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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2017 – Law firms want to know how and why a client makes first contact, and Bigger Law Firm magazine has the answers. In the feature article, Brendan Conley explains the science behind how people, including clients, make decisions. He draws a series of distinctions between the perfectly rational, but fictional, beings that economists and others imagine people to be, and reactive, often illogical, real-world human beings. Understanding how decisions are made can help a firm make sound marketing decisions. As Dipal Parmar explains in the Virtual Impression update, a good website […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2017 – The number of “gray divorces,” or divorces among couples age 50 or older, has seen a dramatic rise in recent years. Among members of the baby boomer generation, divorce has doubled since the 1990s. Some attorneys believe that the reasons for such divorces could be very much like those for which people divorce sooner in life: * Lack of shared interests * Loss of a profound or meaningful connection * A feeling of drifting apart Vienna, Virginia family law attorney Lisa McDevitt says, “When handling gray divorces, it is important to […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2017 – Bigger Law Firm Magazine provides a map of marketing and technology strategies in the latest issue, available today. In the feature story, Brendan Conley dives into “client journey mapping,” a big-picture approach to marketing that will help firms develop a cohesive, end-to-end strategy. The client journey technique puts the client’s evolving relationship with the firm at the forefront. The firm’s marketing needs change at each successive stage of this relationship, from discovery and consideration to decision and engagement, and finally to lasting loyalty. BLF shines its Product Spotlight on Lawcus, […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2017 – In enforcing the travel ban and deportations of nationals from specific countries, families are likely to be separated from each other. Due to the executive order instituting such travel bans, there have been cases of foreign nationals who were deported and thus, unable to be present to care for their U.S.-born children. Such issues arise in cases involving children in need of services and termination of parental rights. The Department of Child Services is unwilling to provide accommodations to parents who have been deported. Family laws explicitly state that social services […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2017 – Personal injury lawyers from Abels & Annes, P.C. and Levin, Riback Law Group, P.C. have settled six lawsuits stemming from sexual abuse perpetrated by now defrocked priest Daniel McCormack for $10 million total. The victim with the most significant damages is receiving $2.8 million. The cases were resolved at pre-trial conferences in January and April of this year. The identity of the plaintiffs remains confidential. Each lawsuit was brought against the Archdiocese of Chicago and Cardinal Francis George alleging that they had roles in enabling defrocked priest Daniel McCormack to isolate […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2017 – Over 35 years ago, Virginia adopted permanent alimony, or spousal support. Under Virginia statute 20-61, a spouse who receives alimony can prosecute a paying spouse who is unable to pay, thus compelling them to pay attorney fees. Furthermore, the courts can legally impose fines on paying spouses and sentence them to prison for up to one year. Virginia pays $168,000 for the confinement of an individual for one year. Prominent Vienna, Virginia family law attorney Lisa McDevitt states, “The rationale behind alimony is that the spouse who has less earning capacity […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2017 – The family courts of Virginia continue to operate under the notion that sole custody following divorce or separation is more socially acceptable than shared parenting, an arrangement in which a child spends nearly equal time with each parent. Such is the traditional viewpoint in Virginia courts that deters equality between mothers and fathers, and places families on a trajectory of constant conflict after divorce. Divorce is a stressful event in and of itself, and placing additional stress on children and their parents is needless. Due to the rise in divorce filings, […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 31, 2017 – For those considering a change in principal place of residence, at least during the winter months, to one that is located in a warmer climate, it is advisable to engage in financial planning prior to moving. According to a study conducted by Merrill Lynch in 2014, most people, by age 61, say they have the freedom and flexibility to select where they would most like to live. Life responsibilities, including family and work, often determine where people live in their younger years. Over one-third of retirees communicated to Merrill Lynch that […]


