ABA Issues New Ethics Guidance on Blogging, Social Commentary


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With more than two decades of experience in the legal field, attorney Cynthia Ann Miller specializes in real estate law in her Hinsdale, IL, practice. Outside of her work in her Hinsdale, IL, office, Cynthia Miller engages with her peers and stays up to date on new legal trends through membership in the American Bar Association (ABA). The ABA routinely offers guidance on issues of ethics and other matters.

Attorneys who keep a blog or appear regularly on news programs to offer analysis may be tempted to draw upon their own case experience when talking about certain legal issues, but according to new ABA guidance, doing so may run afoul of ethical concerns as related to confidentiality. The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility recently issued a new opinion about appropriate content for blogs and other avenues of social commentary.

The opinion specifically covers the use of hypothetical scenarios in these types of commentaries. Many times attorneys pull certain details from their own cases when constructing these scenarios, but sometimes those details are enough to determine a client’s identity. If the client has not given express permission to talk about their case, this would be a violation of ethics rules.


Things to Consider If You’re Planning a Trip to the Middle East


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For more than two decades, Cynthia Ann Miller has served as an attorney in private practice in Hinsdale, IL. When she’s not helping clients navigate real estate matters, Cynthia Miller enjoys traveling outside of Hinsdale, IL. Over the years, she has traveled to areas such as the Middle East.

If you’re visiting the Middle East, here are a few things you should keep in mind:

Dress code: Show respect for the local culture. In much of the Middle East, tourists should dress conservatively. Sleeveless tops, low-riding jeans, and shorts are frowned upon by many locals. In some areas, women may also need to wear headscarves.

Photos: Tourists in the Middle East are welcome to take photographs of most monuments, works of art, and mosques. But many governments in the area are not comfortable with tourists photographing military facilities. To avoid trouble, don’t take pictures of buildings with an unclear use.

The language: Not knowing the Arabic language impacts moving around in the Middle East. Becoming familiar with the language is a good idea. Alternatively, tourists can hire locals who speak English to serve as tour guides.

An Overview of Quiet Title Actions


Cynthia Miller, Hinsdale, IL
Cynthia Miller, Hinsdale, IL

Cynthia Ann Miller is an attorney and the owner of her own law firm in Hinsdale, IL. Focusing on real estate litigation, Cynthia Miller of Hinsdale, IL, has handled a variety of matters, including foreclosures, easement enforcement, and quiet title actions.

A quiet title action clarifies who owns a property and is often used when two or more people claim ownership of a property or when the chain of title has gaps. Quiet title actions are also used when one party claims priority in competing encumbrances or liens. This action clears titles of any claims of ownership and allows the property to be sold without the risk of disputes.

In some cases, an owner may want to resolve, or quiet, old title issues. These issues may include recording errors or title disputes.

When any document is recorded against a property, the property is denoted by its legal description and permanent index number (PIN). Since these PINs are unique, documents filed against a property can stay on record for several years unless the property owner quiets them through a quiet title action.

Property owners can file quiet title actions regardless of whether there is an active dispute. When there is an active dispute, all named parties must demonstrate the strength of their claims before a court. The court then decides who has the strongest claim and grants ownership to that party. In the event there is no active dispute, the action encompasses all past and present parties who can claim ownership.

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Basting Techniques When Roasting Meat


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Based in Hinsdale, IL, Cynthia Ann Miller is an attorney who guides a well-established real estate firm that handles a wide range of property types. Focused on Hinsdale, IL-area homeowners’ association disputes, Cynthia Miller enjoys cooking in her free time and has attended culinary school.

One foundational technique in roasting poultry and other types of meat is basting, which involves applying pan drippings or stock to the surface of what is being roasted. This can be accomplished either through a basting bulb, which efficiently sucks liquid from the bottom of the roasting pan, or a basting brush, which is more efficient at distributing the liquid over the entire surface of the meat.

The result of proper basting is a piece of meat that comes out of the oven moist and flavorful. Unfortunately, there is a trade-off: opening the oven door releases heat, and the more this is done, the slower the cooking process, which changes the texture of the meat in subtle ways.

Lewis & Clark Law School – JD Program Admission Criteria

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Prior to opening her own legal practice as the Law Offices of Cynthia A. Miller in Hinsdale, IL, Cynthia Miller attended the University of Denver where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Cynthia Miller also attended the Lewis & Clark School of Law in Portland, OR, where she earned a Juris Doctor (JD).

As one of the top law schools in the Pacific Northwest, the Lewis & Clark Law School offers several programs for students pursuing careers in the legal field. The law school includes specialty courses including intellectual property law, international law, criminal law, and environmental law.

Students who wish to pursue a JD at Lewis & Clark Law School are required to complete the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) and must include all university-level transcripts and a resume with complete work experience and community service involvement. Students are also required to include at least two letters of recommendation.

Timeline for Foreclosure in Illinois


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As a privately practicing attorney with offices in and around Hinsdale, IL, Cynthia Ann Miller represents clients in a wide variety of real estate matters. Cynthia Miller has overseen her firm in litigating a number of foreclosures in and around Hinsdale, IL.

For a lender in the state of Illinois to initiate foreclosure, a borrower must be 120 or more days delinquent on his or her account. Most contracts include a clause that requires the lender to send a breach letter, also known as a demand letter, to inform the borrower of the loan’s default status. The letter must specify the nature of the default, what the borrower must do to remedy the default, and the date by which he or she must do so.

The letter must also remind the borrower that failure to take the required action will lead to acceleration of the debt, which means that the debtor must pay the entire balance or the property will be sold. If the borrower does not remedy the debt, the lender must then file a lawsuit to begin the foreclosure process. The lender files a complaint, which the court then serves to the borrower, alongside a summons that gives the borrower 30 days to respond.

Failure to respond results in an automatic judgment on behalf of the lender. If the borrower does file, the lender may file for summary judgment in his or her favor, or agree to have the case go to trial. In either case, if the court rules in favor of the lender, the court will issue a foreclosure judgment and the property will go to sale.