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Marilyn Belin to Retire

 

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After 45 years of dedicated service, office manager- Marilyn Belin- is retiring. Marilyn has played an immensely important role within the office; her presence and her deication to her work and colleagues will be greatly missed.  For more information on Marilyn's retirement and her time at Franks, Gerkin & McKenna follow the link provided.  http://www.nwherald.com/

FGM in Turkey

 

Jack Franks, a partner at Franks, Gerkin & McKenna and State Representative for the 63rd District of Illinois recently visited the Republic of Turkey with a contingency of Illinois Legislators whose mission is to strengthen Illinois' ties with Turkey.  Pictured below is Mr. Franks and his son Sam shaking the hand of the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

 

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FGM Adopts a Highway

 

The staff at Franks, Gerkin & McKenna are committed to our community.  We have adopted the mile stretch of highway in front of our office.   Several times a year everyone in our office, along with our families, pitches in to clean up our part of Illinois Route 20 in Marengo.

 

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FGM Attends Local Business Exposition

 
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Franks, Gerkin & McKenna participated in the 2012 Huntley Business Exposition.  The picture above is of Steve Greeley, a partner at our firm and associate attorney David Montenegro.  We had a great time, met a lot of great people at the Huntley Expo and look forward to participating for many years to come.

JOSEPH C. PONITZ NAMED PARTNER OF FRANKS, GERKIN, & MCKENNA, P.C.

 

Franks, Gerkin & McKenna, P.C. is pleased to announce that Joseph C. Ponitz has been named a Partner of our firm.

Joe has an extensive legal background that encompasses a wide range of practice areas, including Criminal and DUI Defense, Family Law, and Commercial Litigation. Prior to joining Franks, Gerkin & McKenna, P.C., Joe served as a Prosecutor with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Joe attended the Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he was a published author and an editor of the School’s Law Review. Joe was also awarded the Southern Illinois University Alumni Scholarship Award. In addition, Joe served as a graduate assistant to a prominent professor and his research was accredited in the Duke Environment of Law and Policy Forum.

Joe is fluent in Spanish and volunteers with and serves on the Governance Committee of the Healing Pathways Cancer Research Center. He is a member of the Cosmopolitan Club of Boone County. He also serves as an Arbitrator for the Seventeenth Judicial District. From 2007 to 2010, Joe served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of McHenry County Youth Service Bureau.

Joe is a member of the Illinois, Winnebago, McHenry and Boone County Bar Associations and serves as Chair of the Boone County Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee.

Franks, Gerkin and McKenna - Law firm of forty eight years, with many practice areas including personal injury, workers’ compensation, litigation, real estate, estate planning, criminal defense, family law, land use and zoning, probate, commercial transactions, bankruptcy, and traffic violations. Partners of the Firm are Herb Franks, Peggy Gerkin, Terry McKenna, Jack Franks, Steven Greeley, and Joseph Ponitz. Associates include David Montenegro, Olivia Dirig, and Rebecca Lamm. The firm has Spanish speaking lawyers and staff.

STEVEN J. GREELEY, JR. HAS BEEN NAMED PARTNER

 

FGM is pleased to announce that Steven J. Greeley, Jr. has been named partner to the firm. Steve’s primary practice areas include personal injury, commercial/ general litigation, and local government law as Township Attorney for Townships in McHenry County, as well as serving as a Commissioner of the McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission. Steven was born and raised in Union, Illinois and is a graduate of Western Illinois University and Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review. He currently serves as a member of the McHenry County Legal Aid Committee and is a member of the Leadership committee of the Prairie State Campaign for Legal Services.

OLIVIA P. DIRIG JOINS FRANKS, GERKIN & MCKENNA P.C.

 

Marengo, IL (January 5, 2011) - Franks, Gerkin & McKenna is pleased to announce that Attorney Olivia Dirig has joined our firm.

Olivia is an accomplished attorney with impressive experience. Olivia has an extensive background in civil litigation with particular emphasis in banking, real estate, creditors rights and family law.

Before joining FGM, she spent five years representing major financial institutions throughout the State of Illinois. She is an accomplished legal writer. During law school, Olivia won a state prize for an article she co-authored on employee rights.

Prior to moving to Illinois in 2005, Olivia held positions with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services and the Legal Aid Society - Juvenile Rights Division.

She attended Hofstra University School of Law in New York where she graduated with honors and was the research editor for the Hofstra Labor and Employment Journal. Olivia obtained her undergraduate degree with honors at the State University of New York at Stonybrook.

Currently, she serves as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the McHenry County Bar Association.

Franks, Gerkin and McKenna - Law firm of forty years, with practice areas including personal injury, workers’ compensation, litigation, real estate, estate planning, criminal defense, family law, land use and zoning, probate, commercial transactions, bankruptcy, and traffic violations. The firm has five partners; Herb Franks, Peggy Gerkin, Terry McKenna, Jack Franks, and Steve Greeley. Associates include: James Mullally, David Montenegro, Joe Ponitz, Sheila Amiry, and Olivia P. Dirig. The firm has Spanish speaking lawyers and staff.

