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- Construction Law
- Business Law
- Real Estate Law
- Insurance Claims
- Insurance Defense
- Legal Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Free Consultation
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- 7th Circuit
- United States District Court Northern District of Illinois
- English: Spoken, Written
- Attorney / Managing Partner
- Shipley Law Group Ltd.
- Northern Illinois University
- J.D. (1978) | Law
- Activities: Member, Student Government
- University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
- B.A. (1975) | History
- University of Illinois - Chicago
- AV Preeminent
- Martindale-Hubbel Lawyers Service
- Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
- Construction Lawyers Society of America
- Invitation-only, selective and limited membership international association of the world’s best construction lawyers.
- Illinois State Bar
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Articles & Publications
- Commercial General Liability Insurance in the Age of Covid-19
- Illinois State Bar Association Insurance Newsletter
- Contracts:The Basics
- Building Entrepreneur Magazine
- Commercial General Liability Insurance , ISBA Insurance Section Council Seminar , Chicago
- ADR and Joint Venture Agreements , Construction Industry Conference , Chicago, Illinois
- Private Engagement Counseling , Construction Industry Conference
- Certified Mediator and Panel Arbitrator
- American Arbitration Association
Websites & Blogs
- Shipley Law Group Web Site
27 Questions Answered
- Q. My sister might b suing me for a right to survivorship bank account I had with our mother who recently passed. Can she?
- A: If the account is set up right of survivorship, where you and your mother were the co-owners, that means that upon her death you become the sole owner of the account, which passes outside of probate. So I would review how the account was set up to verify your ownership rights. Regarding litigation, you cannot stop your sister from filing a lawsuit and you will be forced to defend. I would suggest you review the issue with an attorney so you can verify your rights and then perhaps the attorney can help to resolve the issue so a lawsuit is not filed.
- Q. My neighbor had a huge rubbish fire that melted the siding on my shed. Are they responsible for the damage?
- A: If your neighbor was responsible for the fire you describe and it ultimately caused damage to your property then the neighbor would be responsible for paying the cost of the damage to your shed. If the neighbor did not actually start the fire, but was aware that there was a fire, then they would still likely be responsible. It may be best for you, subject to the dollar value of the damage (cost to repair) and the deductible on your insurance policy, to make a claim with your homeowner's insurance, so that the damage can be repaired. The insurance company would then make the decision as to whether it wanted to pursue your neighbor for reimbursement.
- Q. Do I have to go to court to enter into a restitution agreement?
- A: Your description suggests you took something without permission and have reached an agreement with the owner of the property. An agreement can be prepared and signed which confirms the agreement to repay the money. The agreement should also include the property owner releasing any claims that they may have had against you once the payment has been made.
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