Erik K JacobsCicero, France & Alexander, P.C.
- Real Estate Law, Personal Injury, Business Law ...
Erik Jacobs is a highly regarded litigator and transactional attorney in Northern Illinois. He received a BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa and his law degree, with honors, from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1991. He was a member of both the Law Review and the National Moot Court Team as well as a Research Assistant for the Dean of the Law School. He spent the first two years of his practice as a law clerk to a Federal Judge in the Northern District of Illinois before moving into private practice where he represented physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation. Over the next several years he acquired an affinity for real estate and developed a transactional practice alongside his defense work. Over his nearly 30 years of practice he has represented hundreds of developers, contractors and consumers in residential and commercial real estate transactions and related litigation throughout the area. He spent many years as counsel to the Rockford Area Association of Realtors® (RAAR) and was instrumental in drafting the RAAR and Winnebago County Bar Association (WCBA) Joint Approved Contracts for the purchase and sale of residential, commercial/industrial, and farm properties as well as contracts for new construction and other forms. He currently serves as General Counsel for the Rockford Area Apartment Association. He is a past Chairman of the Real Estate and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of the Winnebago County Bar Association. He has been the Hearing Officer for Winnebago County, Illinois since 1997, where he presides over violations of the County’s Health, Zoning and Building code violation hearings, among other things. He is an active member of the Winnebago County and Illinois State Bar Associations and the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association. Among other civic and charitable activities, he volunteers his time as a board member for the Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity.
- Real Estate Law
- Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
- Personal Injury
- Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
- Business Law
- Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
- Insurance Claims
- Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
- Arbitration & Mediation
- Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
- Estate Planning
- Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
- Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
- Insurance Defense
Free Consultations in Wrongful Death and Personal Injury cases
- Credit Cards Accepted
Contingent Fee Agreements are available in Wrongful Death and Personal Injury cases.
Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
Our firm has a schedule of regular hourly fees for all cases except Wrongful Death and Personal Injury cases, which are accepted on a contingent fee basis.
- Supreme Court of Illinois
- ID Number: 6207081
- United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
- United States District Court - Northern District of Illinois
- English: Spoken, Written
- Spanish: Spoken, Written
- Cicero, France & Alexander, P.C.
- - Current
- Hearing Officer
- Winnebago County
- - Current
- I preside over cases involving violations of the Winnebago County Illinois Zoning, Building, Health and Animal Control Ordinances.
- Hyzer, Hyzer & Jacobs
- Kostantacos, Traum, Reuterfors & McWilliams, P.C.
- Law Clerk
- United State District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - Honorable Philip G. Reinhard
- Northern Illinois University College of Law
- J.D. (1991) | Law
- Honors: Graduated with Honors
- Activities: Member of the Law Review Member of the National Moot Court Team Best Oral Advocate Research Assistant to Dean Leonard P. Strickman
- University of Iowa
- B.B.A. (1987) | Finance
- Activities: I was a member of the University of Iowa Soccer Team
- State Bar of Illinois
- Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association
- Winnebago County Bar Association
- - Current
- Activities: Past Chairman of the Real Estate and CLE Sections Past President of the Winnebago County Bar Foundation
- Illinois State Bar Association
- - Current
- Instructor, Rockford, IL
- Rockford Area Association of Realtors
- I provided instruction to Rockford Area Realtors regarding the local Joint Approved Contract for the Purchase and Sale of Real Estate (Residential, Commercial/Industrial, Farms, Condominiums), Agency and Ethics for many years. I have also spoken at various Continuing Legal Education courses over the past 29 years.
- Q. I'm in Chicago, how do I remove the lien from my property after I fully paid the balance?
- A: If the City has recorded a lien against the property in the Cook County Recorder's Office then you will need a release of lien from the City to have it removed.
- Q. Does a real estate lawyer have to review the offer to send to the seller?
- A: Not necessarily. I often have clients, particularly those without Realtors, that have me review an offer prior to submission to the seller. However, most standard contracts have attorney approval clauses which allow for attorney review once the contract is complete. Depending on where you live, the attorney approval clauses may differ. For instance, in the Multiboard 7.0 contract an attorney can approve, disapprove (but not based on price, propose modifications, etc.
- Q. Can a stepmother evict you from a property that was given to me after my father's death.
- A: I'm unsure of what you mean when you say she "gave" you the property. Did you receive a Deed to the property? I'm guessing not. If you were given a deed, then she would not be able to simply evict you. Was the home held by your stepmother and father as joint tenants or tenants by the entirety? If so, then your stepmother would have inherited the home. If this is the case, then she allowed you to live there and can, in fact, evict you. If your father and stepmother were simply tenants in common on the home, then his half would pass according to his will, if he had one. As far as possession only goes, that simply means that she is not claiming any back rent. She's just trying to recover possession of the home.
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