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Stephen Hoffman’s Legal Guides

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  • Accidents Happen: What do I do now?

    Gather Important Information At least in Illinois, if it is a car accident, exchange insurance information with the other driver(s), take photos of the cars and any injuries with your mobile phone,

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  • What to Do in a Traffic Stop

    Be polite Police don't like smart alecks. Be polite without being officious or condescending. Remember, Mr. or Mrs. Police Officer is doing his or her job and is not trying to make your life diffic

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  • Advance Planning: When to Consult an Attorney on Estate Planning

    Talk to an attorney about your assets, liabilities, plans, and wishes If you get sick, who pays your bills? If you are in a coma, who makes the call on when (or if) to "pull the plug?" Do you even

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  • Work Injuries in Illinois

    Report The Injury Report to your immediate supervisor either orally or in writing as soon as possible. You have a limited number of days under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act to report an acc

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  • Revisit Your Insurance Liability Limits

    Review Your Liablity Limits Take a look at the Declarations Page of your automobile insurance policy. It may say "$50,000.00 per person/$100,000.00 per incident. This amount could be higher or lowe

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  • Condominiums--Why do I need a lawyer?

    Read The Documents Nothing exists in the English language more boring than the Declarations and Bylaws of a condominium! They are written in legalese and contain seemingly dozens of subparagraphs an

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  • Do I Have a Personal Injury or Workers' Compensation Case in Illinois?

    DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL INJURY OR WORKERS' COMPENSATION CASE IN ILLINOIS? PERSONAL INJURY Who are the parties? What is the statute of limitations? Two years exception for minors and other situations. Basically, you need to know when did it happen, to whom, and by whom. Be car...

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  • How to Choose a Personal Injury or Workers' Compensation Lawyer

    One thing all individuals should be prepared for is what to do in the event of an emergency. We usually have some sort of system devised for what to do if there is a serious storm, medical emergency, or something of that nature. Schools have been preparing children for this bac...

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  • My case is filed so now what?

    We all kind of understand how if we get injured a lawsuit is filed to pursue damages from the person responsible. What many of us don't "get"is why it takes so long and what takes so much time.

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  • Why Do I Need a Lawyer to Handle My Personal Injury Case?

    Insurance companies make money by settling claims for less than they are worth and for taking longer than it should to do this. This seems obvious, but so often many people think they are "saving" money that they would pay a lawyer by trying to negotiate a case on their own. The ...

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