» 2013 » November

White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2013 – When someone dies and does not leave a will stipulating what should happen to their, numerous issues must be decided. Often, certain assets fall outside of a will. There are assets that are not dictated by a will, including the proceeds of life insurance; bank accounts, real estate and assets held jointly; property held in a living trust; funds in a 401(k) or IRA; a retirement plan with a beneficiary, and community property with rights of survivorship. The inheritor of such properties – those not covered by a will – […]


Continue reading full article »

Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2013 – The family of a Pasco County teenager killed in an auto accident last summer continues to press for improvements to the road where the accident occurred. Courtney Little, 17, was killed on July 2, 2013 while southbound on Moon Lake Road near Bethwood Avenue in New Port Richey, Florida — a stretch of road with an extensive and well-documented history of accidents. Plans to expand and resurface the road have been pushed back due to budgetary constraints. “Citizens want this hazardous stretch of road fixed,” said Zephyrhills auto accident attorney Robert […]


Continue reading full article »

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2013 – Though the recent government shutdown concerned veterans’ rights advocates, the VA stated that it had plans to cover vet benefits at least until late October. The government shutdown threatened to disrupt the flow of disability and education benefits, but the Veterans Affairs Department had other ideas. The Veterans Benefits Administration had the 19,000 processors slated to continue to handle claims of disability and education even during the shutdown. VA spokeswoman Victoria Dillion announced that the VA was excepting the VBA claims processors from any furloughs in order to keep claims processing […]


Continue reading full article »

Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2013 – The college savings plans known as 529 plans can also be an estate planning tool. Parents saving for their children’s college education often make use of 529 savings plans, which allow for significant tax advantages and multiple investment opportunities. According to Virginia estate planning attorney Lisa McDevitt, the plans can also be incorporated into an estate plan. “A 529 plan is an excellent way for parents to save for their children’s future, or for grandparents to transfer assets to younger generations,” said McDevitt. The tax advantages of 529 plans are similar […]


Continue reading full article »

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2013 – A federal judge has awarded damages to the family of a man who died in a Chicago jail cell. Saying that inadequate medical care led to the inmate’s death, the judge awarded nearly $1 million in damages to the man’s wife and daughter in a wrongful death lawsuit. Habib Solebo was found dead in his cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in May 2007. According to the lawsuit, jail staff took no action when Solebo refused to take his anti-seizure medication, and a blood sample intended for testing was found […]


Continue reading full article »

Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2013 – Two transit workers were struck and killed by a commuter train just outside San Francisco on a recent Saturday afternoon. The workers were hit just before 2 p.m. near a station in Walnut Creek, some 20 miles east of the city. The train that struck them was out of service and on a maintenance run. One of the men was an employee of the Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, system. The other was an employee of a third-party contractor. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz, who is not involved […]


Continue reading full article »

Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2013 – Following criticism from the Pentagon, Florida will grant equal access to benefits for opposite-sex and same-sex spouses of Florida National Guard personnel. Following the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision invalidating part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Pentagon altered its policy to grant legally-married, same-sex couples the same spousal benefits available to opposite-sex couples. That new policy included National Guard forces of each state. But Florida and eight other states that do not recognize same-sex marriages refused to implement the policy. Tampa family law attorney Kristi McCart says […]


Continue reading full article »

Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2013 – A new federal grant program is aimed to improve the long-term prospects of disabled children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) initiative will provide assistance to SSI recipients and their families in order to help the kids complete high school, postsecondary education, and job training, as well as find good jobs. “Despite the support that Supplemental Security Income provides, children who receive the benefits nevertheless tend to lag behind in higher education and employment when compared with their peers,” said […]


Continue reading full article »

Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2013 – One of the unavoidable issues with growing older is the need for additional levels of care. Care can encompass anything from infrequent help with household issues, such as repairs or heavy gardening, to assistance with daily activities of living, such as toileting, bathing and eating. It can be difficult to broach the subject of an increased need for care. It works best to use tact and choose the correct time to broach the subject. “Few people enjoy admitting that they need help, or that they are not as independent as […]


Continue reading full article »

Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2013 – A recent investigation by USA Today found that thousands of nursing home residents throughout the country have had money mismanaged or stolen from special trust fund accounts, including more than $350,000 stolen from nursing home residents in Waxahachie, Texas. “Nursing home residents rely on these facilities to properly manage and protect their money,” said Waxahachie elder law attorney John D. Hale. “It is reprehensible that anyone would take advantage of vulnerable senior citizens like this.” Nursing home residents’ trust fund accounts are supposed to be managed with similar oversight to that […]


