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James G. Ahlberg

James G. Ahlberg

  • Family Law, Divorce, Workers' Compensation...
  • Illinois
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  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Social Security Disability
  • Real Estate Law
  • Employment Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
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    Free consultations in Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability and Legal Malpractice cases
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    I accept contingent fees in Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
University of Illinois College of Law
J.D. (1978)
North Park University
B.A. (1974) | Political Science
Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar # 3122250
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456 Questions Answered

Q. how can i find out if my name and social security number is blacklisted?
A: It's not easy to find out. None of the potential employers you've talked to are likely to tell you. I believe there are companies you can find online who will contact your old employer and act as if you've applied to work for them in the same industry to find out what response your old employer makes. I don't have the name of one to give you, I don't know what they charge for doing this, and I don't know how successful they are, but it's about all I can offer. Bear in mind that if the response of the old employer is truthful, as in, "He worked for us for a year but he only gave us one week's notice when he left," there's not much you can do.
Q. I feel my daughter was pressured into signing
A: I do not mean to sound offensive or rude, but: 1. No lawyer can predict whether your daughter can successfully challenge a pre-nuptial agreement without knowing the precise circumstances that led her to sign it and without having a chance to read the document. 2. This is your daughter's fight. I appreciate that you want to look out for her best interests, but if she was old enough to get married she is old enough to contact a lawyer herself if she feels she is being taken advantage of in this situation. Tell her to do so -- ideally, she'll bring this up with the lawyer handling her divorce if she hasn't already done so. She'll need to bring a copy of the agreement to the first appointment she has about this with a lawyer.
Q. A disgruntled ex-client is posting untruthful reviews about me suggesting legal malpractice. What should I do?
A: This is an ethical and relational minefield. Any substantive or defensive response is likely to inflame the situation and harden his attitude, as it effectively encourages him to throw another log on the fire. Think of it this way -- the fire that's tended burns the hottest, and you want this fire to go out. I suggest responding along these lines: "I regret that (ex-client) found our attorney-client relationship unsatisfactory. This will be the only response I make to his criticism since my understanding of the rules governing the conduct of lawyers in the State of Illinois limits my ability to respond." Post this in response to each critical review. At some point he'll weary of the game. If he replies to your response by saying he waives any right of confidentiality he has, whatever you do don't bite. Re-post the same reply, ad infinitum.
Q. Does a landowner have liability if they ask a neighbor to remove an encroaching structure?
A: You may be liable for his safety if the neighbor encounters a hidden hazard on your property, such as an abandoned well with a rotting cover through which he falls. Otherwise, no. Your best bet getting it removed is to first show him a copy of the survey, then ask him to remove it by a certain date -- the date should be reasonable considering how large a structure he built. If he doesn't do this, take him to court to get a court order that he remove it. That ought to be cheaper than removing it yourself.
Q. A counselor has just given me a diagnosis of disorders that she believes I have. How could this affect upcoming divorce?
A: The answer depends entirely on the nature of the disorders. To pick silly examples just to make the point, if one of the disorders is that you are prone to blackouts during which you commit violent act, it will obviously make a difference. On the other hand, if one of the disorders is that you are deathly afraid of butterflies, that would almost certainly not make a difference. Without knowing exactly what the disorders are, the ages of the children and so on, no attorney can predict whether they'll make a difference. Bear in mind, if you think the counselor is wrong you can get a second opinion from someone else.
Q. Can a judge refuse a jury trial to a pro se defendant in a civil case in Illinois?
A: Section 9-108 of the Code of Civil Procedure allows either party to demand a trial by jury in an eviction.
Q. When recieving child support, what does the provide the child? Such as food? Clothes?
A: Child support can be used for almost anything. Car payments? Sure, you've got to get around. Gas or repairs for the car? Same thing. Rent or a mortgage payment? You've got to have a roof over your head. Food? Yes. Phone bills, water, heat for the house or apartment, garbage removal, Internet, cable TV (or dish)? All of these are legitimate things to spend child support on, along with countless others.
Q. If I qualify for workers' comp benefits for a work injury, how do they get paid out?
A: It depends. Temporary total disability (TTD) will be paid directly to you by the insurance company unless your employer is self-insured, in which case the employer may pay you directly. Medical benefits are typically paid directly to the medical provider. Permanent partial disability (PPD) and permanent total disability (PTD) benefits are typically paid to the injured party and his or her lawyer; if you don't have a lawyer at that point they are paid directly to you. Let me encourage you to get a lawyer -- this is not a battle you want to face on your own.
Q. Does my granddaughter 17 who lives with me have to go to her moms for the weekend.
A: If there's a court order saying mom should have the daughter this weekend, then the daughter is expected to go. Such a court order can be disobeyed under only the most extreme circumstances -- such as someone who is obviously intoxicated showing up to drive your granddaughter to her mom's.
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James G. Ahlberg, Attorney at Law
516 4th Avenue
P.O. Box 358
Rochelle, IL 61068
Telephone: (815) 562-4443