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Coral Gables, Weston, Dayton Beach, FL(Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2016 – A bikini model and her boyfriend have been charged with identity theft and grand larceny in Manhattan criminal court. Prosecutors claim that Patricia Perez-Gonzalez and Alberto Companioni opened 40 American Express Platinum cards using the personal information of other people, having the cards mailed to vacant houses where they were picked up. “Identity theft charges are very serious and require a sophisticated defense,” said Peter Brill, a New York criminal defense attorney who represents people charged with identity theft. “Anyone charged with credit card fraud or a related […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates, in partnership with Trusts and Estates Magazine, will present an informative seminar titled “The Benefits of Multigenerational Planning” on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 2 p.m. ET and 11 a.m. PT. The webinar is free and is available nationwide. The seminar will cover key issues for lawyers engaged in the practice of multigenerational planning. Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix will share their experience as a father-son team of estate planning attorneys. Multigenerational planning provides an innovative way for parents, […]


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Tallahassee, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state’s mandatory attorney fee schedule was unconstitutional in workers’ compensation cases under both Florida and the U.S. Constitution as a violation of due process. The decision is viewed as a victory by the law firm of Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A., whose attorneys represent injured workers whose attempts to secure adequate legal representation may have been frustrated by the previous limitations of the law. “Our firm is pleased with the ruling,” stated David C. Barnett, Esq., founder of the firm. “It offers justice […]


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Palm Beach County, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2016 – Six people were killed in a car crash on the night of Saturday, April 30th. Among those who perished in the crash were four children. According to Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky, the tragic accident occurred as a result of separation of a minivan’s tire tread. The van whirled towards an SUV that was operated by Sharwen Pierre Louis. A report from the Florida Highway Patrol revealed that the front of the SUV struck the right side of the minivan. The vehicles were headed south on I-95 in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2016 – Attorney Robert Joyce, of the Tampa firm Joyce & Reyes, has been selected to receive the 2016 Champion of Justice award from the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association. The Champion of Justice award is the highest honor bestowed by the association, and it is only given when the board finds that there has been truly exceptional lifetime achievement in the service of justice. The award has only been given seven times in the past. The board of the association unanimously selected Mr. Joyce as the recipient of the 2016 award, congratulating […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2016 – David West was riding his motorcycle one recent Sunday when a 2004 Dodge Dakota swerved into his lane, hitting him head-on. He died on impact. On the day of the fatal accident, the 2004 Dakota was heading south on Farm Road 4, just north of Granbury. The driver behind the wheel was 36-year-old Ladonna Welch. According to eyewitnesses, her vehicle suddenly swung into the oncoming lane of traffic, plowing into 53-year-old David West’s 2012 Yamaha. Welch was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and texting while driving (distracted driving). The Texas […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2016 – Sometimes the only thing that can protect people against blood clots is awareness. In recognition of Blood Clot Awareness Month, the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) is telling one individual’s story on its website each day. Each person had a frightening experience with a blood clot, and a common theme among many of their stories is that they were not at very high risk, but had symptoms they could not ignore. Greg Grambor is president of Vascular PRN, a distributor of pneumatic compression devices for the prevention of deep vein thrombosis […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2016 – As part of an ongoing commitment to community education around topics related to aging and long-term care, Home Care Assistance is hosting a public webinar led by Mark Gilfix on Thursday, April 21st at 10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern. Home Care Assistance, the premier provider of in-home care for seniors, is excited to announce the next webinar in its widely acclaimed Healthy Longevity Series, “A Will is Not Enough: Everything You Need to Know About Estate Planning”, led by Mark Gilfix, Attorney at Gilfix & La Poll Associates and […]


