Areas of Practice



EMPLOYMENT LAW

 

     Employment law basically deals with the relationship between employers and employees. If you feel your employer has treated you wrongly as an employee or if you are an employer who has problems with an employee, you may benefit from my services. Some employees belong to labor unions which have specific negotiation and labor law procedures that protect union members. I can help determine which laws apply to your particular situation and how you can take advantage of the laws to protect your rights. This practice area includes:

     - Discrimination in Employment based on Gender, Race, Religion, National Origin, Disability, Age

     - Wrongful Termination

     - Sexual Harassment

     - Retaliation

     - Unemployment Compensation

     - Workers’ Compensation

     - Employee Handbooks

     - Employee and Labor/Union Relations

     - Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

     - Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

     - Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

     - Equal Pay Act (EPA)




EDUCATION/SCHOOL LAW

     
Education/school law relates to how our schools operate under the Illinois School Code. This area covers matters like educational standards, school official certification and qualification, school district and school board authority, student attendance, discipline, and dress code requirements. School districts and school boards who have potential disputes with students, teachers, and parents should seek counsel from an education/school law attorney. Parents who have issues with their children's education should also seek legal counsel from an education/school law attorney. For example, if you think your child has been improperly disciplined by a school, I can help you determine if challenging the discipline is warranted and within your legal rights. This practice area includes:

     - School Disciplinary Actions

     - Special Education

     - Student Handbooks and Code of Conduct

     - Employee and Labor/Union Relations



WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING

 

     There are certain documents that each person should have to set out how you and your property are managed should you become incapacitated or upon your death. These documents include a Will, Trust, Power of Attorney for Health Care, and Power of Attorney for Property.




Will

     A Will is a document that directs who will receive your property after your death and it appoints an Executor to carry out your wishes. Equally as important, a Will allows you to appoint a Guardian for your children and to specify funeral and burial arrangements.




Trust

     A Trust is an estate planning tool which can be used to begin distributing property before death, at death, or after death. A Trust becomes effective as soon as you create it. A Trust may allow your estate to avoid having to be probated by a court.




Power of Attorney

     Unlike a Will, which comes into play after your death, a Power of Attorney comes into play while you are still alive. A Power of Attorney for Health Care addresses your desires regarding medical care and treatment and appoints an agent to make health care decisions for you should you become incapacitated. A Power of Attorney for Property establishes an agent to manage your property should you become incapacitated.

 

     If you would like to ensure that you and your loved ones are properly taken care of, I am available to advise and assist you with the preparation of any of these documents.




CIVIL RIGHTS AND DISCRIMINATION

 

     Civil rights are a class of rights that protect individuals’ freedom from unwarranted infringement by governments and private organizations, and ensure one’s ability to live and function without discrimination or repression.

 

     Civil rights include the ensuring of peoples’ physical integrity and safety; protection from discrimination on grounds such as physical or mental disability, gender, religion, race, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity; and individual rights such as the freedoms of speech and expression, religion, the press, movement, freedom of association, the right to assemble, the right to petition, the right of self-defense as supported by the Bill of Rights, and the right to vote.

 

     Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, and disability. If you believe you have experienced discrimination associated with employment, housing, or education, or believe your civil rights have been repressed, I can assist you with presenting your case to receive justice.