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Family Petitions for Permanent Residency

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Immigration

federal immigration laws, Illinois immigration attorney, DuPage County immigration lawyer,For immigrants to the United States, determining the best and fastest way to bring your family members to this country can be a frustrating and complicated process. According to the website for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security, the type of family petition you file and the manner in which you file it can vary greatly depending on your own status as a permanent resident or citizen in the United States. In addition, the age and status of the family member you wish to bring to the U.S. can make an impact on the type of family petition you will need to file. In short, family petitions for permanent residency (or, in other words, to become a green card holder) are extremely complex.

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Driver's License Suspension in Illinois

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Driver's License Suspension

Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, DuPage County defense lawyerIn Illinois, your driver’s license can be suspended for many different traffic violations. The length of driver’s license suspension can depend upon your age as well as the specific offense. Losing your driver’s license—even temporarily—can be a frustrating and costly experience. Indeed, many members of the Muslim community in DuPage County rely on their vehicles for transportation to work. Given that it can be a long commute into downtown Chicago, for instance, we understand how important it is to have your license reinstated quickly.

Reasons a Driver’s License Can Be Suspended

Depending on the type of traffic violation committed, you can lose your driver’s license for a temporary period of time (which we call a “suspension” of your driving privileges), or it can be revoked (meaning that you may never be able to get your driving privileges back). According to the website for the Illinois Secretary of State, the situations through which a driver’s license can be suspended vary greatly. One of the primary reasons for which a license can be suspended is driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). The following are some facts concerning DUI-related license suspension:

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Parenting Time in Illinois

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Child Custody

Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody lawyer,Since January 1, 2016, sweeping changes to Illinois family laws have taken effect. Through the alterations to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/), couples who are thinking about divorcing will notice numerous changes in terminology. In some cases, the changes to the law will have an immediate impact. In other situations, the shifts in the law are largely semantic ones intended to have symbolic import. And such a change is precisely how we would categorize the change from “visitation” time that parents have with their kids after divorce to “parenting time.” In other words, the legal language of “visitation” has been removed from the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) in favor of language that speaks to the human realities of a parent’s relationship with his or her child.

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Drug Charges and the Fourth Amendment

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Fourth Amendment

Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, DuPage County defense lawyerIf you are arrested on drug charges, it is important to understand your rights. In particular, members of the Muslim community in Oakbrook Terrace should have a sense of their rights under the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits illegal searches and seizures of property. Constitutional law can be extremely complicated, and you should always discuss your case with an experienced DuPage County criminal defense lawyer.

However, it is nonetheless a good idea to have a sense of when and how the Fourth Amendment can protect you in the event that you are stopped or your property is searched. For example, when you refuse to give consent, can a law enforcement official still search your car or your home? And what does it mean for a law enforcement official to have “probable cause” to stop to conduct a search of your automobile or your home?

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Premises Liability and the Importance of Liability Insurance

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Premises Liability

Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois litigation attorney, DuPage County litigation lawyer,Sometimes customers or other individuals get hurt in slip and fall accidents at businesses. For business owners, learning about a serious slip, trip, and fall injury can be disconcerting, given that these accidents can result in severe injuries to the head, neck, and back, and sometimes they also result in broken bones. In short, slips and falls are serious, and businesses can be held liable in certain circumstances.

Litigation can be costly when someone falls and suffers serious injuries at your business. At Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we understand how detrimental it can be to a small business owner to face a serious premises liability lawsuit. We are here to help members of the DuPage County Muslim community, and we want to do all that we can to ensure that your business thrives. In order to prevent a costly premises liability claim, it is important to think carefully about purchasing premises liability insurance anytime you decide to open your own business.

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Deciding between an LLC and a Corporation

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Business Law

Illinois business attorney, Illinois business laws, Oakbrook Terrace business lawyerIf you are thinking about starting a business in DuPage County, it is important to understand the differences between forming an LLC and a corporation. Generally speaking, both of these business structures have the benefit of reducing an individual business owner’s liability in the event of a lawsuit or bankruptcy, for instance. However, these business structures are taxed very differently, and those tax differences can make a big difference in the long run. In addition, there are distinct types of corporations — namely, C corporations and S corporations — and the type you choose can have very different results in the long run.

It is important for members of the Muslim community in DuPage County to understand some of the distinctions between various business structures before launching a new enterprise. Once you have a sense of the pros and cons of each, you should always speak with an experienced business litigation attorney in Oakbrook Terrace. One of the dedicated lawyers at Farooqi & Husain Law Office can analyze your situation and discuss your options with you today.

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Why Do I Need an Operating or Shareholder Agreement?

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Business Law

Illinois business attorney, Illinois business laws, DuPage County business lawyerFor members of the Oakbrook Terrace Muslim community who are thinking about launching new business enterprise, it can be complicated to figure out how to draft an owner’s agreement. Different business structures have different forms of owner’s agreements.

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps to explain the distinctions among different kinds of business structures and the ways in which owner’s agreements can differ. Depending upon the type of business structure you have selected, your owner’s agreement will be entitled differently, but it should generally contain similar information. For instance, if you are forming a corporation, then you will need to create a shareholder agreement. If you are launching an LLC, however, you will need to create an operating agreement.

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Restoring Driving Privileges after a Suspended License

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Driver's License Suspension

Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, Illinois DUI attorney,For many Muslims in DuPage County, having a driver’s license is necessary to get to work in the area, to conduct business on a daily basis, and to provide for the needs of your family. As we have discussed previously, your driver’s license can be suspended for a number of different reasons under Illinois law, including but not limited to:

  • DUI conviction;
  • Violation of a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program;
  • Failure to appear in court;
  • Excessive points for other traffic violations;
  • Unpaid parking tickets; and
  • Failure to pay child support.

If you are facing a license suspension, we know that one of the most important things is doing all that you can to have your driving privileges restored. There are different ways in which you may be able to have your license restored, and you should do everything you can to abide by the terms of the driver’s license suspension until your driving rights are restored. At the Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we understand that facing a driver’s license suspension can be frustrating and extremely concerning if you rely on your car as your sole mode of transportation. We can examine the facts of your case and can discuss your options with you today.

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The Criminal Justice System: Adnan Syed Granted New Trial

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Criminal Justice System

Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, Illinois criminal law statutesHave you been following the case of Adnan Syed, which was chronicled in the podcast Serial? According to a recent report from NPR News, Syed was granted a hearing due to new evidence several months ago, and just last month he was granted a new trial. The reported quoted the Baltimore City Circuit Judge, Martin Welch, who vacated the conviction. In vacating that conviction, the judge indicated that Syed’s “attorney fell below the standard of reasonable professional judgment” during the initial trial.

In case you have not been following the Serial podcast and the case of Adnan Syed, here is a quick recap: Syed was charged with and convicted of the first degree murder of Hae Min Lee, his ex-girlfriend and a Baltimore high school student. Lee was found strangled in early 1999, and Syed was convicted in 2000. He has maintained his innocence since then, and he has now served more than 15 years of his life prison sentence.

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