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Erik K Jacobs

Erik K Jacobs

Cicero, France & Alexander, P.C.
  • Real Estate Law, Personal Injury, Business Law ...
  • Illinois
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Erik Jacobs is a highly regarded litigator and transactional attorney in Northern Illinois. He received a BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa and his law degree, with honors, from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1991. He was a member of both the Law Review and the National Moot Court Team as well as a Research Assistant for the Dean of the Law School. He spent the first two years of his practice as a law clerk to a Federal Judge in the Northern District of Illinois before moving into private practice where he represented physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation. Over the next several years he acquired an affinity for real estate and developed a transactional practice alongside his defense work. Over his nearly 30 years of practice he has represented hundreds of developers, contractors and consumers in residential and commercial real estate transactions and related litigation throughout the area. He spent many years as counsel to the Rockford Area Association of Realtors® (RAAR) and was instrumental in drafting the RAAR and Winnebago County Bar Association (WCBA) Joint Approved Contracts for the purchase and sale of residential, commercial/industrial, and farm properties as well as contracts for new construction and other forms. He currently serves as General Counsel for the Rockford Area Apartment Association. He is a past Chairman of the Real Estate and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of the Winnebago County Bar Association. He has been the Hearing Officer for Winnebago County, Illinois since 1997, where he presides over violations of the County’s Health, Zoning and Building code violation hearings, among other things. He is an active member of the Winnebago County and Illinois State Bar Associations and the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association. Among other civic and charitable activities, he volunteers his time as a board member for the Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity.

Practice Areas
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Insurance Defense
  • Free Consultation
    Free Consultations in Wrongful Death and Personal Injury cases
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingent Fee Agreements are available in Wrongful Death and Personal Injury cases.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Our firm has a schedule of regular hourly fees for all cases except Wrongful Death and Personal Injury cases, which are accepted on a contingent fee basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Supreme Court of Illinois
ID Number: 6207081
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United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
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United States District Court - Northern District of Illinois
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Cicero, France & Alexander, P.C.
- Current
Hearing Officer
Winnebago County
- Current
I preside over cases involving violations of the Winnebago County Illinois Zoning, Building, Health and Animal Control Ordinances.
Hyzer, Hyzer & Jacobs
Kostantacos, Traum, Reuterfors & McWilliams, P.C.
Law Clerk
United State District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - Honorable Philip G. Reinhard
Northern Illinois University College of Law
J.D. (1991) | Law
Honors: Graduated with Honors
Activities: Member of the Law Review Member of the National Moot Court Team Best Oral Advocate Research Assistant to Dean Leonard P. Strickman
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University of Iowa
B.B.A. (1987) | Finance
Activities: I was a member of the University of Iowa Soccer Team
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Illinois
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Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association
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Winnebago County Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Past Chairman of the Real Estate and CLE Sections Past President of the Winnebago County Bar Foundation
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Illinois State Bar Association
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Instructor, Rockford, IL
Rockford Area Association of Realtors
I provided instruction to Rockford Area Realtors regarding the local Joint Approved Contract for the Purchase and Sale of Real Estate (Residential, Commercial/Industrial, Farms, Condominiums), Agency and Ethics for many years. I have also spoken at various Continuing Legal Education courses over the past 29 years.
Legal Answers
21 Questions Answered
Q. I'm a disabled renter who resides in a building that has been sold for taxes and the deed has been submitted to the cour
A: If the tax buyer has just recently applied for a deed to the property with the court, then the previous owner still "owns" the property until the court deeds it to the tax buyer. When you say "person claiming to own the property" I'm not sure if you mean the person holding the tax deed or the person whose interest is about to be terminated. If you're talking about the person who is about to lose the home, maybe contact the tax buyer and see if they will continue to rent to you after they obtain the deed. this would solve your immediate problem of having a place to stay. Without more details, I don't know if the current owner can "redeem" the taxes to keep the home. I suppose that if they still own the property, they can claim rent until the time the new owner obtains a deed. If you fail to pay him and he still owns the property, he can still file an action to evict you for non-payment of rent or perhaps a small claims action for rent later on.
Q. I need to know whether to continue to pay rent where I live cause it was sold for back taxes and I'm disabled...
A: First off, I'd need a little more information. Were the taxes sold? If so, you would continue to pay rent to the registered owner. The owner can always redeem the taxes by paying the arrearage and interest. Perhaps a call to the County treasurer's office would be in order. In my county they will tell you if taxes were sold and the amount required to redeem. If they were sold, the tax buyer has to wait at least two years after first purchasing the delinquent taxes before applying to the Court for a tax deed to the property. Did a tax buyer obtain a tax deed? If so, then they would be the new owner of the property and you would pay that person or entity rent. Oftentimes people get the two concepts confused. You can always go to the recorder's office and obtain a copy of the last deed of record which would show who the true owner of the property is.
Q. Our mother passed away approximately 2 years ago, and we are still paying the mortgage on the property.
A: First off, I'm assuming that the property was in her name and not in a trust. Was there a will? That would determine who initially has title to the home. If your mother died without a will and she did not have a surviving spouse, then the house goes to her heirs at law. Was an estate opened in probate court? All estates over $100,000 are required to be probated. If not, then there may still be a work around. Often, title companies will insure a transfer if there is no estate but all of the heirs execute a deed to a grantee and provide the title company with an affidavit of heirship....
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Cicero, France & Alexander, P.C.
6323 E. Riverside Blvd
Rockford, IL 61114
Telephone: (815) 226-7700
Fax: (815) 226-7701
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed