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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2015 – Conservation easements played a major role in the estate planning of Mellon family parcels for sale. Several key pieces of real estate were among the marquee items in the estate of the late Listerine heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, who died in March 2014 at the age of 103. One of them, a 100-acre estate in Nantucket, Massachusetts, sold for $21.5 million on December 18. As in the case of the Virginian’s other properties for sale, estate-planning-relevant conservation restrictions were attached to the island property. The Bunny Mellon property made headlines in […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2015 – One of the little-known benefits of divorce mediation is the ability it gives couples to plan for future taxes, says Gerald Maggio, a California divorce mediator.   A recent article on Fox Business pointed out that divorced couples who do not communicate clearly about taxes can end up with rejected returns, audits and tax penalties. “Tax rules are already complicated, and a divorce can complicate them further,” commented Maggio. “Too little communication too late can create major problems.” According to Fox Business, divorced or separated parents must agree which parent […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2015 – The state of Mississippi does not recognize same-sex marriages. A divorce case before that state’s Supreme Court may change the national marital landscape. In 2013, a Mississippi County Chancery Judge ruled the state’s constitution and statutes forbade him from granting a divorce to a same-sex couple. The women were married in California in 2008, and could have obtained a divorce in that state. However, they moved to Mississippi to buy a home and ended up going their separate ways in 2010. The foundation of the argument before the Supreme Court […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – Multi-billionaire Harold Hamm is making the case that passive factors led to the acquisition of wealth during his former marriage — and that his ex-wife is therefore entitled to less of the oil fortune than originally determined. In November, one of the largest divorce cases in U.S. history seemingly concluded when an Oklahoma court ordered oil kingpin Harold Hamm to pay his ex-wife nearly $1 billion. At the time, Hamm, who was estimated to have a personal fortune of $19 billion, called the ruling “fair and equitable” and declared himself happy […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2015 – The National Parents Organization (NPO) gave California a “D” in a recently released report card on the state of shared parenting in child custody arrangements across the United States. According to Orange County divorce mediator Gerald Maggio, the grade is not a reflection on California’s parents, but on California’s divorce courts. “This report looks at legal statutes and judicial practices in each state to determine how favorable the court system is to shared parenting in child custody cases,” said Maggio of California Divorce Mediators. “In California courts, child custody decisions […]


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Ontario, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2015 – The California trust, estate, and probate litigation firm of Albertson & Davidson, LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Mark Perryman has been promoted to equity partner. Additionally, Mr. Perryman will be filling the newly created role of Chief Litigation Operations Officer, in which he will be overseeing the billable operations of the firm with direct oversight of all attorneys and paralegals across the firm’s various offices. Mark Perryman is a skilled litigator who has a strong competitive background, as evidenced by his successful career as a college athlete. After being […]


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Clearwater, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2015 – The Dolman Law Group is pleased to announce today that Tampa Bay native and lifelong resident Stephanie Valentine has joined the Clearwater-based personal injury law firm to further protect the rights of plaintiffs. Stephanie is a highly regarded civil trial attorney; respected by her peers and adversaries. Ms. Valentine graduated from Tampa Catholic High School before advancing her education at Florida State University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 2000. She then acquired a Juris Doctor from the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center with honors […]


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Tacoma, WA (Law Firm Newswire) January 1, 2015 – In an effort to help young people meet the ever-growing cost of obtaining an college education, the Dickson Law Group has created the Thomas L. Dickson $1000 College Scholarship. The scholarship is available to students who are currently enrolled in an institution of higher education or who have plans to attend a university or college next fall. The firm plans to offer the scholarship on an annual basis to the student who submits the highest quality video essay pertaining to the topic at hand. The video essay requires students to imagine […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – Recently, the divorce of an older Midwestern couple made headlines as the spouses waged a high-profile legal battle in court over a multi-billion dollar fortune amassed during a 26-year marriage. But that case is an anomaly. As the divorce level rises among couples over 50, experts suggest that the only ones getting rich are the divorce attorneys.  An article in AARP pointed out that in 2010, the divorce industry made $50 billion, while many of those getting divorced ended up in financial difficulty. Maria Cognetti, the president of the American […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Ex-mayor of Buena Park, Calif., caught falsifying driver’s license documentation. Buena Park, Calif., is perhaps most famous as the location of Knott’s Berry Farm, a theme park popular with families. But as of November 19, it has gained notice for another child-centric, though less family-friendly matter: its former mayor, Sangjin Miller Oh, received a sentence of six months in jail and three years probation for lying to the Department of Motor Vehicles in an attempt to avoid paying child support. An Orange County jury found Oh guilty in May of five […]


