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Housing the Homeless in your Village
Posted on: Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013
  • 11:07 AM

Building residences for homeless persons in the northwest suburban Cook County areas is met with opposition from the village boards and claims of discrimination by those who seek to build the residences

I think few people, if any would disagree that solving homelessness should be a priority for our society. However, without having conducted a survey, I can foresee that many people, who support housing for the homeless, would prefer that such housing be provided in some village other than their own. This is not a rhetorical discussion. Housing for the homeless is being proposed in northwest suburban Cook County. Village boards in three villages, Wheeling, Arlington Heights, and Palatine, each considered and initially rejected such plans. However, all three had different outcomes. See my blog, Everyday Law, for more information.

New Law Helps Homeowners Transfer Their Home upon Death
Posted on: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
  • 07:56 AM

Illinois has a new law which permits homeowners to transfer real estate upon their death through a recorded instrument and without the need of a will or going through probate proceedings. The "Illinois Residential Real Property Transfer on Death Instrument Act" became effective on January 1, 2012.

Before this new law, if you wanted to transfer your home upon death and without going through probate court, you had to set up a living trust, put title to the home into a land trust, or other through other costly and time consuming steps. The new law will help homeowners who do not have estates large enough to justify the cost of an involved estate plan. If you would like more information about the new Illinois and how it may benefit you, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Illinois' New Civil Union Law -- A Brief Overview
Posted on: Friday, Jun 10, 2011
  • 08:52 AM

On June 1, 2011, Illinois's new law creating civil unions took effect. Please see my June 10, 2011 blog entry about the new law. If you have any questions, contact me.

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