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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2013 – When landowners enter into a lease with an oil and gas company, they should include a clause that the company cannot deduct costs from their royalties. “To protect your royalties, a lease should clearly provide that the driller cannot make deductions based on the costs of processing, transporting or marketing the oil or natural gas,” said Gregory Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney. “There are numerous examples of provisions that were intended to accomplish this result that have been held in case law to not quite cut it,” notes Jordan. […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2013 – The Florida Legislature passed a bill extending the cutoff for state foster care to the age of 21. The bill, named the “Nancy C. Detert Common Sense and Compassion Independent Living Act,” after its sponsor in the Florida Senate, gives young adults who are wards of the state the option to remain in the foster care system for an additional three years beyond the current cutoff age of 18 years. “Young adults who grew up as foster children are a vulnerable segment of Florida’s population,” said Tampa family law attorney Joshua […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2013 – More states are pushing to give disabled vets a much-needed tax break. In Michigan, State Senator Glenn Anderson (D-Westland) has introduced legislation to reduce taxes for his state’s disabled vets. His latest bill, Senate Bill 104, would allow local governmental units to exempt vets, who are 100 percent disabled, from paying local property taxes. Sen. Anderson’s bill is now going before the Senate Finance Committee. “It is heartening to see lawmakers push to give our country’s disabled vets a break to help them keep their homes,” commented veterans disability attorney James […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2013 – Estate planning is widely seen as a smart move for higher income households, but individuals at all income levels may benefit. The close of 2012 was unusually busy for estate planning attorneys as they worked with clients to implement new or updated estate plans in advance of the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), to be enacted January 2, 2013. The ATRA was expected to reduce gift and estate tax exemptions to $1 million, but it ended up not reducing exemption amounts after all. “Regardless of the amount of your estate, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2013 – Illinois citizens held a ceremony recently to honor workers who died on the job. Workers and their families gathered on the north lawn of the Illinois State Capitol on April 28 to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor workers who died on the job. The gathering was organized by the AFL-CIO. “Far too many workers are injured or lose their lives on the job,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney. “Memorials like this one are an important reminder of the terrible price that some workers […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2013 – Sentinels of Freedom is a nonprofit organization which provides wounded vets with assistance through what it calls “life scholarships.” These life scholarships can help the veteran make major life changes after returning home, including obtaining a home of their own, heading back to school or obtaining with much-needed health care. “So many vets would benefit from all sorts of support as they transition back to civilian life, as would their families,” commented Tampa veterans attorney David W. Magann. The Sentinels of Freedom program began in California, launched by the father of a son who was wounded […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2013 – Former professional football players are suing the National Football League (NFL) over brain injuries suffered on the field. Over 5,000 former league members have joined in the lawsuit, which alleges that the NFL knew or should have known of the connection between repetitive impacts to the head and a wide array of disorders including Alzheimer’s and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). “This lawsuit is important not just for professional football players, but for everybody, including children, who engage in impact sports without a full understanding of the potential effects,” said Tampa personal […]


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Buffalo, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2013 – J. John Sebastian, the former Assistant District Attorney, offers a host of criminal law defense services from his law office based in Buffalo. The attorney’s law office provides services to clients from Greater Buffalo Area as well as Niagara and Erie counties. Special payment plans are available, which will assist the clients in making payments in accordance with their financial status. In addition, the prices are also reasonable. The attorney insists on being in contact with the clients at all times and proceedings. The website of the attorney states, “J. John […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2013 – A new study has found that children of long-lived adults show a marked delay when developing dementia or other types of cognitive decline. The study examined the children of individuals with “exceptional longevity,” people who lived 89 years or more. Researchers looked at data gathered from more than 1,850 volunteers located in Denmark, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, as well as their spouses, siblings, siblings’ spouses, adult children, and their children’s’ spouses. The children of individuals who lived longer than 89 years were likely to not develop the symptoms of […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2013 – Seniors in Texas are at high risk from Internet scams and financial elder abuse. According to the FBI’s 2012 Internet Crime Report, Texas ranked third in the nation in the number of complaints received about Internet fraud. This type of scam is just one way that thieves can take advantage of seniors. Older people are also at risk for in-person and telephone scams and for theft and fraud by caregivers and other service providers. “It is very important to be aware of the various ways that financial elder abuse can be […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2013 – Florida’s implementation of a federal