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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2014 – For many years, wealthy families have used family-limited partnerships and limited liability companies to help leave family-owned businesses to their heirs in a way that could lower their gift or estate taxes. Recently, they have also been used to leave portfolios of publicly traded securities to their heirs at a discount. However, according to estate attorneys, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is planning to discontinue the use of such a discount. Generally, a married couple would establish a family-limited partnership to own securities or a business that they believe will rise […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2015 – A drunk driver, his employer and a strip club are named in a wrongful death lawsuit as being at fault for the death of Lieutenant Eric Eslary. “This wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Eslary’s widow. She is seeking compensation to continue to care for her children in the manner in which Lieutenant Eslary would have provided for them,” said Daren Monroe, a Litigation Funding Corp. representative. Two of the named defendants in this case are Clair Fink, who is believed to have been driving drunk at the time of the […]


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Santa Fe, NM (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2015 – Charlie Hill is appearing in an exclusive interview at 7:30 am EST today on “CBS News This Morning” with journalist, Margaret Brennan, to an audience of 7 to 10 million. As part of CBS News’ coverage of the opening of the American Embassy in Cuba this week, Mr. Hill’s interview with Maragret Brennan will discuss the following: –How COINTELPRO and US government abuse and misconduct forced him to flee the United States in 1971. –How he has spent his life in Cuba since 1971, working for social justice, the poor […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2015 – Police said 45 vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction crash that began when a driver struck a state trooper’s vehicle that was stopped for another accident. Drivers also blamed icy roads and sun glare for the pileup. State police said eight people were injured in the accident, which occurred at about 9:20 a.m. on February 2 on southbound I-294 in Hickory Hills. The injured were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, in fair condition, according to a representative of the hospital. “Chain-reaction crashes can be very dangerous and […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2015 – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is cracking down on unregistered broker dealers receiving commissions within the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The EB-5 program allows a foreign national to obtain a green card if he or she invests money in the United States, either in a new or existing business, or in a “regional center,” a third-party managed investment vehicle. Regional centers are permitted to charge the immigrant investors an administration fee for creating and developing investment projects, but as recent action by the SEC makes clear, companies, immigration attorneys […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2015 – Lately, the media has been full of news detailing stories of law enforcement using excessive violence with African Americans. Aside from racial profiling, is sexual harassment also a part of some of these confrontations? “The video of the McKinney, Texas, pool party was a particularly disturbing incident,” said respected sexual harassment attorney, Deborah Barron of the Barron Law Corporation in Sacramento, California. “Here is an adult police officer shackling, yelling at and straddling a 15-year-old unarmed, crying teen in a swimsuit who had nothing to do with the initial disturbance that […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2015 – Trucker Russell Staley says something in the cab of his truck distracted him before he plowed into a small bus carrying college softball players. It was early evening on September 26, 2014 when 54-year-old Russell Staley wandered over the center line in his Quickway Transportation Inc. rig and hit the small bus, flipping it and shearing off one side. The collision killed four of the women onboard. Speculation at the time suggested he may have been impaired but police never charged him with DWI. The police inventory of items found at […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2015 – Advance medical directives are important documents that should be kept safe, but they also need to be accessible. While more people are recognizing the importance of documenting their wishes regarding health care, too often the documents are kept in a place that is not easily accessible in case of an emergency. “Advance medical directives often come into play in an emergency situation, so they need to be kept in an accessible location that loved ones are aware of,” said Andrew H. Hook, an estate planning attorney with Hook Law Center, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2015 – The Florida Supreme Court recently upheld a $4.5 million verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit based on premises liability. The state high court upheld the verdict for the families of two siblings who were shot to death in their apartment, finding the building owner liable for negligence for failure to repair a security gate. “The death of a loved one is even more tragic when it could have been prevented,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa wrongful death attorney with the law firm of Joyce & Reyes, who was not involved in […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2015 – The most recent issue of The Bigger Law Firm magazine (BLF) discusses the importance of information governance as a way for law firms to effectively and efficiently manage their large amounts of data. In this issue, James Ambroff-Tahan explores the ways in which information governance can help law firms gain control over their data and thereby operate with more efficiency and reduced costs. Law firms have traditionally been part of a very paper-intensive industry that one might expect to embrace the digital world. Ambroff-Tahan writes that as challenging