if you could it would not terminate your obligation to pay support.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: My mom is slandering my name which is affecting my relationship with my family and is affecting me in custody court

For the past couple years my mother has completely slandered my name and came up with a horrible rumors some being illegal she has destroyed my relationship with my father and other family members I am in the process of a custody battle and she is making it worse for me to the point I might not get... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Oct 23, 2021

No one can give you an intelligent answer based on the scant facts you set forth. You need to make an appointment with a lawyer and tell him or her everything about the situation for advice as to your options.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Illinois on
Q: What does” she would pay child support in reserve “mean in this paragraph exactly

Yes I meet with him. He did indicate he would be willing to allow her to stay in the house until Ava graduates. He would pay the mortgage ( including taxes and insurance) shoe would pay utilities and child support reserved. He would exercise his parenting time at the house. Can talk Thursday... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Oct 13, 2021

"Child support reserved" used in this way means that the question of child support will be decided at a later date, with neither party losing any rights because the decision was delayed.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: We r looking for a home but have to sign a lease today for apt renewal on Nov 15. If I find something is there an out?

Do I have any time to get out of the contract if I find something within the next 2 weeks?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Sep 15, 2021

No, unless you convince your landlord to put it into the lease. Check the terms of your existing lease. What does it say happens if you don't sign a new lease and simply stay put?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Support and Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: Can a judge suspend a case until another one is finished?

Prosecutor is in a more serious(felony) case vs a family court case. Is there any precedent notably in illinois that a Judge can suspend the lesser case until the more serious case is completed?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Aug 20, 2021

Yes, a judge can do this.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: Can I file a law suit against my employer or find out if others already have - if they are forcing vaccines on employees

That have not been approved by the FDA?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Aug 19, 2021

The vaccines have been approved by the FDA on an emergency basis. Your employer is not forcing the vaccine on you. They are simply saying you can't work for them if you aren't vaccinated. Your choice entirely.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Illinois on
Q: my brother and father have the same named. my father died. while mom was on vacation he moved into her house. he won't

leave. told a friend he was taking the house when she passes. can he?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Aug 18, 2021

No, he can't unless your mother leaves it to him in a will or she transfers the property to him through a deed or other conveyance.

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