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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2015 – Everyone charged with a criminal offense has the right to ask for a lawyer. If they do not want one, they may appear pro se or pro per, meaning “on one’s own behalf.” Some individuals choose to go it on their own for several reasons. One may feel that he or she knows the facts of the case better than an attorney, may not trust lawyers, may not qualify for a court-appointed lawyer or may not want to pay for legal counsel on their own. The Sixth Amendment states that all […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2015 – As tax season approaches, Forbes and other financial publications have begun publishing tax tips for the nearly-divorced and newly-divorced. Family law attorney Gerald Maggio says that while these annual articles often do an excellent job helping those with a finalized divorce understand their options, those still in the middle of a divorce are often left needing more guidance. “These articles often fail to fully explain the ramifications of the filing choices that are open to still-married individuals,” said Maggio. “Those in the midst of a divorce should take the time […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2015 – A new national study has found that adults age 45 to 65 vastly underestimate the possibility that they will need professional long-term care after the age of 65. The study, conducted by the peer-reviewed journal Health Affairs, showed that 60 percent of adults in this age range do not think they will need long term-care in the future. But, according to national statistics, more than 70 percent of those over 65 do use long-term care at some point. Michael Gilfix, a Palo Alto estate planning attorney who assists clients in […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2015 – The Michigan House of Representative and Senate have both unanimously passed a bill that permits Michigan employers to begin using a hiring policy that would give preference to veterans. Previously, Michigan employers were forbidden by law to use any sort of preferential hiring policy. Federal law prohibits preferential hiring policies except in the case of veterans, for which states must adopt laws specifically allowing preferential treatment of veterans. “This is a significant victory for Michigan’s veterans,” commented Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans disability attorney with Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC. “Our […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2015 – A worker and an employer have a contract, regardless of whether a written contract has been signed. A non-written contract exists between any given employer and employee. This agreement holds that the worker performs certain tasks and functions for the employer; in turn, the employer agrees to pay the employee for the work. Therein lies the consent that forms a contract. An employee cannot agree to a contract term that offers them fewer legal rights than they are accorded under the law. “When people think about work contracts, many assume it […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2015 – According to Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia estate planning attorney with Hook Law Center, having estate planning documents in place can help prevent problems from occurring as a person ages and after they pass away. “The goal of estate planning is to make sure that your wishes are followed if you become incapacitated or after your death,” said Hook. “A will, trust, power of attorney and advance health care directive are all important to have in place.” Hook said that a will is perhaps the most essential estate planning document. […]


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Cumming, GA (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2015 – The law firm of Boling Rice, LLC is pleased to announce that it has received the 2015 Best of Forsyth Award for best personal injury law firm in Forsyth County. This award is particularly important because it reflects the satisfaction of Boling Rice, LLC clients and the respect for the legal team in the community. Boling Rice, LLC is also featured in the 2015 Best of Forsyth Magazine. The 2015 Best of Forsyth awards are sponsored by the Forsyth County News and set out to showcase the top businesses, schools, parks, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2015 – Amanda Zornes apparently did not have time to hit her brakes before running into the backside of a flatbed truck and trailer unit slowing down on I-77. “The dump truck on I-77 was slowing down, but it appears that Amanda Zornes did not see that in time to apply her brakes,” indicates Daren Monroe, a representative for Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “She ran into the backside end of the tractor-trailer flatbed the truck was hauling. She was doing the speed limit, which was 60 mph.” Zornes was trapped in the car […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2015 – Houston personal injury attorney Stewart J. Guss would like to remind all eligible students that the application deadline for the Annual Stewart J. Guss College Student Scholarship is quickly approaching on March 1, 2015. All application materials must be submitted to scholarship@attorneyguss.com by that date in order to be considered for this valuable scholarship opportunity. Eligible students are either currently attending or planning to attend a college or university for the 2015-2016 school year. Application materials must include the following: • Name, date of birth, phone number, email address, home address […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2015 – More than 400 Texas lottery players have joined a lawsuit alleging that Texas Lottery operator GTECH Corporation owes them millions in unpaid winnings. The controversy began last fall, when players of the now-discontinued Fun 5’s scratch-off game began to complain that lottery redemption computers were rejecting some winning tickets. Despite mounting player complaints, GTECH and lottery officials allowed the Fun 5’s game to continue for nearly two months. Two hundred and fifty players filed a lawsuit in December for $248 million in unpaid winnings. Now, attorneys for the plaintiffs have filed […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2015 – Sexual harassment does not just occur in the workplace. It can happen anywhere, even at a protest march or on a college campus. How did the brothers of the Gamma Alpha chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at San Diego State manage to obtain a ban of their group until the fall of 2016? Several of their members allegedly participated in verbally harassing, throwing eggs and waving sex toys at a group of 35 female students taking part in a “Take Back the Night” anti-rape march in November on the […]


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Ontario, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2015 – The California trust, estate, and probate litigation and planning law firm of Albertson & Davidson is teaming up with California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) to sponsor the first annual Southern California Women’s Conference presented by the California Leader & Entrepreneurs Organization (CLEO). The conference, titled “Living Your Best Professional Self – Happy Professionals, Happy Women,” takes place on April 20, 2015 and is slated to provide attendees an opportunity to learn from the experiences of female professionals in a variety of fields and share their experiences and knowledge with one […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2015 – Charges against the head of a Phoenix hospital came amid swirl of reports on poor care for vets. When Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald fired Sharon Helman from her duties as the director of VA’s healthcare system in Phoenix in late November, charges that Helman was involved with the falsification of the hospital’s waiting lists for care were cited as the reason for the dismissal. But a federal administrative judge has now ruled that Helman’s acceptance of gifts from a healthcare industry consultant and other ethical violations, not the earlier […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2015 – On March 28, 2015, a group of veteran amputees from The Heroes Project will depart the United States for Nepal with the goal of scaling the world’s tallest mountain: Mount Everest. The journey to Nepal marks the group’s final climb to complete the Seven Summits project, a quest to climb the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents. “This project is inspiring not only for amputee veterans, but for all veterans with physical and emotional scars of service,” commented Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans disability attorney. “It demonstrates that given […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2015 – The U.S. justice system not only entitles anyone charged with a criminal offense within the country to an attorney to defend the case, but also does not automatically consider those charged to be guilty Although exculpatory defenses used in criminal cases differ from state to state, many of the basic concepts involved in a defense are the same. One defense that tends to get a lot of media play is the plea of insanity. If a defendant was clinically insane at the time the crime took place, the court may find […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 9, 2015 – On January 1, 2015, a new federal law took effect, authorizing states to establish a new kind of tax-favored savings account for some special needs individuals. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act created an account for special needs individuals that is similar, in some ways, to a 529 college savings account. A 529 ABLE account will allow special needs individuals and their families to save up to $100,000, which can be used for some living expenses, while still allowing the individual to qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 9, 2015 – Recent research published in JAMA Psychiatry shows that off-site, multidisciplinary care may be an effective form of treatment for veterans with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who live in remote, rural areas. A multisite, randomized trial examined the effectiveness of Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP), which involved a collaborative care team using telephone calls, video conferencing and shared electronic medical records. The study found that this approach, applied to PTSD sufferers living in areas with sparse resources, was more effective than traditional forms of treatment. “Access to psychological care is a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2015 – Coupled with a presidential hopeful’s remarks, the surprise move elevated Social Security as an issue. Republican lawmakers — fresh from midterm elections that delivered the Senate to GOP control and expanded the party’s majority in the House — returned to Capitol Hill in January, energized and eager to forward conservative legislation. And based on an opening day rules change that House Republicans sprung on their Democratic colleagues, it is clear that Social Security will be a major point of contention for the new session. House Republicans signaled their intent to focus […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2015 – President John F. Kennedy passed Title VII into law over 50 years ago in order to deal with employment discrimination. In some ways, it has kept pace with the times, but in other areas of the law, it has not. “What many don’t realize is that an employer may be held liable for a customer’s discrimination. Consider the case of an Indiana nursing home resident that insisted that only white aides and nurses assist her. The home allowed that to happen,” outlined principal employment attorney Timothy Coffey of The Coffey Law […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2015 – Black ice is being blamed for fatalities, multi-vehicle crashes and roadway closures throughout the region. In what may have been one of the most severely traffic-disruptive storms to hit the Northeast this winter, freezing rain paralyzed highways and bridges from Maryland to Connecticut on January 18. The storm has been blamed for five deaths in the region.  But while the misery the storm generated for commuters was well-distributed throughout the region, storm-related fatalities fell heavily on the Philadelphia metropolitan area, where three people died. The freezing rain and ensuing deceptive, slippery […]


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