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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Illinois on
Q: Is there a type of disclosure document that I can use to protect an IP idea that i am working on, before it's designed?

I have an idea that I'm working on that will have to be patented, but i am reluctant about asking people with the knowledge to build the idea for assistance as they may steal it and create it themselves. Is there a type of disclosure document that I can use to protect my idea?

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Mar 23, 2021

Non Disclosure Agreement

That language should also be included in any contract with people that would do work for you

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: if you are not convicted of a dui does it still go on your insurance

was arrested for dui but not convicted, completed state requirments and one year probation

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 23, 2021

If you were placed on probation, you were convicted. If you were placed on supervision, you were not convicted. The supervision will be visible only to law-enforcement and the Secretary of State and the states attorney. And once the statutory summary suspension has terminated, it will not be... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I received a moving violation during my 3 month probationary license period. What will happen?

I received 3 speeding tickets 06/2019, 02/2020 and 03/2020. Due to Covid, I did not have to plead guilty to the third ticket until December 2020. In January I took a safe driving course and was granted a probationary license for my 3 month suspension from Feb 5th 2021 to May 5th 2021. On March 17th... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 22, 2021

The length of the suspension depends upon how many points you will have accumulated. That depends on the nature of the tickets and how fast over the limit you were going. Ticket will probably be dropped if you show up in court. Other driver most likely will not show.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Illinois on
Q: I passed my immigration test. I have to travel on May 4 but have not received naturalization yet. Green card expired.

I am leaving on May 4 and have to go. I passed Feb 24. My green card is expired. How do I travel?

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Mar 22, 2021

You should be administered the naturalization oath first and then proceed to obtain your U.S. passport before you travel abroad.

If your travel is an urgent matter you can request a U.S. federal judge to administer the oath. You will have to explain the urgency to travel abroad....
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: Can you ask a judge to avoid jail and probation and seek counseling only

May have to go to court over a matter. I'm not sure I'll get a free one and can't afford one

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Mar 22, 2021

Not able to answer your question without additional information. If you can not afford an attorney, you need to appear in court and request the Public Defender.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: My employer didn’t let my return back to work after maternity leave unless I agree to their terms .

I left for maternity leave on 12/16/2020 my return date was supposed to be March 9,2021 my employer didn’t let me return to work unless I agree to their terms. I lost a week of pay because they postpone my return date. My hours also change . Can I sue ?

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Mar 17, 2021

The answer to this question will depend on how you took maternity leave. If you took leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), then upon returning to work, you are required to be returned to your same or a substantially similar position.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: What are the laws about repeat drug possession charges in relation to addiction cases?

My cousin was picked up with several types of large quantities of drugs. He hasn't been sober hardly at all since his release from incarceration. Isn't treating the undying addiction issue eliminate the possibility of criminal activity.

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Mar 16, 2021

No. It will be a consideration during sentencing, but criminal activity is criminal activity. Your cousin needs the assistance of a Criminal Defense Attorney right away.

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Illinois on
Q: I filed for disability in 2009, I am on my 4th appeal, how do they determine back pay, I live in Illinois
Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
Elizabeth Fowler Lunn answered on Mar 15, 2021

Backpay is determined based on the date of your application and the date that Social Security ultimately determines to be the date you became disabled (onset date). For SSI benefits, the backpay goes back to the date of onset, but no earlier than the month following the month you applied. For SSDI... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Illinois on
Q: Hello, I applied for post completion OPT one month ago. However, I realized that I forgot to answer the question 14

In the I-765 form, which asks whether I want to get a social security number. But because I have a number, I answered question 13 and gave my number. Because I sent the form without answering one question, I am worried about my approval. Do you think that will USCIS deny my application? What should... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Mar 13, 2021

If the USCIS accepted an application in which you answered a question with another question, it should approve the application. That is, unless there are other defects.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Illinois on
Q: This is in regards to copyrighting an online image.

I own a small pressure washing buisness and I found a before and after picture of a house wash online. The image shows a house on the left side as dirty and then on the right side the same house but it’s clean after a washing. It’s a picture I used for my website and my postcards that I put on... Read more »

Kathryn Perales
Kathryn Perales answered on Mar 12, 2021

Based on your story, you don't appear to have explicit permission to use the photo, and may be infringing the photographer's copyright rights. Also based on your story, this photo is widely used and the photographer may not care, or may have intentionally placed the photo in the public... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: I have a quit claim deed from my grandmother drafted 40 years ago, the grantees where her 3 children,the deed has a ---

Designation which states "not in tenancy in common but in joint tenancy" what does this Designation mean? Let's see who is the smartest attorney out there?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 11, 2021

Generally that means the survivor of the three grantees take the fee simple absolute. The two predeceasing grantees estates are extinguished and their heirs/devisees take nothing. Before you act on this explanation, you should hire a competent attorney to perform a title search.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Illinois on
Q: Are international students allowed to rent their things as a secondary, passive source of income?