as it […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2015 – Recently, there were two collisions in Millburn, New Jersey, involving elderly drivers. Such accidents are indicative of a problem that is all too prevalent among aging adults. According to police, an 82-year-old man hit a pedestrian on June 11 in the downtown section of Millburn, and on June 17, a 79-year-old woman crashed her vehicle into a wall of the Short Hills Racquets Club. “All drivers, including the elderly, have a responsibility to other drivers and pedestrians to ensure that they have the ability to safely operate a vehicle, and thereby […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2015 – Ending years of contention between Air Force veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the agency on June 19 agreed to provide millions of dollars in disability benefits to former service personnel who might have been exposed to the toxic herbicide Agent Orange on aircraft used in the Vietnam War. Veterans who flew contaminated C-123 airplanes after they were used in Vietnam from 1962 to 1971 to spray Agent Orange are now allowed to seek medical care and file for financial compensation with disability claims for illnesses related to […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2014 – The late North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith left $200 to each of approximately 180 players he had coached for years. The payments are not from his will, but rather from his revocable living trust. A revocable living trust is an estate planning tool that is used partly to maintain some level of privacy concerning the details of one’s estate. While wills are public documents, and thus available to anyone who wishes to search public records, trusts are private. Smith’s generosity was publicized because players uploaded photos of his letters and […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2015 – Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, recognizes the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) who announced today an agreement going into effect immediately regarding monitoring how officers go about conducting street stops of citizens in Chicago. In addition, the agreement names independent consultant U.S. Magistrate Arlander Keys, who will issue bi-annual reports on the department and recommend policy changes. “The announcement made today is exactly why the civil class action lawsuit our firm filed in April is so important […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2015 – A state trooper’s son died as a result of driving under the influence. He was served alcohol continuously at a wedding, despite clearly being inebriated. 18-year-old Johnathan Taylor was heading home after attending a wedding party and was driving while under the influence when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a tree. His blood alcohol content was .20, which is 2 1/2 times the legal limit for an adult. Johnathan’s father, Greg Taylor, a state trooper, and his mother, Carrie Taylor, are now suing businesses that supplied and […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2015 – The latest issue of The Bigger Law Firm magazine (BLF) explores several tools law firms can use to improve their online outreach to clients. In the issue, Brendan Conley reviews Paper.li, a news aggregation site that can help law firms, as well as other businesses, find and share the right content. Conley outlines some of the biggest content marketing needs of law firms: Content must be topical and in plentiful supply, while also of high quality and of interest to readers. All content creation and social media use must be […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2015 – Children caught in the middle of contentious custody battles between divorcing parents can sometimes become victims of parental alienation. In a case that has grabbed nationwide attention, a judge in Oakland County, Michigan, held three kids — ages 9, 10 and 15 — in contempt of court for refusing to meet with their estranged father. During a June 24 hearing to arrange parental visitation, Judge Lisa Gorcyca decided to send the kids to Children’s Village, a juvenile detention facility. At their father’s request, they were released from the center on […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2015 – An Illinois woman who filed a wrongful death lawsuit over the death of her husband has been awarded $2.6 million. Jacqueline Kotlarz filed the lawsuit after her husband died, claiming that he was not given an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) in time to save his life. “When negligence by medical professionals results in a tragic death like this one, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide compensation for the family,” said Robert Briskman, a wrongful death attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, who is not involved in the case. “Money cannot […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2015 – Mobile devices are responsible for thousands of deaths across the country. In an attempt to prevent these accidents, Google and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have teamed up. What do railroads and Google have in common? Mapping. The FRA has data relating to railway crossings and is allowing Google and other mapping and technology companies to access their GPS coordinates for over 250,000 railway crossings at road-level across the U.S. The idea is to reduce accidents at railroad crossings by adding visual and audio alerts to mobile navigation systems. Google is […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2015 – Graduate students Kristen Glasgow and Nefertiti Takla are suing the University of California, Los Angeles Board of Regents for not taking action against a professor that allegedly sexually harassed and assaulted them repeatedly. “UCLA insists it has a harassment/discrimination-free environment, but two students have stepped up not only disagreeing with that statement but are filing a lawsuit for their lack of action against history professor Gabriel Piterberg who allegedly sexually assaulted and harassed them,” said noted sexual harassment attorney, Deborah Barron of the Barron Law Corporation, in Sacramento, California. Both plaintiffs […]


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