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  1. i recieved a red light camera ticket in the mail and i was wandering was this legal because dont i have a right to face my accuser in court? how am i to face my accuser if its a camera? any tips on how to beat this?
  2. I am the mother of a nine year girl, whom I just was awarded child support in August of 2017, after many years from her biological father. Within the court order, in addition to the monthly child support amount, her father is, "responsible for the payment of one-half (1/2) of all extra-curricular sporting and school fees and expenses". My 9 year old lives with me and visits her father every other weekend. I was wondering what exactly is considered school fees and expenses for example: a backpack, school supplies, gym shoes, booster club fees, book orders, and lunches that are brought to school that are prepared within my home due to dietary restrictions and needs. I am already in conflict with her father because I feel these items are justifiably considered "school fees and expenses" and he does not and is refusing to pay for this documented paid items. Before I take any future legal steps concerning this issue I was wanting to clarify exactly what type of fees and expenses does Illinois actually consider for reimbursement? I also want to clarify that I am not looking to get rich off of this man. I have supported my child by myself for the last nine years and am in severe danger of having to claim bankruptcy due to a very large debt that has incurred from raising a child alone. Please help!
  3. I have been battling my nine year old child's father for years concerning child support. A court order was finally received in August of 2017. In that order it states in addition to the monthly child support amount, he is "responsible for the payment of (1/2) of all extra-curricular sporting and school fees and expenses incurred by the child". He is already refusing to pay for things that I justifiably presume are considered "school fees/expenses" such as: school supplies, a backpack, gym shoes, booster club funds, book orders, and lunches that are prepared at home but brought to school because of dietary restrictions and needs. What exactly does school expenses and fees technically covered? I am just wanting to be informed on this subject before I take legal steps to address this matter. I also want to clarify that I am a very hard working single mother and always have been. At one time in my life I was working 3 jobs to provide for my child. I currently am in severe danger of having to claim bankruptcy due to the fact I have over $20,000 in credit card debt which has evolved because of raising a child by myself. I am most defiantly not trying to get rich from her dad, I want what is justifiably right in sharing the expenses of our child.
  4. My ex and I have had a child support agreement for the past 11 years. We both got our own attorney and everything was great. This past week, we went back to court for child support modification. I figured this would be pretty straight forward and I went through the state. The state found he had a significant change in income since our last court date. Child support was to be raised from $83 a week to $118 a week. I married 2 years ago, and my current husband has put our son on his medical insurance. Father HAS been paying for his half of the insurance...great! except for the attorney gave him credit off his new child support amount for the $80 a month he has been paying for insurance. Which then put my weekly payment back down to $86. I signed the papers, but after I got home and read our original court papers, I realize that insurance is separate from child support in our order. Just like all extra curricular activities and medical expenses are considered a separate expense from child support. Is there anything I can do? I realize partly this was my mistake for not saying something, but honestly I didnt have my papers in front of me and we never stood in front of a judge. Am I screwed now? Is there anything I can do outside of hiring another lawyer? My son is 16 now, so I dont feel like the cost of a attny would be justified...I may be out of luck, but I feel like the attny should have had some basic knowledge of our original court order.
  5. I was recently involved in a small accident that resulted in a bumper being messed up. The other party agreed with me that it would be okay for me to take care of it outside of insurance and not go to court. I have already started to purchase stuff for the car, and I even got in the other persons car to pick up the items with them. I cant return the items. I just got off the phone and she is threatening to take me to court. I told her I was recording the call, and she responded "I dont care". Is that able to be used as evidence? My question is because I reminded her that we had agreed to take care of it outside of court and she said "Not technically it wasnt written on paper" She also is saying that she is going to go and get it taken care of on her own, or go through insurance. She says Ill have to pay for those, which are super expensive. Theyre way more than the car is worth. I know people at a legitimate shop that could do it and theyre giving me a great price for the service. I have texts of her basically demanding the money. My question is can she take me to court after our verbal agreement to take care of it outside of court? If she goes and does it on terms that we did not agree on, am I liable to pay the costs? All of this happened in Illinois. edit I am not opposed to paying the price but we had both agreed to agree on terms that would work for us right off the bat. My deal from the shop I have history with is amazing, and she is trying to make it cost as much as possible for me. Her car is worth $2,000 at most, and the cost at any other shop is more than half that, and my cost at my shop is less than a quarter of the price. Im trying to avoid going broke for this. I want to make this right because I made a mistake, but this lady is trying to screw me over. Ive worked with her on everything I left school to accomodate her schedule and Ive just tried my hardest to fix my mistake.
