When I was fresh out of law school I had visions of providing clients with the highest quality of service regardless of their income. However, reality sunk in when I started my solo practice.
No matter how hard I tried to keep my fees under control, no person of modest means could afford me. Between office tasks and legal work, I was always overworked and underpaid. If I lowered my fees, I wouldn’t earn enough to cover office expenses and pay off my student loans.
Then, I hired Katelyn. [click to continue…]
Here are some of the recent family-law or legal articles that I authored or which quoted me:
Illinois State Bar Journal: Substituting a Judge as of Right. (August 2010). In this article I review when (and how) you can use your right to substitute the judge in your case.
Chicago Tribune: Finding Your Missing Piece. (March 28, 2010). The author analyzes what makes for long lasting relationships. After discussing successful relationships, she writes:
Hooray for the triumph of love, but, but, but … how can you be sure that it’ll work forever? [click to continue…]
Maintaining happiness (or some semblance of it) through your divorce might not be as difficult as you think. According to scientists, the following things make us happy:
- Virtues: Our sense of wisdom, justice, compassion for others,
- Gratitude: Appreciating what we have and expressing it to ourselves and others,
- Savoring: Enjoying the moment and taking time to smell the roses,
- Engagement: Being in our activities for the experience of it (“being in the zone”), [click to continue…]
If you are divorcing in Chicago, you can find an amazing amount of crucial information about your divorce without lawyers or private investigators. Here are a few websites that you should know about:
- Your Divorce Docket (Cook County Clerk of Court): Here you can find an outline of your case. Although you cannot read the actual pleadings filed, you’ll know the date of your next court date, the judge assigned to your case and if any motions were filed. (Tip: make sure that after entering the information you click the “Search Now” button with your mouse. It will not work if you simply click the “Enter” key on your keyboard).
- Assessed value of a property and PIN number (Cook County Assessor’s Office): Find out the assessed value of any property. Of course, theoretically, you should know the assessed value of your property. However, sometimes your spouse will have taken care of the finances and your want to double-check the numbers.
- Deeds and Trusts (Cook County Recorder of Deeds): Come here if you want to know the owner of a property, its refinance history and whether the property is in a trust.
I just discovered a hilarious website called Awkward Family Photos. In it people (or their friends) post funny photos of their families. Many of the photos are sweet but awkward: There’s the happy newlyweds, the proudly pregnant and the way-too-overjoyed new dad.
My favorite photo shows a family unsuccessfully trying to pose for a photo shoot. The kids are crying, the dog’s attacking and one relative looks like he’s going to walk off the shoot. I love the interaction between the family members. Despite their problems, they are all relating to each other.