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ADDA ELDRIDGE: FOUNDING MOTHER OF ILLINOIS PROFESSIONAL NURSING

Adda Eldredge, Founding Mother

The story of Adda Eldredge, Founding Mother of Illinois Professional Nursing does not include battlefields or the hospitals near them, like the stories of Florence Nightingale, Dorothea Dix or Mary Ann Bickerdyke.  Her work to professionalize nursing was in the political arena. Their success is astonishing when one considers for a moment that when she […]

Illinois Requirements for a Valid Last Will and Testament

Illinois Probate Act

The Constitution’s Tenth Amendment notes that any power not given to the federal government is reserved to the states or the people. The Constitution does not give the federal government power over the disposition of property upon someone’s death.[1] This is a power reserved to the states, and the law in this area varies from […]

Types of Property Ownership are Important in Estate Planning

private property

The principal goal of estate[1] planning is to see that the wishes of the person who accumulated property[2] are met. The most familiar method for addressing this goal is a valid Last Will and Testament. An additional tool maybe a Revocable Living Trust[3].  Both of these legal tools are primarily designed to direct disposition of […]

Real Estate Contract Contingencies & The Attorney Review Period

Sign on the Dotted Line

People making an offer to buy a home should be certain the written contract offer includes an attorney review period. Small contract matters can have big consequences. Residential real estate transactions typically begin with a written offer from an interested buyer to a seller.  Form contracts[1] are often used with blank spaces for the property […]

Driving With a Suspended License in Illinois

How to Get Back a Suspended or Revoked Illinois Driver's License

The State of Illinois can suspend or revoke a person’s driving privileges for 36 reasons. Over 500,000 people in Illinois are unable to legally drive. Driving[1] with a suspended or revoked license (DWLS) in Illinois[2] is a serious matter. It is a criminal offense. Many people assume getting a ticket for driving while suspended is no different than any […]

Illinois Misdemeanor Law

Misdemeanor charges include fingerprints on record with the FBI

While the penalties less serious than felonies, a misdemeanor arrest and guilty finding leads to criminal records with the FBI and state police. Illinois misdemeanors carry a maximum punishment of a fine and incarceration of up to 364 days in jail. Crimes for which a person may be punished by more than one year in jail or […]