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Thomas O. Moens

Thomas Moens’s Legal Guides

10 total

  • Tenants by the Entirety: An Illinois Primer

    Tenancy by the entirety has been in existence for several years now. However, many attorneys were reluctant to utilize this method of holding title until the case law clarified the advantages and disadvantages. There have been several cases decided which have solidified this area...

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  • Mediation Basics

    Alternative dispute resolution is nothing new, but it still seems to be underutilized. Any type of dispute that can be litigated can be mediated: Personal injury, divorce, custody, contract disputes, business dissolutions, neighborhood disputes, even collections. Mediation is ve...

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  • Tenants by the Entirety: Part II

    There seems to be a misconception that holding title to real estate as tenants by the entirety is a magic bullet that makes judgments go away. Not the case. All it accomplishes is to protect you from creditors foreclosing judgments against your real estate, while you live there, ...

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  • Thinking of Co-Signing a Loan?

    Many people have a misconception that as a co-signer, you are not responsible for the debt, or you are less responsible than the primary borrower. Unfortunately, co-signers are just as responsible for the debt as the primary borrower.Basically, what the lender is saying by requir...

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  • How the Heck Does a Thirty Day Notice Work, Anyway?

    If you have a written lease, the terms of that lease control. If you have not violated the terms of the lease, and you have paid your rent on time, your landlord cannot simply kick you out of the property for no reason prior to the expiration of the lease (unless the lease says h...

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  • Craigslist Rental Scam

    This scam is often the result of an ad on craigslist, but it could happen with any advertised property. A house is listed as available for rent on craigslist. The owner is out of town/out of the country. The owner wants you to send the money, and then he or she will send you keys...

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  • A Scam Aimed at Veterans

    A client recently received a letter from Department of Veterans Assistance. Sounds suspiciously like Department of Veterans Affairs, no? It is not a government agency, which you can plainly see by reading the 5 point type buried at the bottom of the page. But they have a fancy mi...

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  • Virtual Mediation

    With the proliferation of smart phones, tablets, cameras on notebook computers, virtual mediation was inevitable. Virtual mediation is simply mediation conducted online, rather than in person. The benefits are numerous. Convenience: Sometimes it is difficult for people to get aw...

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  • Mediation: Be the master of your own destiny

    Well, at least the master of your own result. Mediation allows you to craft a resolution which benefits and is acceptable to all parties. That is not the goal of litigation or even arbitration. The goal of litigation and arbitration is to prove the other side is wrong and you are...

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  • Mediation Styles

    There are three or four (or more!) primary mediation styles, depending on whom you ask. They are facilitative, evaluative, collaborative, and narrative. The styles can also be combined depending on the mediator, the parties, their representatives, and the nature of the dispute. ...

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