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Erik K Jacobs

Erik K Jacobs

Cicero, France & Alexander, P.C.
  • Real Estate Law, Personal Injury, Business Law ...
  • Illinois
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Biography

Erik Jacobs is a highly regarded litigator and transactional attorney in Northern Illinois. He received a BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa and his law degree, with honors, from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1991. He was a member of both the Law Review and the National Moot Court Team as well as a Research Assistant for the Dean of the Law School. He spent the first two years of his practice as a law clerk to a Federal Judge in the Northern District of Illinois before moving into private practice where he represented physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation. Over the next several years he acquired an affinity for real estate and developed a transactional practice alongside his defense work. Over his nearly 30 years of practice he has represented hundreds of developers, contractors and consumers in residential and commercial real estate transactions and related litigation throughout the area. He spent many years as counsel to the Rockford Area Association of Realtors® (RAAR) and was instrumental in drafting the RAAR and Winnebago County Bar Association (WCBA) Joint Approved Contracts for the purchase and sale of residential, commercial/industrial, and farm properties as well as contracts for new construction and other forms. He currently serves as General Counsel for the Rockford Area Apartment Association. He is a past Chairman of the Real Estate and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of the Winnebago County Bar Association. He has been the Hearing Officer for Winnebago County, Illinois since 1997, where he presides over violations of the County’s Health, Zoning and Building code violation hearings, among other things. He is an active member of the Winnebago County and Illinois State Bar Associations and the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association. Among other civic and charitable activities, he volunteers his time as a board member for the Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity.

Education
Northern Illinois University College of Law
J.D. (1991) | Law
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Honors: Graduated with Honors
Activities: Member of the Law Review Member of the National Moot Court Team Best Oral Advocate Research Assistant to Dean Leonard P. Strickman
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University of Iowa
B.B.A. (1987) | Finance
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Activities: I was a member of the University of Iowa Soccer Team
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Professional Experience
Partner
Cicero, France & Alexander, P.C.
- Current
Hearing Officer
Winnebago County
- Current
I preside over cases involving violations of the Winnebago County Illinois Zoning, Building, Health and Animal Control Ordinances.
Partner
Hyzer, Hyzer & Jacobs
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Associate
Kostantacos, Traum, Reuterfors & McWilliams, P.C.
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Law Clerk
United State District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - Honorable Philip G. Reinhard
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Speaking Engagements
Instructor, Rockford, IL
Rockford Area Association of Realtors
I provided instruction to Rockford Area Realtors regarding the local Joint Approved Contract for the Purchase and Sale of Real Estate (Residential, Commercial/Industrial, Farms, Condominiums), Agency and Ethics for many years. I have also spoken at various Continuing Legal Education courses over the past 29 years.
Professional Associations
State Bar of Illinois
Member
Current
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Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association
Current
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Winnebago County Bar Association
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Activities: Past Chairman of the Real Estate and CLE Sections Past President of the Winnebago County Bar Foundation
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Illinois State Bar Association
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
Supreme Court of Illinois
ID Number: 6207081
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United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
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United States District Court - Northern District of Illinois
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free Consultations in Wrongful Death and Personal Injury cases
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingent Fee Agreements are available in Wrongful Death and Personal Injury cases.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Our firm has a schedule of regular hourly fees for all cases except Wrongful Death and Personal Injury cases, which are accepted on a contingent fee basis.
Practice Areas
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Insurance Defense
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Inherited undivided interest in a large amount of land, that has mineral rights. Can one of the family members force the
A: Yes - the family members who want to sell can file a partition action to accomplish that. A better option would be for the family members to agree to have the land appraised and the members who wish to keep the land can purchase the interests of the family members who wish to sell based on the appraised value.
Q. I have a quit claim deed from my grandmother drafted 40 years ago, the grantees where her 3 children,the deed has a ---
A: Joint tenancy is a form of shared property ownership where each owner has an undivided interest in the property. This type of ownership creates a right of survivorship, which means that when one owner dies, the other owners absorb the deceased owner’s interest. When creating a joint tenancy, we generally will convey the property to A and B, not as tenants in common, but as joint tenants. The joint tenants, if still alive, are able to convey the real estate to a third party and split the proceeds in accordance with their interests.
Q. When a family member passes, how can you be sure that the house goes to the intended beneficiary?
A: There are a few options. First, your father can leave the home to you in his will. Second, your father could execute and record a Transfer on Death Instrument (TODI). This document should be immediately recorded in the County Recorder's Office and becomes effective upon your father's passing.
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Contact & Map
Cicero, France & Alexander, P.C.
6323 E. Riverside Blvd
Rockford, IL 61114
Telephone: (815) 226-7700
Fax: (815) 226-7701
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed