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Communication problems within care teams

When getting medical treatment at a hospital, you might receive care from many different doctors and nurses. It is not uncommon to be seen by dozens of medical professionals during a hospital stay. With such large care teams, good communication among the different members of the team is very important.

Unfortunately, communication difficulties can arise within such teams. For example, the doctors and nurses on the team might have trouble communicating with each other in a productive and effective manner. Such communication difficulties between doctors and nurses can have a variety of sources, including:

4 signs of elder abuse and neglect

Everyone deserves safety, respect and a comfortable living environment. You want nothing less for your aging family members. Healthcare professionals and caregivers typically have a drive to provide those necessities and more. However, sometimes there are people out there who pose a risk to the elderly. While this is disheartening, families should be observant.

Ensure you're protected under illinois workers' compensation

Any time someone is injured and undergoes medical treatment, there is that immediate fear of, "Oh no! Now I'm going to be hit with more medical bills." If you do have health insurance, you still have copays to cover, and you still may receive bills not covered by your provider. If you don't have health insurance, you're about to be responsible for potentially thousands of dollars of bills. You also may have saved up a lot of money and now fear that your savings will go to paying medical bills, especially if you have a severe injury.

You've been served with papers - "What should I do next?"

You've been served.

Television shows and movies use this phrase all the time. Service, however, ceases to be entertaining when it happens to you in real life. This is especially true if the action against you is unexpected. Once the shock of being served passes, many questions will inevitably race through your mind:

-Why was I served?

-What are these papers and what do they mean?

-What should I do next?

-What can an attorney do for me?

Child Support Modification in Illinois

Effective on July 1, 2017, Child Support calculations will be modified in Illinois. Specifically, the new law will modify two sections of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act ("The IMDMA"), specifically 750 ILCS 5/505 and 750 ILCS 5/510.

Currently, the courts typically award minimum percentages of the non-custodial parent's net income, regardless of the income of the custodial parent. For instance, if there is one child, the court will usually order 20% from one parents net income as child support; for two children it is 28% of the net income; three children is 32% of the net income; and four children is 40% of the net income. The new law changes these guidelines with an "income shares" model, which takes into account, the other parents income.

Power of Attorney

"Who will make decisions for me if I cannot do so?"

A Durable Power of Attorney for Property allows you (principal) to designate another person (agent) to act on your behalf with regard to the your property and finances.

A Durable Power of Attorney for Property can be specifically tailored to fit your needs and wishes. Your agent's powers can be broad or limited to a single transaction. Some of the typical powers covered by a Durable Power of Attorney for Property include:

"I need a will."

This is often what clients say when they are contemplating how to best take care of their families and their possessions after they pass away.

Following the client's initial declaration I usually ask some follow up questions to determine what specifically the client needs. However, after a few questions, most clients exclaim that all they need is a simple will and that any other work will not be necessary.

What To Do If You Get Arrested

If you get arrested for any reason, here are some tips to preserve your rights and still be respectful...

Always be polite when possible. Most police officers are good people and are doing their job. Do not give them a reason to think that you are a threat. However, if you are taken into custody, make sure to insist and demand your right to have an attorney present before you speak to the police. You do have the right to ask why you are being arrested. But remember that anything you say can be used against you. You can refuse to answer questions until your attorney is present.

Pro Hac Vice in Illinois

Pro hac vice is a legal term, which allows an attorney from one state to practice law in another state for a particular case. For example, a lawyer in Indiana may have a client who has a case pending in Illinois, and the client wants his Indiana lawyer to represent him in Illinois. An Indiana attorney can find a local Illinois attorney, have that attorney file an appearance, and then file for Permission for an Out-of-State Attorney to Provide Legal Services in Proceedings in Illinois. This allows the Indiana attorney to represent his client in Illinois. The Supreme Court of Illinois clearly defines the rules in The Supreme Court of Illinois Rule 707 (renamed as Permission for an Out-of-State Attorney to Provide Legal Services in Proceedings in Illinois). Here is a direct link to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 707: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#Rule707

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