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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: My ceremony is in 4 weeks. Should I answer "Yes" or "No" on question 4 on the Notice of Oath Ceremony (form N445)?

Q4 on form N445 says:

"Since your interview, have you been arrested, cited, charged, indicted, convicted, fined, or imprisoned for breaking or violating any law or ordinance, including traffic violations?"

Facts:

- I got a $164 traffic ticket three weeks before the... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Sep 30, 2022

I recommend doing the following:

Obtain a court certified traffic citation disposition from the clerk of the county court where the matter was adjudicated (completed). Disclose that traffic citation and attach a copy of the certified court disposition with all conditions met (fine paid) on...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: What does a parent have to do for a child to be able to legally run away without getting in trouble?

My family is not a good one. I get yelled at everyday for the smallest things. My step mother shoved scissors in my FACE recently and started yelling. Saying how I should not talk back and I should be scared. She threatens to strangle her own baby but gets offended when you think she is actually... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
answered on Sep 28, 2022

No minor can legally run away without getting into trouble. If things truly are as bad as you say, you should go to the police station to tell them what is going on and ask to be placed into foster care. There is a place for all children to go, which is the foster care system if being home is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Illinois on
Q: Bankruptcy question regarding spouse

Will my wife find out or be alerted if I file for bankruptcy? The only thing we have together is a joint bank account with a few hundred dollars in there. The house, and one of the cars is in her name solely, and has been since the beginning. Also, I have a few years left on my car loan, if I were... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 26, 2022

Yes. She is a co debtor and must be notified.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: When to give resignation notice to avoid signing bonus clawback.

I received a $15K signing bonus for a new job last year. I signed an contract agreeing to pay back the bonus if I voluntarily leave within 12 months from date of hire.

I started Oct 11 2021. I accepted a new job offer and would like join on Oct 17th. If I give my two week notice stating my... Read more »

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

It would be best to wait until October 12 to give notice to eliminate the potential claim that you must pay back the bonus. Think of it as being paid $15,000 to work those extra few days.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: Is it wise to secure the legal services of a criminal defense attorney before they are actually needed

I've been under persistent, but not constant, long term surveillance by the police. They seem to be monitoring my travel habits specifically. I'm not aware of being involved in any unlawful activity. It makes me nervous, i might be charged/arrested for something ( what i don't know)... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Sep 21, 2022

It is very prudent to discuss your potential exposure to ANY prospective criminal charges BEFORE they appear with an experienced defense counsel in confidence without any delay. Here is why: your immediate personal conduct, statements and actions may play a critical part in either getting you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Illinois on
Q: can i sponsor my dad for a green card if he’s getting deported back after a misdemeanor?

he was in prison for 4 years 25 years ago & he was deported then came back & he was just arrested for a misdemeanor caused by my uncle & my father was protecting his children & now he’s getting deported back

Monica E Rottermann
Monica E Rottermann
answered on Sep 21, 2022

If he was previously deported and returned illegally then most likely ICE is reinstating the prior removal order and your father would not have the right to see an immigration judge. He would also be subject to what is termed the permanent bar. This bar states that anyone who has been deported... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Illinois on
Q: I am within my legal rights to use a modified version of the coppertone logo freely? I would be making money off it.

Am I allowed to use an image of a girl and dog, deliberately meant to resemble the coppertone ads of the 1960s, as a logo for my band?

Sergiy M Sivochek
Sergiy M Sivochek
answered on Sep 19, 2022

Deliberate copying or modification of someone else's image may constitute willful copyright infringement with serious consequences, especially if done for financial gains. You would be well-advised to carefully discuss your specific plans with an experienced intellectual property lawyer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Victim lures defendant to place where no contact order is to humiliate cyber bully attack and cause distress to cause ha
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Sep 18, 2022

You only provide part of the scenario. The way this works is that you need to ask a question so that we may respond. Please repost with a question.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Illinois on
Q: My wife and I filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in August 2019. Can just one spouse file again?

I'm so depressed. My wife and I filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in August 2019 because I had to retire at 62 because of a bad back and social security wasn't going to pay my debts. Now I'm 65 and my wife is 73. I personally have credit cards and 2 personal loans. All unsecured. And... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 14, 2022

You can file a chapter 13 plan next year (4 years from date of last filing). Unfortunately, neither of you can file chapter 7 again until 2027 (eight years from date of last filing).

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Illinois on
Q: My wife and I filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in August 2019. Can just one spouse file again?

I'm so depressed. My wife and I filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in August 2019 because I had to retire at 62 because of a bad back and social security wasn't going to pay my debts. Now I'm 65 and my wife is 73. I personally have credit cards and 2 personal loans. All unsecured. And... Read more »

Joseph Wrobel
Joseph Wrobel
answered on Sep 14, 2022

Chapter 7 is not available to you until August of 2027 since Chapter 7 can only be filed every eight years.

Chapter 13, a consolidation of your debts, may be possible depending upon your budget.

