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People’s Law School begins Feb. 19

Updated: March 17, 2013 6:44PM

What is a parent’s legal responsibility if he has a party for teens and someone shows up for beer? How can a court order a parent to pay for college?

The answers to these and other legal questions on real estate, estate planning and family law will be addressed at the Lake County Bar Association’s upcoming People’s Law School.

“People are sometimes afraid to reach out to lawyers because they don’t know what kind of lawyer they need. They are afraid of the cost of seeing a lawyer or are just generally inexperienced with the law and many times they don’t know what their rights are,” LCBA President Marjorie Sher said.

The People’s Law School is free to the public as four 90-minute sessions starting Tuesday, Feb. 19.

At least one attorney and judge will be present at each session to offer information. A question-and-answer period will follow each presentation.

This is the third time in five years that LCBA has offered this program. An average of 100 people attend each session, Sher said.

The sessions are all held at College of Lake County Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St., in Building C, auditorium C005 from 7 to 8:30 p.m..

The sessions are as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 19 — Common Legal Issues: Your rights when stopped by police; financial and criminal liability for minor acts; special education law; starting a business; lowering your property taxes.

Feb. 26 — Real Estate: How to get out from your house if its upside down; short sales; deed in lieu; consent foreclosures; will a home be lost if either spouse enters a nursing home.

March 5 — Estate Planning: “A will may not be enough”; living trusts and other alternatives; guardianship for the disabled.

March 12 — Family Law: Divorce and parentage; understand what the court needs and considers when determining child custody, alimony, child support and parents’ responsibility for college

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