  6. After the Appellate record is prepared for criminal appeal, what happens if one finds in reviewing it that a court transcript for the case reads differently than the original court transcript of that appearance that one ordered and got back during the course of the case? What if one finds that an argument presented back then is now subtly altered in the Appellate record? What can be done about this? Is it possible that the judge (who kept the case record after trial and sentencing) either altered or had someone else alter it? If so, can the judge do that?
  7. Need some advice. Yesterday, I accidentally parked in a handicap parking spot in a street close to downtown Chicago, IL. There was a blatant sign for street cleaning and then some where close there was sign for handicap parking that I claerly missed. My car was towed that I had to pay a fine of $170 to get back. However, I have also received a city violation for $250. Wanted to check if it would make sense to contest this violation. Although the sign for handicap was there it was either not very obvious or I missed it. This is my first violation and more than the fine I want to assess how the violation if I simply pay will impact my driving or public records. Anyone been in similar situation and what they have done. Appreciate your assistance
  8. I am a homemaker and mother of 6 yr old and been married 7 yrs. 2 yrs ago my husband was hurt at work and he was awarded 50 k on this past Friday. He is to pick up no st next thurs after it clears attorney's account. I am filing for a divorce Monday. He claims none if the settlement is mine. Is this true and what are the laws
  9. Several times while my elder mother who is 85 has been out in her yard and she has been approached by the 50 year old daughter who is residing next door at her elderly father's house. The 50 year old has screamed at my mother at the top of her lungs accusing my mother of harassment. The 50 year old then is accompanied by 6-10 teenagers who are there visiting her daughter or son who resides with her. These youths visit the house at all hours of the day and night. They park in the street in front of the neighbors houses, throw their trash on their lawns and party in the street, on the side walks and in front and back of the neighbor's house they are there to visit. The youths are disrespectful to the neighbors when asked to pick up their trash or move their cars. When asked to do so, they are usually accompanied by the 50 year old leading the charge against the neighbors yelling and screaming at them trying to intimidate them and it usually works. The police have been called several times and do nothing. By the time they arrive the youths and the mother aren't screaming and say they've done nothing wrong and that they are being harassed by the neighbors. Police reports do not reflect the intimidation tactics and the fear that these elderly folks have when being confronted by these youths and the mother. The 78 year old owner of the house is divisional about the goings on and tells the officers he doesn't know what the neighbors are complaining about and that these are all good kids. We have asked the Mayor for a meeting and we have filed a petition with him to do something more about these incidents. The next door neighbor has threatened the neighbors with a harassment suit. What more can we do about the neighbor next door, his daughter and the youths who hang out there? Can my mother get an Order of Protection against the 50 year old who gets up in her face yelling at her? We the good neighbors need your advice. Please don't suggest moving.
