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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP was appointed President Elect of Arc of Westchester’s Board of Directors and Officers for 2013-2014 at the organization’s Annual Meeting. The Arc of Westchester is the largest agency in Westchester County that provides services to people with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families. Krooks is a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP with offices in New York City, White Plains and Fishkill and is the Chair of its Elder Law and Special Needs Department. He has been included among The […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2013 – A recent court decision illustrates the potential pitfalls of investing in “alternative” assets with an individual retirement account. Lawrence Peek and Darrell Fleck of Colorado used assets held in their self-directed IRAs to purchase a fire-safety business. In a May 9, 2013 ruling, a judge for the U.S. Tax Court said that the pair’s actions were not allowed and effectively terminated their accounts when they made the transaction. The two now owe taxes amounting to nearly half a million dollars. “IRA funds can be invested in a number of ways […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2013 – The nature of the workplace these days is such that some positions need to be filled by people who are able to speak a specific language. “Being able to speak a specific language is now, more than ever, in demand in the workplace. With America being regarded as a true melting pot, the number of languages being spoken on a daily basis is on the increase,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2013 – Transvaginal mesh implants have been compared to having a cheese grater in one’s pelvic area. “If you read the news, listen to the radio or watch TV, you will no doubt be aware of the increasing number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits across the nation,” stated Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “By all accounts, the pain the women suing experience is life-altering and just about irreversible, as further surgery may not remove the mesh.” Brought to the marketplace in the early 1990s, it was not long before complaints cropped up about […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2013 – An Illinois man is suing a nursing home, claiming substandard care led to part of his leg being amputated. John Eric Rush has filed suit against Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in Joliet, Illinois. Rush claims that the nursing home provided negligent care that caused deterioration in his health and made it necessary for part of his leg to be amputated. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court. “Nursing home neglect and abuse is a growing problem,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago nursing home abuse attorney not involved […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 9, 2013 – Though mental health support can literally save the lives of returning veterans, many must wait years for the help they need. A new study has determined that vets with mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression typically must wait an average of two years after returning from deployment before their mental health issues are addressed by Veterans Affairs (VA). “When the vets do begin to receive mental health treatment, the study also found that care is often fragmented and not as effective as is needed,” commented veterans disability […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) July 9, 2013 – Students having difficulty paying their student loans may qualify for some type of relief to assist them. Usually, student loans are not discharged as a result of filing bankruptcy. However, there may be relief in the form of income based payments, graduated payment plans, deferment or forbearance, remarked Iowa bankruptcy lawyer, Kevin Ahrenholz. It is important for a student in a cash crunch to take action with regard to their loan before it is considered to be in default. Waiting for a student loan to default and not doing anything […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2013 – Cellphone-related car accidents are not always reported as such by law enforcement. “Not every car accident resulting in serious injuries or death is attributed to cellphone use. It depends on the circumstances of the case. Consider the case of a young 17-year-old woman, talking on her cellphone, clipping a snow bank, spinning into oncoming traffic and being broadsided by an SUV. Her last word’s were ‘I’m going to crash,’” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. The young lady died in hospital […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2013 – A recent study found that there is an increased likelihood of elder abuse when the elder has cognitive decline and their primary caregiver is a family member. In a new study, researchers at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey looked at a group of patients with dementia to see if cognitive decline was associated with an increased risk of physical abuse by caregivers. “Elder abuse by caregivers is known to be an underreported issue,” commented Michigan elder law attorney Christopher J. Berry. “It seems that helping caregivers […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2013 – A number of recent health care reforms are pushing health policy advisors to rethink how to meet the growing need for elder health care professionals. Panelists at a senior health care forum in Manhattan recently expressed concern about the future of elder care in the U.S. The symposium, hosted by Jewish Home Life Care and the Himan Brown Charitable Trust, included the health policy professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Dr. John Wallis Rowe, who stated that the number of heath care workers specializing in geriatrics was […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 5 , 2013 – There are times when upholding the law may include apparently overly stringent applications of the law. That is the impression of one Lakeland criminal defense lawyer. “Polk County’s Bartow High School had a bit of excitement recently involving an explosion as the result of a female student mixing toilet bowl cleaner and aluminium foil in a plastic bottle. The bottle top flew off, the container smoked and then exploded. It was a small explosion,” said Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense lawyer. The student, who decided to conduct a science […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2013 – Though the U.S. government offers financial assistance to aging veterans through the Aid and Attendance pension benefit (A&A), many vets are finding it difficult to receive that aid. A&A is designed to reimburse vets and family members the cost of caregivers who work in the home, which can include a vet’s children, if they are paid to give care, or to help cover the cost of nursing home or assisted living care. The A&A benefit may pay as much as $2,000 each month for the care of a vet and […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 4, 2013 – Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have reformed Florida’s alimony laws and ended permanent alimony. In a letter to lawmakers, Scott said he could not support the bill because it allowed judges greater leeway to alter existing permanent alimony judgments, which he said could cause “unfair, unanticipated results.” However, he praised the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Ritch Workman and Sen. Kelli Stargel, for their efforts and said the bill contains “several forward-looking elements.” “Lawmakers and private citizens have tried for years to reform Florida’s alimony laws,” said Zephyrhills divorce attorney […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 4, 2013 – Demoted workers may genuinely not be meeting employer’s expectations. “In this recent case, Banthia v. Roche Diagnostics, No. 11-3290, 7th Cir., 2012, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found in favor of the defendant employer. Justices ruled that even if a demoted worker had consistently received good performance reviews, it does not mean that the employee is still meeting workplace expectations,” stated Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. The worker […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 4, 2013 – A pilot program to reform Medicaid in Virginia was recently approved by federal health care regulators. The three-year program will affect over 78,000 Virginians who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare – so-called “dually eligible” individuals. It is a crucial first step in reforms state lawmakers are requiring before they will expand Virginia’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. “This program affects some of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens,” said elder law attorney Andrew Hook. “If it can provide them with better access to health care while also creating […]


