If I plead the fifth in my civil case on grounds that my testimony could reasonably lead to subsequent criminal charges against me, what penalties or charges could I face? In other words, what actions could Plaintiff take against me? What penalt...
I agree. The Fifth Amendment right to remain silent is applicable in criminal cases. You do not have that right in a civil case. If you insist on remaining silent in a civil case, you will probably lose your civil case, and the court might find you in contempt. If you are trying to decide what is worse, making statements under oath that can be used in criminal prosecution, or remaining silent, I suggest you speak to an attorney asap. Good Luck.See question
I have asked this question here before, but did not receive clear answers. I'm very interested in being a foreclosure mortgage consultant in Illinois. I would not do court work or trial work for the foreclosure process. I would only do pre-fore...
Most of the work involved around pre-foreclosure will have legal consequences. There are times that I will specifically tell my clients not to try a modification or a short sale because it would force them to disclose information to the bank that can be used against them at a later time. Additionally, The Illinois Supreme Court granted the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) the authority to investigate and prosecute the unauthorized practice of law. That being said, I do not recommend you take this risk, but I know its your decision. Good luck.See question
I live in Canada and my home is insured by a Co. that is headquartered in the US. The Insurer canceled my policy citing non-cooperation (to revise home replacement value) and also cited as reasons the claims started but not pursued by me . The i...
I would recommend that you speak to an attorney about your case. Additionally, you might want to look at your policy in full and see if there is a provision as to the jurisdiction, and venue. I am sure there is a time limit and pre-conditions that should be satisfied prior to initiating a lawsuit, so please call an attorney asap. Good LuckSee question
The other six months you cannot cancel. Is this legal in illinois?
I agree with the other answer. I would strongly recommend that you see an attorney to get a definite answer. I'm guessing there is also a specific notice provision that you have to follow. Good Luck.See question
In the state of Illnios -- at final payment of a project, can a general contractor charge the customer a fee to provide a lien waivers from the GC and its sub-contractors?
.... I would encourage you to remind the GC of his obligations under the applicable law. I have never seen a GC asking for an extra fee. It sounds like a mini shake down. On the flip side, if it is a small fee, it might be practical to pay and get the waivers vs paying legal fees. Good luck.See question
The railroad has petitioned me to sign papers to sell my home that my siblings and I own. There are tenants residing . I am requesting an extension. Can they force me to sign and evict the tenants.
.... I agree. Generally, the only way for you to transfer you interest to real estate is with your signature, or a judge's signature. Please talk to an attorney. Good Luck.See question
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.... I agree with these answers. You may however ask the judge to enforce this requirement. Good Luck.See question
My lease is due to expire July 31, and I have already given notice that I will not be renewing. Unless my lease states otherwise, what rights do I have as the current tenant in terms of when the apartment can be shown? My landlord has a tendency...
... I agree with the other answer. Please check your lease carefully. If it is silent on the matter, generally reasonably notice would suffice. Good Luck.See question
I was looking for a job and then I got an offer as a contractor but the addition to it was that i could be hired but only if I open company on my own name ( my "employer" has illegal status in US which i just found out). Because I had no job at t...
... I agree. Contact the police first. I do not know what is the amount of money that he owes you, but going to court may be a long and expensive process. You also have to consider that fact that even if you win in court, you might not be able to collect it. Good luck.See question
Is there a time limit that a bill collector has to sue you for a bill. My ex-husband has not paid some bills from when we were together. These bills are over 15 years old and he has somehow managed to slip through the cracks, we agreed that he wou...
In short without knowing more information, I don't think they will be able to collect anything for you. If they try, you will probably be able to have the matters dismissed. Good luck.See question