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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2011 – At Legal Rainmakers, empowering attorneys to achieve rainmaking greatness is king. “We believe that, to succeed in these economic times, challenging the status quo with actions that are fundamentally different is critical,” says Samuel E. Joyner, Esq., founder and President of Legal Rainmakers LLC which opens its doors on January 2. Growing a successful business requires keeping good clients and finding better ones. “To get business,” Sam asserts, “you need to know how to do it (‘the process’), not just what to do (‘get business’).” Marketing efforts alone historically yield an […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2011 – Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, kicks off its January 2012 publication packed full of legal marketing and branding strategies. In its popular Virtual Impression column, Ross Fishman of Fishman Marketing is interviewed and sums up the approach lawyers should be taking in the year ahead. This is a great time to be bold,” said Ross Fishman. “Firms that market more aggressively in this recessionary economy achieve more results than competitors. Otherwise, you are missing a big opportunity to take your firm to the next level. Marketing is not just […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2011 – This case is disturbing in that the doctor that killed a patient due to lack of proper care, but is still employed by the same hospital. “I have been practicing law for a long time,” said Christopher Mellino. Mellino is a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer and wrongful death lawyer of The Mellino Law Firm LLC, in Ohio. “But I have to say, I don’t think I have run across this kind of a situation that often. It’s one that makes patients think of their worst nightmare: a doctor, an anesthesiologist no […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2011 – Since the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act long-term care program has been eliminated, many senior citizens are left wondering how they will pay for services such as nursing home care and other forms of elder care. CLASS was poised to assist individuals in obtaining affordable long-term care insurance, but after analysis showed that it was financially unsustainable, the Obama Administration has called off the program. Individuals must now go back to traditional ways to pay for their elder care. “Medicare does not assist with long-term care. Many people […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2011 – PolitiFact Florida recently confirmed that almost half of homeowners in the Sunshine State owe more on their mortgage than their houses are worth. The number – 46 percent – came from an October speech at the Democratic Party’s 2011 convention in Orlando. PolitiFact checked out the outlandish-sounding claim and found that, indeed 45.1 percent of Florida homeowners are “underwater” or owe more than they could sell their home for in today’s market. PolitiFact did its research through CoreLogic Inc. and Zillow.com. Those two companies get their real estate data from county […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2011 – Some divorced individuals become depressed at the holidays and start to look for love, sometimes in the wrong places. Ed Housewright, an author and twice divorced dad says the holidays as a single person, even with kids in tow, are far better single than dealing with stress. His stress used to include fights with the wife over money spent on gifts, the relatives, and travelling during the holidays. As part of Single Dad House, an online resource for single dads, Ed now knows how to go about relationships. “We see […]


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New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2011 – Investors are enticed to make money off of properties in the down economy as real estate purchases are at an all-time value. Some individuals look to pool their monies together to obtain a portfolio of properties, which is known as a real estate investment trusts (REITs). Two types of REITs are available. One is traded on a national securities exchange whereas the other type focuses on non-traded REITs. “The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently sent out an alert about these non-traded REITs,” said Connecticut stock market loss attorney Michael […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2011 – Sustaining a brain injury may happen just about any time. It is not just a phenomenon related to sports. “This reported case is disturbing for the amount of gratuitous violence involved,” remarked Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “The 15-year-old boy involved got into a fight with a stranger after a beach party, was punched in the head, and wound up being treated in a neurological center for a brain injury. It was certainly not what the young boy expected from simply going to a […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2011 – The Florida Legislature may look at two bills in 2012 that could potentially reshape the Sunshine State’s alimony laws. State Rep. Ritch Workman of Melbourne and State Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla of Miami, both Republicans, have introduced bills into the State House and State Senate that would dramatically decrease the amount of alimony some Floridians would have to pay, according to Florida Alimony Reform. This is yet another change in an ongoing attempt to limit alimony. There were several changes made in the last two legislative sessions, which reveal […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2011 – Hosting an event for an Oscar party is usually a great way to make an event venue known to party planners, marketing directors, and Hollywood celebrities. But in a recent lawsuit, a private estate and its company’s CEO were allegedly duped by a production company. The estate is owned by Elizabeth Mazzochi, who is the CEO of Accomplice Lifestyle, a personal management company. Mazzochi was allegedly told by J. Ben Bourgeois (JBB) Productions that it