Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&A
- Construction Law
- Business Law
- Real Estate Law
- Insurance Claims
- Insurance Defense
- Legal Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Free Consultation
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- 7th Circuit
- United States District Court Northern District of Illinois
- English: Spoken, Written
- Attorney / Managing Partner
- Shipley Law Group Ltd.
- Northern Illinois University
- J.D. (1978) | Law
- Activities: Member, Student Government
- University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
- B.A. (1975) | History
- University of Illinois - Chicago
- AV Preeminent
- Martindale-Hubbel Lawyers Service
- Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
- Construction Lawyers Society of America
- Invitation-only, selective and limited membership international association of the world’s best construction lawyers.
- Illinois State Bar
- - Current
Articles & Publications
- Contracts:The Basics
- Building Entrepreneur Magazine
- Commercial General Liability Insurance , ISBA Insurance Section Council Seminar , Chicago
- ADR and Joint Venture Agreements , Construction Industry Conference , Chicago, Illinois
- Private Engagement Counseling , Construction Industry Conference
- Certified Mediator and Panel Arbitrator
- American Arbitration Association
Websites & Blogs
- Shipley Law Group Web Site
21 Questions Answered
- Q. WHAT LAW CAN BE DONE LEGALLY WHEN SOMEONE DOSE NOT DO WHAT THEY PROMISED IN FINANCIAL AGREEMENT
- A: Based upon your description, I am not clear if you had an estimate for the proposed work which you approved or if there was a formal written agreement was signed which described the scope of work for the agreed price. Most repair shops provide estimates for the proposed work, asking the customer to approve the pricing. These estimates also typically provide that if additional issues are discovered during the work they are performing those would be an extra charge. That extra charge must be approved by the customer before the work can be performed. If you had a formal written agreement that was not an estimate, then I would review that agreement to determine what it describes regarding the services to be performed.
- Q. How long do we have to sue the previous home owner if we suspect they knew about mold in the home?
- A: Based upon your description, if water damage/water infiltration issues are present and that history was denied by the seller, there may be an action for fraud and depending on the nature of the sale, for violations of the Consumer Fraud Act. The real estate contract must be reviewed as well as an investigation into the source and cause of the damage/infiltration. If the claim is for injuries the statute of limitations would be 2 years from date of exposure which would presumably be the date you moved in and there must be a connection between the injury claimed and mold exposure, as well as cause of the mold.
- Q. Father and mother bought a house together. She passed away and father re-married. They lived at 2nd wife’s residence.
- A: Who holds title to the family home? Did your mom have a will? Was the property held by a trust, individually in either your mother or father's name, jointly by both of your parents or in some other manner. Those questions must be answered. When did you mom pass away and was a probate estate opened? If for example the property was jointly held by your mother and father, then upon her passing your father would have become the sole owner of the property. That means he can make the decisions as to when and if the property is sold as well as who would share in any proceeds.
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