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- Real Estate Law
- Business Law
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- Foreclosure Defense
- Legal Malpractice
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- English: Spoken, Written
- Federal Bar Association
- - Current
- Decalogue Society of Lawyers
- - Current
- Chicago Bar Association
- - Current
- Saint Louis University School of Law
- J.D. (1979)
- Washington University in St. Louis
- B.A. (1976) | History and Sociology
- Certificate of Merit
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Illinois  # 3125591
- Fraudulent Conveyances, Piercing the Corporate Veil, Attacking the Sham Divorce , ISBA Law Ed
- Piercing the Corporate Veil in Bankruptcy , Strafford Webinars
- Strafford Webinars
- Mortgage Foreclosures 2015 , IICLE
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4 Questions Answered
- Q. Is it true if you maintain a section of property for seven years it is then yours.
- A: In Illinois, no, the amount of time for achieving "adverse possession" is an open and conspicuous ownership for twenty consecutive years. Obviously, if you hold title to the property your ownership is more defined. There is some law that states if you have "color of title" and pay taxes on the subject real estate for seven consecutive years, then you have defined rights in the property, but these rights might still be subordinate to other title holders.
- Q. I owe 6 finance companys and 3 other on line accounts like ginnys,seventh ave,home at 5 do i qualify for bankruptcy
- A: The issue of "qualification" for bankruptcy is complex. As an individual, you qualify to be a debtor (see section 109 of the bankruptcy code) but the issue of whether you should file bankruptcy requires an investigator by a competent bankruptcy lawyer as to the status of your assets, liability, income and expenses. For example, you might not qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation) if your debts are not primarily business debts and you make more money than the "means test" allows. The means test is the test to determine if you qualify for a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13. The means Test is a function of the total household income and expenses, and not just the individual debtors income and expenses. The foregoing is only part of the complexity in answering your question but I recommend a conference with a competent bankruptcy lawyer to solve your problems.
- Q. I have a traffic fine from a camera violation...can I include it in my bankruptcy??
- A: This debt is non-dischargeable because it is a governmental fine. You could stretch out the payment in a Chapter 13, but the debt can not be discharged in any bankruptcy, including a Chapter 7.
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