  10. I have had guardianship of the child since he was 2 years old and today he is 11. The parent left us babysitting and never came back because she was parting with her new boyfriend at the time. The family told me to contact DCFS and I was granted guardianship 2 months later after careful review of the situation. Since the 1st day the child has been in my home and now today I get a certified letter saying that the mother wants 3 days of unsupervised visits a week and every other weekend. Mind you she has another older daughter that lives with her father or his parents and the child I am caring for does not even have her real father's last name or even knows who he is. Because the mother thought the father was the 1st child's father. We have had no contact with the mother for about 6-7 years because she did not believe that my rules applied to her while I allowed her to care for the child. Now 1 year ago she became pregnant again and now has a 1 year old daughter from another man, which she is currently living with and now wants to be a mother. I want to know what are my rights as I have played the mother role for the last 9 years while she has partied her life away? Thank you
  11. My court appointed lawyer is handling my appeal for a motion that was denied on sentence reduction. I had received a 6 year sentence at 50% I have already completed my time when my appeal was finally brought back to court. the states attorney has offered me to wipe clean the court fees of almost $400.00. I refused that offer and want to continue with the reduction of my sentence. today in court my lawyer and the states attorney had their pow-wow. my lawyer tells me that if I peruse with my decision and win my appeal that the IDOC could order me to go back to prison and do an additional 60 days. how is this right? can it really be done? I have completed my sentence already. my goal is to have the sentence reduced to a 3 year sentence which would change my parole time from 2 years to one year. my parole officer has already said to me that she would cut my parole time in half. if I win (like I should) that would be 6 months, I have already got that in. so my goal is to be released from parole. but now the states attorney is threatening me with this IDOC thing. is there a case I can refer to that would benefit me? any help would be grateful. and could that help be sent to my E-mail addy. ( I am 58 years old I don't need to do another day locked up. I would loss everything I have gained while released. car, apartment, credit. back to zero. I need your help. thank you.
  12. Hello, everyone, I am in need of advice, I am a young man in my mid-20s who has a 1-month-old baby boy with my girlfriend a wonderful woman also in her mid-20s. We both have decent jobs and own our own home, all in all, we are responsible and well off for our age. everything in life was peachy until we had brought our child home from the hospital. a week into having our child home we had come to the realization that there was a dark ambiance and something wasn't right, my girlfriend had started to suffer from post-partum depression. as we tried to deal with this PPD from home we came to the conclusion that the PPD was far too severe to deal with alone at home, so seeking out help from a psychologist we find that the trigger of the PPD was the baby. In hopes to treat her, we had reached out to her sister, our child's aunt to take care of our son from her home. the Aunt is a woman in her early 30s that is well off, she has a job to where she makes good money and can choose her own schedule. so with that being said, we thought she was the most practical person to watch over our son while her sister recovers. the Aunt is an extream person, she is very controlling and eccentric, but one of the most responsible people we know, in the past few years the aunt and her husband have been trying to conceive but have failed repeatedly, she suffers from her own depression because of this. with that being said she may not be the best candidate to be the care taker of the child, but she is the best option we have. she has been watching our son for 3 weeks now and is doing a great job, things had gotten ugly though when I had gone to pick up my child to take him to visit my side of the family. she had broken down in hysterics refused to let me take him. so being the manipulator that she is she convinced my girlfriend to side with her and that is was bad for him to leave the house. so it put me in a rock in a hard place, tempers flared and the fighting ensued. while this has been going on my girlfriends PPD had started to worsen. she is at the point where she is thinking suicidal thoughts and having episodes of giving up the baby. her sister documented everything and asked her many questions on where the baby should go and who he should be given custody if she doesn't get better soon and has to be admitted somewhere. I am extremely fearfull. that the aunt will try to take my child from me. my girlfriend is in no place and is not capable at the moment to be care giver of this child.. but I am. What should I do to stop her in her tracks if the Aunt does plan on taking my son? If the Aunt makes it far enough to take it to court, what will happen? what can I do? I am scared and need help!
  13. I have a question that I hope someone can shed some light on for me. I manage a large apartment complex, within the last year we have been getting bed bugs in various apartments at an increasing pace. We do have a licensed professional extermination service come and take care of each outbreak. It does not seem to be helping. Residents visit and stay with each other all the time and it just gets spread back and forth and outwards. I have a paralizing fear of any type of insect, I am finding it increasingly difficult to even bring myself to work each day. I feel that the quality of my work is slipping because I do everything I can to avoid coming into contact with tenants and apartments that are affected. If I quit, would I be able to collect unemployment until I can find another suitable employer?
  14. I went to the Family Dental Care in Oak lawn, IL. for a consultation, exam and x-rays. The dentist gave me a pre-estimate for dental work. I gave them a check for 1,462.50 but later that day I decided not to go back to there office. No work was perform. I called to inform them I change my mind and I need to come to the office to pick up my check. No services was provided by this office .The staff claim they couldn't locate my check. I stop payment immediately on the check. I received a letter recently from a bill collector that I owe them $1,462.50. I called the office to ask how can I owe you this amount when there was no services provided and I have dental insurance? My question who can I contact to get this issue resolved?
