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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Gov & Administrative Law for Illinois on
Q: Is it actionable for a trustee to withhold promised distributions unless a beneficiary stops exercising their rights?

Is it legal, ethical, or actionable for a trustee to withhold distributions that they previously promised to send for the beneficiary's health, education, maintenance, and support until the beneficiary sends all their family's receipts, bank, credit card, and student loan statements for... View More

Michael Goldberg
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Michael Goldberg
answered on Dec 22, 2023

If the trust gives the trustee discretion to make distributions to a beneficiary based on a particular standard, the trustee is permitted to ask for evidence from the beneficiary in order to evaluate whether a distribution should be made. This is not illegal, and is often a common feature of... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Illinois on
Q: Can I be denied access to a public building and it’s services for not having an appointment? They close at 5 it was 1:30

The people at the door of the dmv told me I would have to come back with an appointment. I asked if It was alright if I could do a walk-in they said no because they wanted to get everyone out on time

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answered on Aug 31, 2023

In Illinois, public buildings like the DMV often have their own procedures for managing visitor access and appointments, it's possible for public institutions to enforce policies that prioritize scheduled appointments to ensure efficient service.

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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Illinois on
Q: Can company take my freedom of speech.

I left a review of my not so good experience I had with a company. They emailed me saying I had 72hrs to remove or I would face penalties. They sent me a copy of fine print in contract I sign that says I can not leave anything negative. I feel this is not legally or morally right. I’m seeking... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 29, 2023

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. You raise valid freedom of speech issues. However, that would not prevent the company from suing. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Illinois on
Q: Can the illinois court confirm that the insurance card I am submitting is valid?
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answered on Aug 9, 2023

The court in Illinois is not typically responsible for confirming the validity of an insurance card. Insurance verification is usually the responsibility of law enforcement, insurance companies, or relevant agencies. If you're required to provide proof of insurance for a legal matter, such as... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Illinois on
Q: I need a pro bono attorney to Start a lawsuit against collection agency who wants to foreclose and I have proved that

They are not the holder of the debt or a note

The case is active since August of 2022

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 1, 2023

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Given the Q & A format of this forum, it's difficult for attorneys here to reach out to you. You would need to reach out to attorneys. Although this platform doesn't have an attorney referral... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Election Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Illinois on
Q: Questions regarding legal career

I'm currently a Political Science student at UCLA. I am considering going to law school and I would like to talk to currently practicing lawyers to gain some perspective regarding law school and careers in law so I can make an informed decision as to whether or not to attend law school. Would... View More

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answered on Mar 11, 2023

Firstly, it's important to understand that law school is a significant investment of time and money, so it's important to consider your long-term goals and motivations for attending law school. Some common reasons for attending law school include a desire to practice law, a desire to gain... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Illinois on
Q: I need a a Law Firm that has the resources to help me with a civil suit against states, counties, departments, individu

I won't give much in details on this on this website as I don't trust the law. I don't trust anyone right now because of what I have been through. wrongful imprisonment, defamation, slander, time lost with children, social issues now, maliciously prosecuted. almost 2 years jailed,... View More

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answered on Mar 2, 2023

Look for firms that have experience with cases similar to yours and have successfully represented clients against government entities, law enforcement agencies, and individuals. You may also want to reach out to local bar associations or legal aid organizations for referrals or resources. It's... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Illinois on
Q: What part of the law would I find Bias Judgement, Colleagues, and what to do when case involves a Circuit Clerk employee

I have a custody case were the sister works for the Circuit Clerks office. Her and the girlfriend came up with a well calculated plan to make my character out to be a low life junkie so my ex could gain custody. They have gone as far as emailing where I live stating I deal drugs out of my... View More

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jun 1, 2021

your efforts are better spent working on your custody issues. Arrange a visitiation eval with a social worker, etc. but you need an attorney. d.i.y. is getting you nowhere. Trying to tell a judge the system is biased doesn't get an unrepresented person anywhere. You need an attorney to build a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Immigration Law for Illinois on
Q: Can I renew my license with an N400 letter for an interview when I do not have my green card? (Illinois)

Background: Due to miscommunication, we lost our green card and have had to appear in court numerous times (we thought the renewal then was denied, turns out we just didn't get it) until in 2019 when a judge ruled that we are permanent residents. Our lawyer then advised us (to which the judge... View More

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury
answered on May 27, 2021

This is a question for the Secretary of State (DMV) as they set the requirements for documents needed to renew DL. Best wishes!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Illinois on
Q: Will refusing the mask mandate by CDC on private transportation such as Uber and Lyft cause arrest?

Read on a conservative news site that CDC can now if not arrest fine people not wearing masks on public transportation

It seems like a bit over reach for govt to do that

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink
answered on Feb 4, 2021

It will not likely lead to an arrest but you will be refused service.

