Processing Court Orders: Changing With The Times

Navigating the winding road of the current court processes has certainly not been without hiccups and bumps in the road.  Prior to the onset of COVID, when a person appeared in court before he or she left the courthouse, any orders as a result of the appearance would be written up and then entered with the court. With the shift in court appearances, the order processes have ultimately shifted as the COVID pandemic has affected the court systems as well.  

Today, the process as a whole has become much more complicated.  Parties and their Attorneys appear on Zoom in front of the Judge and then after a Zoom court appearance, counsels then hash out not only who will write the order but also what the contents of that order will be.   Orders need to be reviewed and approved by all parties, then sent for entry to the Court and returned to respective counsels electronically.  In some instances, actual orders are not written and only a minute order/docket entry will be recorded.  While each county has different processes,  universally it is taking longer than before to get orders processed and returned.   Your legal team and the clerks at the Court have had to learn as we go but also have learned to exercise patience while adapting to ever-evolving processes.  As frustrating as it is for everyone involved, much like everything else related to the pandemic, we all have to reset and pivot.  

By Amy M. Bravo

Navigating the Winding Road: Family Law and Estate Planning in Illinois

Much like the winding roads of the courthouse process, there are winding roads in every aspect of life that we need to navigate.   

The twists and turns on the road of life do not have to result in a dead-end. This book empowers you with the knowledge you need to navigate the bumpy roads we all encounter from time to time. Once you understand the options available for your situation you possess the power of knowledge and will be better prepared and know what to expect when consulting the law firm or attorney of your choice. 

This book provides a basic understanding of the law in Illinois regarding a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to: marriage, divorce, maintenance, child support, children’s welfare, special needs issues, domestic violence, elder care, grandparents’ rights, and estate planning.

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We are aware that everyone has been affected by the recent response to COVID-19 but we hope that you find some comfort in knowing that we are still operational and here to assist you. If you are a victim of domestic violence, we can assist you with obtaining an Order of Protection.

Whether you are a current client or if you are looking for family law or estate planning assistance, our team is here for you and will continue to be available to address your concerns.

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