  15. I have a neighbor who is noisy and inconsiderate (barking dogs, calling in the 4 cats at all hours, draining his pool so it floods our yard, loud arguments, loud music, frequent outdoor entertaining, security light shining in our living room, etc.) , and has been that way for 10+ years. The backyards are close and we can hear everything they do in theirs. Recently, he was drinking (we assume) and using bad language on his deck, which is near the property line. It went on for the entire afternoon of July 4. He got louder and more profane and started saying really offensive things. Finally, I told him his language was offensive and he was very loud. He proceeded to shout loudly at me, sayin F--- you, F--- off, F--- her repeatedly, maybe a dozen times. It was alarming. I didn't say anything else. Because of his outburst, which was sudden, violent, and frankly, scary, my husband and are feeling threatened by him and don't know what to do. Talking to him is out of the question at this point, unless he apologizes, which is unlikely. Our Police Department is unhelpful; they say to call 911 when we feel threatened. We're thinking of getting a restraining order. Any advice?
  16. My wife and I just moved to Illinois and we need to update our wills. Currently we are renting and own no property, but that may change in the future. Our accounts are in both of our names as is our cars. It is being recommended to us to set up a living trust, wills, powers of attorney for health care and property, and living will. My question is the living trust. I know this eliminates probate. Does it sound really necessary for me? I'm being told that the costs would range between $2500 - $3000 for the whole package. I'm assuming there would be on going costs to maintain the living trust as things change. Any views would be appreciated.
  17. Who has rights to medical records of 18 year old who is deceased? The mother or the legal guardian.
  18. My Co- Worker has a daughter who is 24 years old. Her child is 18 months old. His daughter and the child's father are not married and were living together with Chuck, her father. They broke up, still never married and never made any type of an agreement about custody. About 4 weeks ago Kristina brought Elijha (baby) to spend some time with the father. Then she started calling him and he never picked up the phone or returned calls. She has driven by the home and his cars are not there. They went to the house with the Naperville Police Department and nobody opened the door. His car was in driveway. Naperville Police did get ahold of the father and they told him to call Kristina and work it work it out. He did call her and agreed to allow her to pick up the child. She went to pick up the child and when she got there he refused to hand over the baby. He said he would make a better parent. She went to Will County.. The Judge gave her an order of protection to remove the child from the father. That day, she took that letter to DuPage County to serve him. They can't find him anywhere. He has Familly in Florida. What else can he do at this point? Bude
  19. My pets have been in the home since i move in in November 2017 . So my landlord came by and told me to get rid of them because he cant come in the yard or move my dogs when he needs too. Can he evict me?
  20. I lives in an apartment and for 8 months my ceiling has been falling in and leaking from the apartment bathroom upstairs. Now since i call the health department on him i have been served with eviction
  21. I am an Indian national residing in Chicago, IL with a valid H1-B visa (2nd extensions). I also have my GC process (EB2) in progress and have my I-140 approved. I am due for my H1B extension this year and have received my approval I-797 notice last week. Background Information: I ran into an incident last year where a Dr. from whom I request a refund becasue it did not provide the necessary results filed a petition of protective order. Even after I retracted my request for refund, his legal team threatened me of civil action if I did not sign a mutual no contact and disparagement agreement. I hire legal counsel to represent me and it is now moving towards a settlement . Dr. attorney also informed they had filed a police compliant; I was never informed about it or received any communication around the same. The settlement would include a partial refund, dismissal of the petition and mutual release, no contact and disparagement. Questions: 1. Will the above go on my public records in a way that could hurt me in my immigration process (H1B extension or GC processing) even if as part of settlement the petition is dismissed ? NOTE: I received my approval I-797 notice even though the petition for protective order was filed before that 2. What steps can I take to minimize impact of the above ( petition and potentially filed police complaint) - expunge or seal my record once the petition is dismissed ? NOTE: There was no arrest or criminal record 3. In the visa questionnaire form for my stamping, there are no questions about any civil petitions only criminal records - do I need to call this out ? 4. Anything else that I should request as part of this settlement to minimize impact on public record
  22. Found guilty of 1st degree murder at trial. They put all responsibility on the defendant for the crime. No evidence or testimony that more than one person committed the crime. State alleged though that another person scoped out the murder scene. They charged that person with obstruction & that person was acquitted. Not charged with anything else. Trial over and sentencing is scheduled. Yet, the State still giving defense current monitoring discovery on the defendant; copies of phone calls, copies of confiscated paperwork, still using snitches. The evidence was weak against the defendant, and the defendant should not have been convicted and probably wouldn't have been if his attorney had done a better job at trial. The State continuation of the murder investigation seems to indicate that the State knows the wrong person was convicted and is either still looking the find the correct person or else the State knows the evidence at trial was so weak the case will be back on appeal and it is hoping to find more evidence against the defendant to use then. Either way, is the State allowed to investigate and monitor the defendant indefinitely before sentencing, after sentencing, and then all thru the rest of his life sentence in prison even after he is sentenced? Is there no point that this stops?
