Transgender Students’ Rights

School can be tough; friends, homework, and pop quizzes can all be sources of stress in a student’s life, but worrying about whether a school will respect gender identity should never be one of them. Transgender students, like all students, have legal protections when it comes to their rights in school. If you have a child in your life who is transgender, familiarizing yourself with these rights can help you and your student make the most out…

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DCFS Indicated

Now what? This is not a substitute for legal advice. This is legal information. This does not create an attorney-client relationship. This can be an extremely emotional and tense time.  It is important to keep the emotions separate and do your best to think clearly at this moment. There are strict deadlines and timelines for folks who want to appeal the decision by DCFS. If you go beyond those strict deadlines, you will likely be…

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Quick Guide-Education Law Updates

This is NOT an exhaustive list nor legal advice. This is round 2 of the series! If you are looking for more new laws, check out the previous post on family law HERE. If you have questions about how these laws may impact you and your family, feel free to reach out to Harmening Law! Overlap: There are a few things that are really important for families to know, and overlap with my last post.  Those include…

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Quick Guide-Family Law Updates

This is NOT an exhaustive list nor legal advice. If you have questions about how these laws may impact you and your family, feel free to reach out to Harmening Law! Adoption Forms: (Finally) Gender neutral! Asthma: The school nurse is allowed to keep asthma medication at school prescribed to the school name. Breastfeeding: A mother can be excused from jury service (upon request) if currently breastfeeding. Car Seat: Child under 2 must be in a rear-facing car…

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Thinking about your sunset?

Preparing for your sunset is never easy but it is so important.  Emotions are high, but getting it done the way you want can be simple with some guidance.  Here are a few things to consider:   Who am I going to name as executor of my will? (generally spouses will name each other as their executor) Who will I name as a secondary executor should my spouse or other first choice not be able…

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