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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.

The information that you ultimately include in the owner’s agreement will provide guidance for handling a wide variety of issues that might arise at a later point in the life of the business. You should always discuss your situation with an experienced Oakbrook Terrace business lawyer before making decisions about a new business. An advocate at Farooqi & Husain Law Office can speak with you today.

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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.

Differences between an LLC and a C Corporation

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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.

Severity of Slips, Trips, and Falls at Places of Business

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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?

Fourth Amendment Overview

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Posted on 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.

Legal Language of “Parenting Time”

What does parenting time mean, exactly? First, it falls under Part VI of the IMDMA, which governs the “allocation of parental responsibilities.” Under the law, parenting time is defined as “the time during which a parent is responsible for exercising caretaking functions and non-significant decision-making responsibilities with respect to the child.” Looking at this specific language, it becomes important to understand what the law means when it refers to “caretaking functions.”

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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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federal immigration laws, Illinois immigration attorney, DuPage County immigration lawyer,Why is it important to work with an experienced Oakbrook Terrace immigration lawyer as you apply for citizenship and go through the naturalization process? The paperwork involved in naturalization is complicated, and it costs a lot of money to file. In short, if you do not have your materials in proper order the first time around, you could end up spending a lot more money in the long run to become a U.S. citizen. According to a recent article in the Times Ledger, the economic costs involved in naturalization have become so steep that some immigrants simply are excluded from the ability to take steps toward citizenship. Indeed, for many new residents of Illinois and other parts of the country, the naturalization process can be cost-prohibitive.

Rising Fees and Other Costs to Apply for Citizenship

According to the article, fees and other costs associated with the naturalization process are on the rise. To be sure, “the citizenship applicant fees have soared nearly 500 percent since 1989, after adjusting for inflation,” the article reported. In addition, immigrants need to acquire near fluency in the English language (if they do not already speak English) to pass a language proficiency exam, and this can mean hundreds or even thousands of dollars more to pay for ESL courses. Low-income immigrants, in particular, are described as being “plagued” by the costs associated with naturalization.

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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.

At Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we have years of experience helping members of the Muslim community to file family petitions for permanent residency and can discuss your options with you.

Petitioning for Family Members to Become Permanent Residents

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Illinois immigration attorney, immigration laws, illegal raids, Immigration to the United States is a complex legal process, but it also brings with it social complications and fears of discrimination among immigrant communities. For the Muslim community in DuPage County, questions about rights and responsibilities as persons living in the U.S. often arise. At Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we are dedicated to helping Muslim individuals and families in Oakbrook Terrace. We understand the complexities of the immigration process, and the anxiety and frustration that can accompany that process. We are particularly attuned to concerns about immigrants’ rights in America, and recent immigration raids that have targeted particular communities in Illinois.

Should Muslims be especially concerned about the recent string of immigration raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Chicagoland? According to a recent news release from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), immigrant advocates are condemning these raids and urging Illinois officials to think carefully about issues of equality in our state.

Raids Condemned by Immigrants’ Rights Advocates

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Posted on in Estate Planning

Illinois probate laws, Illinois estate planning attorney, Islamic estate planning attorney,When someone dies in Illinois, family members may have to deal with the process of probate. What is probate? In short, it is a term that refers to the legal steps that occur after a death in order to settle the estate of the deceased. While a term like “estate” might not seem like a word used to describe what is left when someone of modest means passes away, it is in fact a legal term that applies to anyone, regardless of income level. It is important for all members of the Muslim community in DuPage County to think about estate planning. And when it is time to deal with probate, it is important to understand how this process works. In addition, DuPage County residents should understand how changes to Illinois law for 2016 may impact the probate process.

Understanding Probate

In Illinois, probate is governed by the Probate Act of 1975 (755 ILCS 5/). As we noted previously, probate is the legal process that occurs after a person’s death. Probate is simply one way to deal with the estate of a deceased person. The process has numerous steps, including but not limited to:

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody lawyer,As of January 1, 2016, a number of changes concerning divorce and parenting laws have taken effect. But these are not the only family laws that have changed as of the beginning of this year. Indeed, as lawmakers sought to overhaul the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) so that it better reflects the needs and goals of divorce and parenting in the twenty-first century, lawmakers also took a close look at the Parentage Act and the ways in which it, too, was outdated.

The new Parentage Act of 2015 will impact many families in DuPage County, and members of the Muslim community should recognize the significance of these legal changes. While some of the issues raised in the new parentage laws are not as likely to impact Muslims as substantially as other DuPage County residents, it is nonetheless important to have an idea about how these laws work. A report from the Illinois Judicial Conference & DePaul University College of Law summarizes the key elements of the Parentage Act of 2015.

Parenthood and Gender Neutrality

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody lawyer,A previous post discussed a number of changes made to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), all of which took effect as of January 1, 2016. When the overhaul of the IMDMA was signed into law, it contained numerous alterations to parenting during and after divorce. It is also necessary to understand some general changes to parenting laws in Illinois and the ways in which they will impact Muslim families in DuPage County.

Child Custody and the Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

One of the first major shifts to the IMDMA with regard to parenting is a basic name change concerning child custody. While changing the title for a specific area of the law might not at first appear to be a significant alteration, it suggests a shift in the way Illinois courts will approach issues of child custody. What is that name change? The large section of the IMDMA that concerns child custody has been renamed “Allocation of Parental Responsibility.”