  23. we have been renting for 3yr's and never been late with rent, My nine-year old daughter has juvenile diabetes so the Doctor told us that it would be a good idea to get her a dog as a companion to help her cope with stress. So that's what we did when out and got her a dog and had him certified as a service dog legally and presented the paperwork to the apartment complex. Now it's been about 6 month and started getting notices from the office that my daughter is not picking up after the dog (did I mention that they didn't say you're daughter , they actually send a letter that stated her name and that she is not picking up after the dog and that I'm going to be charged $50 fine ) which is not true and the office tell me that they had numerous complaints from four different people that's what they are saying. When I ask for proof of this allegations they said nothing. I do have a neighbor that lives next to me and they don't like dogs. What can I do because this feels like harassment to me. Do I get rid-off the dog or Do I fight this?
  24. My neighbor contracted America's Backyard to install a backyard fence last spring. I don't have a fence. I don't know how far or close their fence is or isn't on my property. Last Wednesday, my power cut out as soon as I turned on my air conditioner. Only certain areas in the house were powered. ComEd arrived a few days later to install a jumper. One of my two lines was damaged. The serviceman said that the damage was caused either by rain or by my neighbor's fence. He said that I could not use the air conditioner until the lines were repaired. (I stopped replacing my window screens because birds kept tearing them for nesting material.) ComEd came out this morning to repair the lines. The crew members confirmed that two posts in my neighbor's fence cut my lines and damaged them. To repair it, they had to dig a deep,3x5 foot hole in my yard, moving my lines over and deeper to prevent future damage. Of course they didn't care how it looked when finished. Landscaping isn't their job. ComEd said that I wouldn't be charged for repairs. My neighbors weren't home this morning. According to the crew members, it isn't worth going to my insurance company. To repair the damage, it's going to cost me time,labor,money,and higher water bills. The attached picture is after this morning's ComEd repair. Is there anything that I can do? Or do I have no choice but to be quiet and bear it? Any advice is appreciated! Thank you very much!
  25. Every so often, my girlfriend will stay over for a few nights in a row(never more than 2 days in a row). She leaves when I leave for work in the morning, and then she returns after I have arrived home. The other day, my girlfriend ran into my landlord as she was leaving the apartment. My landlord called me tonight asking for clarity on who she was and stating she does not want my girlfriend staying over. She stated that no one is allowed allowed to stay for more than a two week period during a lease year. The specific part in the lease that she's referring to is as follows: Use of Premises: Unless agreed to in writing by the Landlord, no person not listed in the application may occupy the Premises for more than a single two week period, during any single year of the lease term. & The apartment shall only be occupied by the signed lessees on lease. No person not listed on the lease may occupy the apartment for more than a single week period during any single period during the lease year with first notifying the lessor. My question: What do these statements exactly mean? What does occupy mean in terms of rental law? My girlfriend does NOT live here, only stays a couple of nights in a row every so often. Does that count as occupying the apartment? Am I allowed to have more than one instance of people staying over? Would like some clarity before I have my girlfriend stay over again.