Difference Between a Civil Wrongful Death Claim and Criminal Charges

In general, there are two types of cases that are brought before the court in this country: civil and criminal. Civil cases, including wrongful death claims, are brought by individuals who have been harmed by the negligent or sometimes intentional acts of others. A wrongful death lawsuit is typically filed by either the estate or […]

How Can a Personal Injury Settlement Affect Child Support Obligations?

How Can a Personal Injury Settlement Affect Child Support Obligations?

Generally speaking, a personal injury award is considered income for the purposes of child support. There can be differences in how this is treated depending on whether the settlement occurs before or after a child support order is entered by the court.

Injury Award Before Support […]

Should You File Bankruptcy Before Or After Your Divorce Is Finalized?

It is not uncommon for people going through a divorce to suffer economic hardship.  When people separate while a divorce is pending, or following a divorce, debts that were being paid with two incomes in most instances now become the responsibility of one person.  And, as the saying goes, two people can live as cheaply, […]


There have been several major changes to the area of family law in Illinois, effective January 1, 2016. It is essential that you are aware of these changes when handling any family law issue, including divorce and custody. The attorneys at Smith & Weer, P.C. are well-versed in these recent developments and, therefore, can help […]

The Biggest Mistake People Make When Filing Bankruptcy

There is a common mistake I see most people make when they decide to file Bankruptcy. They wait too long. This is true for my clients in the Peoria, Pekin, and Galesburg areas. Folks will take out second loans on their homes, they will borrow against 401(k)’s, or worse yet, take a […]

Should You Consolidate Your Student Loans

Many of my Peoria, Pekin, and Galesburg clients with student loans ask me about consolidation of their loans. Some clients have many federal student loans; some have as many as 20 separate loans. Consolidation of student loans is generally only possible with loans issued by the federal government through the U.S. Department of Education. This […]

Student Loans Create Demand for Useless Degrees

The Mises Institute recently posted an article discussing the how student loans are creating increased demand for “useless degrees”.

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How Student Loans Create Demand for Useless Degrees

DIY Child Support Modification

Many of my divorce clients I see at my Peoria, Pekin, and Galesburg offices have child support obligations.  Most time, the child support is taken directly out of my clients’ paychecks by garnishment.  This is true whether the client resides in Peoria, Pekin, or Galesburg.  Garnishment of child support is the general rule.  Some of […]

A Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Can Save Your Car

Recently, I consulted with a Peoria bankruptcy client about filing bankruptcy.  He was behind on his car payments.  The client was certain the car lender would soon be repossessing his car that he used to travel to and from work.  He asked me, “can bankruptcy prevent my car from being repossessed?  If so, what type of […]

New York Times Discusses Student Loan Debt Relief

The New York Times recently posted an article discussing the realities of student loan debt, and the need for better opportunities for those enduring “undue hardship” while trying to repay them.

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Judges Rebuke Limits on Wiping Out Student Loan Debt