mortgage assistance program is being investigated by federal officials. The Hardest Hit Fund is a federal program to provide $7.6 billion to the 18 states most severely affected by the housing bubble. Many families are deeply “underwater” on their homes, meaning they owe more than the properties are worth. Although Florida state officials have prioritized the reduction of the size of homeowners’ mortgages as a form of assistance, it seems few homeowners have been helped that way. “The housing crisis is still being felt throughout Florida,” […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2013 – Business leaders are lobbying for H-1B visa amendments. As the Senate Judiciary Committee was preparing to meet to hammer out immigration reform, a number of business groups came together to submit a plea that they consider changes to H-1B visa program. A lobbying letter, which was signed by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Chamber of Commerce and multiple organizations representing technology urged the Committee approve a significant increase in the number of highly-skilled workers allowed under H-1B. “Proponents of updating the H-1B restrictions are hopeful significant changes can be made […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2013 – Florida’s foster parents just gained a bit more leeway in making decisions on how to care for foster children. That is thanks to a recent change in the law scheduled to go into effect July 1. The so-called “Normalcy Bill,” one of the first to be signed by Gov. Rick Scott in this year’s legislative session, gives foster parents discretion over a number of activities that until now, required court orders, such as obtaining driver’s licenses, going on school trips, and even traveling to neighboring counties on day trips with foster […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2013 – Vascular PRN offers compression therapy devices that help promote blood flow to prevent and heal diabetic ulcers. Ulcers on the legs and feet are a major complication of diabetes. They occur in 15 percent of all diabetic patients. Without prompt and effective treatment, they may leave doctors no alternative but partial leg amputation. Diabetic ulcers precede 84 percent of all lower leg amputations. “Our compression therapy equipment gently compresses the leg to increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood,” said Greg Grambor, president of Vascular PRN. “Compression therapy is effective, inexpensive, and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2013 – A recent insurance company survey reveals daydreaming is another deadly distraction. “The news is full of stories about people dying as a result of texting and driving and/or webbing and driving. Now, a report by the Erie Insurance Group concludes that one in ten people, of the 65,000 killed between 2010 and 2011, were driving while distracted. Their research was based on studying police reports that, among other things, contained the official notation that the driver had been lost in thought, or day dreaming, prior to the crash,” indicated Austin personal […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2013 – Two commuter trains collided in Connecticut on a recent Friday, injuring dozens. The collision occurred between two Metro-North Railroad trains near Fairfield during rush hour. Authorities said at least 70 people were injured, five of them critically. According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), an eastbound train derailed just after 6 p.m. and collided with a westbound train. “Passengers expect to be safe on modern trains, and authorities owe it to everyone involved to determine how the accident occurred and how to prevent another accident like it,” said Washington, D.C. personal […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2013 – Too many seniors are being given colonoscopies too often, a new study states. A recent study in the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine stated that many seniors report “a strong moral obligation” when it comes to undergoing medical testing, even in their advanced years. But many medical professionals are advising them that the risks that come with screenings such as colonoscopies and other medical procedures may not be worth it. Though all Americans are urged by multiple advocacy groups to begin colorectal cancer screening at age 50, little public […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2013 – Efforts are underway in Texas to reduce distracted driving, a major cause of traffic accidents. Statistics show that distracted driving is a serious problem, and may be severely underreported. In Texas, public education efforts are underway by local government and cell phone companies to discourage distracted driving. “Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents resulting in injury or death,” said Waxahachie personal injury attorney John Hale. “It is very important for drivers to realize that taking your eyes off the road for even a second can be extremely dangerous.” […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2013 – Medical malpractice laws may soon not be an issue. Looming large is a recent trend for corporations to buy physician’s practices. “Although most of the states in the country are focusing on tightening medical malpractice laws, rules and regulations, Florida is giving the heads-up to a trending issue that may change the landscape of how medical care is delivered. Many small physicians’ offices are being snapped up by large corporations, effectively making the doctor an employee, and no longer an owner,” explained Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer, Tom Robenalt. Physicians view this […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2013 – A change to Florida’s rules for traffic signals allowed cities and counties to shorten yellow lights, reaping millions of dollars in fines. In a recent report, Noah Pransky of Tampa television station WTSP covered the 2011 rule change by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which reduced allowable minimum intervals for yellow lights below the federal government’s recommended minimums. State and local traffic engineers then worked together to shorten yellow lights at intersections with red light cameras, the report said. “Transportation authorities need to find ways to reduce accidents and enforce […]


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