Real Estate Law
Real Estate Law is the section of law concerned with real estate transactions or litigation. This includes the capacity to hold interests in real property, permissible interests in real property, relations between owners, landlord and tenant relations, the transfer of interests in real property, and real property financing.
Family Law pertains to the relationship between family members from a legal standpoint. Many issues concerning family law are personal or even distressing when under the scrutiny of a court of law. There are a vast number of areas in family law and a multitude of ways to solve these issues. Some examples of common areas within family law are: divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support (formerly alimony), and adoption.
Insurance law is the practice of law surrounding insurance, including insurance policies and claims. In Illinois, insurance companies are regulated pursuant to the Illinois Insurance Code (215 ILCS 5/1, et seq.). The insurance code requires insurers to act in “good faith” when dealing with insureds. When disagreements arise between insureds and the company civil disputes, e.g., litigation, may become necessary. Because there are many factors to consider when dealing with insurance claims and litigation it is best to retain counsel to assist with sorting through what can often be unique and complex situations.
Personal injury law applies in cases in which a person or persons are injured through the negligence, intention or fault of someone else. It is meant to compensate those who were injured by the fault of others. The most common types of personal injury cases arise from motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall incidents (also known as premises liability), dog bites, product liability, defective drugs, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, and wrongful death.
Consumer law deals with law that protect the rights of consumers. Examples include: The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, the Illinois Consumer Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Consumer credit is a large area of consumer law, covering everything from the disclosures that accompany credit card statements to contracts consumers sign for short-term loans.
The basic elements of every contract are mutual assent, consideration, capacity and legality. If these elements are present there may be an agreement enforceable by law, i.e., an agreement that the law will enforce. In some situations, however, a contract may be unenforceable due to deceit or fraud. For example, fraudulent inducement occurs where the accuracy and truthfulness of the discussions and negotiations of the parties prior to the contractual agreement were not conducted in good faith. Where a contract has been induced by fraud of the other party, the law generally permits the aggrieved party, at its option, to avoid the contract. In any event, competent counsel can provide great insight into the varying issues that may arise in contract law.