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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2013 – June 15, 2013 was designated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by the United Nations. The day was set aside to encourage a wider recognition of elder abuse in communities and as a call for countries to work on policies that support respect for the elderly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 6 percent of the elderly population experiences some form of abuse; the numbers are unclear, as the abuse, more often than not, goes unreported. Elder researchers say that abuse of the elderly is one of the […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2013 – Partners in a committed, unmarried heterosexual or same-sex relationship may wish to consider what would happen the event that their partner becomes incapacitated and unable to communicate their wishes. When there is a medical emergency or a critical event, hospital staff may only allow one family member access to the patient. Many partners who are not legally married have found that whether they have access, or do not have access to the patient, can be at the discretion of hospital staff. Doctors must defer the opinions and wishes to the […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2013 – An auto accident in Dallas, Texas, on Interstate 35 claimed the lives of two men who were thrown from the vehicle. Both men and a third passenger were wearing seat belts at the time. “While seatbelt use has proven to prevent a significant number of serious injuries and deaths when there is an accident, in this case, the seatbelts may not have adequately restrained the men inside the vehicle,” commented Waxahachie personal injury attorney John Hale. The fatal single-car accident occurred on June 5th on a southbound service road around 6 […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2013 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against an Illinois nursing home. Brenda Schneedle filed the lawsuit as special administrator of the estate of Nellie Petrokovich, alleging negligence and wrongful death on the part of VIP Manor in Wood River, Illinois. Petrokovich was transferred to VIP Manor for care in June 2011, after undergoing colon surgery at St. Anthony’s Hospital. The lawsuit claims that the nursing home’s lack of care led to Petrokovich’s death. “Nursing home abuse and neglect is a growing problem,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago wrongful death lawyer. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2013 – The President recently said that his hopes for an immigration overhaul would not be met this summer, but will be finalized before the end of this year, though critics believe that may also be an optimistic deadline. The President, interviewed on television on several Spanish-language TV stations, Telemundo and Univsion, in Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles and New York, stated that he was pushing for legislation which included pathway plans for undocumented resident citizenship; he has met with strong resistance from House GOP lawmakers. There are currently more than 11 million undocumented […]


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Palm Coast, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2013 – As with other legal matters, people have the right to represent themselves without an attorney in divorce proceedings. Florida courts provide local self-help centers with family law forms to fill out. But is “do-it-yourself divorce” a good idea? Jacksonville divorce attorney Richard D. Zasada warns that there are potential pitfalls that people may not be aware of. “The temptation to do it yourself in order to save money is understandable, but that decision may end up costing you more in the long run,” said Zasada. “Division of property and alimony, […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2013 – Two teenage girls in Pasco County, Fla., died in a car crash on a recent Tuesday. Courtney Lynn Little, 17, and Kathy Markou, 16, died at the scene of an accident on Moon Lake Road near Bethwood Avenue in New Port Richey. The road has a reputation for being the site of frequent accidents. According to Pasco County statistics, 155 crashes occurred on Moon Lake Road between January 2010 and December 2012 – about one per week. “The loss of two teenage lives in this accident is tragic,” said Zephyrhills auto […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2013 – The group Disabled American Veterans (DAV) recently awarded the Community Hero award to two distinguished Florida residents. “So much of what Disabled American Veterans does for returning vets and their families really hinges on the efforts of the larger community,” said Tampa veterans attorney David W. Magann. “Their efforts do not go unnoticed.” In a ceremony in St. Petersburg, the award was given to Florida resident Keith Collins, a Marine Corps veteran who served in the Vietnam War. Collins, who lives in New Tampa, is a home builder and is CEO […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2013 – Legislation intended to lower barriers to adoption by same-sex couples was recently reintroduced in the U.S. Congress. Many states have some kind of restriction or outright ban on adoption by same-sex couples. Under the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (ECDFA), federal funds could be cut off from foster and adoption agencies that discriminate in that way. “Supporters of the law say children are better off in a permanent home, whether with same-sex or opposite-sex parents, than they are as wards of the state,” commented Brandon family lawyer Joshua Law. “This […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2013 – A safety advocacy organization recently released a report showing one-in-nine bridges in the U.S. is structurally deficient. According to an analysis of federal data by Transportation for America, nearly 67,000 of America’s 605,000 bridges require substantial repair or replacement. The report, titled “The Fix We’re In For: The State of the Nation’s Bridges 2013,” said 260 million vehicles pass over deficient bridges each day. “We need to make the maintenance and safety of our infrastructure a priority again in America,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz. The report says […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2013 – The Florida Supreme Court ruled that Geico could not require a sworn statement before paying its customer for her injuries. Plaintiff Merly Nunez prevailed in her suit against the auto insurance company in the 5-2 decision. The majority said that requiring an examination under oath was “unreasonable and unnecessary” and that the law in effect at the time of Nunez’s claim did not allow such a requirement. The law has since been altered, however. “A no-fault insurance system like Florida’s PIP – personal injury protection – is supposed to get benefits […]


