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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2016 – When an individual or family has an estate plan, it is important to review the documents periodically, and to update them. It is also important to make certain that specific assets are contained within the trust. Any changes in the financial or family situation should be reflected in a revision of the estate planning documents. There are some life events that may prompt the testator to review the estate plan. “Due to changes in circumstances, it is advisable to review the estate plan whenever there is a major life-changing event, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2016 – The University of Pennsylvania has to pay $44.1 million for misdiagnosing a bad reaction to anti-coagulant medication that resulted in a brain hemorrhage. The verdict in this case found the attending physician to be 35 percent liable and the hospital 65 percent liable. The jury deliberated the case over a two-day period at the conclusion of the 13-day trial. According to the documents submitted in the case, the hospital was negligent in recognizing the changes in 57-year-old Andrea Tate’s blood after being put on heparin. The plaintiff’s attorneys alleged that the […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2016 – Attorney Michael Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll has been recognized by San Francisco’s Legal Leaders as one of the Top Rated Lawyers of 2015. Gilfix was featured in San Francisco Chronicle’s supplement honoring lawyers who have received an AV Preeminent rating from independent ratings agency Martindale-Hubbell. AV Preeminent attorneys are those who have reached the heights of professional excellence and displayed the highest ethical standards. The ratings are compiled via a peer review system in which attorneys are evaluated by other lawyers and judiciary members in the United States […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2016 – Parasailing is a popular summertime activity among both Florida residents and visitors. However, it can result in serious injuries and even death due to the negligence of parasailing operators who disregard the safety of their customers. Accidents can arise from equipment failure, reckless boating, inexperienced staff or failure to monitor for adverse weather conditions. Choosing a parasailing company that is licensed and well-established can decrease the risk of parasailing accidents. Serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, back injuries, soft tissue damage and broken bones can occur if safety standards are […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2016 – Senators have unanimously confirmed Michael Missal as the permanent top watchdog for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). President Barack Obama nominated the Washington lawyer to head the VA Inspector General’s office in October. However, Missal was not approved for the key position until after a confirmation process that lasted over six months. His nomination was stalled due to several unrelated VA concerns. “The search is finally over. A permanent inspector general to oversee the VA has long been overdue,” said Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans attorney. “Hopefully Michael Missal will […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2016 – If racial discrimination can happen in New York, racial discrimination can happen in Illinois according to The Chicago Crusader. Racial discrimination has been an issue for what seems like hundreds of years. Despite education on the matter and enforcement of specific laws that ban such things, it still happens. Consider the case involving Local 25 of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and its apprenticeship school. Both are facing a hefty $1.65 million in partial settlement of race discrimination claims launched against them by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 3, 2016 – The number of Florida car accidents in on the rise in 2016. According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), there were 129,168 car crashes in the Sunshine State in the first four months of 2016. That is an increase from 122,192 collisions during the same period in 2015. There were 34,062 Florida car accidents in March 2016, more than any month during 2015. “There is no doubt that car accidents are on the rise,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. “With more […]


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Orlanda, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 3, 2016 – Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, LLC (The Fund) announced the Earnest/Tighe Law Firm, P.A. has been named a Member of The Fund President’s Circle. The Fund President’s Circle is comprised of an elite group of leaders within the legal profession. These top-tier law firms have received this statewide recognition because of the commitment they have shown to their clients and to The Fund. Only 100 of The Fund’s top Member firms in 2015 received this distinction. “With The Fund President’s Circle award, the Earnest/Tighe Law Firm, P.A. ranks among an elite group […]


