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1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: I need a subcontractor agreement. Do I need a business lawyer or can I just do one myself with the help of a template?

I live in Illinois. I need this contract to be general for me to use with every subcontractor we hire. We work in the construction industry.

William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Sep 10, 2015

You are certainly within your rights to try and draft the agreement you need yourself, but I would strongly caution you to use an attorney. Online templates, even the ones that you pay for, are written in a way to apply to as many situations as possible. Using one is very risky in the event there... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: My window was broken into and my landlord will not replace the window. Is this illegal?

She said that if she sent someone out to look at the window and nothing was wrong with it that I would have to pay the service charge. Is this illegal as well?

William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Aug 21, 2015

While I wouldn't deem it illegal per se, it is generally your landlord's responsibility to make such repairs. Give your landlord notice in writing of the broken window and your need to have it fixed. Mail it via certified mail with return receipt requested. Then, if the landlord doesn't repair it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for Illinois on
Q: if a credit company says closed account and the debt is written off, can they turn it over to a collection agency?

They have turned it over to two collection agencies.

William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Aug 13, 2015

Generally, Yes. It sounds as though either or both of the collection agencies have purchased the debt from the company. If that is the case, then the collections agencies can seek to collect the debt from you. It is probably a good idea to consult with a local collections or consumer debt attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: I live in illinois and was wondering if I could sue him for back child support
William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Aug 13, 2015

Your question is incomplete, but if the father of your child was ordered by a court to pay child support and has fallen behind in payments, then Yes you can sue him for the back support plus statutory interest on the payments in arrears. If there has never been a court order concerning support, you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: See more information below

My wife and I are renting a home one of her daughters owns. I pay half the rent and my wife pays the other half by baby sitting her daughters children for 10 months out of the year and (no money changes hands from my wife and her daughter). The other two months of the year her daughter demands I... Read more »

William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Aug 13, 2015

Is this arrangement memorialized in a written lease/agreement? If not, it would be a good idea going forward to have the terms of your agreement in writing. Absent a written agreement, much of the answer to your question depends on where the property is located, since several municipalities impose... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Q: If an 18 yr old fights a 15 yr old & while fighting her starts strangling her, & post a video online, is it battery?

An 18 year old girl fought a 15 year old a couple days ago on a public street outside of one of their houses in Mokena, IL. During the fight the 18 year old gets on top of the 15 year old and starts strangling her till her face is purple, she then lifts the girl up and kicks her one more time, the... Read more »

William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Aug 5, 2015

This incident should likely have been brought to the police's attention immediately after it happened. By now, the 15 year old may no longer have physical signs of the damage done to her. You can always still file a police report and identify the perpetrator, but then it will be up to the police... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Is dating my nephews ex-fiance legal?

My nephew and his ex-fiance recently broke up, after being together nearly ten years. They have two children together. She is not blood related. Is dating her legal? Or is it considered incest?

William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Aug 5, 2015

No it is not considered incest or illegal, although from a familial relationship standpoint, you might not want to date your nephew's ex-fiancé.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: If my kids an the mother of my child are staying with me,without her name being on the lease do I have to pay cs..
William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Aug 5, 2015

If you have a current order to pay child support, then the answer is Yes until you have it modified. Child support is generally imposed according to a statutory percentage of the non-custodial parent's net income according to the number of children, but judges can deviate from the statutory... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: If I missed my second court date for no insurance will I lose court supervision?

Got a ticket for no insurance went to court got a fine and was placed under court supervision got issued another date to pay fine and show proof of insurance again but mixed up the times so I missed court.

William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Aug 5, 2015

It's possible that the judge will revoke the supervision and issue a stricter punishment. You should never miss a court date whether it is criminal or civil. The best thing you can do now is to show up at the next hearing and explain how you mixed up the times. Having an attorney represent you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: I have an ex girlfriend in GA who may have given birth to my child.She will not speak to me so I can find out? wht can

I have been told this child looks just like me.I have tried time and time again to talk to her about this with no reply.When she became pregnant I was at all her dr appts.She told the dr that I was the father.What can I do to figure out if this is my child?I'm in Illinois she is in Gorgia

William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Aug 5, 2015

Depending on how long she and the child have been living in Georgia, you will need to file a parentage action in Georgia. You should start by asking for referrals for family law attorneys in Georgia or use the "Find a Lawyer" link near the top of the page to start your search.

I'm assuming...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My wife was not married to the father of her child and I want to know if she can still get support

He sees her but doesn't pay she is 16

William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Jul 31, 2015

Yes, she is absolutely entitled to child support until the child graduates high school or turns 18. Additionally, she is entitled to both current support and most likely retroactive support as well. Consult with a local family law attorney as soon as possible to open a child support case.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: I live in Illinois and my daughter lives with my ex wife. Do I need a lawyer from texas
William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Jul 31, 2015

I'm assuming you want to pursue legal proceedings related to visitation, custody, child support, or something else related to your ex and your child. If so, which state you need to initiate court proceedings in depends on how long the mother and child have been living in Texas. If the child was... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: Can I evict tenants who only paid rent twice since the moved in my building in April 2015 ,they also hasn't change the

Utility saying they can't get them in their name because they owed outstanding bills.

William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Jul 28, 2015

You can certainly evict tenants who have missed rent payments. You will first need to serve them with the notice that is proper under Illinois law, as well as any possible local ordinances (i.e. - in Chicago or Evanston). The contents and service of the notice are highly technical, however, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: I have signed lease from my tenent from june 1st 2014 to May 31 st 2015. My client leave property with out notice

I have signed lease from my tenant from June 1st 2014 to May 31 st 2015. My client leave property with out notice he leave on feb:15 , not even paying for feb rent also and keep lots of garbage in the back yard and dog poop and garbage in house. I have to pay clening of poop and removel of back... Read more »

William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Jul 28, 2015

I'm sorry to hear about your tenant and the damage caused to your property. Your best bet is to attempt to sue your former tenant in small claims court for the unpaid rent and property damage. Depending on your specific location in Illinois, the court costs to do so are fairly low, and you can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: Can my landlord charge me for carpet cleaning when the carpet has been down for eight years

I haven't sign a lease since 2009...so he can't its in the lease to clean carpet when I move

William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Jul 28, 2015

It depends on what is in your lease. I know you say that you haven't signed one since 2009, but if you have remained in the unit uninterrupted since then and have operated under the same terms as before, your landlord can argue that your month-to-month tenancy contained the same terms as the lease.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: If you have not been given the new lease, does it automatically become a month to month lease? and what do I pay ?
William Harold Mazur
William Harold Mazur answered on Jul 28, 2015

It depends on how you and the landlord proceed after the expiration of the initial lease. If you submit and your landlord accepts/cashes your normal rent payment on the same day of the month you always have, the landlord is accepting you as a tenant again. The term of the new tenancy and amount of... Read more »

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