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Palm Coast, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2013 – While the divorce rate in the U.S. remains high, the marriage rate is dropping, according to a new study. Researchers said that the marriage rate has reached a low of 31.1 marriages for every 1,000 women who are unmarried. That number was 90.2 in 1950 and 92.3 in 1920. Although there have been fluctuations in the past, with the marriage rate dropping slightly in the 1930s and again in the 1960s, the marriage rate has been on a steady decline since the 1970s. The divorce rate, meanwhile, remains high in […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2013 – More than 500 military veterans participated in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The annual multi-event program features vets who compete in sports events using wheelchairs due to amputations, neurological issues or spinal cord injuries. Approximately 25 percent of the competitors competed for the first time. The games promote both national and world-class sports champions and also allow newly-disabled vets to meet and socialize with other wheelchair athletes and get introduced to other wheelchair sports competitions. “Events like the National Veterans Wheelchair Games are not only a good time for vets to […]


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New guidelines the attorney plugin for WordPress hopes to improve quality of law firm listings within Lawyer Plugin’s Peer-to-Peer network. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2013 – In an effort to maintain and enhance quality listings in their peer-to-peer directory, Lawyer Plugin, the innovative, free WordPress plugin for attorneys and law firms, has established strictly enforced peer-to-peer network terms. “Developers are maintaining the strictest quality controls possible to ensure the peer-to-peer network is consistently useful and of high quality,” stated lawyer Plugin senior developer Justin Torres. “All of the peer-to-peer listings are verified by staff and additions […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2013 – Though a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can distress a patient and their loved ones, elder care advocates indicate it is critical they immediately begin advance planning for financial arrangements and health care. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease of cognitive decline, but it can last for many years. Putting plans into place early can help make a significant difference in how that time can be spent. If someone suspects that there are memory issues or other cognitive concerns, they should see a neurologist, geriatric assessment clinic or memory clinic for testing. If […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2013 – The AARP has released information to help finance caregiving support for a loved one. Some states have programs to assist family members pay for their chosen caregiver, which may be a family member. The program is sometimes called “participant-directed,” “consumer-directed” or “cash and counseling” and has stringent income and additional eligibility requirements which the care recipient must meet in order to be paid as a caregiver. “The programs have long waiting lists due to state budget cuts,” commented Michigan elder law attorney Christopher Berry. “If there are questions about those […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2013 – Rosy Esparza died at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington when she fell from the Texas Giant roller coaster. The ride was closed pending an investigation into the incident. “Hundreds of amusement park injuries happen every year, from minor injuries, such as bruising or lacerations to fatal falls,” commented Waxahachie personal injury lawyer John Hale. “Most parks have stringent safety precautions in place, but incidents still occur from time to time.” According to witnesses, when Rosy Esparza was seated in the ride next to her son, prior to deployment, she expressed […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP, un experto destacado nacionalmente en todos los aspectos del derecho de la ancianidad, planificación del patrimonio y planificación de necesidades especiales, ha sido reconocido por la comunidad legal por su excelencia con dos distinciones recientes. Krooks ha sido elegido entre los The Best Lawyers in America® (Mejores Abogados de América) 2014 en las especialidades de Derechos de la Ancianidad y de Fideicomisos y Patrimonios. Krooks ha sido incluido en este grupo de elite en cada uno de los últimos siete años. Best […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2013 – A new study predicts medical bills will force bankruptcies in the households of 1.7 million Americans in 2013. NerdWallet Health, a consumer finance website, compiled a series of statistical estimates of the impact this year of rising health care costs. The report says Florida will account for the third-highest total of medical-related bankruptcies in the nation, with nearly 100,000 such filings. “Medical bills are very frequently one of the primary reasons – and often the sole reason – that individuals declare bankruptcy,” said Tampa bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton. “And that […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2013 – The federal government is imposing shorter hours on long-haul truck drivers. The new rules from the Department of Transportation (DOT) are intended to reduce truck accidents on the nation’s highways. Truck drivers must now take a 30-minute break during their first eight hours behind the wheel. Truckers may only drive 70-hours per week rather than the previous maximum of 82, and those hours must be “restarted” with a 34-hour weekly break. “Truck accidents cause a disproportionate number of highway fatalities,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago truck accident attorney. “Driver fatigue is […]


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