WHAT IS YOUR INJURY CASE WORTH

 

WHAT IS YOUR INJURY CASE WORTH?:

A review of the factors that go into it and what you can do to maximize results

By: Steven J. Greeley,Jr., Partner, Franks, Gerkin & McKenna, P.C.

19333 East Grant Highway
Marengo, Illinois 60152
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The question in the title of this article is a question that involves many factors. This is why, despite what you may be led to believe by insurance companies or others, it is important to talk to an attorney about the value of your case no matter how minor the injury to take the steps necessary to get the appropriate compensation for the injury. This article provides you with the background of the different factors involved that you may or may not have considered. Certain injuries, including work related injuries and injuries caused by certain entities such as taverns and railroads are governed by different laws. All car accidents, slip and fall accidents and other premises liability issues apply here.

A person who has been involved in an accident that does not have special rules is allowed to recover certain damages from the responsible party under the law. These damages include any property damage, present and future medical expenses, present and future lost wages, disfigurement, disability, past and future pain and suffering and past and future loss of a normal life. The property damage and medical costs can be easily calculated. However, especially when it pertains to car accidents, those costs may be covered by your own insurance. It is also important to have these costs paid by insurance if possible. The responsible person or insurance company is not required to make any payment until they agree to or until there is a Court Order requiring it.

Therefore, the monetary compensation that will go directly to the injured person is usually based in the value of the other factors listed above. Clearly, any lost wages due to the injury should be allowed as long as your doctor has approved the time off. The remaining factors are much more difficult to calculate and depend on the severity of the injury involved, whether the injury has fully healed or if there will be future issues.

When a case is evaluated by an insurance adjuster or an attorney, the amount of money demanded and offered largely results from a risk/reward analysis by reviewing the facts of the case and forecasting, to the best of their ability, what the likely spectrum of results could be after a trial and then putting a dollar figure value on the case. The injured person and the liable person and their insurance company are adversaries and each are trying to benefit themselves as best as possible. The injured person is trying to obtain as much money as possible for the damages resulting from the injury and the negligent parties and their insurance companies are looking to minimize their losses.

When an offer is made or an award is given in court for an injury, it is generally an award of a lump sum amount that has been determined based on all of the factors above. Please beware that this offer/award has not taken the attorney fees, costs, and medical bills or other bills into account. The medical bill award is actually an award for the benefit of whoever pays them, which is usually an insurance company and they are usually entitled to reimbursement. Often times, due to the ability to recover the full amount billed for the services and the reduction of that amount by the insurance company and by the law for getting the Court Order, much less money then what is awarded is actually paid to the insurance company and therefore additional money is provided to the injured person.

Another consideration that obviously needs to be reviewed and analyzed is the facts and circumstances of the accident and whether the injured person has any percentage of fault for the accident. Under the law, as long as the injured person is less then fifty percent at fault, they are entitled to recovery of a pro-rata percentage of the damages. Therefore, if the injured person was awarded $100,000.00 for their injury, but was determined to be ten percent at fault, their award would be reduced to $90,000.00. If the injured person is fifty percent or more at fault, they are entitled to nothing.

Finally, regardless of the value of the case, certain insurance limitations on the amount of money the injured person can actually receive may apply. If the liable party is uninsured or underinsured, which means that they have too little insurance to fully compensate you for the value of your case, your recovery depends on whether the injured person has adequate uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. Otherwise, you may be entitled to an award for the full amount of your damages but collection would need to be undertaken against the liable party individually and if they have little or no assets or they file bankruptcy this may be difficult or impossible.

To summarize, the evaluation of the value of a case is very complex and an attorney should be consulted to determine where the injured person stands. Contacting and retaining an attorney at the earliest stage possible will maximize the results so that actions are not taken that jeopardize the value of the claim. When the injured person speaks to an attorney, the factors above are good to know so the injured person can provide information to the attorney to achieve the best results possible.

STEVEN J. GREELEY NAMED PARTNER OF FRANKS, GERKIN, & MCKENNA, P.C.

 

The Law Firm of Franks, Gerkin & McKenna P.C., is pleased to announce that Steven J. Greeley, Jr. has been named a partner of the firm.

Steve's primarily practice areas include personal injury, commercial/general litigation, and local government law as Township Attorney for Townships in McHenry County, as well as serving as a Commissioner of the McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission,

He also serves as a member of the McHenry County Legal Aid Committee and is a member of the Leadership Committee of the Prairie State Campaign for Legal Services.

Steve is a graduate of Western Illinois University and Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review.


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ASSOCIATE STEVEN GREELEY TEACHES LAW TO LOCAL STUDENTS

 

As part of the McHenry County Bar Association, 2009 Law Day, Associate Steven Greeley volunteered to speak to school students at Three Oaks Elementary School Chesak Elementary School in Cary, Illinois on April 30, 2009. Steven spoke about the legal system and life as an Illinois attorney. He spoke to over ninety third graders at this event.

Steven was acknowledged for his service at the McHenry County Bar Association 2009 Law Day Luncheon on May 1, 2009 at the Bull Valley Golf Club.

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