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Westchester, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2016 – The Arc of Westchester’s 2016 Golfing for Kids tournament will be held on June 7th. The golfing outing aims to raise funds for the Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School for Early Development, which provides educational and social support services for children five years old or younger with autism and other special needs, and their families. This year, they are honoring Bernard A. Krooks of Littman Krooks LLP with the Advocate of the Year Award. Mr. Krooks is President of the Board of Directors of the Arc of Westchester, the largest agency […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2016 – Mark Davenport went to his local emergency room complaining of abdominal pain and constipation. He had ultimately lost 80 pounds and died of multiple organ failure and septic shock. Davenport was only 54 years old when he died. His death was preventable and it shocked the local community that at least five physicians had failed to diagnose an internal hernia. Davenport’s family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging the misdiagnosis resulted in catastrophic and fatal injuries. Mark’s wife and daughter filed the suit against numerous defendants, including but not limited to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2016 – Jeremy Gandy fell to his death from a zip line platform at 4:53 a.m. on December 26, 2011. It was not clear why he was on the platform. The zip line platform is 30 feet off the ground at the Pantego adventure day camp. Jeremy Gandy, for some unknown reason, climbed the platform while significantly intoxicated, taking a female companion with him. His death was ruled accidental and the cause of death was blunt force trauma of the head and chest. The attorney for the day camp requested that the judge […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 1, 2016 – While the end may be in sight for presidential campaigning, immigration reform and border control continue to ignite controversy. It is the gift that keeps on fuelling political rhetoric, striking at the foundation of any progress made to date. During the course of his campaign, Donald Trump virtually single-handedly struck fear into the hearts of millions of immigrants who had just become comfortable enough to come out of the shadows. If nothing else, everyone knows where he stands on immigration reform, and it is not in a good place. While many […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 1, 2016 – As part of their commitment to serving the local community, Littman Krooks LLP, Right at Home Westchester and Larry Thaul of Millenium Financial, Inc will sponsor a workshop titled “Protecting the Family Home.” This workshop will provide a discussion of the legal tools necessary to preserve assets – including the home – for the next generation while planning for the possibility that a family member will need long-term care. It will be held at the Greenburgh Library in Elmsford, New York on Thursday, June 9th from 10:00AM -12:00PM and on […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2016 – A Florida family plans to sue a nursing home where an elderly woman died after a fall. The woman’s relatives say that the nursing home staff failed to give her proper medical attention and did not immediately notify the family of the accident. According to the family, a nursing assistant was changing Nadine McBurnett’s bed sheets with the bed railing pulled down, when she fell off the bed. The family said that McBurnett had broken her hip in the fall, but nursing home workers simply placed her back on the bed […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2016 – Diminished capacity can have a detrimental effect on a person’s investments. A decline in an individual’s financial capacity means that a person can no longer manage their money and financial assets, and is unable to comprehend the ramifications of investment decisions. When people lose the ability to manage their finances, they may become susceptible to investment fraud and other types of financial abuse. However, there are steps people can take to avoid or reduce the likelihood of problems for themselves and their families. For instance, they can organize important documents, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2016 – Three former employees filed a class action lawsuit against their employers Moet Hennessey USA, Strategic Experiential Group and several related entities and individuals, alleging they were misclassified as independent contractors. The claim was filed on March 14 in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Alameda. Plaintiffs Krystle Harrison, Napoleon Aparicio and Shyron McDougall worked for the companies as models, brand ambassadors and logistics personnel for four years. They alleged the defendants engaged in illegal payroll practices and failed to pay employees overtime, reimbursements for uniform expenses […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2016 – The U.S. government announced plans to eliminate $7.7 billion in student loan debt for around 400,000 severely disabled individuals. According to the Department of Education, Americans who are “totally and permanently disabled” have no obligation to repay their federal student loans. In 2012 the government moved toward simplifying the loan forgiveness process by allowing disabled individuals use their Social Security designation to get a discharge. However, student activists claim many Americans are unaware of the benefit or have encountered difficulties with submitting paperwork. As a result, some borrowers’ disability checks have been […]


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New York, NY(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 crime should seek […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2016 – A new estate planning law that went into effect on January 1 seeks to help California homeowners avoid the costly, time-consuming process of probate when leaving property to heirs. Bill AB139 was signed into law in September 2015 after previous efforts to pass the legislation failed for almost a decade. It introduces the Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (TOD) which allows individuals to transfer property to a beneficiary upon their passing without the need to set up a revocable living trust or sort out matters in probate court. Such deeds […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2016 – Distracted driving is a daily occurrence for hundreds of people. It’s easy to be distracted by texting, a cranky baby, hyper dog, programming the GPS or adjusting temperature controls. Virtually every driver on the roads in Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas have taken their eyes off the road for what seems like a mere split second. Many distracted drivers pay for their inattention in ways they live to regret for the rest of their lives, if they survive a crash. Consider the heartbreaking case involving four young women returning home from […]


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