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by Tevin Williams, Mar 21, 2018
Our LiveHelp Volunteer of the Month is a student at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Beth Lebens has been volunteering with ILAO since early November of 2017. She was selected as volunteer of the month because of the constant positive feedback that she has received from our wonderful users... More
by Tony Ezzi, Mar 20, 2018
This guest blog post was written by Attorney Tony Abou Ezzi of Chicago, Illinois.Before we start, I suspect that you stumbled across this article because you have lost a loved one. For that I am very sorry and I offer my condolences to you and your family.Below are some steps you can take when... More
SRLN Conference elevator speech
by Amy Clark, Mar 07, 2018
On February 22nd and 23rd, I attended the 2nd Annual Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) Conference in San Francisco. The SRLN is dedicated to supporting justice system professionals who are focused on reforming the legal system so that it provides 100% access to justice for self-repres... More
by Samira Nazem, Stephanie Ridella Vittands, Feb 26, 2018
This guest blog post is by Samira Nazem of the Chicago Bar Foundation and Stephanie Ridella of the Center for Disability and Elder Law.Watching a loved one struggle with mental illness can be very challenging, and it’s good that you want to get help for your loved one. Fortunately, Illinois la... More
A hand with a pen filling out tax forms with a calculator in the back
by Molly DiRago, Mar 08, 2018
This guest blog post was written by Molly DiRago, an attorney in Illinois.The Invest in Kids Act was signed into law in 2017 in Illinois. It lets taxpayers get a tax credit for donating to scholarship organizations. The organizations must give money to elementary and high school students whose... More
by Daniel Lindsey, Jan 29, 2018
This guest blog post is written by Dan Lindsey, Director of the Consumer Practice Group at LAF. A reverse mortgage (also called a “Home Equity Conversion Mortgage,” or a “HECM”) is a special kind of mortgage. You as the homeowner are given money based on your age and the value of your home. Yo... More
by Gwen Daniels, Jan 24, 2018
Earlier this month, I took part in what was at least my 11th TIG conference - now renamed LSC Innovations in Technology Conference or ITCon (but it will always be "TIG" to me). During one session, I talked about Illinois Legal Aid Online's Victims of Crime portal and why we framed it around su... More
by Andrew Sharp, Mar 20, 2018
It's 3:45am when the screen's reflection flashes on the man's dark sunglasses with a green confirmation message: "Access granted." With a smirk, he lowers his hood slightly, cracks his knuckles, and goes to work harvesting the data he just worked so hard to break into. "They will never know wh... More
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by Teri Ross, Dec 28, 2017
Like many Illinois attorneys, I recently completed my ARDC registration. Like you, I had to answer “Mandatory Pro Bono Information” questions. In particular, this one -Well, honestly (as my mother used to say), who wants to answer ‘No’ to that? There must have been something I’d done that I co... More
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by Anonymous, Dec 28, 2017
Many laws were passed in Illinois in 2017 that take effect January 1, 2018. Some of them are listed below, with a link to more information where applicable. Laws are listed by their House Bill (HB) or Senate Bill (SB) number. Family & SafetyHB2388 - Sets up a database of licensed child car... More