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When injury or property damage turns your life upside down, we want to be your advocate. The development of solid relationships between our attorneys and our clients is key and we work hard to get to know you and your legal issues. Our litigation team is dedicated to making sure you are treated fairly in all phases of your legal matter. 

Litigation, Insurance Defense, and Agency Defense

Taylor Law Offices has many years of experience in the insurance practice. For decades, we've been involved in all phases of insurance law, including coverage representation, defense of insureds, corporate claims, first-party claims, and bad-faith insurance claims. 

The firm has also represented insurance agents and agencies in defense cases and serves as a local counsel to several insurance companies. 

While we have a vast amount of experience in working for and defending insurance companies and insurers, we also have substantial expertise in the representation of businesses and individuals seeking coverage from their insurers.

Personal injury and wrongful death:

Since the firm's inception, attorneys at Taylor Law Offices have represented individuals who suffered personal injuries as a result of other's careless, reckless, or intentional acts. Personal injury claims typically involve motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and other injuries resulting from other's negligence or unreasonable conduct. Our substantial personal injury experience allows our attorneys to direct the various stages of personal injury litigation in an efficient and cost-effective manner, achieving the best possible results for our clients.

Most of our personal injury cases are handled on a contingent fee basis, which means that there is no attorney fee due unless a financial recovery is made. Not only do our attorneys provide superior representation for class action plaintiffs, they also offer experienced and innovative representation in the defense of cases involving personal injury.

Our attorneys' diverse range of experience in handling personal injury cases from the plaintiff and defense perspectives allows them to manage the various stages of personal injury litigation in an efficient and cost-effective manner. 

Further, our attorneys are experienced in effectively utilizing alternative dispute resolution techniques such as mediation, arbitration, and other private settlement procedures to obtain favorable settlements and / or dismissals of personal injury suits. 

Workers' compensation / labor law:

Taylor Law Offices represents a number of Illinois businesses and individuals covered by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. The firm represents these clients in both administrative proceedings before the commission and in appeals of commission decisions to the Illinois Court of Appeals. 

The firm assists the client in interpreting the rules and regulations of the commission. The firm often appears before the commission to help resolve disputes in the interpretation of rules and regulations. Taylor Law Offices' ability to work with the medical community is instrumental in assisting our clients to match medical providers with the particular needs of each case.

Collections:

Debtor-creditor law governs situations where one party is unable to pay a monetary debt to another. There are three types of creditors

First are those who have a lien charged against a particular piece of property. This property (or proceeds from its sale) must be used to satisfy the debt to the lien-creditor before it can be used to satisfy debts to other creditors. A lien may arise through statute, agreement between the parties, or judicial proceedings. 

Secondly, a creditor may have a priority interest. A priority arises through statutory law. If a creditor has a priority, his debt must be paid before other debts when the debtor becomes insolvent. 

The final type of creditor is one who has neither a lien against the debtor’s property or is the subject of a statutory priority.

Family Law

Adoption:

Adoptions are one of the joys of practicing law. An adoption is when parental rights are transferred from one or both of the birth parents to the adoptive parents. The adoptive parents are entitled to all rights and obligations of the natural parent and become legally responsible for the child. 

Adopting a child is one of the most rewarding feelings a person can experience. Taylor Law Offices is committed to helping you start or expand your family. We are proud of our adoption practice and will walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

Dissolution of marriage:

Our attorneys provide thoughtful and thorough representation to clients during dissolution of marriage. Divorce is a difficult process and involves serious emotional and financial risks. We have the experience and the sensitivity to protect our clients' interests during family law proceedings. 

The importance of understanding the long-term effects of decisions you make during the process of divorce cannot be overstated. We'll see that you understand your legal options, clearly identify your primary goals, and remain focused on successfully achieving those goals.

As your divorce lawyer, we'll handle all related issues, including negotiation of a divorce settlement agreement that thoroughly addresses:
  • Distribution of property, including division of large marital estates, real and personal property, securities and investments, and retirement and pension plans
  • Child custody and visitation rights
  • Spousal maintenance (sometimes referred to as "alimony")
Our services do not end when your divorce is final but include counsel and representation for post-decree modification of custody, visitation, and support orders as well as enforcement of orders for support and visitation.

Paternity:

A variety of circumstances lead to the need for legal determination of paternity of a child. If parents are not married to each other, or if there is any question as to whether a wife conceived a child through relations with another man or in preparation to give a child over for adoption, it may be necessary to take legal action to learn who really is the biological father of a child.
  • Unmarried mothers may seek child support or other objectives such as confirmed inheritance rights from the father
  • Unmarried fathers may seek parental rights, including custody or visitation rights
  • A man alleged to be the father of a child may wish to prove or disprove this allegation
  • A husband approaching divorce may seek to demonstrate to the courts that his wife had a baby with another party outside the marriage and that he should not have to pay support for the child
  • Grandparents (for example, parents of the father) preparing to seek guardianship of a grandchild may need legal proof of the child's identity and their relationship to the child by way of DNA testing of the father and the child
Security, stability, and the well-being of children are fundamental concerns of Taylor Law Offices. This law firm revolves around the needs of children whose lives are affected by their parents' actions and decisions. We advise and represent mothers, fathers, and grandparents in a variety of situations where a paternity action is needed. 

We are prepared to advise family members, including teenage parents, on the most advantageous ways to protect their children's right to support and parental care. 

Child custody and visitation:

Child custody and visitation are issues that are decided by the court using the standard of the best interests of the child. The court seeks to put the child in the best position available through the decisions that are made on custody and visitation.

If parents are in agreement regarding the terms of their child custody and visitation agreement, that agreement will end up being the final arrangement. If, however, the parents cannot agree, then the courts have various tools to assist them in reaching the goal of serving the best interests of the child.

Child support:

Both parents of a child – whether married to each other or not – owe a duty of support to that child. When parents are separated or divorced, the nonresidential or noncustodial parent is obligated to pay a percentage of his or her income to the residential parent.

Taylor Law Offices will help ensure that income from all sources is taken into account for the purpose of calculating child support. Our years of experience have given us detailed knowledge as to what is and what is not income, what is an allowable deduction, and how children's future college costs should be taken into account in cases of divorce or separation of parents. 
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Criminal, Juvenile, and Traffic Law

Have you been accused of a crime? Are you in jeopardy of a driver's license suspension or revocation? Perhaps you're facing dire career consequences due to a traffic or criminal charge?

Our attorneys vigorously represent clients in judicial and administrative proceedings throughout Central and Southern Illinois. We understand the practical consequences that accused clients may experience as a result of criminal and traffic charges.

Clients who drive in the course of their employment or education may be in jeopardy of driver's license sanctions that adversely affect their employment or educational pursuits. Professionals may be at risk of suspension or revocation of licenses or certifications necessary to maintain their careers. Others may be threatened with the loss of their cherished rights and liberty.

Our criminal justice system does not require an accused to stand alone to face criminal and traffic charges. We stand with our accused clients and provide the voice of the defense in judicial and administrative proceedings.
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  • Achieved high-profile wins and settlements for the county
  • The county's largest and oldest law firm
  • Locally owned and operated
 Don't go into a courtroom alone. Get the best defense possible from Taylor Law Offices PC. 

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