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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Illinois on
Q: I need help with a case in Illinois
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Dec 7, 2012

Contact one of the IL attorneys on this list-that's what we are all here for.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: What are the consequences if I am subpoenaed to be a witness to testify for a grand jury and I dont go?7
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Dec 7, 2012

You could have a warrant issued potentially.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Illinois on
Q: Contract with flooring company for installing hardwood flooring, if the workers get injured , am I responsible?

The company has general contractor license and liability insurance, but does not have the worker's compensation insurance, and the workers will sign Waiver and Release from Liability Form before the job start.

If their workers get injured in my home during the job, am I responsible to pay... Read more »

Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Dec 7, 2012

Insist they get work comp. insurance. Simple as that. A waiver of required work comp insurance liability is void as against public policy as the law requires it.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Illinois on
Q: How long does it take for a civil rights law suit to get posted or in the system
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Dec 7, 2012

It depends. Cook can take awhile if you mean by system the online casenotes.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: During a conference call with both lawyers in a car accident suit, is it normal protocol to suggest a blind settlement?
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Dec 7, 2012

No. But more info. is needed to see what you think exactly happened.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Is it advisable to seek private attorney rather than the ones provided by my auto insurance in a major accident?
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Dec 7, 2012

That is up to you to decide. I handle plaintiff side only. You can bet normally speaking insurance company will assign experienced attorneys. However, you can usually pick according to your policy-check it. Sometimes your insurance company will not settle a case when it is advisable and put your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: What are the requirements to e-filing documents?
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 26, 2012

In most parts of the state there are no e-filing requirements yet unless you are in federal court. Since you posted in small claims question area I don't believe that is the case for you. In 2013, Cook will be rolling out new rules on e-filing. Right now the Cook commercial calendar has some... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Illinois on
Q: Whats the best way to stop your case from being transfered to another judge
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 26, 2012

If it set for trial with a trial judge each party has one automatic change of judge which normally cannot be challenged.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: When will i know if the defendant has been served?
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 26, 2012

Normally speaking if it is not small claims case, you can call Sheriff of the County where the defendant lives or has a business (this should be where you gave copy of complaint and summons to for service) and ask them.

4 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Illinois on
Q: I want to get a divorce from my husand but he does not. I live in Illinois. Do I have to pay money and get a lawyer?
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 20, 2012

You don't have to get a lawyer but it probably helps.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: My roommate isnt paying her share of rent and we both signed the lease. She came and got her stuff refusing to pay rent.
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 20, 2012

Usually in this situation if you both signed the lease each of you are jointly and severally liable for rent. What this means is the landlord can sue either of you, or both of you, for the FULL amount of the rent. He can get a judgment or collect against only one of you if he wants. However, you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Illinois on
Q: What is a truth in lending case what does it mean?
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 20, 2012

It usually means that the lender was supposed to give certain disclosures about lending terms and it was not given according to federal regulations. I recommend looking at NACA (National Association for Consumer Advocates, http://www.naca.net/) page for more detailed advice and a list of attorneys... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: I cosigned for someone and now their not paying the bill so I have to pay it, can i take them to court?
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 20, 2012

Yes. You can sue them.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: What employment laws are triggered by employment levels for Illinois?
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 12, 2012

This question needs to be more specific. Feel free to call or email me to do so.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Wisconsin on
Q: Injured at work foremans fault can i sue him
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 12, 2012

If you were injured at work you could file a work comp claim. If your injury at work was the fault of a co-worker, such as a foreman, normally it would be a work comp case but there are exceptions. A full analysis would have to be done. Feel free to call or email a work comp lawyer such as myself.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Arizona on
Q: I had a slpi fall accident at an hotel in sierra vista az that injured my back bad enough that im unable to work on it!
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 12, 2012

I am not licensed in AZ. You should consult a personal injury lawyer licensed in that state. You will have to show that the hotel had some fault in your injury. That is not clear from your answer. You should make sure if you are receiving treatment that you tell your medical providers what happened... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: How to file an emergency motion for extreme medical hardship
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 12, 2012

Unfortunately what you're asking is not clear. You should provide more detail. You are using the term "emergency motion" which implies that you have a filed court case. Is that correct? What kind of case has been filed?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: Can property and injury claims from an auto accident be filed seperately if the owner and driver are different in IN.?
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 6, 2012

Yes. But in some circumstances if the claims are both filed in court they may be consolidated into one case to save on judicial resources.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: Could you sue for a car accident in Florida 4 years after it happened?
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 6, 2012

Contact a Florida personal injury attorney immediately. They can tell you what the statute of limitations is for Florida. This assumes you mean the accident happened in Florida.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: Can litigation be handled in different courts in an auto accident with the car owner and injured driver being different?
Timothy J. Deffet
Timothy J. Deffet answered on Nov 6, 2012

If you are asking whether a car owner (who's vehicle has been damaged) and the person who drove the car owner's vehicle (who was personally injured in an accident that is someone's fault) can be handled as separate claims, the answer is yes. Sometimes a car owner may be sued for providing a car to... Read more »

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