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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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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2015 – An investigation by the Better Government Association (BGA) found that Illinois public hospitals have paid more than $180 million in the past 10 years for wrongful death claims. “Hospitals should take action to reduce medical mistakes, which all too often have tragic consequences,” said Paul Greenberg, a wrongful death attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg in Chicago. “When a medical professional’s error causes loss of life, a wrongful death lawsuit is an appropriate way for the victim’s family to obtain compensation for their loss.” The BGA study found that the majority […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2015 – According to estate planning professionals, an increasing number of high-net-worth individuals are limiting how much money they leave to their children. The most famous example of this might be Warren Buffet, who has said publicly that he does not want to leave his children so much money that they do not need to do anything with their lives. Similarly, Bill Gates has said that he plans to donate almost all of his multi-billion dollar fortune to charity, leaving about $10 million to each of his three children. Estate planning attorney […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2015 – The daughter of a man killed at a ropes course attraction at a mall in Orlando, Florida has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on her late father’s behalf. Robert Belvoir died Christmas Eve at the SkyTrail attraction in Artegon Marketplace. His harness became disconnected from the course’s rails, and he fell about 30 feet to the concrete floor. Belvoir’s daughter, Penelope, had finished the course and watched as her father fell to his death. She filed the wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer, Ropes Courses Inc., and other defendants. “In tragic […]


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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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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2015 – According to residents in Roscoe, Texas, conditions have improved and accidents are not as frequent as they once were at “Destruction Junction,” an aggressively sharp turn found under a bridge at the intersection of US-84 and Interstate-20. The bridge saw frequent collisions, many involving big rigs. Last year, a tractor-trailer slammed into the bridge and caused a significant amount of damage, resulting in reconstruction work. More recently, a tractor-trailer flipped on its side after trying to make the sharp curve underneath it. According to Roscoe Fire Chief Gary Armstrong, the TxDOT […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2015 – Law would allow those who qualify under executive action to collect disability, other payments. On November 25, key details about how President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform would translate into policy emerged. In an email, White House spokesman Shawn Turner stated that undocumented immigrants would be eligible to collect Social Security and Medicare benefits: “If they pay in, they can draw.” Federal law states that people who pay taxes and have been determined to be “lawfully present in the United States” are allowed to collect government benefits once they become […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) Janury 28, 2015 – Elder abuse is not just committed by strangers. Family members may be guilty of it. Abuse is not just manifested in physically slapping, hitting or punching someone. It also may involve, but not be limited to: sexual abuse, emotional, mental, psychological and physical abuse. Additionally, abuse can involve what may be referred to as silent exploitation, by neglecting a senior’s needs, financially or materially exploiting them, abandoning them to their own devices, or imposing involuntary seclusion on elder patients. Although many of these forms of abuse occur within the four […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2015 – On December 17, President Obama announced that the United States would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and will open an American embassy in Havana for the first time in more than 50 years. The surprising change in U.S. foreign policy portends an open dialogue between the erstwhile Cold War enemies, but it is less clear how the resumption of relations will impact Cuban immigration policy. The president has also signaled that he wants to lift the 54-year-old U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. But a shift in trade policy would require cooperation […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2015 – Many veterans develop drug and alcohol addiction related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home, and they may end up facing criminal charges as a result of these issues. Michigan currently has 20 veterans treatment courts designed to provide alternative consequences and treatments specific to the veteran population. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, about 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD. This issue is closely related to another striking statistic – in 2004, about 10 percent of inmates were veterans. “Veterans with PTSD are much […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2015 – A Texas man has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, claiming that he was fired because of his age. Odell Hyden filed suit against Hagemeyer North America Inc., in the Houston Division of the Southern District Court of Texas. “Age discrimination in employment is prohibited by both federal and Texas state law,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin employment attorney with the Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan, “but its proof often requires circumstantial evidence. Employers sometimes try to disguise age discrimination by alleging that a long-term productive employee is […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2015 – ]With a baby on the way, new parents should prioritize making a basic estate plan. An estate plan is one of the most important building blocks for a growing family. “In the midst of all the other changes associated with becoming a new parent, an estate plan is essential to protect your children in case anything should happen to you,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia estate planning attorney with Hook Law Center, which has offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. An estate plan can ensure that children will […]


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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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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2015 – An influential Korean family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Washington University, claiming that the university’s permissive approach to campus drug culture led to their son’s death. Last year, student Yongsang Soh fell from a highrise balcony while under the influence of LSD. Some legal analysts feel that the case will be hard to prove. The victim was an adult who, according to witness statements, made his own choice to take LSD. But Missouri wrongful death attorney Charlie James of the James Law Group, who is not involved with […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – Immigration reform is still on every politician’s lips, and it may remain there for many years to come. “Yes, the President took executive action to protect a small segment of illegal immigrants. Yes, those immigrants are poised to take advantage of the action. No, this is not a permanent fix for the immigration system. But it may be a step forward in the right direction, provided everyone can determine, collectively, what the right direction is or needs to be to accomplish reform,” remarked Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing […]


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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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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – Permanent life insurance policies can be used not just to guarantee income for one’s heirs in the case of untimely death, but to fund retirement. Policyholders can withdraw from the policy’s cash reserve in certain circumstances. “Using life insurance to fund retirement is not for everyone, but it can be a valuable strategy for people who have maxed out other retirement accounts and who can afford a policy,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, which has offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. Life […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – The Active Transportation Alliance has released a list of Chicago’s most dangerous intersections for pedestrians. The group said that signage changes, such as pedestrian countdown signals and improved crosswalk markings, would make the intersections safer. “Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to injury in traffic accidents,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago car accident attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. “When a pedestrian is injured or killed due to a driver’s negligence, a personal injury lawsuit can help the victim or the victim’s family obtain compensation.” According to the Transportation Alliance, the most dangerous […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2015 – A case concerning a pedestrian’s death is the latest source of unwelcome news for Uber. Lately, the ride-sharing service Uber has been on the receiving end of heated government scrutiny and opposition from its more traditional cabdriver rivals around the world. But nowhere has the critical attention been as acute as in San Francisco, where the company was founded and where a pedestrian was killed last year when struck by a former Uber driver.  On December 4, 2014, prosecutors charged Syed Muzaffar, 57, of Union City, California, with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2015 – Texas counties are not alone in dealing with poor road construction and unsafe conditions. “This Ohio accident could easily have happened outside of Austin or on one of the bypass roads that circle the city,” said Brooks Schuelke, a personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. Dangerous intersections can be found in every town, city and metropolis across the nation. Unfortunately, many people find out the hard way that speeding and unsafe road conditions can result in serious and even deadly accidents. A 19-year-old teen was killed in the October […]


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