should make the Delfern Estate the location for the Vanity Fair Oscar party. JBB claimed […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2011 – Holidays and drunk driving accidents are a rising concern across the nation. During the Christmas and New Year holidays, nearly 40 percent of all deaths occur due to at least one of the drivers being alcohol-impaired. “Driving while intoxicated risks your life and others on the roads,” said Chicago car accident attorney Robert I. Briskman, Esq. “Serious injuries and deaths can happen just because you decided to drive while impaired rather than hailing a cab or calling a friend for a ride.” If holiday plans do involve alcohol, it is best […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2011 – The Waxahachie and Ellis County personal injury law firm, The Hale Law Firm, recently launched its new website, http://www.hale911.com/. Their attorneys have helped thousands of injury victims and their families since 2006, and have recovered more than $10 million on their behalf. The firm has a notable track record in the following practice areas: • Auto Accidents • Dangerous Products • Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries • Defective Drugs & Medical Devices • Burn Injuries • Wrongful Death Individuals who have suffered an injury are encouraged to give The Hale Law […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2011 – Florida’s new probate laws may lead to more litigation over wills that used to be considered unambiguous. The new laws went into effect this fall, so the state has yet to see how often the new rule will be tested. But the potential for more modifications of wills is significant. “Courts will be busier dealing with these new rules, but it will help bring out the truth in the case of unintended discrepancies,” said Brandon estate planning lawyer Reginald Osenton. “Ultimately, this could open the floodgates to a lot of new […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2011 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s move to streamline its form processing for citizenship and naturalization forms is earning praise from some who regularly work with the forms. Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee said any move that creates more consistency and reliability in the application process is a good one. “The application process for immigrants to this country has been clogged up with red tape and confusing requirements for too long,” Banerjee said. “The lockbox facilities for processing the paperwork and fees should be a great help.” This fall, USCIS began […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2011 – Recognizing the need for psychological help in a digital age, the Federal Communications Commission recently announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs smartphone application PTSD Coach won a distinguished award. The PTSD Coach app, which is free and has a five-star rating, was launched in April and has been downloaded about 30,000 times, according to the VA. The app helps users track symptoms, connect with public or personal support systems, understand the disorder and manage symptoms on the go. “By recognizing this remarkable tool for addressing post traumatic stress disorder, the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2011 – Big, well-known companies can run afoul of discrimination law. Take this case that involved Nike. “It wasn’t too long ago, in fact just last year, that Nike was embroiled in a discrimination lawsuit that resulted in a $7.6 million settlement to over 400 former and currently employed African-Americans in their Niketown store, on ‘the Magnificent Mile’ in Chicago,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. “The plaintiffs in this reported […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2011 – Texas Highway Patrol troopers will be out in force for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This is the second year that police will be monitoring the Texas roadways for drunk drivers. The THP has arrested thousands of individuals who could have caused serious or fatal auto accidents. “Intoxicated drivers can wreak havoc during the holidays,” said Waxahachie auto accident lawyer John Hale, of The Hale Law Firm. “Do yourself and other drivers a favor and either designate a driver who will not be drinking, call a taxi, or call a […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2011 – It will be more difficult to prove a disability from now on when making Social Security insurance claims. The updated disability insurance operations manual instructs adjudicators on how to determine if a claimant’s past work is relevant to a claim and how to apply it to the case. Changes to one of the steps in the sequential evaluation process will affect rulings on SSDI cases and some SSI cases. The determination of capacity for past relevant work (PRW) is step four in the process and it contains a more restrictive evaluation […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2011 – Despite what the White House says about immigration reform, it continues to be a flash point in many states. However, there seems to be a tempering of hard line opinions. “It’s not exactly a well-kept secret that more and more states are reversing, or attempting to soften their hard line approach to taking immigration reform into their own hands,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with Miami immigration lawyers and Orlando immigration lawyers. “It’s a smart move, as what they were doing was […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2011 – This is a disturbing accident case involving a teen on a bike with no brakes and a fire truck. The fire truck ran over the teen. “We’ve seen a lot of cases over the years of providing litigation funding to various plaintiffs,” remarked Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “But we’ve not often seen speculation that the biker may have caused his own death. We feel that may well be open for speculation and that his family may elect to file a wrongful death lawsuit.” This accident happened in Winter […]


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