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Civil Matters

Villalobos and Associates can help you in a variety of civil matters. Civil matters can be as simple as drafting a demand letter for money owed, to mounting an aggressive defense if or your business has been sued.

As a founding partner of Rodriguez & Villalobos, attorney Raul Villalobos represented large corporations, like Kraft and Commonwealth Edison, as well as public agencies such as the CHA and the Chicago Park district in many different types of civil matters, from personal injury defense to contract matters. Villalobos & Associates continues to represent businesses as well as individuals defending and prosecuting civil matters. Some of the most common types of cases we regularly handle are:

Breach of Contract
Entering into a contract may sound easy when you know what you want but making sure you get what you want is something else. Knowing your rights and obligations afforded by a contract is extremely important since all parties to the contract will be looking to maximize gain and minimize their liabilities. Read more about breach of contract cases here.

Fraud is everywhere: whether it is a deal that sounds too good to be true, questionable sales tactics, or false advertising, whenever money is changing hands, fraud is always a possibility. What many consumers do not know is that there are laws that protect against fraud and against unfair business practices. There are several different types of fraud that depend greatly on the specific facts of each case.

Getting taken advantage of is not just personally damaging, but also perpetuates the idea that scamming is profitable. For every hard-working person there is a person working hard to figure out a way to scam the hard workers. Fair and honest practices in business and personal transactions promote efficient and profitable business for everyone. It is important to act quickly if you believe that you have been cheated; preserving documents and other evidence may be extremely important for trial. Villalobos & Associates can help you stand up for rights and make sure that cheating doesn't pay.

Landlord/Tenant Disputes
Landlord and tenant agreements are contracts that have their own special rules. For example, in Chicago, residential renting may be governed by a law known as the Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (RLTO). Landlords need to make sure that they comply with these laws in order to protect themselves and ensure good working relationships with their tenants. Read more about landlord and tenant cases here.

Evictions (5 day/30 day notices)
Villalobos & Associates has extensive experience litigating evictions. Because of pro-tenant laws like the RLTO, it pays to have experienced representation if you need to evict or are being evicted. Read more about evictions here.

Commercial Leases
Commercial landlords and tenants have different concerns than residential tenants and, in most cases, will have a more complex leases or rental contracts. Before signing a commercial lease it is important to have an experienced attorney review the document to ensure that the opposite party is playing fair, and that you completely understand your rights and obligations under the agreement. Start-up businesses may not anticipate quickly outgrowing a small initial space while larger companies may not always forsee a future downsizing. Evaluating your business plan and your renting needs is crucial for maximizing cash flow while allowing your business to grow quickly and smoothly. Villalobos & Associates understands that business can be unpredictable and can make sure that you are fully protected no matter what happens.

Mortgage Foreclosure Defense
Illinois has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the United States with Chicago appearing in the list of top ten cities nationwide. Mortgage foreclosure can involve aspects of landlord/tenant law, contract, and fraud. Read more about foreclosure defense here.

Tort Defense
Villalobos & Associates has extensive experience representing Defendants in civil Tort cases such as negligence or personal injury. As a managing partner of Rodriguez & Villalobos, Raul Villalobos defended dozens of tort cases such as negligence and personal injury while representing major corporations such as Illinois Bell Telephone Company, Commonwealth Edison and the Chicago Housing Corporation. Now, Villalobos & Associates brings that experience to the courtroom defending individuals and smaller corporate clients.

Driver's License Reinstatement after Suspension or Revocation
If your license has been suspended after a DUI you may be able to reinstate your license. Depending on your situation, you may be able to petition the Secretary of State to get your license back. Villalobos & Associates has succeeded in helping dozens of clients reinstate their driver's licenses after being convicted of DUI.