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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2014 – The face of the workforce has changed drastically over the last two decades. Now, more people work from home as freelancers, consultants or other designations, such as independent contractors. “Who is an employee these days? That’s a difficult question to answer, particularly in reference to legal issues. Indeed, determining who is and who is not a worker is getting more complex. This matters when something goes wrong, such as an independent contractor being fired with no notice, or someone takes maternity or paternity leave and when it is over, the worker […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2014 – Despite the amount of educational material aimed at drunk drivers, people still drive while under the influence. “Most people think of drunk drivers as being completely inebriated, weaving in and out of lanes, veering from one side of the road to another, running stop signs or even driving the wrong way on a highway. While these kinds of drunken motorists are dangerous, a new study shows that even those with low blood alcohol levels can be high risk drivers,” suggests Michael Smith, an Arkansas drunk driving lawyer. The University of […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 1, 2014 – The assistance of an elder law attorney when applying for Medicaid is essential to make sure that your interests and assets are protected. Many people think of Medicaid as a service that is only for the poor, but it has also become the default method for many people to pay for long-term care, such as one receives in a skilled nursing facility. There are income and asset limits that need to be met to be eligible for Medicaid, but there are legal strategies that can be used to protect some […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2014 – The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits is to be expedited for some veterans. Under a new initiative, veterans who have a 100 percent Permanent and Total disability compensation rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be able to apply for Social Security disability benefits on an expedited basis. Social Security is to handle these claims on a high-priority basis, similar to the way claims from service members wounded in combat are processed. Carolyn Colvin, the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), said that […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2014 – All states define driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or above as a crime, but beyond that, drunk driving laws vary from state to state. According to Michigan drunk driving attorney Shaun R. Marks, Michigan’s laws are neither the harshest nor the most lenient in the nation. “Make sure you understand the state of Michigan’s laws and penalties for drunk driving,” says Marks, “and, if you are charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or with a related offense, seek legal counsel immediately.” State laws vary in […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2014 – A man was killed in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer in Wasatch County, Utah. According to state police, the accident occurred on State Road 40 near Strawberry Reservoir. At 5:00 pm on March 17, during a snowstorm on a two-lane road, a tractor-trailer attempted to pass a slower-moving vehicle. Craig L. Batchelor of Clinton, Utah, died at the scene. “Too often, I see accidents where a semi truck driver is not driving as safely as he or she should, given the road and traffic conditions,” says Washington, D.C., personal injury […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2014 – Personal injury attorney Richard LaGarde has again received a rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell for 2014. This rating for both ethical standards and legal ability is the highest available from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. LaGarde first achieved an AV Preeminent rating in 1987. Attorneys earn Martindale-Hubbell ratings only after being nominated and reviewed by other attorneys and members of the judiciary. Commenting on the recognition, Richard LaGarde said, “This rating means a lot because it’s based on the opinions of my fellow attorneys. I personally consider the ratings an important factor when […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2014 – It is more important than ever for parents to help teen drivers avoid distractions behind the wheel, says a prominent Chicago attorney. “The fact is, cell phone use while driving is prevalent in all age groups. But it is especially dangerous for teenagers to be distracted while driving because they have less driving experience,” indicates Paul Greenberg, a Chicago car accident attorney. “Driving already requires attention to multiple tasks simultaneously, so it is risky to try to pay attention to anything else.” Research suggests that many areas of the brain are […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2014 – Suppressing the total number of H-1B visa immigrants in the United States would actually result in fewer U.S. job opportunities overall. As members of Congress consider immigration reform, businesses dependent on a significant quotient of foreign-born, highly skilled workers gird their loins. There is a very real possibility that the federal government will further curtail the number of H-1B visas available. These visas are necessary for these educated individuals to come to the United States to work.  