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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: can I sue for severance pay been delayed?

I submitted paper work for my severance pay and waited the 10 days to receive the paycheck. It’s been 13 days and I’ve been told by my Employee Service Center that paperwork was never submitted. I have bills to pay and need that check.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Oct 16, 2019

Your best bet is to re-submit the paperwork. A lawsuit will take months (and possibly years) to settle the issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: I filed for divorce but missed the court date and the case was dismissed. How do I proceed with the divorce?

I have not had contact with my spouse and do not know of his whereabouts any longer. I have tried to contact him regarding the divorce but I get nothing back, I don't know what to do anymore.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Oct 10, 2019

You have 30 days from the date a case is dismissed to file a motion asking that the order of dismissal be vacated. If the motion is granted it reinstates the case. As far as your spouse's whereabouts, (1)if you had a Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage served on him or her, (2)he/she... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Personal Injury and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: I was involved in motor vehicle accident against UBER. Currently filing a lawsuit and I have child support obligations?

I was involved in motor vehicle accident against UBER. Currently filing a lawsuit and I have child support obligations?

I was considered disabled since my accident on 12.24.17 and been home since. We will be pursuing a lawsuit of 7 figures! How does this affect my child support once all... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Oct 10, 2019

These are questions to take to the lawyer handling your case. He or she is intimately familiar with details about your circumstances that uniquely enable him or her to give you accurate advice. You've already committed to pay that lawyer a large fee. You should feel free to pose your questions to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Illinois on
Q: divorce needed

divorce needed both parties married in state of New Jersey, husband residing in Illinois for past 8 years, wife still in NJ no kids no property involved no contest. Can you do this or do you of attorney who can?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Sep 20, 2019

It can be done. Your best bet is to talk to friends who've been divorced to see if they have a lawyer to recommend, click on the "Find a Lawyer" tab on the Justia.com website, or Google the term "divorce lawyer, danville, illinois".

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: Can I get the custodial parent for Kidnapping for leaving state after my visitation is suspended temporarily

Original order says she cAnt leave state without permission

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Sep 20, 2019

Probably not, although you may be able to get her held in contempt of court.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: An inmate at Menard correctional center is trying to get visitation rights with his kids. What must he do?

Once he was transferred from the Whiteside County Jail in Morrison, IL to Menard his visitation rights expired. He asked me, a pastor, what he would need to do to get them reinstated at his new location.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Sep 16, 2019

If the prior visitation order was granted by an Illinois court, he'll need to have an attorney file a request to modify parenting time in the circuit court for the county that issued the prior order. He could file it himself, but he'll have a problem attending court hearings and will need a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: My son is turning 11 and his father has never probated, if I asked for child support how many year can we go back?

He’s not on the birth certificate.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Sep 16, 2019

Child support is typically only collectible beginning on the day a request for it is filed with the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My 11yrs is in a private school with a scholarship, can he still obtained scholarships after filling child support.
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Sep 16, 2019

This is a question you'll have to ask the school, since they are the only ones that know the answer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: If my 22 yr old cousin were to hit me, and my sister called the cops, would she go to jail? I'm 15 turning 16 in a week.

She hasn't done it yet, but she talks about it all the time. Like, when she got into a fight with my younger sister (not physical) and she said she has to leave pur house before she "lays hands" on one of us (me, and my younger siblings). I am just asking to make sure what to do when that time does... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Sep 13, 2019

She is not likely to go to jail for a first offense, though if she causes serious injury it's possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My Son is in the hospital under psychiatric review and no one will speak to me about him what can I do he's 19.
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Sep 4, 2019

If he's 19 he is legally an adult. He can either give his permission to the hospital to communicate with you or, if he is no longer competent to make his own decisions, you can ask a court to appoint you as his guardian since he would be considered a disabled adult.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My husband was a Vet and passed away n Oct. 2018. We were separated, not legally, and wanted 2 gain access to his apt n

Indiana. I live n Chgo. They told me I couldn't cuz my name wasn't on lease. How do I get his possessions

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Aug 29, 2019

This is a question to ask an attorney licensed to practice in Indiana, not Illinois.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: can my lanloard have my trailer towed with no warning
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Aug 26, 2019

Not legally.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Im in Alabama. I’m not married but was living with the baby’s dad. Do I need to file for full custody ?

I no longer live with him. If I file for full custody and he doesn’t show up for court. Will I be granted custody ?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Aug 23, 2019

If you and the child are in Alabama, you should be asking a lawyer licensed to practice law there, not an Illinois lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: In the state of Illinois, if your employer pays employees based on position, can they hire someone for a position

And pay them more than the guy already doing the job without raising the other guys pay?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Aug 22, 2019

As a general rule, yes, they can unless there's a contract (such as a union contract) providing otherwise.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: What can I do? I have 8 year old daughter. We live in Illinois.

My daughter was born in 2010. I was there for the birth but left the hospital to go buy some stuff for the baby.When I came back the ex girlfriend had filled out all the paperwork for the birth certificate.Years later I came to find out she didnt add me on the birth certificate and misspelled my... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Aug 20, 2019

Get a child support/custody order.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Illinois on
Q: I am married. However, I want a divorce and have not yet been. I live in an apartment with my daughter, want him out.

He sexually kissed my 16 year old daughter, but I never filed a police report. Also, he threatens to have me taken to jail if I don't let him in? I am married. We dont feel comfortable with him in the home. The police said I cant force him to leave, but can they force me to let him in?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Aug 12, 2019

Don't rely on the police for legal advice. You can get an order of protection keeping him away from you and your daughter as well as your home. Although you can seek an order of protection on your own, I recommend that you contact a lawyer about this. If it's worth doing, it's worth being sure it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Education Law for Illinois on
Q: Can I sue a medical school for fraud or discrimination? I was dismissed due to poor grades from a mental disability.

I was diagnosed with OCD my first year of medical school. I failed three classes my first semester and the school told me to take time off and come back the next year. I came back and passed two semesters but then failed another class the semester after that. Once again, they told me to take time... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Aug 9, 2019

This is a question to ask an attorney licensed to practice in Indiana, not Illinois.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: I injured my lower back at work and went through the Conservative treatment route without recovering.

After about 9 months and a visit to an IME, surgery was scheduled. Unfortunately, surgery was not successful and I still suffer from a “Pinched” nerve. For some reason, doctor won’t say, surgery was not completed completed and the spine (L4, 5 and S1 was fused together, “as is”). I... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Aug 5, 2019

It seems you're asking a medical question. Get a second opinion from another doctor. If you don't have a lawyer, get one ASAP to protect your rights and answer your questions with authority.

If you're asking a legal question as to your rights under the Workers' Compensation Act, most...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: Who is responsible for trimming trees, bushes on property line ?

Can my neighbor forces me to trim my trees, bushes and vegetation overhanging his property line ?

Can my neighbor to call the police regarding this problem ?

Can I get a ticket from the police officer for overhanging trees, bushes, limbs and vegetation ?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Aug 5, 2019

The alternative to you trimming your trees and bushes is that the neighbor will do it. He or she can cut the overhanging vegetation right up to the property line -- which means he or she may do it badly and inadvertently harm your plants. Be a good neighbor, prune the stuff.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Q: What are the qualifications for pro bono case?

Employee law help.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Aug 5, 2019

The willingness of a lawyer to handle a case for nothing. That's it.

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