Continue reading full article »

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2013 – A former attorney for the city of Evanston, Illinois, filed an age and sex discrimination claim against her superiors. She was fired in retaliation for filing the complaint. “Tober-Purze v. City of Evanston, N.D. Ill., No. 1:13-cv-01503, 8/21/13 has some contentious issues in it,” remarked Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer not involved in this case, and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. “Not the least of which is that the plaintiff was allegedly also told that […]


Continue reading full article »

White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2013 – A bill to restore $90 million in funding for services for people who are developmentally disabled was passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The bill was sponsored by Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, D-Long Beach, who has an adult son who is disabled and Sen. Martin Golden, D-Brooklyn. The legislation was in response to Gov. Cuomo’s 2013-14 budget proposal, which called for cuts to the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Gov. Cuomo said the cuts were enacted after the federal […]


Continue reading full article »

Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2013 – A stadium construction site near San Francisco was the scene of a deadly accident for the second time in four months. The stadium will be the new home of the San Francisco 49ers football team in Santa Clara, Calif. On a recent Monday morning, truck driver Edward Lake Jr., 60, of Vacaville, Calif., had just delivered a load of materials to the construction site, when he was crushed by a bundle of rebar that fell as workers unloaded it from his truck. “Construction zones are uniquely hazardous places,” said Washington, D.C. […]


Continue reading full article »

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2013 – Immigration reform is still one of the most pressing domestic issues in the U.S. It is being derailed once again. “Most Americans get the idea that passing immigration reform would improve the economy, strengthen our presence abroad and offer extra stability for local communities. However, most don’t understand that immigration reform is closely tied to the health care system,” explained Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. It is odd that Americans and politicians seem to […]


Continue reading full article »

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2013 – More than $128 billion flows through the country’s Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) system. Incidences of fraud are inevitable, so the SSDI has hired a cadre of private investigators to catch the perpetrators. “The increase in fraud and the ensuing investigations of any questionable claims has slowed the entire process down,” commented Tampa Social Security disability attorney David W. Magann. “For anyone going through the Social Security Disability Insurance system, it’s best to work with someone who can help guide them through that legal maze.” The number of people receiving disability […]


Continue reading full article »

Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2013 – A young girl went for what was supposed to be routine wisdom teeth surgery. She died several days later due to oxygen deprivation. “No parent should ever have to live through their child dying before they do,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland anesthesia mistake lawyer with Mellino Robenalt, LLC. “The young lady in this reported case was only 17-years-old and sustained severe brain injury during her oral surgery in March of 2011.” The young teen went into a coma and died ten days later. Her autopsy report indicated she had died […]


Continue reading full article »

Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2013 – Divorce law recently became an issue in the Virginia governor’s race. Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, launched a television ad drawing attention to the fact that Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate, had supported a 2008 bill that would have placed restrictions on “no-fault” divorce in Virginia. Although the bill was not successful, the current back-and-forth between candidates on the issue has led to confusion. Prominent divorce attorney Lisa McDevitt clarifies the law on no-fault divorce in Virginia. “In the state of Virginia, a no-fault divorce is available to couples who […]


Continue reading full article »

Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2013 – Workers may convert individual retirement accounts (IRAs) from traditional to Roth IRAs, but some who do so will later undo that conversion. Roth IRAs present certain advantages and disadvantages versus traditional IRAs, and each year, many people elect to make the conversion to Roth. When current circumstances or expectations for the future change, as they so often do, that conversion may be undone in a process called “recharacterization.” Estate planning attorney Andrew Hook explains why people convert or recharacterize their accounts and the rules governing the processes. “Contributions to traditional […]


Continue reading full article »

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2013 – A new report showed Florida had significantly fewer drug-related deaths in 2012 than in 2011. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi touted the report from Florida Medical Examiners at a press conference on a recent Tuesday. She attributed the drop in drug deaths to law enforcement’s “relentless effort” in cracking down on Florida’s “pill mills” – clinics run by doctors who over-prescribe narcotic painkillers. “The state’s public safety efforts are working,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce. “Pill mills have been drastically reduced, arrests are down, and now, it is clear […]


Continue reading full article »

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2013 – A racial discrimination lawsuit was recently filed against Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. “This is a unique case, in that one employee complained of racial discrimination, being on the receiving end of racial slurs, and then was joined by a co-worker who witnessed the numerous incidences of racism in the workplace,” explained 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 second worker joined the suit and backed up […]


Continue reading full article »