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crystal lake divorce lawyerEach successive generation has its own take on marriage. They buck the conventions of their parents and grandparents to leave their own imprint on the rite. The millennial generation is no different. Of course, millennials are marital trailblazers in more than one way, but one of their most striking departures is found in their embrace of a once-taboo agreement – the prenuptial agreement or “prenup.” A prenuptial agreement is a contract between soon-to-be-married parties that delineates financial rights in the event of divorce. In the past, the prenup was misunderstood as an affront to the sanctity of marriage, but younger generations see it differently, here is why:

Marriage As a Practical Matter

In times gone by, marriage was a sacred institution steeped in cultural significance – millennials perceive it differently.

They see marriage as a practical matter, in the same vein as choosing a university or career. This business-like mindset means millennials have less issue flaunting cultural norms. People have backup plans in every other facet of life, so why not in marriage?

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crystal lake personal injury lawyerWhen someone suffers injuries because of negligence or wrongdoing, they can file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. If this suit is successful, they receive what are known as “damages.”Damages are meant to serve as financial compensation for the injuries the plaintiff suffered because of the defendant’s misdeeds.

People with only a passing knowledge of personal injury law are familiar with compensatory damages or damages intended to compensate the victim for losses. However, far fewer are aware a second damages category exists – punitive damages.

Punitive Damages: The Basics

As mentioned above, damages are meant to address the injuries suffered by the plaintiff. The court, based on the evidence provided, conducts a strict accounting of the costs incurred by the plaintiff as a direct result of the defendant’s misconduct. In the parlance of the court, damages are meant to make the victim “whole again.”

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McHenry County Family Law AttorneyPrenuptial agreements are becoming increasingly popular among engaged couples of all ages. Prenuptial agreements can protect both spouses’ financial interests in the event of divorce or the death of a spouse. They also represent an important opportunity for engaged couples to discuss financial plans and expectations before they walk down the aisle. In a country where financial problems are consistently cited as a top cause of divorce, financial transparency is crucial to building a strong marriage.

However, prenuptial agreements must meet certain criteria to be legally binding. If a prenup does not meet these requirements, it may be completely useless during a divorce.

Requirements for Prenuptial Agreements in Illinois

Prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements are legal contracts. As with any contract, they must meet certain standards to be legally enforceable. In Illinois, part of all of a prenuptial agreement may be thrown out if these standards are not met.

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Crystal Lake Criminal Defense LawyerCOVID-19 influenced almost every aspect of our lives. So, it is probably no surprise that the pandemic affected the criminal justice system too. Illinois courts have been scrambling to keep up with cases utilizing Zoom or other teleconference technology, however, the court system is still significantly backed up. In response to the pandemic, Illinois temporarily suspended the state’s “speedy trial” law in April of 2020. This law mandates that criminal defendants be tried within 120 days after being taken into custody or 160 days if they are out on bond. Fortunately, the speedy trial law is being reinstated.

Criminal Defendants Have a Right to a Speedy Trial

The Constitution dictates that criminal defendants have certain rights. These rights include the right to know the charges laid against them, the right to be represented by an attorney, and the right to avoid self-incrimination, among others. The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that all criminal defendants have a right to a “speedy and public trial.” The Constitution of the State of Illinois mirrors this statement. However, the speedy trial requirement was suspended due to “extraordinary circumstances” brought on by the pandemic. As concerns over the virus wane, courts are now able to restore this expectation. Unfortunately, many cases are still delayed.

Protecting Your Rights as a Criminal Defendant

If you or a loved one were charged with a criminal offense, it is important to keep in mind that criminal defendants have important rights. An experienced criminal defense attorney can ensure that these rights are not violated.

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McHenry County Personal Injury AttorneyElectric shocks vary in severity. Most people have received a minor shock at one point in their lives. However, some electric shocks cause permanent or fatal damage to the shock victim. If you were injured due to electric shock or your loved one was the victim of a fatal electrocution accident, you may be able to sue for damages through a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit. If the electric shock accident occurred at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.

The Consequences of an Electric Shock Accident Can Be Severe

Being shocked can be a painful, traumatic experience. It can also lead to severe injuries. Electric shock can cause heart failure, electric damage to the brain, and terrible burns – both internal and external. Some electric shock victims must have limbs amputated. Others are left with disfiguring scars or loss of sensation for the rest of their lives.

Electric Shock Accidents Caused by Negligence

When used in the legal context, the term “negligence” refers to a breach of duty. Product manufacturers, for example, owe a duty to consumers. They must ensure that their products do not contain defects that could injury or kill someone who uses the product. The companies that design and distribute consumer products also owe a duty of care. Property owners such as apartment landlords are held to a similar standard. They must ensure that their property does not contain unreasonable hazards that could harm tenants or visitors.  

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