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Judy A. Goldstein

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  • Can my divorce attorney withold my case file from me or my new attorney until I pay him in full if he has chosen to withdraw?

    My divorce attorney has waaaaay over billed me (at least 50 hours), not even accounting for specific time spent on items and showing nothing for this time spent (supposed "legal research"). My bill jumped from 2k to over 20k quickly and without co...

    Judy’s Answer

    While your former attorney has a lien on your file until fees are paid, he is not permitted to retain a file when that causes a delay in the progress of your case. You need to speak to a new attorney to secure your file and move on. if your attorney has not yet withdrawn, he is still legally obligated to represent you. You have a number of issues that can be addressed by a lawyer. Please consult with one or more new attorneys and hire the one you like the best. More than likely you will be able to secure your file through one or more of several available avenues. Aa very last resort, you can complain to our licensing board but do this only if all other efforts have failed. www. iardc.org

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  • Can this be removed and have my rights reinstated?

    I was charged with domestic assault when I was 18, I'm now 34 (16 yrs ago). I have no other charges on my record, have been serving honorably in the Military for 13 yrs, and do not plan on returning to illinois (live in GA), I was married for 9 ye...

    Judy’s Answer

    This information may be of some help:

    Here are forms you can review: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Forms/approved/expungement/expungement.asp

    You can seek expungement without an attorney. If and when you qualify for expungement can be reviewed at the following links. For Cook County: http://12.218.239.52/newsite//GI_NEWS//newscontent/Events/2013/Expungement_Packet_2013.pdf or for outside Cook but still in Illinois, go to: http://www.illinois.gov/osad/Expungement/Pages/default.aspx

    I would suggest you first obtain a certified copy of the disposition of your case because if you succeed in having it sealed, it will never be available to you again and you might need it in the future to explain your background. You can get it from the Clerk of the Circuit Court where your case was heard. Then file for both expungement and sealing.

    In Illinois, a petition for executive clemency (pardon) is filed with the Prisoner Review Board. The Board review, processes and submits only fully complected petitions to the governor along with its recommendations. The petition can remain in the governor’s office for a very long time and few pardons are actually granted, although working with an attorney experienced in clemency applications may help but it is still a long wait without a strong chance of being granted clemency. This information may help: https://www.illinois.gov/prb/Pages/prbexclemex.aspx

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  • Is there even such a thing as hourly salary or am I being cheated out of wages?

    I have an employer who says I'm "hourly salary." I generally work between 11-13 days each pay period of 8 hour shifts 5 days a week, (pay periods are 1-15 and 16-end of month) and am paid the same salary weekly. However if I call off, I'm forced t...

    Judy’s Answer

    There is no such thing as hourly salary. You are either paid hourly or are on a salary. You shod be paid for all time you are required to be at work. The issue of PTO is another matter. Speak to an employment attorney for more details and to discuss any options you may have.,

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  • What next step should that person do after doing a hit and run

    What should a person do if they did a hit and run because they had no insurance but it was the other drivers fault and the person tried 2 give out their info but the other driver scared them so bad they left and now they have a hit and run on thei...

    Judy’s Answer

    Faiuktband insurance coverage have little or nothing to do with the charge of hit and run. You need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Unlike my respected colleagues, I would suggest if you are charged with hit and in as a traffic citation that you seek the services of a traffic attorney who has experience dealing with hit and run citations. It may be that such an attorney is also a criminal defense attorney.

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  • Is it illegal to look through someone's phone if you live with them?

    I came across a cell phone in my home that was not mine. I looked through it to see who's it was and found after clicking on the facebook app it was my boyfriends but not a phone I'd ever seen him use. Is it illegal for me to look through the phon...

    Judy’s Answer

    While it may not be a crime to use to look through someone else's phone, using its contents in family court may be difficult unless you know how to get such information into evidence. If this is your boyfriend, why are you in family court considering using information from a cell phone? You really should speak to a family law attorney to receive additional guidance and advice.

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  • How do I handle this situation?

    I have got the order of possession in court and filed an eviction against a tenant. But a week later, my tenant filed a motion against me for wrongful eviction and summon me to court in an afternoon trial.

    Judy’s Answer

    Your order for possession is still good. You should hire an attorney to defend the wrongful eviction case.

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  • 3 late fees for 2 months of late assessment? Association Accounting question:

    I'll try to make this as simple and concise omitting irrelevant details: We missed 2 assessment payments (November, December 2015) on our town home, which was sent to collections. During this time we continued paying timely assessment charges t...

    Judy’s Answer

    Generally, any money paid will be applied to the oldest balance and latw fees, regardless of what the memo on the check indicates. get caught up as quickly as possible.. Get caught up as quickly as possible to avoid additional charges.

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  • Should I proceed in reporting the bankruptcy fraudulent claim?

    I have been in search of an ex-boyfriend who owes me money after he defaulted a promissory note in 2009. I finally found him this past year. He informed me during our conversation that he filed bankruptcy in 2011 and that I was listed as a credito...

    Judy’s Answer

    The decision whether to report a bankruptcy fraud is entirely up to you.

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  • URGENT: What should I do in this case? Can the amendment application be filed to adjust the date so she is not out of status?

    URGENT: My wife’s F1 to H4 visa conversion got approved but with the start date of 7/6/2016 and not the date mentioned on the “Part.2 section of I-539 form” which was 01/18/2016. My wife’s status will get terminated in her school's SEVIS system a...

    Judy’s Answer

    I read this question as well as all of the answers. It appears that the asker does not understand the concept of consulting with an experienced attorney. This is neither an emergency nor the forum for discussing complex legal matters. Consult with an experienced immigration attorney. This Q&A forum does not take the place of oersonal legal advice or representation and cutting and pasting the same comment over and over does not change that fact.

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  • What happens when I get terminated from community service? Do I go to jail? For how long?

    I'm on probation for a misdemeanor and had to do community service. I got the paper on 12/14/15 and got terminated from community service last week.

    Judy’s Answer

    Find another place to do your community service.

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