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St. Louis, Mo. (Law Firm Newswire) July 3, 2013 – Joshua P. Myers, owner of Myers Injury Law, LLC, has been recognized as being among the “The Top 40 Lawyers Under 40″, by the National Trial Lawyers Association. This is a professional organization comprised of America’s top young trial attorneys. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40, is by invitation only, and is offered exclusively to those individuals who are able to meet the stringent qualifications, and who specialize in criminal defense or civil plaintiff cases. This is a great honor that is bestowed by a national […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 3, 2013 – A young girl was killed by a car in front of her classmates. “This car/pedestrian fatality affected a lot of people. The young girl’s friends were witnesses as she was hit by a car. She died two weeks later, as a result of her severe injuries,” outlined Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. Ultimately, this wrongful death case resulted in a jury award of $90 million. While a large sum, it would barely cover the medical expenses the family was left with when their daughter died after struggling with her […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) July 2, 2013 – While many people are tempted to get a pay day loan to help them through a tough cash flow period, financial experts warn this is not a smart fiscal move. The debt load faced by the majority of U.S. citizens is staggering. Most debt currently overwhelming these households originates from debts relating to home mortgages, credit card charges, large medical bills and other personal liabilities. Because so many people find they need more cash on hand, they resort to applying for a payday loan. Most major cities and even some […]


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Charleston, W.Va. (Law Firm Newswire) July 2, 2013 – Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC (Spilman) announced that nearly 200 business leaders from the Appalachian region gathered today for the firm’s Regional SuperVision™ symposium, which focused on providing the keys to manage the most problematic human capital issues. This record attendance is likely caused by the “shifting-sand” set of challenges, brought on by ever-changing federal and state laws and regulations, facing businesses today. “The business climate created by things such as the Affordable Care Act, social media and smartphones is a virtual minefield for today’s companies,” said Eric W. Iskra, chair […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2013 – Some life insurance policyholders are selling their policies to fund long-term care, but at what ultimate cost? Bills in numerous states, including California, Florida, New York, Kentucky, Maine, Louisiana and New Jersey, are allowing elderly residents to sell their life insurance policies to pay for custodial health care. “For anyone concerned about their long-term care, selling off their life insurance is not their only option,” commented Michigan elder law attorney Christopher J. Berry. “Long-term care insurance is designed specifically to ensure that no one needs to borrow from the future, […]


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