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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2016 – Wilson Molinares killed four members in a family of six by crashing head-on into their van on I-35 Texas in the early morning hours of a recent Friday. This wrong-way crash was caused by a suspected drunken driver speeding south in the northbound lane of I-35 Texas. Police in the area received several calls that there was a wrong-way driver careening down the highway. Seconds later, a 911 call advised police there had been a collision. “The crash scene was one of the worst the local police had ever seen,” said […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2016 – Childless couples can face certain challenges with respect to estate planning. It may be difficult for couples to select the person who will make decisions on their behalf in the event of their incapacity and upon their death. They may also not know to whom they should leave their assets. As a result, they may fail to engage in any estate planning at all. If there are no powers of attorney, and one or both spouses become incapacitated, in all likelihood, the state will mandate that the family file for […]


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Johannesburg, South Africa, (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2016 – The future of law is here. Imani, Africa’s first full-scale lawyers on demand service, has launched operations, based out of Johannesburg. Imani will offer tailored legal solutions across the African continent and across economic sectors on a demand basis, tapping into a large pool of skilled and qualified lawyers with experience at big firms. Imani is the first of its kind for Africa in that it combines the flexibility of an in-house resource with the guaranteed support and quality of a major law firm. African legal clients are demanding a […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2016 – Immigration enforcement just took a turn for the worse. An officer was recently charged with obtaining sex and/or cash from undocumented immigrants while promising protection and working papers. Deportation has been a hot button for a long time, particularly since Obama’s executive orders relating to immigration seemed to be at odds with what federal deportation officers were doing. Says the Economist: “America is deporting immigrants at nine times the rate of 20 years ago; nearly 2 million so far under Barack Obama, easily outpacing any previous president.” And yet, government figures […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2016 – The majority of people who remarry possess little or no knowledge about the legal and estate planning concerns that are relevant to a new marriage. They do not plan, and as a result, there can be much conflict and disorder in later years. Most individuals do not comprehend that marriage grants the new spouse considerable rights. In addition, they are unfamiliar with spousal elective shares, and have not thought about the effects of the remarriage after their death. People who are contemplating remarriage are advised to consult an attorney in order […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2016 – A U.S. postal worker from Tampa, Florida, has been charged with stealing Social Security benefit checks valued at more than $2 million from the mail. The man was identified on March 18 as 47-year-old Stacy Darnell Mitchell. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mitchell could face a maximum of 15 years in federal prison. He was charged with theft of government property and theft of mail. “Investigators have done well to find the alleged perpetrator of the crime,” said David W. Magann, a prominent attorney in Tampa, Florida, whose firm specializes […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2016 – There has been an alarming increase in pedestrian deaths from car accidents across the United States, and Florida is estimated to have the highest rate of such deaths in the nation, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Based on preliminary data, the safety association estimates a 10 percent increase from 2014 to 2015 in the number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide. Florida is estimated to have the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the country. “Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in car accidents, and collisions […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 7, 2016 – A woman who suffered a brain injury in a Florida car accident while riding in an Uber vehicle has filed a lawsuit against the ride-sharing company. Jean Day, a nurse visiting Florida from South Carolina for a medical conference, and her husband Dr. Richard Day, hailed a ride from an Uber vehicle in December. According to their lawsuit, the driver failed to yield to oncoming traffic and crashed into another vehicle. Jean Day suffered brain injuries that required multiple surgeries, and her husband broke his leg. Ms. Day must protect her […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2016 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine has valuable information for attorneys who take seriously their firm’s data security. In Kerrie Spencer’s article, “Shield your firm from a ransomware storm,” attorneys get a primer in a potentially devastating form of malware. Ransomware is malware that restricts access to a computer system, often by encrypting its contents, and demands some form of payment in order to obtain a key that will return control of the system to its owner. Even upon payment of ransom, there is no guarantee that the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2016 – A Travis County jury found that a manager in the city of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department was unlawfully retaliated against after she complained that she experienced discrimination because of her gender and national origin. However, the jury rejected her claims that she was denied a raise and a promotion because of discrimination. Mapi Vigil, who is from Nicaragua, has worked for the city of Austin for over 20 years and currently supervises about 30 staff members as a managing engineer. The jury awarded her $751,000, but the amount she will receive […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL(Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2016 – Liza E. Lima, Esq., an attorney at Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A., has recently joined the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), an international organization involved in the maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide. Her involvement in the organization’s Florida chapter began in September, 2015. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to become a member within the ranks of such a notable group of women. I look forward to the prospect to further the objectives of the organization by working on initiatives that empower women in the […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 5, 2016 – A significant part of an estate plan can be the designation of a person’s IRA beneficiary. If an IRA account owner does not name a beneficiary, their heirs could be required to pay more income and estate tax than necessary following their death. It is recommended that an account owner modify IRA beneficiary designations to suit their objectives. Usually, people name their spouses, children or grandchildren as beneficiaries. Another possibility is to designate a trust, a charity, or a group of persons, trusts or charities. Following the account owner’s death, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2016 – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder named his chief legal counsel James Robert Redford as the interim director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency after an audit uncovered problems at a state-run nursing home for veterans. He replaced Jeff Barnes, who resigned after having led the agency since its inception in 2013. The Michigan Office of the Auditor General released a highly critical report that concluded the agency failed to ensure adequate care for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans residents. The audit evaluated the home’s performance between October 2013 and August 2015. Among the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2016 – Florida has more motorcycle fatalities than any other state, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported. Among all vehicle operators in Florida, only 7 percent are motorcyclists, but motorcycle accidents account for 19 percent of all fatal accidents. More motorcycles are expected on Florida roads than usual as thousands of riders travel to Daytona for Bike Week. “It is a fact that people on motorcycles are more vulnerable to injury or death in the event of a collision,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 31, 2016 – Some retirees and former employees have received offers from their employers to accept a lump-sum payment of their pension. This is an offer that they must consider very carefully because it will entail a loss of income for the rest of their life, and they will be in charge of managing their own investments and ensuring that the funds last through retirement. The IRS and Treasury made an announcement in July 2015 that they would forbid companies from offering lump-sum payments to retirees who were already getting a monthly pension. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 30, 2016 – The mother of a man who died in a Tampa Bay area hospital is seeking changes in Florida law regarding wrongful death lawsuits by parents. Linda Porter says her son Pete Thomas died 12 years ago in a New Port Richey hospital. She believes he was given too much medication, which contributed to his death. However, under Florida law, because Thomas was unmarried and had no children, a wrongful death lawsuit cannot be filed. Florida’s Wrongful Death Act does not provide for medical negligence lawsuits by the parents of adult children. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 30, 2016 – Sarah Deatherage, the widow of state trooper Kyle Deatherage, spoke out against tort reform at a meeting of the Illinois state House of Representatives. House Speaker Michael Madigan organized the meeting so that legislators could hear stories about the human cost of negligence and how Gov. Bruce Rauner’s expected tort reform proposals would prevent victims from obtaining justice. “It is very important for our elected representatives to hear from victims of negligence,” said Paul Greenberg, a prominent Chicago wrongful death attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. “Tort reform proponents make the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2016 – Seventy-five percent of those killed in boating/personal watercraft accidents drowned. Appropriate size life jackets, securely fastened, are a must boat passengers, particularly for children. Wisconsin is attempting to catch up to the rest of the country when it comes to children under the age of 13 wearing life jackets. At this point, the state is one of a small number that do not require them to don life jackets. However, in states with no children’s life jacket law, there is a U.S. Coast Guard rule requiring children under 13 on moving […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2016 – Florida and other states are set to receive additional federal foreclosure aid funds five years after the initial grants. The Hardest Hit Fund was created in 2010 to help states with high rates of home foreclosures. A federal report last year found that Florida had both the slowest disbursement of funds and the lowest rate of acceptance of applicants. Now, Florida and other states are set to receive additional funds and an extended deadline for disbursement. “Florida is getting a second chance,” said Reggie Osenton, a bankruptcy attorney in Tampa. “We […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 24, 2016 – Under Virginia law, a trustee has the power to assign the trust principal or income to the trustee of a second trust. This is called a decanting power, which does not require the approval of the court or the beneficiaries. For instance, a trustee could assign the assets of a previous trust to a new trust that has up-to-date provisions. A decanting power can also be used to add a trust adviser or trust protector, replace the trust situs, appoint a different trustee or alter trustee succession provisions. Additionally, it […]


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