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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2014 – The National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC) has elected Bernard A. Krooks of Littman Krooks LLP, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP® to the Estate Planning Hall of Fame. He has been honored with the designation of Accredited Estate Planner® (Distinguished). Krooks will be one of only seven professionals to receive this prestigious award in 2014. The designation of Estate Planning Hall of Fame and Accredited Estate Planner (Distinguished) recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding lifetime achievements and contributions to the practice of estate planning. This award is […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2014 – A recent study, published in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, has found that divorcing parents definitively benefit from taking a co-parenting course. Significant research has already shown the wide range of short- and long-term benefits for children when their separated parents learn to co-parent. This is one of the first studies that focuses on the effects on the parents. The study focused on a series of online co-parenting courses by Online Parenting Programs, a company that offers a wide range of court-approved programs for couples and families experiencing divorce […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2014 – Parents and grandparents who want to incorporate college savings into their financial planning can do so with a 529 college savings plan, a special savings account designed for higher education expenses. “In this era of ever-rising tuition, college savings should take higher priority than in the past,” said Andrew Hook, an estate planning attorney in Franklin, Virginia. “A 529 plan can be a part of that financial planning.” A 529 savings account allows account holders to save money over time, then withdraw from the balance tax-free for education-related expenses. Qualified […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2014 – Chemical weapon stockpiles left over from the Gulf War harmed and sickened U.S. troops who encountered them in Iraq between 2003 and 2011. Approximately 250,000 U.S. veterans who served in the 1991 Gulf War suffered the debilitating symptoms of what become known as Gulf War Syndrome. Official recognition of the syndrome did not come until a Congressionally-mandated committee classified it as a distinct condition in 2008.  Now, reports are surfacing that some of the same deadly agents that triggered GWS, along with additional caustic substances left over from the Gulf War, […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2014 – Missouri criminal defense attorney Charlie James of the James Law Group is urging all those facing criminal charges — even minor ones — to fully understand the future consequences of a conviction before agreeing to a plea. “Most people do not realize that our government allows the consequences of a conviction, even a misdemeanor conviction, to last for years and decades,” said James. “What starts out as simple probation or a fine can turn into a long road of frustration because of regulations and exclusionary laws.” After conviction of a […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2014 – In New York City, a construction worker was recently killed on the job when a concrete slab from the building fell and crushed him. Rodolfo Vasquez-Galian, 27, was part of a team working to excavate soil around a foundation wall. One of Vazquez-Galian’s co-workers sustained minor injuries in the accident. Initial news reports on the incident have focused on the troubling history of safety violations associated with this and other projects undertaken by Sam Chang, a major New York City hotel developer. “The loss of this young man’s life is absolutely […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 10, 2014 – A truck driver’s early-morning death on a busy New Jersey highway has added to a rising national trend. Crashes involving a commercial vehicle can be among the deadliest traffic incidents on U.S. highways. But when more than one truck or other large commercial vehicle is involved in a collision, the consequences can be particularly destructive.  That was certainly the case in the early morning hours of October 13, when a multi-truck collision on the New Jersey Turnpike left one truck driver dead and the southbound lanes of the highway closed for […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 10, 2014 – A recent report in U.S. Medicine indicated that some doctors are unconvinced by the new standards for PTSD diagnosis. According to these doctors, the new standards leave out a number of individuals who would clearly benefit from therapy for PTSD. In addition, these doctors cannot find any evidence that the new standard has any increased clinical validity. Veterans disability attorney Jim Fausone, of Legal Help for Vetrans, PLLC, who helps veterans with PTSD gain service connection for their condition, says the standards are a step in the wrong direction. “Just a […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2014 – A Dallas jury has awarded $73 million to a patient who suffered severe complications from a transvaginal mesh implant. Martha Salazar received an Obtryx sling implant to treat minor incontinence. According to her lawsuit against the device’s maker, Boston Scientific, the implant eroded within her body, causing constant pain. Salazar required four major surgeries to remove the device. Although the judge in the case later reduced the award to $34 million because of punitive damage caps in Texas, defective medical device attorneys argue that the verdict still marks a turning point. […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2014 – When two parents divorce, the grandparents of the children have the right to petition the court for visitation rights. However, according to the official California Courts website, grandparents should consider mediation before pursuing action in court. “There are a number of problems with pursuing a grandparent visitation claim in family court,” agreed Gerald Maggio, an Orange County divorce mediator. “To start, the courts have huge backlogs. And once a case does get to the front of the line, the family is often ordered to see a mediator anyway.” Mediation is […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2014 – On Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m., Begley Law Group will host a free seminar about college financial planning at their offices in Moorestown, New Jersey. Created for anyone planning to send children to college, this free seminar will cover the important steps necessary to plan for those expenses. Attendees will learn about the different phases of college planning, how colleges determine financial aid and how they can best position themselves to receive it. “People want to give their children every opportunity in life, and a college education can be an […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 6, 2014 – Surviving spouses named as a beneficiary of their deceased spouse’s IRA should carefully consider their options for handling the account. The primary options are to assume the IRA, inherit the IRA, take a lump-sum distribution or disclaim the account. “How an IRA is handled after a spouse’s death can have major tax and financial consequences for the spouse beneficiary,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia estate planning attorney with Hook Law Center. Assuming an IRA means transferring the assets into an IRA in one’s own name. For tax purposes, the IRA […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2014 – More than 14 million vehicles from 11 automobile manufacturers have been recalled due to defective airbags. Federal safety regulators have urged the owners of millions of vehicles to “act immediately” to have the airbags repaired. Regulators warned that car owners in Florida and other high-humidity areas are at increased risk, because the air bags’ propellant is more likely to explode under humid conditions. Hien Tran of Orlando became at least the third death linked to the airbag recall. As she fought for life in an intensive care unit after a car […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2014 – Bloomberg News has revealed that several prescription drugs and a marijuana pipe were found in the bag of Russell Staley, the driver of a tractor trailer involved in an collision that killed four college softball players last month. The softball team from North Central Texas College was on the road in Oklahoma, headed home from a game, when Staley’s vehicle veered across a 90-foot median into oncoming traffic and eventually colliding with the van. An Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesperson told Bloomberg reporters that Staley did not appear to be intoxicated at […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2014 – Politicians did not like President Obama suggesting he intended to use his executive powers to deal with immigration reform. They suggested such a move had the potential to completely destroy reform prospects. President Obama had indicated he intended to use his executive powers to do something about immigration reform, since the House did nothing about it in August. At the same time, a set of politicians were attempting to sue the president for allegedly abusing his executive powers.  “Another faction said that granting temporary, questionable legal status to illegal aliens, without […]


