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Andrew John Hawes

Andrew Hawes’s Legal Guides

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  • Why you need to make a will

    At least 55% of all adult Americans do not have a will. Why? Some think wills are only for rich people. Some that it costs too much to hire an attorney to make a will. But you never know what might happen. You should consider making a will NOW-protect your loved ones and your assets.

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  • Why you need an attorney

    You might be smart, eloquent, and capable, but should you really represent yourself pro se? Probably not. Here are some of the top reasons that you should hire an attorney to handle your legal matters:

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  • IL GUIDE: If you have a support or maintenance order and something major happens, GO TO COURT!

    In Illinois, under Section 510 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, (the IMDMA) you can only modify a maintenance or support order only as amounts accruing subsequent to due notice by the moving party of the filing of the motion for modification. This means t...

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  • IL Divorce: What is a substantial change in circumstances to modify a support/maintenance order

    In Illinois, under Section 510 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (the "IMDMA"), a party can modify a support or maintenance order if there is a "substantial change of circumstances." But what is a "substantial change of circumstances?" Unfortunately, there...

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  • IL DIVORCE: Why there can and should be agreement within your divorce.

    By the time you or your ex files for divorce, the relationship likely cannot be repaired. With that in mind, you will save yourself considerable expense and stress if you can come to an agreement about the disposition of any property owned by either you or your ex, maintenance of...

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  • IL Child Support: If you get a divorce, what will you owe in child support?

    In Illinois, Section 505 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (the IMDMA) provides for the amount that you owe for child support. The duty of support owed to a child includes the obligation to provide for the reasonable and necessary physical, mental and emoti...

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  • IL Child Support: What can happen to you if you don't pay child support?

    You can be put in jail. If you fail to comply with an order to pay child support, you can be held in contempt of court. In addition to other penalties provided by law the Court may, after finding th

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  • IL Divorce: Don't let your ex deny you visitation of your children!

    In Illinois, under Section 607.1 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, visitation abuse occurs when a party has willfully and without justification: (1) denied another party visitation as set forth by the court; or (2) exercised his or her visitation rights i...

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  • IL CHILD SUPPORT: $3 billion owed to Illinois children, don't let the arrears pile up, act now!

    According to an article in the Chicago Sun Times today, Illinois children are owed $3 billion in back child support. Meanwhile the state takes in only about 58 percent of current support due. One part of the problem, according to Mark Lopez, Cook County Circuit Court associate j...

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  • Why You Should Hire A Bankruptcy Attorney

    Bankruptcy has long-term financial and legal consequences. It is crucial that a bankruptcy case be filed and handled correctly from the very beginning. The rules are very technical, and a misstep may affect a debtor's rights. For example, a debtor whose case is dismissed for fai...

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