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7 Ways to Avoid Backyard Dangers

kids-at-swing-1185902_1920.jpgAs summer approaches and children finish school it's important to check your yard to make sure that it is free from serious hazards that could injure children. Some of the most common backyard hazards include playsets, zip-lines, trampolines and fire pits. These quick steps will help you make sure that your backyard is safe and fun for the summer:

Partner Shawn Collins Earns Lifetime Achievement Award from America's Top 100 Attorneys

The Collins Law Firm would like to congratulate founder and partner, Shawn Collins, for being nominated for a Lifetime Achievement honor as one of America's Top 100 Attorneys for Illinois. Less than one half percent of attorneys in the United States will receive this prestigious award. Shawn will join an elite list of nationally recognized lawyers from around the country, which includes many current and former presidents of major bar associations and attorney groups, and some of the best lawyers in Illinois. Only 100 attorneys in a state can hold the lifetime achievement award, and they are selected through a rigorous process.

How to Hire the Right Lawyer for Your Case

lady-justice-2388500_1920.jpgChoosing a lawyer when you or your business have been injured by another individual or company can feel like driving a car in a new city without GPS. You don't know where to turn or what to look for. It can feel almost impossible, especially if you don't know any lawyers. Many people ask friends or business acquaintances for recommendations, which can be a good start. Others turn to the internet to begin a confusing and daunting search. Either way, the consequences of choosing the wrong lawyer can be catastrophic. So, what do you need to know? What qualifications are you looking for? How do you know who to trust? How do you know the lawyers are good at their job? Here are some important things you need to consider when looking for the right lawyer to represent you.

More Press Coverage for Family's Lawsuit Against Chaddock

Local press coverage of our most recent lawsuit. In this case, The Collins Law Firm is representing the family of a developmentally disabled teenage girl who was sexually assaulted after being led away from Chaddock, a supposedly secure facility in Quincy, IL. The family is suing Chaddock for emotional distress and negligent supervision.

Punish Frivolous Lawsuits? OK. How About Frivolous Defenses?

courtroom-898931_1920.jpgOne of the surest topics on which to get agreement is that we should punish the filing of "frivolous" lawsuits. There are legitimate debates to be had over the definition of "frivolous", who decides what is "frivolous", and what the punishment (usually called a "sanction") should be. For years, and for very good reason, there has been wide agreement that it's best to leave these decisions to the judge on the case. Because he/she is in the best position to know whether a lawsuit is so lacking in merit (so "frivolous") that it does not deserve to be in a court room, and if so, what the sanction should be for the party and/or lawyer who filed it.

Illinois' New Laws for 2017

Every year, the General Assembly of Illinois passes new state laws which the Governor signs and approves. This year Illinois will have approximately 200 new laws on the books that could affect a wide range of citizens. A few of the most interesting and important new laws of 2017 are described below.

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