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Illinois New Maintenance (Formerly Known as Alimony) Law – 750 ILCS 5/504

As of January 1, 2018, the Illinois spousal maintenance law has changed the parties’ combined gross income threshold from $250,000 to $500,000. Courts are required to take into account several factors to determine whether alimony should be awarded. If these mandate spousal maintenance, the family law court will use the statutory formula to calculate the amount of maintenance that should be awarded to the receiving spouse as well as the duration of time it will be paid.

If the combined income exceeds the threshold, the court will have the discretion in determining the duration and amount of maintenance by weighing in different factors outlined in the statute.

Statutory Guidelines

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7 Facts You Should Know About Business Law

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If you are starting a business, you should have a general understanding of some of the legal aspects involved. Even a small Schaumburg, IL business can get into legal trouble, so it’s a good idea to have an overview of business law and how it might impact your business.

Seven Concepts of Business Law

  1. Know what intellectual property is so you can protect your business’ ideas, products, services, inventions, and so forth.
  2. Have a general understanding of business contracts and what might be required for your type of business. Understand the concepts of offer and acceptance.
  3. Know the definition of product liability to protect yourself in the event of a lawsuit if your ...

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Real Estate Law Defined

Real estate law is a legal area comprising land as well as those things that are attached to the land, such as houses, buildings, minerals, and foliage. The interests, benefits, and rights also fall under the umbrella of real estate, including drilling rights below the land and air rights above it.

If you are dealing with an issue regarding real estate law, it’s important to know your rights. Real estate law is an extensive legal area so it’s best to get the advice of a Schaumburg, IL, attorney who has experience in this area. Whether you need legal representation for commercial or real estate transactions, Robert M. Kaplan has the experience ...

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3 Differences Between Civil Unions and Marriage

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Although same-sex marriage is now legal in all states following the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling, many couples began their partnership as a civil union. If you are in a civil union, you might be wondering what the difference is between a civil union and a marriage.

If you are not officially married, it might be a good time to contact your civil union attorney in Hoffman Estates, Robert M. Kaplan, to make sure you and your partner are protected legally.

Civil Unions Versus Marriage

There are three major differences in a civil union versus a marriage.

One of the most critical aspects of a civil union is the parties involved do not have the ...

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Divorce Law: A Definition

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Divorce is never easy. And when divorce signals the end of a marriage, that usually means the beginning of a lot of questions.

You don’t have to navigate this emotional and stressful time all on your own. Call an expert divorce lawyer in Schaumburg, IL to not only make the process easier, but to ensure it ends fairly for you and your children.

An Uncontested Divorce

There are basically two types of divorce, and the first is referred to as uncontested divorce. This means that both parties agree that it is time to end the marriage. It also means that you and your spouse have agreed on other aspects of the divorce, including ...

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Differences Between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

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Although bankruptcy filings are down compared to the high numbers seen during the Great Recession, there were still about 800,000 filings in 2016. The vast majority of those were either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, which are the two most common forms of bankruptcy.

If you have found yourself overwhelmed with debt and see little way out, bankruptcy might be your best option. Depending on your income, asset, debts, and financial goals, either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 is likely right for you.

The best way to proceed if you are thinking of filing for bankruptcy is to talk with an experienced bankruptcy law attorney such as Robert M. Kaplan of ...

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3 Tips for Avoiding a Family Inheritance Dispute

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Planning for death is not something most people want to talk about. But if there is no plan in place following the death of a loved one, a fight over the assets of that person is a very real possibility.

It doesn’t have to be that way, and these disputes can be avoided. Talk to your Hoffman Estates lawyer, Robert M. Kaplan, for the specifics of your estate planning. And read on for some tips on avoiding a battle over inheritance.

Leave a Will

This is the simplest way to avoid disputes. Even if you think your heirs will know what you want because you had a discussion about it, that doesn’t ...

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