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What is the eviction process in Illinois?

As with most states, Illinois has very specific laws about eviction. If you live in a rental, your landlord must follow the guidelines set by the law to legally evict you. According to Illinois.gov, to actually evict you and physically remove you from a property, a landlord must have a court order. However, before the situation gets to the point of going to court, there is another step your landlord must take.

What should I disclose when selling my house?

When you decide to sell your home in Illinois, you need to do more than highlight the amenities and include your asking price and photos to the listing. Those are important factors that are necessary to gain the attention of potential buyers. But if you want your real estate transaction goes smoothly, you must also disclose certain facts about the condition of your home. It may seem that the best way to ensure your home sells quickly is for you to hide critical information about your home. But if you do not disclose information about certain issues, your home could end up sitting on the market for a long time and you risk being sued by the next owner. 

What is equitable distribution?

Most states, including Illinois, are considered equitable distribution states. If you are getting divorced, you have probably heard this term. It refers to how your assets will be divided between you and your spouse when the divorce is finalized. The Huffington Post explains that equitable distribution is based on the idea of the court fairly dividing up property.

What can I actually include in a premarital agreement?

Creating a prenuptial agreement is becoming an increasingly common legal step for couples to take before getting married. This type of agreement essentially establishes both you and your future spouse's financial rights if you end up dissolving your marriage. It also establishes both parties' property rights.

What is FSBO?

FSBO stands for “for sale by owner.” It is a term that you may see when you are looking at real estate in Illinois. It basically means that you are selling your home without the help of a real estate agent. So, if someone wants to buy your home, they would deal directly with you. You also take on many responsibilities when you decide to go the FSBO route.

Common mistakes made in a divorce

Mistakes have a way of slowing down the process of finalizing a divorce settlement. Many Illinois couples will find that if they avoid common divorce mistakes, they can save time and money on their divorce. Most mistakes are easily categorized as either financial or emotional.

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    -Donna Jones Craig Jim Maloof Realtor

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