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Johannesburg, South Africa, (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2016 – The future of law is here. Imani, Africa’s first full-scale lawyers on demand service, has launched operations, based out of Johannesburg. Imani will offer tailored legal solutions across the African continent and across economic sectors on a demand basis, tapping into a large pool of skilled and qualified lawyers with experience at big firms. Imani is the first of its kind for Africa in that it combines the flexibility of an in-house resource with the guaranteed support and quality of a major law firm. African legal clients are demanding a […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL(Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2016 – Liza E. Lima, Esq., an attorney at Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A., has recently joined the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), an international organization involved in the maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide. Her involvement in the organization’s Florida chapter began in September, 2015. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to become a member within the ranks of such a notable group of women. I look forward to the prospect to further the objectives of the organization by working on initiatives that empower women in the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 30, 2016 – Sarah Deatherage, the widow of state trooper Kyle Deatherage, spoke out against tort reform at a meeting of the Illinois state House of Representatives. House Speaker Michael Madigan organized the meeting so that legislators could hear stories about the human cost of negligence and how Gov. Bruce Rauner’s expected tort reform proposals would prevent victims from obtaining justice. “It is very important for our elected representatives to hear from victims of negligence,” said Paul Greenberg, a prominent Chicago wrongful death attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. “Tort reform proponents make the […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 24, 2016 – Under Virginia law, a trustee has the power to assign the trust principal or income to the trustee of a second trust. This is called a decanting power, which does not require the approval of the court or the beneficiaries. For instance, a trustee could assign the assets of a previous trust to a new trust that has up-to-date provisions. A decanting power can also be used to add a trust adviser or trust protector, replace the trust situs, appoint a different trustee or alter trustee succession provisions. Additionally, it […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2016 – Mayra Valdez was on her way home one day in November 2015 when her whole life was turned upside down. She was hit by an 18-wheeler. Most people in accidents with 18-wheelers are severely injured or die as a result of their injuries. Valdez was one of the luckier ones. She escaped a certain death thanks to the point of impact being behind the driver’s door. According to the statement of claim filed in her personal injury case, she had the green light and moved ahead accordingly. She was hit by […]


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Coral Gables, Weston, Dayton Beach, FL(Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2016 – An Olympic skiing champion accused of domestic violence against her father says she will demand a jury trial, citing self-defense. Picabo Street, 44, was arrested on December 23, 2015, after she called 911 during an altercation with her father, Roland Street, 76. She was charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor domestic violence in the presence of a child. “The outcome of a jury trial will likely hinge on eyewitness testimony,” said attorney Peter Brill, of Brill Legal Group, who is not involved in the case. “Neither Street nor […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2016 – On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The bill contained several immigration provisions which amended the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and extended several programs until September 30, 2016, including E-Verify, Special Immigrant Religious Workers, The Conrad 30, and EB-5 Regional Centers provisions. The appropriations law changed the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) in several significant ways. Under the VWP, nationals from 38 countries may visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without applying for a B-1/B-2 visa at a U.S. consular post […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2016 – Federal prosecutors ruled against pursuing criminal charges against two Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials who faced accusations of defrauding the agency for $400,000 and manipulating its hiring system for their own benefit. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in December declined the VA inspector general’s request for a criminal investigation against Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens. The Department of Justice said it “referred the matter to the VA for any administrative action that is deemed appropriate.” However, Florida Rep. Jeff Miller raised questions about why charges would […]


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North Andover, MA (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2016 – Greg Mahle, the real-life hero who has rescued over 30,000 stray dogs, and author Peter Zheutlin, who chronicled Mahle’s story in his New York Times Best Seller, Rescue Road, will appear together to tell their story and accept an award for their extraordinary efforts at The Massachusetts School of Law “Animal Rights Day,” a children and family event, being held Saturday, March 26, 2016 on the school’s campus. “We are incredibly excited and proud to be able to honor both of these gentlemen for their work to benefit animals,” says […]


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North Andover, MA (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2016 – The 10th Annual “Animal Rights Day,” at the Massachusetts School of Law, to be held Saturday, March 26, 2016, on the schools’ campus, is slated to be the most exciting and memorable to date. Children, families and animal lovers of all ages will be treated to a schedule that kicks off at 8:30 am with complimentary breakfast, and continues with animal-related activities, presentations and demonstrations throughout the day. The final event will be an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny at 1:30pm. “We’re very proud of this on-going tradition, […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2016 – In Pemberton Township, New Jersey, an 80-year-old woman named Nancy Rizzolo from Wenonah, Gloucester County, lost her life late Saturday, December 12, 2015, following an accident involving two cars. She was a passenger in an Oldsmobile Aurora driven by 58-year-old Guy Rizzolo, who is also from Wenonah. The head-on collision occurred on Route 70 at approximately 9:15 p.m. It was reported that she was declared dead at the scene of the accident. It was also reported that 26-year-old Bryan Hansen from Toms River was operating a Honda Civic on Lakehurst Road, […]


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Coral Gables, Weston, Dayton Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2016 – Police departments are increasingly using computer software to instantly assess a suspect’s perceived “threat score.” The Washington Post reported on the Fresno Police Department’s use of several cutting-edge technologies to fight crime. Among the most controversial is new software called Beware. As police respond to calls, Beware searches public data for the names of residents of the address in question. The program scours arrest reports, commercial databases and social media postings, then scores the individual or address on a color-coded threat scale: red, yellow or green. Criminal […]


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