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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2012 – The Florida Supreme Court recently abandoned its efforts at a statewide mediation program for residential foreclosure cases. Lack of participation and low rates of loan modification meant the program was seen as unsuccessful. “It is not a shock that the courts decided to do away with this program,” said Tampa bankruptcy attorney Reginald Osenton. “There are a lot of people who would rather walk away from their house than sit across the table from a banker.” The program’s goal was to address the large number of foreclosures stacking up in the […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2012 – The latest stats show Texas had 2,998 traffic fatalities and an annual economic cost of $19.76 billion due to motor vehicle crashes, according to the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. Texas received a “yellow rating” along with 25 other states, which means that the state showed moderately positive performance but there are still efforts that can be done to lessen serious auto accidents. “Every day individuals and families are dealing with the devastation of a bad accident and trying to heal,” said Waxahachie personal injury attorney John Hale, of The […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2012 – Family law attorneys across Florida are keeping a close eye on Tallahassee this season as two alimony reform bills work their way through the state legislature. If passed, either new state law would dramatically change the way alimony is determined in the Sunshine State and likely would end the practice of awarding lifetime alimony. Reform advocates are pushing for many factors to be considered as alimony is determined including the length of the marriage, the financial stability of each partner and the consequences of cohabitation. Opponents of the proposed rule changes […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2012 – The driver in this case ran a red light and hit a woman sitting at a bus stop, killing her. He was not paying attention to what he was doing. “Some people don’t seem to understand that a red light means you stop or prepare to stop in enough time to actually obey the light. The defendant in this instance was not only speeding, but missed stopping for a red light because of his rate of speed, rammed into another car and slammed into a concrete bus bench where a woman […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2012 – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) recently announced several new proposals to improve U.S. immigration processing for high skilled immigrant workers, each of which do not require Congressional action. These are part of an overall Administration effort to help U.S. companies and to create jobs as the U.S. strives to remain competitive in the worldwide marketplace. It was about one year ago that the Administration began its White House Startup America Initiative to attract and retain immigrants and business investments in the U.S. One proposed reform would allow professors […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2012 – Once a trust is in place, the important task of administering it according to the trust agreement and relevant laws begins. “Anyone who agrees to serve as a trustee has a fiduciary duty to act in the beneficiary’s best interests. While the trustee may understand that legal duties exist, the trustee may not know how to fulfill their legal obligations and minimize their liability exposure,” said Dallas trust lawyer and estate planning lawyer John Hale, of The Hale Law Firm. The Hale Law Firm helps individuals and institutions with the trust […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2012 – The Williams Law Group launched a new website in February to better serve the firm’s clients in Brunswick, Ga., and across southeast Georgia and northeast Florida. “We think the new website will help our clients access the information they need to make smart decisions when hiring an attorney,” said Brunswick attorney Nathan Williams, the managing partner at the firm. “This website should help people in personal injury, criminal defense, and family law cases. The Williams Law Group is devoted to helping our clients resolve their issues.” The new site contains detailed […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2012 – Individuals considering whether or not to file bankruptcy must take credit counseling within six months prior to filing. There are some limited exceptions to the mandate that potential bankruptcy filers take a credit counseling course within six months before filing, noted Waterloo bankruptcy lawyer Kevin Ahrenholz. Those exceptions need to be discussed as part of the process prior to filing. Additionally, approved bankruptcy credit counseling organizations are not the same in each state, and usually there is a small fee for pre-bankruptcy counseling. However, the fee may be waived based […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2012 – Hip implants, knee replacement devices, and vaginal and hernia mesh products are the latest defective medical devices that have caused serious injuries in patients. “New technologies should not get fast-tracked, only to have patient safety compromised,” said Waxahachie personal injury attorney John Hale, of The Hale Law Firm. “Better efforts should be in place to institute recalls quicker and put more safeguards in place to protect patients.” Late last year, legislation was introduced to discover problematic medical devices sooner and manage recalls better. The three Senators behind the legislation also sent […]