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Seattle, WA (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2014 – Recognizing his legal acumen and expertise in Washington real estate law, legal publishing giant LexisNexis has requested that Washington attorney Thomas L. Dickson serve as author, content editor, and editorial consultant for its 2014 Practice Guide on Washington real estate litigation. In addition, Thomas’s son and partner, Robert, is assisting the publisher in the same capacity. LexisNexis is a global company that provides legal professionals subscription-based research tools as well as print publications designed to assist lawyers and law students in their work. Assisting LexisNexis in its publication of its real […]


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White Plains, NY(Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2014 – Littman Krooks LLP has been selected among the 2015 U.S.News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in the New York metropolitan area. The firm, with offices in New York, White Plains and Fishkill, received Tier 1 ranking in the area of Elder Law and Trusts & Estates Law. This prestigious ranking results from the firm’s combination of legal excellence and breadth of expertise. The U.S.News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2014 – The “30 Rock” comedian has filed a lawsuit against Walmart, setting his case on the heels of the criminal case against the firm’s truck driver. On June 7, a commercial truck plowed into a limousine van carrying, among other passengers, comedian Tracy Morgan. The crash killed fellow comedian James McNair and injured Morgan and others aboard the limo, and it has turned into a high-profile example of a deadly tractor-trailer crash and the legal proceedings that surround it.  The case has taken several twists since the accident on the northbound New […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2010 – Obtaining an ex-spouse’s tax return is not always an easy task, and often, the other side ignores requests for information. Divorcing parties should first make such a request politely to increase the chances of receiving the requested material. Antagonizing the other spouse is usually counterproductive, even though it is his or her statutory duty to provide the information requested. Ignoring such a request may be viewed as stalling, and the spouse seeking to obtain a fair support amount may find it necessary to refer to the various sanctions the law […]


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Minneapolis, MN (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2014 – Meshbesher & Spence announces the addition of two attorneys to its Minneapolis office. Genevieve Zimmerman and Jason P. Johnston will both focus on class action lawsuits, defective medical devices, and dangerous pharmaceuticals. Both attorneys have backgrounds in medical litigation. Zimmerman brings more than a decade of experience as a trial attorney to Meshbesher & Spence. In 2012, the Minnesota Association for Justice awarded her “Member of the Year” for her exceptional leadership and devoted service. A graduate of Macalester College and the Hamline University School of Law, she received the Professional […]


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