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St. Louis, MO (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Missouri attorneys Anthony Bruning and Anthony Bruning, Jr. (A.J.) of Leritz, Plunkert & Bruning, PC have been featured for their contributions to Continuing Legal Education seminars (CLEs) in the December, 2014 issue of St. Louis Lawyer Magazine. Their mention recognizes the attorneys’ commitment to active participation in the further training of practicing attorneys as well as their dedication to staying on the forefront of new developments in the law. CLEs are an essential part of a lawyer’s ongoing education and are a required part of maintaining an active law license. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2014 – The law office of Stewart J. Guss is proud to announce that founding attorney Stewart J. Guss has been named a Top Lawyer in the Houston area by Houstonia Magazine for the second consecutive year. This honor is awarded in recognition of Mr. Guss’s continued commitment to providing his clients with the highest level of professionalism and legal advocacy possible. The selection process conducted by Houstonia magazine for inclusion on the top lawyers list is comprehensive and based on a number of different factors including experience, professional achievements, and professional recognition […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2014 – In November, North Dakotans voted down a ballot measure on child custody. The measure would have mandated that judges order equal parenting time in all custody cases between two parents unless there was significant evidence that one parent was unfit. The measure has made headlines across the country, receiving extensive coverage in national publications, including the Washington Post. Proponents said that both children and parents would benefit from equal parental roles in the children’s lives. Opponents said that the policy would draw focus from the best interests of the child. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2014 – Bigger Law Firm magazine’s newest issue provides attorneys and law firms with the latest inside information they need to stay on the cutting edge of online marketing and technology. As the tech landscape changes, BLF helps attorneys adapt their marketing strategies to stay ahead of the latest developments. In this issue, Brendan Conley examines digital signatures with the article, “Save Time by Signing Digitally.” In online commerce, click-through agreements have quickly become ubiquitous, but some legal documents still require a “blue-pen only” paper signature. In the many in-between areas, paper signatures […]


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Redwood City, CA., (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2014 – Albertson & Davidson, LLP, a multi-office California law firm that works primarily in Trust, Estate, and Probate law is pleased to announce that they have added attorneys Evan and Heather Côté to their impressive roster of lawyers. This husband and wife power couple is poised to help the firm provide even more clients around California the top-notch legal counsel and representation it has provided since 2008. Originally from Utah, Heather Côté came to Southern California more than 10 years ago and is dedicated to serving her adoptive community as an […]


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Congress has passed a new law allowing individuals with disabilities and their families to create tax-free savings accounts. Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – The Achieving a Better Life Experience or ABLE Act passed Congress and is expected to be signed by President Obama. The law allows family members of individuals with disabilities to deposit funds in special accounts, the income for which will remain tax-free, provided it is spent on qualified expenses such as housing, health care, education and transportation. “This is great news for people with special needs and their families,” said Andrew H. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Featured in the latest issue of Bigger Law Firm (BLF) magazine is a series of seriously helpful articles to help a busy law firm grab hold of new and promising developments. Find out how a law firm can maximize its exposure by using LinkedIn’s newest and very powerful free blogging platform. Kerrie Spencer explores the useful long-form post and how it becomes a part of a law firm’s profile. Launched in early 2014, the new platform is an ideal way to help build authority in a legal niche, such as medical […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) today announced that through January 1, 2015, it will offer its CLM Flagship custom marketing plan to law firms for just $3500 a month. This offering saves law firms 30% or more on CLM’s premier legal marketing product. CLM’s Flagship is built to deliver large-scale growth in quality lead flow for law firms, using a radically new approach to digital marketing. “CLM knows that efficiency and growth are extremely important to law firms, and this special Flagship offer helps them achieve both,” says Jason Bland, CLM […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Army officer gets discharge and indictment upon discovery of simultaneous marriages. Bigamy, while not the most common cause of marital disputes ending up in criminal court, landed former Army Sgt. Courtney Brown an indictment in late October. A Cumberland County, North Carolina, grand jury handed down the indictment against Brown, 30, who was not prosecuted explicitly for bigamy while serving in the military. Instead, after months of congressional inquiries as well as military and civilian investigations, the Army discharged Brown for fraud, forgery and adultery in early October. Brown’s fourth wife, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2014 – Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) has announced that until January 1, 2015, any law firm that signs up for a legal marketing plan with CLM will get a custom app for their law firm at no additional charge. CLM’s legal marketing plans help law firms grow by using innovative digital strategies to increase quality lead flow. Because so much of the digital world is now on mobile devices, CLM founder Jason Bland says that a mobile app can be a huge asset to firms who want to grow. “A mobile app […]


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