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  • I have a judgement against both my company and me personally. The court entered the judgment against me personally for $1,200.

    The plaintiff claims that the judgment should be $10,000 against me personally. They will accept nothing less. My credit report says $1,200. The underwriter for the loan says that I can go to the courthouse directly, pay them, and get the judgemen...

    Steven’s Answer

    You should hire an attorney to determine your next step. If the Plaintiff can get paid in full with interest (set by statute at 9%) and costs they usually will agree to vacate the judgment which is your ideal outcome as it will clear the judgment from your credit. You have an absolute right pay the judgment and get an order of finding the judgement "paid and "satisfied". This is simple but requires an attorney with experience to get you through this correctly.

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  • Can you hold person liable for braking verbal agreement in Illinois?

    My partner is a family member. we started joint venture back in 2007. we had verbal agreement that i will help him to run the business for few years and after that he will take care of business. Under this term even though he bought 10% of cash f...

    Steven’s Answer

    Court is the last place you should be trying to haul your partner into. Is he co-obligor with you on the bank loan? You should both sit down (as family) and get this resolved. If you do, get an attorney to write up your agreement. If you do not or cannot agree...you should give some thought to mediating this dispute. An attorney can help you there too.

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  • What Happens To A Fed. Ct's Scheduling Order For A Case, When The Case Is Remanded To State Court?

    Parties have completed most of discovery. Certain deadlines from the Federal judge's scheduling order have passed, and others are approaching. Expert disclosures have been exchanged. The Plaintiff, however, just amended his complaint to add new...

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    How remaining discovery is to be handled will depend upon the judge. The parties are free to stipulate that as between them discovery is complete subject to supplementing based on new party or distinct requirements of State Court...subject to Judges approval.

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  • My mom's lawsuit was settled however she needs to sign probate papers.

    She has to sign a form stating that she acknowledges that she has received her distributive share of the estate in full. But she hasn't received the money yet from my brothers wrongful death lawsuit. Why should she sign if she hasn't got the mone...

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    A signed receipt is typically required by the Estate prior to the time it will issue a beneficiary distribution. The distribution may be partial (pending the outcome of the wrongful death case) but it is hard to tell based on what you have included in this question. If the Estate is the Plaintiff in the wrongful death suit, final distributions would not be made by the the Estate until that case is completed. But, if your Brother's will/trust provides for a one time distribution of X dollars to your Mom, it may be that a distribution of X dollars is all she is entitled to and thus would actually be her "final" distribution.

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  • How do i apply to transfer case from law division of cook county illinois court to chancery division?

    this is a commercial litigation where an account officer (vice president) of the lender compamy approved short sale of a commercial property and agreed to issue a deficiency note to borrower for the balance all via emails. lender allowed propert...

    Steven’s Answer

    You will need to allege these facts in an affirmative defense to the Lender's claim for the deficiency amount, attaching whatever documents support the facts alleged. You don't seem to need a counterclaim and it does not appear there is any basis to seek transfer from Law Division to Chancery. You should consult with counsel for assistance.

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  • My partner and I started a small LLC as a software dev company. I'd like to remove my name and let my partner own it solely.

    How do I remove my name easily? There are no disagreement around anything, I just need to take my name off the LLC. It is in Illinois.

    Steven’s Answer

    Depends on whether your LLC is member managed or manager managed and whether K1s were issued. Generally speaking you could resign and tender your membership interests back to the LLC.

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  • What does "case passed generally" mean?

    Case Review Held Cause called. Plaintiffs appear by Counsel. Defendants appear not, nor by Counsel. Case passed generally.

    Steven’s Answer

    Passing a case is equivalent to continuing the case without taking any action. It may have been that the Judge questioned whether the Defendant was given proper notice to appear or that the case was passed for a few minutes to give the Defendant additional time to appear and perhaps the Plaintiff's counsel left and failed to return to seek an order or ruling.

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  • Can I sue the person who signed for me without my knowledge the act of ownership of the vehicle we had together what lawyer need

    the vehicle was on both names and without my permission was sold and my signed forced.

    Steven’s Answer

    You should go the police department and explain the situation as this sounds like forgery which is a criminal offense.

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  • What constitutes a "response" in Illinois?

    I have a replacement policy in Illinois with a blanket limit on my contents. I sent my proof of loss and list of contents on 11.19.13. I did not receive a written response until 1.4.14 where they stated they were still investigating the claim. Rea...

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    You should consider contacting the broker or agency from whom you purchased the policy. They should help you cut through the red tape, determine the status of the claim and work as your liaison to the insurer. If you have tried this and are still not getting anywhere, there should be a claims adjuster assigned to the claim. Contacting that person would be a logical next step. If you are being ignored or stonewalled, you may consider filing a complaint with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation which you can do by visiting their website.

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  • I keep getting calls from a litigation lawyer giving me 48hrs to respond. This has been going on for a month. Is it real?

    Called the number and no answer. Looked it up and was on a website about scams. Should I call the number back or ignore it?

    Steven’s Answer

    If the caller has not identified the nature of the call, who he/she represents or the subject matter, then you should ignore the calls. Most attorneys would draft a letter covering the subject they wish to address instead of simply calling and leaving a nondescript message demanding a call back based on an arbitrary deadline....here 48 hours.

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