Reform would certainly damage opportunities for foreign-born workers. But if more restrictive legislation passes, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2014 – The effects of Florida’s pill mills on adults are widely understood, but their effects on children are only recently becoming more clear. A major investigation by the Miami Herald, titled “Innocents Lost,” has uncovered serious shortcomings in the way the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) protects children vulnerable to abuse and neglect, as well as how it tabulates and reports data on deaths of those children. One report from the investigation exposes the deaths of many children of drug-addicted parents – whether due to abuse, neglect or the prescription […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2014 – Rachel Lambert Mellon’s will was carefully written to encompass all her wishes. When Mellon died at the age of 103 on March 17 at the Upperville, Virginia estate that had been her principal residence for decades, the Old Dominion and the nation lost a great philanthropist and patron of the arts. And on March 26, when her will was filed in Virginia’s Fauquier County Circuit Court, the document provided some insights into the financial and estate-planning affairs of the late heiress. Mrs. Mellon, who was also known as “Bunny,” was the […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2014 – As one nears retirement age, a number of important financial planning milestones begin to approach. It can be difficult to keep them all straight, so here is a timeline of what happens when. At age 59 1/2, people can begin to make withdrawals from 401(k)s, traditional IRAs and similar retirement savings accounts, without an additional tax penalty of 10 percent. (Withdrawals are still taxed as income in any case.) Of course, just because one can begin to make withdrawals at this age does not mean one necessarily should. At age […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2014 – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) has been indicted on criminal charges in connection with a 2010 explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, California. The indictment states that the company repeatedly violated the Pipeline Safety Act. That law requires pipeline operators to maintain accurate records about their lines, identify safety hazards and inspect the pipes when pressures exceed safety tolerances. PG&E is alleged to have “knowingly relied on erroneous and incomplete information” in avoiding required inspections, which could have prevented the disaster. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2014 – It is never wise to violate probation for a drunk driving conviction, but leaving posts about such violations on social media is an even worse move. A Michigan woman recently learned the consequences of probation violation, a prominent Michigan drunk driving attorney explained. “Violating the terms of probation only leads to worse legal consequences,” indicates attorney Shaun R. Marks, who is not involved with the woman’s case. “People need to be aware that the authorities monitor compliance with the terms of their probation — and that monitoring can include viewing their […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – A custody fight over a young girl ended in a deal, but designation of a guardian in her parent’s will would have averted the entire crisis. Ever since the mother of a five-year-old girl was stabbed to death, a custody battle involving a renowned sports broadcaster and the family of his son’s late girlfriend has raged in the courts. Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy fought for guardianship of his granddaughter. Now, a deal appears to have been reached. He and his wife will have visitation rights, but the girl’s maternal […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – In 2014′s March/April Issue, BLF helps legal professionals tone and strengthen their marketing approach with new services, tools and tactics. In this issue’s feature, “The Strength of Google Plus,” James Ambroff-Tahan draws focus to the surprising power of the once-struggling social network. Integration with the world’s most popular search engine links your profile to other powerful web forces, including YouTube, while its Circles allow you to target your key demographics precisely. Your Google Plus content, keywords and hashtags can attract more potential clients in their own right — and they can […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – The Florida legislature is soon to vote on a bill to place restrictions on lawsuits against nursing homes. The bill would protect passive investors from lawsuits related to care of nursing home residents. It would require evidentiary hearings in cases in which residents pursue punitive damage claims against homes. It would also place penalties on nursing homes that don’t pay judgments against them, including possible revocation of operating licenses. Tampa nursing home abuse attorney Robert Joyce offers his thoughts on the bill’s provisions. “I’m always wary of bills that might restrict […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – What started out as a potential “maybe” for immigration reform at the start of 2014 has now deteriorated to a “No, not until 2015.” “Listening to the various positions held by the House Speaker and the President is entertaining, but definitely not informative. The President states immigration reform must be passed this year. John Boehner agreed in January, but now says not until 2015 because then the Republicans would likely have a majority in the House and Senate,” remarks Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2014 – Truckers are not always at fault in an accident. Road designs may contribute to collisions. “A recent accident at the Interstate 45 interchange with Loop 610 South was the scene of a fiery explosion that killed a trucker. Police could not determine if the cause was another driver, the trucker speeding or some other factor,” indicates Bobby Lee, an Austin trucking attorney with Lee, Gober & Reyna. “The only thing left when the flames were finally damped out was the skeleton of the truck containing the driver’s remains.” The main reason […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2014 – After a 10-day trial, a Cook County jury awarded $6.65 million to the family of a man who died from a fall at a Kuwait air base. The award in the wrongful death case against CAV International Inc., a government contractor, came over four years after the death of John Bruce, a Chicago-area resident. “When negligence is involved, a wrongful death lawsuit is often appropriate to gain compensation for the family of the victim after a horrible accident like this,” says Paul Greenberg, a Chicago wrongful death attorney not involved in […]


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