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Describing Illinois' dram shop law

Imagine being involved in an automobile accident on the streets of Peoria that leaves you with severe injuries as well as extensive damage to your vehicle. Then imagine discovering that the driver who caused the collision was driving while intoxicated. If such a scenario has already happened to you, your situation is the same as many of those that we here at Parker and Parker Attorneys at Law have helped in the past. In such an accident, there may be little question as to whether or not the drunk driver is liable. Yet can that liability be extended to those who helped him or her get to such a state? 

Dram shop laws describe statutes that assign vicarious liability to parties that provided alcohol to an indivdual whose subsequent impairment later causes damage. According to the Civil Jury Instructions issued by the Illinios Judiciary, you can indeed hold third parties accountable for the drunken actions of others. Dram shop liability extends to both business that sell alcoholic beverages, as well as the lessors or owners of the premises on which they are sold.

Prenups: the topics you can address and the ones you must avoid

Prenuptial agreements are important documents for soon-to-be-married couples, regardless of whether you have a lot of wealth and assets or not. Obviously the more assets you have, the more you will want to do to protect them. But that doesn't mean that people who aren't wealthy should ignore the benefits of a prenuptial agreement.

A prenuptial agreement allows a couple that will soon be having their wedding day to create rules, stipulations, and provisions that protect each person in case of a divorce. The prenup can also outline some other important factors in the relationship. Let's take a look at some of the matters you can and can't address in a prenup:

The IRS issued Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2016-45 announcing rates for the 2017 Adoption Tax Credit. There are changes, although the credit will work in a similar way to recent years such as 2015 and 2016. When you're filling out Form 8839 (click here for

bg_adopt-2-825x510.jpgThe IRS issued Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2016-45 announcing rates for the 2017 Adoption Tax Credit. There are changes, although the credit will work in a similar way to recent years such as 2015 and 2016. When you're filling out Form 8839 (click here for a link to the IRS form) soon for the adoption you finalized in 2016, or in a year for an adoption that you plan to finalize in 2017, here is the information to remember.

Leading Lawyers Includes Parker & Parker in Premier Under-40 Issue

In January, you'll see Leading Lawyers do an inaugural release through Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and other publications, naming Parker & Parker among its top 2.5% of Illinois attorneys under 40 years old. The issue will focus exclusively for the first time on this younger age group, which in the past has profiled the most famous and well-known lawyers in Illinois. You may see one of our attorneys profiled in this inaugural issue. Until then, and in advance of the release, they stopped by for a photo - definitely one of the easier hours we've had at the office lately. Sadly, the photo and issue is limited to under 40s, so Drew missed it by just a couple years.

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