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January 2018 Archives

A construction defect can put a damper on your new home

It is an exciting, as well as stressful, time when you have just closed on your home and are getting ready to move in. The last thing you want to discover is something wrong with your house that has the potential to lower its value and make living uncomfortable or even dangerous. Hopefully, the inspection that was made prior to signing the final paperwork revealed any potential problems and allowed you to address them. Unfortunately for many Illinois homebuyers, however, is the possibility of an unforeseen construction defect creating problems down the line.

What kinds of construction defects could occur?

Whether you have a house built, put an addition on your existing home or renovate, you will more than likely need help with the work. This means hiring an Illinois construction company in order to do the work. As such, you place a great deal of trust in those who will be working on your home. Even if you know little or nothing about construction, it may help to have some idea of the potential construction defects that could affect the success of your project.

Can you save your credit in a divorce?

To some extent, finances and credit ratings sustain some sort of damage when an Illinois marriage ends. It is nearly impossible for either party to come out of the divorce process unscathed. However, it may be possible to reduce the potential damage as much as possible in order to allow for a more secure financial future.

It's a new year with new divorce laws regarding pets

Many Illinois couples believe that their pets are part of the family. However, up until recently, the courts considered them property during a divorce. That changed on Jan. 1 when a law went into effect that treats pets more like children during the divorce.