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A will is an integral part of your estate plan, and it’s important to make sure it holds up after you pass on. Unfortunately, people may attempt to contest your will in an effort to benefit themselves.

Grounds for Contesting a Will in Illinois

In order to invalidate a will, the person contesting it must have legitimate grounds for doing so. Simply disagreeing with the provisions set forth in your will is not enough; they need to prove it is actually invalid.

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Premises liability cases involve injuries on another party’s property. The responsible party might be the land owner, the owner of a store, an on-site property manager, or maintenance providers. In some cases, these injuries are entirely preventable, and they may result from failure to adequately maintain the property.

Negligent maintenance cases are the result of poor maintenance of the property where your injury occurred.

Negligent Maintenance in Illinois

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Over the course of filing a workers’ compensation claim, the insurance company may contact you and ask for a recorded statement. In most—if not all—cases, you should decline this request. Just tell them no.

The reason for this is because the insurance company is looking for ways to either reduce the amount they have to pay you or to deny your claim entirely.

What the Insurance Company Wants

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Knowing who to turn to in the event of an Illinois work injury is key to recovering compensation. Most employees will only have to file a claim with their employer, but some claims may require prolonged involvement from other entities, including insurance companies and the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC).

Your Employer

In the event of a workplace injury, the first party you’ll communicate with is your employer. It’s your employer’s responsibility to provide workers’ compensation benefits to their employees, and you’ll report your injury to them. Typically, injuries should be reported within 45 days of the time they occurred (or within 45 days of when you discovered that you were injured).

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In most states, including Illinois, employees are not permitted to sue their employers for workplace injuries. The reason for this is because they are typically covered by their employers’ workers’ compensation insurance.

The Workers’ Compensation Compromise

Workers’ compensation covers most work injuries regardless of fault or liability. Illinois workers’ comp laws are particularly favorable toward workers, meaning you’re likely to be covered in the event that you are hurt on the job.

Employee lawsuits can be expensive, even if you end up winning. If you have employees, avoiding employment disputes is vital to success. Here, we’ll go over six tips for avoiding employment disputes.

1. Set Clear Expectations

First, employees are less likely to sue if your expectations are clearly set forth. By taking the time to make sure your requirements are both fair and clear, there’s less of a chance that an employee will feel that they are being treated unfairly.

When you file a personal injury claim, you’ll likely encounter a myriad of terms and concepts that may not be completely familiar to you. Following are some terms you’ll likely hear as you go about seeking compensation for your injuries.

Who’s Who in Your Personal Injury Case

There are two main parties in a personal injury case: the plaintiff, and the defendant. Each will have attorneys working with them.

When it comes to resolving disputes, arbitration has often been touted as more cost-effective than litigation, and it’s generally true—at least as long as it’s handled properly. To get the most out of arbitration, consider the following tips and tactics.

Have a Clear Arbitration Cause

First of all, a clear arbitration clause is a vital aspect of keeping arbitration as cost-effective as possible. By establishing the details of how arbitration will be carried out in advance, you can prevent a lot of the back-and-forth that may occur if those details were left up in the air.

At a certain point in your business’s growth, there may come the ideal time to form a corporation. To incorporate in the state of Illinois, you’ll need to follow some fairly specific steps.

Reasons to Incorporate

Forming a corporation has many potential benefits. Some of the main reasons it’s beneficial to incorporate include the following:

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