2 Answers | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Illinois on
Q: Why wont they government turn over the grand jury testimony?
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James G. Dimeas
answered on Jan 27, 2021

The Grand Jury transcripts should be provided to your attorney after you are Arraigned and during the Discovery phase.

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1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Illinois on
Q: If the President and the Vice President and the Congress and the cabinet all die or are killed who is next in line for
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 6, 2021

The primary candidates for succession appear to be in Congress or the Cabinet. Here is a wiki resource on the line of succession -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_line_of_succession

Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Gov & Administrative Law, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for Illinois on
Q: Want to put in a fence but restriction on plat are in the way. The city doesn't know who owns the plat restrictions.

We purchased a home in McHenry, IL and back up to a major roadway. We have dogs and kids and want to put in a 6' fence and not give up 30' of our yard. The restrictions are on the plat but nobody knows who owns them to have them removed. The restrictions are:

1. Fencing is... View More

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Robert Shipley
answered on Oct 22, 2020

Based upon your description, it appears the City is/would be cooperative with your ultimate goal. It is likely the restrictions were put in place by the developer, perhaps based upon zoning or right of way issues. I would think the City should be able to work with you to develop a solution. I... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Illinois on
Q: Who does one contact if a department violates this law?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 9, 2020

It looks like part of your post may have gotten left off - that's probably why it remains open for four weeks. There's no guarantee all questions are picked up, but if you included what the law you're talking about is, a Chicago attorney would be in a better position to offer... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Illinois on
Q: In IL. if you convicted of a burglary but satisfactorily completed probation 10y ago. Can I get 2 amendment rights back?

In Cook County Illinois if you convicted of a burglary but never went to prison & satisfactorily completed probation ten years ago can you get it expunged & have Second amendment rights restored? The charge was for the new burglary a girl stole the laptop from a car I was there so I got in... View More

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink
answered on Jun 10, 2020

You can not expunge such a case. Your only option is to file an Executive Clemency Petition requesting the governor to pardon you and allow you to expunge this matter. These types of petition are rarely granted, but it is your only option. You will want to hire an attorney to assist you with the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Q: I live in Illinois and I have consent from both my parents. I am 16 do I need to be emancipated or may I move out?

They both have given me complete consent and I am wondering if I need to go to court for emancipation or if I may tell them I am moving out now. Which they would be fine with. I'm just wondering if it is legal or not? Would the police send me home if they found me? I have a job I make 200-400... View More

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
answered on May 7, 2020

Your statement that you would be willing to live on the streets is proof of your lack of maturity. If the police find you, yes, they will turn you over to your parents. Then family services is supposed to help you and your parents work things out so you can come home. So, yes, you would need an... View More

Q: What type of legal document do I need to file to request that a court ORDER Unemployment Agency to take paper Applicatio

I am from Illinois and I recently tried to file for unemployment due to COVID-19 by mailing a paper copy of the official IDES unemployment form(which I downloaded and printed from a PDF file on their website).

I received a call days later that they would not accept paper applications and... View More

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Apr 12, 2020

In general, an agency has the ability to promulgate administrative rules. If their refusal to accept a paper application effectively denied your benefits, it might be possible. Under the current circumstances where the majority of the population is under a stay-at-home order, nearly all government... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: Should I contact a lawyer first about reporting wage & labor disputes with my employer?

I worked for a restaurant chain since 2013. I was hired for 1 hourly position at a specific rate, then cross-trained & given promotions w/raises over the years. I've had issues for years with my time clocks being manually edited by different mgers, i was paid incorrect rates than what i... View More

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
answered on Mar 4, 2020

You should immediately reach out to an employment lawyer to discuss potential claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois law. If you were not paid at least minimum wage (hourly rate & tips combined) for all hours worked, and you were not paid overtime for all hours you worked in... View More

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Q: Can I own/posess a firearm and grow medical cannabis in a recreational state? Thanks in advance, Veteran, 50, Illinois
Kimber Russell
Kimber Russell
answered on Mar 10, 2020

If you have a valid medical marijuana card and your FOID card you can lawfully keep your firearm in Illinois at this time. Individuals who have drug addiction issues or have felony weapons charges on their records, however, are prohibited from owning a firearm.

Make sure you are abiding...
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3 Answers | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Government Contracts, Traffic Tickets and DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: My license has been revoked for over 10 years. I was caught driving a month ago. Can I get a license again in Illinois
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answered on Jan 21, 2020

Unless you have 4 or more convictions for DUI yes you can. First you have to resolve the driving while revoked ticket. Then you will have to have a hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State. There’s a long process to getting ready for that and you should consider retaining an attorney.

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