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Manchester, NH (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2012 – Imagine a newborn left in a plastic bin because a doctor thought he would not live, but he did. “This is one of those cases that just makes you shake your head that a doctor could even think to do something like this,” remarked Charlie Donahue, a Manchester injury lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. “It certainly horrified the parents and prompted a medical malpractice lawsuit for good reason.” The baby in this case was left for dead in a plastic bin for more than four hours before a nurse […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2012 – The appellant in this case lost. Not all instances where someone is fired amount to a wrongful dismissal. “The case in point here is Robert M. Bono v. Chicago Transit Authority (882 N.E.2d 1242 (2008)), and it deals with what initially appeared to be a wrongful dismissal,” recounted 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. Mr. Bono, previously a Chicago Transit Authority supervisor, was discharged for the improper personal use of […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2012 – It appears that tort reform may be having a different effect than initially expected. Smaller medical offices are folding, and more doctors are working for large institutions. “There was a time when doctors first thought that medical malpractice reform was a knight in shining armor, and perhaps, at first blush, it was. Over time, medical malpractice reform has demonstrated something that attorneys have known for a long time: that the medical malpractice system is still as unfair and unjust as ever,” remarked Christopher Mellino. Mellino is a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2012 – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently launched a new awareness campaign about the danger of magnetic components and how they could cause serious injuries and death. Over the last two years, the CPSC has received an increase of reported incidents of youths and teens swallowing magnets. Even though magnets and magnetic components are prohibited in toys for children less than 14 years old, the CPSC says magnets still remain a hazard. “New toys and youth accessories come out every day and some are imported that might not have strict standards,” […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2012 – Laws that have the potential to dramatically change how alimony is awarded in Florida are working their way through the legislature in Tallahassee this season. The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to hear testimony at the end of January from members of Florida Alimony Reform. Proponents of alimony reform say the current laws are draconian and reflect a mid-20th century approach to divorce in a 21st century world. “The proposed changes to Florida’s alimony rules will certainly make a dramatic difference in how much money one spouse can expect from the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2012 – Chicago medical malpractice attorney Robert Briskman is concerned about a medical device that could cause strokes and even death to its users. “The research has shown that these devices are not helping patients and, in fact, they are sometimes causing additional harm and even death,” Briskman said. “The Food and Drug Administration needs to review this product to determine if it is safe for consumers or if the product should be off the market.” The Wingspan Stent System, which was approved by the FDA in 2005, is a mesh tube placed […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2012 – As cohabitation is on the rise in the United States, many of those who have kids under one roof but remain unmarried often help each other with expenses. Nearly 75 percent of these households keep their assets separate but equally pay for child and household expenditures, noted the Pew Research Center. A big portion of these households see cohabiting as a step toward marriage. “When each person is contributing to the household and they want to truly make sure each person is doing so fairly and with an eye toward […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2012 – “Jeopardize your intentions. Alienate a loved family member. Tie your assets up in court –these are just a few of the consequences that could happen if you do not update your estate plan,” said Dallas estate planning attorney John Hale of The Hale Law Firm. No one likes to think it will happen to them, but the years go by and an estate plan that was drafted years ago needs to be looked at much like going to the doctor for an annual checkup. “You should do an annual review to […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2012 – New Jersey estate and trust litigation attorney Ethan Ordog is having a very busy 2012. Between client meetings and court cases, he’s also very active in the legal community. Recently, he co-chaired the Burlington County Mock Trial Competition where nine high school teams competed in a fictional trial. The high school students got to be attorneys, plaintiffs, defendants, and witnesses to better understand the U.S. legal system. “More than 35 members of the bar volunteered to help the students coordinate the event and coach and judge them,” said Ordog, who also […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2012 – Lakeland criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Grajek launched a new website to better serve those accused of crimes in central Florida. The website at http://www.flcrimedefense.com/ is an easy-to-use reference guide for people who have been accused of a crime and need quick information about their rights. “Being charged with a criminal offense can be a frightening and confusing experience,” Grajek said. “Many people have questions about their rights and the criminal process and we want to make it easy for them to get answers.” To help with rapid response, the website […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2012 – This wrongful death was likely the result of negligence on the part of a heater installer. The dead man’s family wants to make sure it does not happen again. “During the winter months, we rely on our heaters to keep us warm, and so did the elderly man in this case. He was 86-years-old at the time of his death from carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation,” explained Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. The man’s daughter found her father in the bathroom, blanketed in […]


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