Why You Need a Real Estate Attorney Involved in Your Transaction

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Mar 03,2021

Did you know that a real estate attorney is so integral in the real estate process, that some states require you to have a real estate lawyer by law? View the extensive list of states where this is the case. If you need aid in your real estate transaction, contact Michael J. Smith. We represent buyers, […]

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Statistics Show Divorce Is Extremely Prevalent in the United States

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Feb 24,2021

According to the American Psychological Association and the Encyclopedia of Psychology, “about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce.” In terms of the duration of subsequent marriages, the divorce rate is even higher. If you are considering divorce, or have decided to pursue a divorce, you are not alone. At […]

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Illinois Domestic Violence Statistics

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Feb 17,2021

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 41.5 percent of women and 25.9 percent of men have experienced domestic violence in the state of Illinois. View more eye-opening statistics pertaining to the realities of domestic violence in Illinois here. At Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC. we understand that being falsely accused of domestic […]

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Maneuvering a High Asset Divorce During an Unprecedented Time

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Feb 09,2021

How Are Assets Divided in Illinois High Asset Divorces? Illinois is an “equitable division” property state, which means that instead of being divided in half, a couple’s property will be split equitably, or fairly. However, this process becomes more complicated in a high net worth divorce, due to the fact that more assets exist. There is also […]

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American Institute of Legal Counsel Recognizes Attorney Michael J. Smith on “10 Best Attorneys” List

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Feb 01,2021

Attorney Michael J. Smith has been recognized on the American Institute of Legal Counsel’s “10 Best Attorneys” list. The prestigious list includes the top 10 attorneys by state and is heavily determined by the volume of desirable outcomes they have attained for clients. The list exists with the aim of granting notably accomplished lawyers with […]

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January Often Referred to as “Divorce Month”

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Jan 26,2021

January is often dubbed “Divorce Month” and this year, January 6 was dubbed “Divorce Day.” These terms associating January with taking actions to initiate a divorce arise due to an increase in divorce-related Google searches during the first month of the year. Lawyers additionally experience an increase in divorce related inquiries during the month of […]

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How Is Alimony Calculated in an Illinois High Asset Divorce?

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Jan 20,2021

In an Illinois divorce where the combined income of both spouses is less than $500,000 there is a particular mathematical formula used in order to decide how much alimony will be awarded. In high asset divorces however, this mathematical formula is not utilized. Instead, a judge will take certain factors into consideration in order to […]

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Attorney Smith Awarded CFL Designation

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Dec 30,2020

Attorney Michael J. Smith has been awarded CFL designation by The American Academy of Financial Litigators. In order to be eligible for this designation, lawyers must first prove their proficiency in all areas of financial litigation through rigorous coursework and upon passing the CFL exam. CFL designation is particularly exclusive, as good standing of the […]

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Attorney Michael Smith Recognized on Leader Lawyers Annual List

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Dec 02,2020

Attorney Michael J. Smith has been recognized on Leading Lawyers annual list which identifies the top lawyers in the Rockford, Illinois area. Landing on this list is an honor granted to less than 5 percent of all lawyers in a given state. The list is compiled after surveying all licensed lawyers in each state, as […]

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