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody lawyer,Over the last several years, lawmakers have instituted changes to the Illinois marriage and divorce statute in relation to same-sex marriage and spousal maintenance. Yet those changes only represent a small portion of recent shifts in laws concerning Illinois families. To be sure, the Illinois legislature recently passed a substantial rewrite of our state’s laws when it comes to marriage and divorce, and those new laws will go into effect on January 1, 2016.

It is important for Muslim families in the Oakbrook Terrace area to have a better understanding of the changes to our state’s marriage and divorce laws, and the ways in which those laws can impact family life. It is imperative to understand the major changes being made to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) in order to best prepare yourself for any issues relating to family law within the state.

No More Grounds for Divorce

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody lawyer,If you are filing for divorce or are in the midst of dissolving your marriage, how will you be impacted by the availability of temporary support? For many Muslims in DuPage County, temporary support is a significant issue. If you were the primary earner in your household during your marriage, you will need to be aware that the court can order you to pay temporary support for your spouse and children until other orders are finalized. And if you were not the primary earner in your family, you are likely to have questions about whether you will be eligible for temporary spousal support and temporary child support until your divorce is completed.

Major changes to Illinois’s marriage and divorce laws will take effect on January 1, 2016, and one of those new laws deals specifically with temporary support.

Establishing the Need for Temporary Support

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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, Illinois Domestic Violence Act,If you have been served with an order of protection or are facing domestic violence charges, it is important to have an experienced Oakbrook Terrace criminal defense lawyer on your side. Being charged with domestic violence is a criminal offense, and it can have a serious impact on your life. Crimes involving domestic violence are government by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 (750 ILCS 60/). According to the statute, our state recognizes domestic violence as a “serious crime against the individual and society which promotes family disharmony in thousands of Illinois families.”

If you were charged with domestic violence, you could be facing serious penalties. At the Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we are committed to helping members of the Oakbrook Terrace Muslim community with a wide variety of family law and criminal defense matters. Many Muslims in Illinois face domestic violence charges, and an experienced attorney can help to ensure that you are treated fairly and have a proper defense.

Criminal Misdemeanors and Domestic Violence

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Posted on in Orders of Protection

Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, protection order,What is an order of protection in DuPage County? According to the Illinois Attorney General’s website, orders of protection are court orders that “restrict an abuser.” They are designed to prevent an abuser from doing any harm to the petitioner or to his or her children. It is important to know that they are only available to family members of members of the same household. In other words, orders of protection are not designed to protect individuals from casual acquaintances or persons they do not know very well. Rather, they are to protect individuals from a violent family member or from another person who lives in the same household.

Domestic violence is an issue that impacts member of the Muslim community in DuPage County. If you have questions or concerns about an order of protection, you should speak with an experienced DuPage County family law attorney.

Who Counts as a Family or Household Members?

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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, Illnois traffic laws, What do you need to know about aggravated speeding in Illinois? In short, under the Illinois Vehicle Code, aggravated speeding is a very serious offense. At the Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we want to ensure that members of the Muslim community in DuPage County understand the severity of such an offense.

To be sure, a charge of excessive or aggravated speeding can result in a negative impact on your auto insurance rates, but it can also leave you with a criminal record. It is important to understand the recent changes to this law that increased the severity of speeding. And if you have been charged with aggravated speeding, an aggressive Oakbrook Terrace criminal defense lawyer can help to limit the impact of this offense.

Understanding DuPage County Excessive or Aggravated Speeding

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Illinois bankruptcy attorney, Illinios Chapter 7 lawyer, Illinois Chapter 13 attorney, If you have overwhelming debts and concerns about how you will be able to pay your bills, filing for personal bankruptcy may be a solution for you. In general, chapter 7 bankruptcy and chapter 13 bankruptcy are the two primary ways in which individuals can file for bankruptcy. It is necessary to understand the differences between these types of bankruptcy before deciding which may be right for you, but it is even more important to work with an experienced Oakbrook Terrace bankruptcy lawyer.

Bankruptcy law is extremely complicated, and you will need an advocate on your side. At the Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we know that many members of the Muslim community struggle with personal debt. We can discuss your bankruptcy options with you today.

What Is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

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Posted on in Employment Law

Illinois business attorney, Illinois employment law attorney, Oakbrook Terrace business lawyer, If you are in the process of negotiating an employment contract for a position in the healthcare field, it is important to seek advice from an experienced employment law attorney. Many Muslims in our community are employed in healthcare professions, and many Muslims in our state are practicing physicians. But before you agree to a contract or the terms of an offer, you should know precisely what implications that agreement can have when it comes to your benefits and your ability to practice medicine in a manner that you believe is appropriate.

Learning about Physician Employee Contracts

Not all employment contracts are alike, and physicians’ contracts can vary widely depending on your specific area of practice and the type of employer. According to a fact sheet provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and a handout from the American College of Physicians, there are several key elements of any physician employment agreement, and it is particularly important to work with an experienced employment attorney who can review the details of your offer. Generally speaking, the elements of any physician employee agreement that should be of utmost importance include:

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Posted on in Islamic Lawyer

Islamic business attorney, Illinois business attorney, Illinois business law,Are you in the process of forming a business or expanding a business venture? Do you have plans for upcoming business negotiations or business litigation? No matter what kind of business law issue you currently are facing, it is extremely important to seek advice from an experienced DuPage County business law attorney. Dealing with contracts and other business agreements can sometimes result in complications for the Muslim community.

Negotiating Business Contracts

For Muslims in the business world, it is important to understand the relationship between business law and the terms set forth for doing business in the Quran. Generally speaking, for contracts to be valid under U.S. civil law, they must have two elements according to the U.S. Small Business Administration:

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