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What is Bankruptcy?

There are times when financial situations can be downright overwhelming, and it can feel like there is no way out of any of your debts. If debts become such a significant problem in your life, federal law allows opportunities for fresh starts to relieve that financial stress. At Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC we can teach you about the most common forms of bankruptcy you can file.

For those who are seeking to restructure or eliminate their debt, the bankruptcy code allows three types of financial relief. One option is Chapter 7 bankruptcy which is liquidation or “straight bankruptcy.” This form of bankruptcy is the most common because it allows the debtor to start completely fresh. You should consider filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy if you believe you cannot repay any of your debts, if there are no cosigners involved, or if you expect your creditors to take legal action against you.

Another option is Chapter 13 bankruptcy which can allow you to adjust your debts. This method is used for those who have a consistent source of income and would like to pay their debts if they were able to do so. The debtor can arrange a payment plan between three to five years that will have to be approved by the courts. You will often be allowed to keep larger assets such as your home.

Finally, Chapter 11 bankruptcy applies to commercial enterprises that would like to continue operating their business as they schedule repayments of their debts. Upon the plan’s approval from the court, the business can consolidate, unload debt, and reorganize for a fresh start to hopefully prevent future massive debts.

If you or your family believe that you may have to file for bankruptcy, please contact our offices at MKFM Law so that we can review your information during a free consultation. Do not suffer from crippling debt any longer. We can be reached at 630-665-7300. We serve clients in Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Will County, DuPage County, and across Illinois.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Attorney to Represent Me Against My Employer for Sexual Harassment?

If you or someone you know is considering hiring an attorney to file a lawsuit against your employer for sexual harassment, you should be aware of the potentially high bills some lawyers will try to charge. Allow us at Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC to explain your pricing options.

If you are looking to find a lawyer for your potential sexual harassment case, we advise that you do not hire him or her on an hourly basis. This is an easy way for some untrustworthy attorneys to drain your bank account in the form of high hourly costs. At our firm for MKFM Law, we represent victims of sexual harassment on a contingency basis.

What that means is that if we were to accept your case, we will not charge you hourly fees that can cost you an astronomical amount. Instead, we will wait until we reach a settlement or resolution for your case. Once your lawsuit is over, we will take a percentage of the money that we were able to obtain on your behalf.

If you have been quoted an outrageous price for hiring an attorney for a sexual harassment lawsuit, do not get discouraged. Allow us to look over your case and come up with an action plan that will be the most cost effective for you. We have been helping clients in the West Chicagoland area for decades and doing our best to serve our clients with experience, honesty, and open communication. Please contact us at 630-665-7300 so we can schedule a free consultation at our office.

What to Do if You Are Sexually Harassed by a Co-worker

If you have been sexually harassed by a co-worker, the first action you must take is to disclose the harassment to the HR department and/or manager at your place of employment. At Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, we can explain why this is a crucial step in making sure you are protected from retaliation.

If you are a victim of sexual harassment from a co-worker, you must report it to your employer as soon as possible because under Illinois Law, if you do not file a report with your employer, that employer will not be liable for failing to protect you from the harassment. Without your employer being aware of the entire situation, he or she is left unable to effectively address the sexual harassment. This is why it is of the utmost importance that you follow your company sexual harassment policy and report any harassment you receive from co-workers.

Another point to note is that for your employer to be able to assist you, they will need to investigate all allegations. Unfortunately, that means what you tell your employer about the harassment cannot be kept a complete secret. However, because you did go through the proper procedures and report the harassment, you will be fully protected under Illinois law from any form of retaliation for submitting a complaint.

At Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC we understand you are going through an emotional time. You can trust that we have worked many sexual harassment cases to give you the best representation. If you have any questions about filing a sexual harassment lawsuit, please contact us at 630-665-7300 to schedule your free consultation. You can also contact us via email. We serve clients in Glen Ellyn, Oak Brook, DuPage County, and throughout Illinois.

What Do I Need to Prove Sexual Harassment at Work?

One of the most frustrating things about trying to prove sexual harassment at work is that there are usually no individuals who witnessed the sexual harassment take place. In order to gain traction in your sexual harassment lawsuit, you will need to find a way to prove the harassment occurred.

Most sexual harassment cases boil down to who has said what about an alleged situation. Nothing can be solved with accusations from both parties; therefore, you will need to prove that you did suffer sexual harassment from the other party. The issue is that most sexual harassers are repeat offenders, and they will try to harass you again if they believe they can get away with it. Although you may be tempted to focus on temporarily stopping the harassment, the ultimate goal is to stop this individual from abusing you or other coworkers.

Since it is likely that the offenders will harass you again, be prepared. We have had clients hide recording devices such as cell phones, so that they can record any sexual harassment that may occur. It is not illegal to secretly record conversations as long as you were recording for your own protection and safety from harassment or other crimes. By catching the perpetrators on a recording, you have nearly sealed your case for success in a sexual harassment lawsuit.

At Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, we have had years of experience assisting clients with proving that they are victims of sexual harassment. If you, or anyone you know, have any questions regarding workplace sexual harassment lawsuits, contact us at 630-665-7300 to schedule a free consultation.

If I Ignore It, Will Sexual Harassment Just Go Away?

In our years of experience with sexual harassment cases at Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, we often hear how clients believe the sexual harassment were simply jokes that would eventually go away. However, this is not often the case; workplace sexual harassment usually does not stop until the victim reports the harassment. You do not deserve to feel uncomfortable at your workplace to the point that it is intolerable. Therefore, you should report any incident of sexual harassment as soon as possible.

You should not hesitate in notifying your company’s human resources department or a supervisor in order to immediately end the harassment from any coworkers. Although it may seem unlikely, the situation can easily escalate.

We often hear from our clients that the sexual harassment did not go away until it was reported. At Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, we believe that no one should ever have to feel this uncomfortable at their workplace and have to deal with any form of harassment. We understand that this can be a very sensitive subject matter and an uncomfortable subject to discuss. Therefore, our lawyers approach each sexual harassment case with compassion, empathy, and skill.

We have years of experience with sexual harassment cases to provide quality representation. If you have any questions regarding sexual harassment, do not hesitate to contact us. You can call us at 630-665-7300, so we can schedule a free consultation. We have assisted clients all over the west Chicagoland suburbs, including St. Charles, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, and Kendall County suburbs.

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