The best thing you can do is contact an experience Bankruptcy attorney in the county in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Probate, Tax Law and Banking for Illinois on
Q: Is there federal laws for a trust
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 14, 2022

Tax laws and ERISA Qualification laws come to mind. Banking Statutes also cover Trust Regulation. Securities Law may often be indirectly determinative. There are probably many others. Obviously Anti-Trust Statutes. State Laws control most disputes, but Trusts often involve several possible... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: Is there state and federal laws for a trust/ estate. I have found the state laws but I can't find federal laws on it
Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Sep 14, 2022

Oh my, yes, there are a TON of federal statutes that impact trust planning, too many to list. You will find a great deal in the Internal Revenue Code and also Title 42. That is not necessarily a complete list, but it is where a great many exist, and it is a good start.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Illinois on
Q: Do we need to refile articles of incorporation or any other business docs when applying for NFP status for a for-profit

business. Business has been around for 37 years. We want to apply for 501c3 status to diversify our income and open up our services to more contracts and help more people. Currently, mostly are federal grants and we haven't earned profit in years.

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Sep 13, 2022

This may be easier than you think. If you want to convert a profit corporation to a non-profit organization all you need to do is complete Illinois Form EOA 205 (provided by the Illinois Secretary of State- a one page form) and send two copies of the completed form to the Secretary of State with... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Illinois on
Q: Do we need to refile articles of incorporation or any other business docs when applying for NFP status for a for-profit

business. Business has been around for 37 years. We want to apply for 501c3 status to diversify our income and open up our services to more contracts and help more people. Currently, mostly are federal grants and we haven't earned profit in years.

Matthew Morris
Matthew Morris
answered on Sep 14, 2022

You will almost certainly need to re-draft your Articles of Incorporation if you want to convert from a for-profit corporation to a not-for-profit corporation.

First, under Illinois law your new not-for-profit is required to have, as its purpose, one of the allowable purposes listed in the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: a vehicle with a dealer lien was involved in a collision, towed to our shop in chicago.

the vehicle owner stated he had no current insurance. i called the lienholder at their corporate headquarters; they are located in the state of Georgia. I was informed they would have to report the incident to the department of abandoned vehicles, which would probably involve a delay of 30-60 days... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Sep 12, 2022

Please ask a more specific question. If you are asking whether you are permitted to charge storage fees as permitted by Illinois statute, the answer is YES. Just to be on the safe side, I would send the lienholder a letter by certified mail with return receipt requested, memorializing your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Illinois on
Q: are any earnings to be shared from investments if the divorce has not been finalized
T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Sep 11, 2022

It seems to me that your only hope, is if, the investments were made prior to your marriage and remained your separate property; otherwise, be prepared to share.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for Illinois on
Q: In a municipal case in Illinois court outside of Chicago can I use case law from Wisconsin that is similar to help my ca

It is a civil / municipal case where the village did along with the police department a total seizure of our house our property they made our car disappear our two dogs our two cats. They had the police illegally remove 2,175 plus items of our personal belongings from the house and they will not... Read more »

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Sep 11, 2022

The short answer is: Yes. If you cannot find a case on point in Illinois and the Wisconsin case is on point, most judges (and it is up to the judge) to allow you to reference another State. Frequently, in Judge rulings if they cannot find applicable Illinois case law, they will cite case law... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: Hired a mechanic to work on my car after leaving I noticed my car wasn’t working well got it checked out and it’s broken

The mechanic had to move everything out in order to fix my transmission but I believe while doing that he messed something up because after that my cars Turbo started to fail (never had a problem with it) now I have a broken car and 3.6k down the hole. I called him and told him this and he took the... Read more »

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Sep 11, 2022

Well, it appears that the mechanic did not do his job correctly. If the mechanic cannot fix the problem or reimburse you for your expenses, I would suggest litigating this matter in Small Claims Court. If the mechanic is unresponsive, you can let him know that you plan to file a case in Small... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Employment Law and Social Security for Illinois on
Q: Can i form an llc for my future box truck business while receiving benefits?

am currently 33yrs old.

Three years ago I was driving semi trucks . Stopped due to multiple surgeries (non-work-related).

Currently on Government Benefits.

Temporary Social security disability

Now present time.

Im close to being fully recuperated so its... Read more »

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Sep 11, 2022

The short answer is: Yes. Go ahead and form the LLC. Let it sit until you are ready to make use of it. Unless there is something you have not disclosed, I don't see how forming a LLC will affect your benefits. However, once income starts flowing through your LLC, it may or may not affect... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Illinois on
Q: If I design a product that uses another person's patented component within my design, what permissions do I need?

I am creating a product (a stand for giant marquee letters) for my company that uses someone else's patented magnet as a component. What type of copyright/patent permissions, if any, do I need from the magnet company?

Michael Ray Smith
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Michael Ray Smith
answered on Sep 10, 2022

Note that I am not licensed in Illinois, and that none of the answers to questions in this forum should be considered legal advice.

You may need a license from the company that owns the patent and any other intellectual property rights, but maybe not if you simply buy the other...
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