We get calls about everything from pet’s rights to corporate whistle blowing. Some calls, however, are more common. Here are three random legal tips that might come in handy for you (or your friends and family).
- Setting up powers of attorney is fairly simple for most people, and you can do it for free. This is one of the rare instances where we recommend (1) using an online form and (2) handling a legal document on your own. The reason is that a power of attorney isn’t that complicated, and it’s important to have so we want to encourage you to get it done, even if that means doing it yourself. You can find forms for the two types of power of attorney (healthcare and property) here.
- It’s never too late to collect past due child support, if you have a court order. If you don’t have an order from a judge that orders the other parent to make payments, then get one. But if you do, there is no deadline. You can always collect. Talk to an attorney if you need help getting started. They can help you locate the other parent, find out about income they might be hiding, and file the court documents to get them child support you are owed.
- Every type of case has a statute of limitations, or deadline. The deadlines are strict. If you don’t file a lawsuit in time, you don’t get a second chance. For example, the statute of limitations for personal injury in Illinois is two years from the date of the injury. That is your deadline for filing suit. There are some exceptions, like if the injured person is a minor, but the two-year rule applies in the vast majority of cases. Always ask an attorney which rule applies in your case. And don’t delay if you think you might want to file a lawsuit. You don’t want to miss your chance.
If you have a question about these tips, or anything else, just let us know.