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Tustin, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2017 – Wallin & Klarich, A Law Corporation today announced that applications are now being accepted for The Wallin & Klarich Scholarship for law school students. Through the scholarship, the criminal defense law firm headquartered in Orange County aims to grow a new generation of defense lawyers by helping them overcome the financial burden of obtaining a law degree. The winner of The Wallin & Klarich Scholarship will receive a $2,500 check to be used toward law school tuition or law school required books. Previous winners of the scholarship have attended Southwestern Law […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2017 – Many people consider making gifts to qualified charitable organizations in an effort to lower their possible estate income tax liability while helping a worthwhile cause. Potential donors should be careful to gift only the “right kind” of stock, and not the “wrong kind.” If a person is making a contribution of stock that was owned for more than one year, the owner’s tax deduction is decided by the stock’s fair market value. Therefore, if the owner donates stock with a low basis that was held for a lengthy period of time, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2017 – The magazine that started in 2011 as a legal marketing publication has reached a new milestone. Starting today, Bigger Law Firm Magazine will cover current events from a legal perspective. Over the last six years, Bigger Law Firm (BLF) Magazine has introduced lawyers to online marketing tactics, practice management software, internet security and e-discovery. Starting March 15th, BLF is reaching a wider audience with active reporting on current events. As the new presidency aims to reshape the role of government and an emboldened single party Congress rushes to introduce new […]


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Rockville, MD (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2017 – Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P.A. is pleased to announce that John Patrick Kudel, after being Of Counsel to the firm for almost two decades, has joined the firm as a partner. John’s addition is now reflective in the firm’s name change to Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P. A. “We are delighted to have this first rate lawyer joining our practice,” said Ron Karp, Managing Partner of Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P. A. “He has devoted his professional life to being of service to the bar […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2016 – In September 2016, the Sixth Circuit repeated the precedent that failure to file a tax return and to pay a tax liability must be subject to penalty under §6651(a) (1) and §6651(a) (2). Estate executors should understand the notion that penalties will be owed in cases where they neglect to file a tax return in a timely fashion or perform a miscalculation of the estate tax liability. However, despite the executor’s consultations with the attorney on several occasions, and the attorney’s reassurances that such duties will be carried out in a […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2016 – Couples approaching retirement age and contemplating divorce, may confront problems regarding ways in which to divide their retirement accounts. The divorce rate is skyrocketing for baby boomers. According to a report by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, between 1990 and 1994, the divorce rate among adults over age 50 doubled. And the rate tripled for those over age 65 in the same time frame. Recently, a survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that retirement accounts and pensions were second only to alimony as the […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2016 – Many people are of the opinion that if they bequeath money to charity upon their death, there will be a lesser amount left for their family. However, an experienced estate planning attorney is able to create an estate plan that includes charitable bequests and, in several cases, divert funds that are earmarked for the IRS, back to the family and charities that are important to the client. One method of accomplishing this objective is to transfer the funds that were intended to be left to charity, to a charitable remainder trust […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2016 – It is important that those individuals and families with estate planning documents comprehend the difference between possessing such documents and having a wealth transfer plan. Without an estate plan in place, the state in which the decedent lived will decide who is entitled to inherit the decedent’s assets. And the decision of the state may not be in accordance with the wishes of the decedent. An estate plan can help expedite the transfer of assets to the beneficiaries, reduce attorneys’ and court costs, and maintain peace within the family. A wealth […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2016 – The Content Issue by Bigger Law Firm magazine is full of ways to bring better legal content to more people. In the feature article, Kristen Friend examines the problem of how to get your website content to stand out among an ever-increasing number of sources and competitors. Her solution entails understanding your audience’s needs and the unique value you can create. Friend explains, with specifics, how to engage your audience, give them the information they need, and promote your content to reach the right people. Brendan Conley considers the question […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2016 – There are a number of situations in Virginia that terminate an award of spousal support. One such condition is when either party dies. Although the recipient of spousal support may require support, the decedent’s estate will not have to pay the recipient unless the parties made a specific provision for this. For instance, they may have agreed that the spouse would receive life insurance, or have a claim against the decedent’s estate for a specific sum. A second instance in which spousal support terminates right away is when the recipient remarries. […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2016 – The opinion in the case of Thorsen, et al vs. Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) instructs lawyers and clients to be cautious regarding the drafting of Wills and other estate planning documents. The subject of the case is a Will that was prepared in 2003 for Alice L. Cralle Dumville, who wished to make certain that her husband from whom she was alienated, did not benefit from her estate if she died while her divorce was pending. Ms. Dumville requested that a lawyer, James B. Thorsen, […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2016 – A power of attorney is an important legal document that grants someone the right to take action on behalf of another person regarding financial decisions. It is often used by adult children whose parents are advanced in age and are no longer able to make decisions independently. However, challenges sometimes arise because financial institutions do not always facilitate the process of exercising that power. Therefore, families must take measures to avoid the potential problems stemming from a power of attorney. There are many kinds of powers of attorney. For instance, a […]


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