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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2012 – What the President says versus what he does or does not do is really the 2012 campaign issue. Immigration reform is a part of his marketing and election campaign. “With an election looming, Obama will want to try and get the Hispanic vote on his side. That is going to be a tough when you consider his approach to deportation has caused 5,000 U.S. born kids to be placed in foster homes. Who in their right mind would think those left behind would vote for him and his policies?” asked Larry […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2012 – A recent study showed that 70 percent of intergenerational wealth transfers fail, according to The Williams Group that researched this issue over a 20-year time span. The high failure rate was due to inadequate preparation or post-transition planning. If the heirs – including children and grandchildren – had been better prepared, they would have done better at keeping their wealth. “What this shows is that properly allocating and protecting assets is crucial to maintaining your wealth,” said Dallas wealth management attorney and estate planning attorney John Hale, of The Hale Law […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2012 – This case demonstrates that many wrongful death cases may also involve criminal and civil trials with multiple defendants cited. “This reported case has two facets: one relating to a criminal charge and one relating to a wrongful death lawsuit,” explained Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Additionally, this case also shows that when it comes to filing a wrongful death lawsuit, there is often more than one person listed as a defendant.” Jane Doe’s (names have been changed to protect the victims) 18-year-old son was […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2012 – “Construction zones are not as safe as you may think, particularly if there is a big rig in the vicinity and, for whatever reasons, that rig does not stop in time for the line of cars in front of him. The devastation often carries on for hundreds of yards and the injuries and death toll are often catastrophic,” said Robert W. Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney at The Lee Law Firm in Texas. Take the case of Wanda and John Lindsay. They never saw the truck that rammed them coming, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2012 – A construction worker was killed thanks to an inattentive trucker. Hiring a competent lawyer is necessary in cases like this to protect a worker’s rights. “In this reported case an 18-wheeler struck and killed a construction worker who was installing signs on the side of I-77 in Ohio. The semi, for whatever reason, went off the road and slammed into the man as he was doing his job. The force of the impact threw him into his truck, and then a further 40 feet before he landed,” outlined Darren Monroe of […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2012 – Creditors have the right to challenge bankruptcy discharges. However, many of them do not. “More often than not, creditors do not tend to challenge Chapter 7 bankruptcies, largely because they prefer to challenge business bankruptcies because there is more at stake for them,” said Kevin Ahrenholz, a Des Moines bankruptcy attorney in Iowa. There are some circumstances that cause creditors to file a challenge. For instance, if the debtor ran up a large credit card bill six months before filing for bankruptcy, they may feel they had been deliberately cheated […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2012 – Estate planning can lead to awkward and often uncomfortable conversations with loved ones, but a well-prepared plan prevents tension and frustration when the time comes for the plan to go into place. “It is always difficult to have conversations about distant health issues,” said Brandon estate planning attorney Reginald Osenton. “Nobody looks forward to a conversation about death or incapacity.” All parents should appoint a guardian for their children and have a plan in place if something unforeseen leaves them incapable of raising the children. A qualified attorney can explain what […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2012 – In the New Year, it is essential to get finances and life wishes in order. Without an estate plan, courts will make the final decision on a person’s wishes and assets. “Many people think that estate plans are only for the elderly or wealthy,” said Dallas estate planning lawyer John Hale, of The Hale Law Firm. “It is never too early to plan and people of all incomes should take the time to create a will and estate plan. Otherwise your children and heirs could be left battling with the court […]


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New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2012 – A new texting while driving campaign shows how five seconds of distraction can cause a serious accident. The campaign is by the Ad Council in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is called “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.” Specifically, it targets teens who are enticed to stay connected while driving. “Taking your eyes off the road to check an email, text, or make a phone can be all it takes to run into someone and risk your life,” said Connecticut personal injury attorney Michael A. Stratton, […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2012 – A Florida man is planning to sue the City of Ft. Lauderdale over a child custody order from California that sent his daughter to the West Coast and back against his will and against the local police’s authority. The police took the man’s child in September and the child’s mother took the girl to California. The man got courts on both coasts to agree that local police needed a Florida judge’s approval before taking the child. “It’s important to know your rights as a parent in child custody cases,” said Brandon […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2012 – Texas is one of the best states in the country for entrepreneurs because of its low taxes and bold policymaking that encourages small businesses to grow. The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council recently released a ranking of the states according to climate for entrepreneurship and small business, and Texas is third in the country this year behind only South Dakota and Nevada. The SBE Council reported that Texas ranked high because the state has no personal income tax, death tax, individual capital gains or corporate capital gains taxes. The ranking committee […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2012 – Patients expect doctors to know what they are doing. That did not happen in this case. “I have seen and heard a lot of things over the number of years that I have been practicing law,” remarked Christopher Mellino. Mellino is a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer and wrongful death lawyer of The Mellino Law Firm LLC in Ohio. “But this case is just astoundingly awful.” It happened in Ohio, in Frederick County. A local resident went in for heart surgery, expecting to be just fine when it was over and done. […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2012 – The California Resale Royalty Act entitles artists to be paid five percent of the resale price of their artwork when it is sold in California or by any seller that resides in the state. This includes when property changes hands that encompasses artwork such as a hotel, restaurant, corporate center, or retail store. As such, three class action lawsuits are underway as artists allege that Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and eBay have failed to pay these royalties. “Many artists do not know this law and are confused by the complexities of it,” […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2012 – Privacy and Civil Rights advocates called yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant before they can attach a GPS tracking device to a vehicle a significant victory. But they also expressed disappointment over the court’s decision to not address the wide-ranging issues of whether police are required to obtain search warrants for all kinds of geo-location tracking technologies, such as cellphone tracking systems. In a six month investigation of illegal spying Kessler International’s forensic team found that most smartphones can be used […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2012 – When heart attack patients go to the hospital, more than 30 percent of them are not getting care in a timely manner. In order to give these patients a better chance of survival, medical professionals should be addressing blocked coronary arteries by, among other things, inserting a stent within 30 minutes. However, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that only about 25 percent of U.S. hospitals can perform stenting at all times of the day and night. “Patients suffering from a blockage often need to be transferred […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2012 – January is the biggest month for divorces. After the joy of the holidays and forced family togetherness has faded, many couples resolve to separate ways and start a new beginning. But one of the hardest parts of getting divorced is getting the finances figured out. Questions involve how to live on one income? How to divide the business or marital home and use the money wisely? How to help the kids in the coming months? “Many divorces can be complicated, so do not make a hasty decision with your finances, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2012 – A bill that could ease restrictions on skilled immigrants trying to work at technology companies in the United States cleared its first hurdle in late November, by a U.S. House vote of 389 to 15. The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011 strives to change existing law that says skilled workers from any particular country can claim only seven percent of the 140,000 work visas given out each year. By removing the percentage that caps visas per country, lawmakers hope to attract more technology workers to American firms and more […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2012 – If the housing market is not going to recover until the foreclosure backlog is absorbed, then it might be good news that lenders sent out notices to foreclose on almost 11,000 Florida homes in October – an 11-month high. The Miami area had the most with 4,193 and Tampa Bay and Orlando-Kissimmee each had more than 1,000, according to a RealtyTrac report. The Tampa Bay Times reported that bankruptcy filings were down most of 2011 and the Tampa Bay area’s filings were down 59 percent from a peak in October or […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2012 – Littman Krooks LLP has once again been ranked among the top 2011 U.S. PIPE (Private Investment in Public Equity) Market Placement Agents. This is the third time in the last four years that Littman Krooks has been ranked among the top placement agent law firms in the U.S. The rankings are compiled by two unaffiliated independent entities: PrivateRaise, a source for comprehensive analysis of private investments in public equity and PlacementTracker, a provider of research, data, and analytics covering the PIPEs market. PrivateRaise ranked Littman Krooks in 20th place while […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2012 – Dallas roadways can get icy and blanketed with snow in January and February, so drivers need to take precautions to get to their destination safely. Drivers should plan ahead so that their automobile is safe to drive; they are alert and cautious, and mindful of any news alerts before they head out. “You need to give yourself enough time to get to your destination safely,” said Waxahachie personal injury attorney John Hale, of The Hale Law Firm. “You should drive slower because everything takes longer on roads affected by winter storms […]


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