| Read Time: 4 minutes | Immigration

How Much Does a Green Card Cost?

To receive a green card through your marriage to a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident you must prepare personal documents and government applications. You also must prepare yourself financially. Your green card application comes with multiple forms and fees, and you may also have to pay for copies of personal documents to submit with your application. ...

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| Read Time: 5 minutes | Immigration

Getting a Green Card Through Marriage

You can apply for a green card if you married a United States citizen or legal permanent resident and immigrated to the United States to be with your spouse. A green card gives you the right to live and work permanently in the United States. With a green card, you also have more legal protections than a visa holder....

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | Foreclosure

Can a Bank Foreclose if Payments Are Current?

Foreclosure most commonly refers to a lender taking possession of a property for non-payment of a mortgage loan. However, the status of mortgage payments is just one cause of foreclosures. Other causes include the owner’s unpaid debt to other parties, a homeowner not meeting other aspects of the loan agreement, and payments misdirected to the wrong lender.  Therefore even...

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| Read Time: 4 minutes | COVID-19

COVID-19 Forbearance

Legal and real estate professionals expect foreclosures to be on the rise in 2021. Fortunately, the federal government is aware many people are struggling due to COVID-19. Forbearance avenues, therefore, exists to assist homeowners.  If you are a homeowner genuinely unable to meet your mortgage obligations, you should explore all avenues of mortgage forbearance. COVID-19 or other life challenges...

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| Read Time: 6 minutes | Divorce & Family Law Articles

What Happens When You File for Divorce First?

When you file for divorce first, you become the plaintiff in the case. This means that you may have a bit more control over the case. For example, the plaintiff can drop the case as long as they do so before the defendant’s spouse files an answer. Timing Advantages of Filing First Assuming that your spouse is not also...

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| Read Time: 5 minutes | Divorce & Family Law Articles

I Need a Divorce Lawyer and Have No Money

Many people need a divorce lawyer but cannot afford to pay expensive legal fees. Fortunately, you may be able to find representation through a local legal aid society or volunteer lawyers organization. Many of these organizations provide low-cost or even free legal services to qualifying individuals. These organizations also offer additional resources that may help you with your divorce....

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| Read Time: 7 minutes | Foreclosure

How To Stop Foreclosure In Illinois

Facing foreclosure is stressful, legally complex, and a danger to your credit. If you have missed mortgage payments or your lender has filed a Notice of Default (NOD), you might feel like there is nothing you can do to prevent the loss of your home. But you are not without hope. In Illinois, there are legal avenues an experienced...

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| Read Time: 6 minutes | Foreclosure

How To Get Help With Foreclosure

If you are fearing foreclosure, an experienced Chicago foreclosure defense attorney can analyze whether you are at risk. If you are, they can help prevent foreclosure and protect your credit. Do not let the fear of foreclosure paralyze you. Be proactive by understanding your rights and using available courses of action. Let’s answer some questions you may have about...

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| Read Time: 4 minutes | Foreclosure

Can a Bank Accept Payment During Foreclosure?

If you are making payments during foreclosure, it is important to understand whether the lender can accept those payments. In addition, you should evaluate your reasons for making payments. Depending on why you are making the payments during foreclosure, there are likely other options to meet your goals. In Foreclosure, Will the Lender Still Accept My Payments? The short...

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | Foreclosure

Can You Stop A Foreclosure Once It Starts?

The foreclosure process may create substantial stress and uncertainty. Often, if you are facing foreclosure, you are also handling other challenges in life. In some situations, with the help of an attorney, you may be able to stop the foreclosure process. What Is Foreclosure? Generally, when someone buys a home, they need to get a mortgage loan—i.e., borrow money—to...

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