I know international students under an F1 visa are allowed to own and rent property in the US and they are also allowed to earn passive income through stocks. So I was wondering if international students, under an F1 visa, are allowed to rent their things especially when they are not in use or to... Read more »

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury answered on Mar 11, 2021

If your income comes from Employment then you are subject to the F1 student employment restrictions (see: However, if your income is passive (i.e. when the earner expends little effort to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Illinois on
Q: I was part of a family estate lawyer then I hired my own attorney, there is no family disput.... since money is comin

Out my share does the estate attorney still work for me also? I'm in Illinois

Charles E. Hutchinson
Charles E. Hutchinson answered on Mar 10, 2021

It is very likely that the initial attorney represents the executor of the estate, not the individual beneficiaries. The executor would be entitled to pay that attorney out of the estate funds, so yes, your share as well. The attorney you hired to represent you personally will be paid by you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Military Law for Illinois on
Q: Ex spouse/mil pension/VA disability

I retired in 2018. I receive VA disability pay for an 80% rating. I also receive a military pension. As part of a divorce, I must pay 40% of my gross mil pension to ex spouse. Is it possible to waive mil pension in exchange for exclusively receiving VA comp in order to discontinue paying out to ex... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Mar 10, 2021

If you are above a 60% rating, then you receive concurrent payments. You receive your disability and your retirement. You can not waive the retirement portion to receive disability above what you are already receiving.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Ogle county, IL is saying that I have 2 traffic tickets from 2005 that I didn't pay.

I received a call from collection agency saying they are calling about 2 traffic tickets I supposedly received in 2005 in Ogle County, IL. It has been 16 years. I don't recall getting these tickets but I went to the county site and they are saying I appeared in court and plead guilty but then... Read more »

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Mar 10, 2021

Your last question first, yes, you can get a copy of your driving record from the Illinois Secretary of State Office. Make sure to order the record for Court Purposes. This will be the more comprehensive record. It is not uncommon for collections to start very late. You really should order your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Illinois on
Q: Is it likely that a patent application for a process that involves an internationally patented product will be approved?

There is only one source of a patented filament for 3d printing. I have come up with a simple way to print the filament, creating a potentially profitable product. It is a novel idea for printing the filament, but a common way of producing similar products.

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Mar 9, 2021

If you came up with a new way of making a filament that is know, then, yes, that is potentially patentable. Your patent would not cover the filament, but it will cover the method.

But there is a problem. The problem is that if you take a known method to make a known product, it will be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: I think I have reasonable grounds for a dismissal. I just need a more expert opinion/review.

I'm self represented on a misdemeanor

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Mar 9, 2021

You do not ask a question. You should never represent yourself. You should really hire an attorney to assist you right away.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Illinois on
Q: I was approached by narcotics officers saying they had me set up last year. They haven’t showed me any proof

Also if they do it was entrapment because I don’t do that but it was a guy who kept asking me to get him some like more than 4/5 times and I finally did it trying to be nice. I didn’t have them I got them from elsewhere for him. That’s the only time I’ve ever did it in last 3 years of... Read more »

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Mar 9, 2021

You need to hire a Criminal Defense Attorney to assist you with this matter right away. The sooner you hire an attorney, the better.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Illinois on
Q: My mother bought me a car as a gift and now she's trying to take it back.

I have the registration and all paperwork she was suppose to insure it but didn't. I called about insuring it today when I got a call from the local police asking me to drop the vehicle off. She bought the car and has the title and it's in her name but she has never had possession of it or the keys.

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Mar 8, 2021

Not sure what your question is here. If the police are involved, you might want to consider giving the car back to her right away.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: When a family member passes, how can you be sure that the house goes to the intended beneficiary?

My father want to be sure that I maintain his home when he passes, but we're not sure how to accomplish this. We're in St. Clair County Illinois. When we called the county, we were told to reach out to a lawyer.

Erik K Jacobs
Erik K Jacobs answered on Mar 8, 2021

There are a few options. First, your father can leave the home to you in his will. Second, your father could execute and record a Transfer on Death Instrument (TODI). This document should be immediately recorded in the County Recorder's Office and becomes effective upon your father's passing.

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