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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2012 – New Jersey elder law attorney, Thomas D. Begley, Jr., of Begley Law Group presented to families at “Tools for Meeting Life’s Challenges,” an informational seminar held in Philadelphia, PA., November 17, 2012. The seminar covered topics such as the critical medical, legal, nursing and funding issues that face families of children with cerebral palsy or catastrophic physical disabilities. As one of a select group of top speakers with expertise in the areas of special needs trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney, Begley spoke to families about how to select the ideal […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2012 – According to Fairfax divorce attorney Lisa McDevitt, there are several changes an individual may wish to make to their estate plans when they divorce their spouse. “One of the things you should check is if you need to rewrite your power of attorney,” says McDevitt. “Your divorce may not invalidate your will, but may invalidate your spouse as power of attorney.” If a divorced couple on good terms wishes to keep each other as “attorney in fact,” it is advisable to check with the divorce attorney during the proceedings and work […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2012 – Distracted driving is on the rise, and as a result, so are the number of traffic accidents. “Often, if you look past the surface of what seems to be noticeable after a wreck, whether it is between two cars, or a semi and another vehicle, you will find evidence of a cell phone, or smart phone in use. That is what happened in this reported case,” explained Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer, who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law in Georgia. This two vehicle crash involved a pickup truck […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 26 , 2012 – Not once, but twice, a DUI driver hit two vehicles, and killed a 24-year-old woman. “When you read about the facts of this case, you will be stunned by the behavior of the allegedly drunken driver, or perhaps you will not, if you understand that drinking and driving do ‘not’ mix,” remarked Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “A hit-and-run driver slammed into a car on the highway and fled the scene, only to collide head-on with another vehicle a short time […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2012 – There is a cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment going to 56 million U.S. residents receiving Social Security benefits and 1.9 million federal retirees. However, it is too small of an increase to change many budgets, senior advocates say. The 1.7 percent increase may be one of the last for a while, if concerned Social Security advocates are correct. The latest cost-of-living adjustment increase known as 2013 COLA was recently announced by the Social Security Administration, and was just over half the 3.6 percent increase introduced for last year. Advocates are concerned that the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2012 – This gruesome case demonstrates that bicycles and large trucks do not mix. “This is a horrific case. A seven-ton U.S. Postal Service truck crushed a woman on a bicycle and then left the scene of the accident,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “As the facts unfolded, it turned out the man driving the truck had no idea he had hit anyone.” The victim in this case was a former State Supreme Court special referee, and she was out biking with her husband one […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2012 – The family of a woman shot to death by U.S. Border patrol has filed a wrongful death claim. Valeria “Munique” Alvarado, a mother of five, was shot to death in September by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Chula Vista, California. Her family has filed a claim of wrongful death against the agency. “The tragedy of this young mother’s death must be fully investigated,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “Hopefully, investigators will get to the bottom of the shooting and determine whether it could have been prevented.” The agent, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2012 – Veterans and current military personnel have a higher rate of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder than do non-military. According to Peter Gutierrez, the co-director of the Military Suicide Research Consortium in Colorado, individuals with traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder are more prone to suicidal and self-harming behaviors. Gutierrez’s consortium has paired with the U.S. military and additional research scientists to work to better understand and prevent self-harming behaviors and suicidal acts. According to recent data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the number of suicide attempts and […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2012 – New Jersey Assemblywoman Amy H. Handlin recently proposed a bill to reform how medical malpractice complaints can be settled to address a doctor shortage and reduce medical malpractice rates. The bill, A-3293, is designed to offer injured patients, as well as their healthcare providers, the ability to use an “early offer” mediation process. Bill A-3293 would enable medical injury claims to be resolved voluntarily in lieu of a lawsuit for parties wishing to settle their complaint quickly and without legal support. Handlin stated that New Jersey continues to have issues attracting […]


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Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2012 – E-record keeping is supposed to be the bee’s knees? But is it? “Are patients really safe when e-records are used?” asks Charlie Donahue, a Keene medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. “They may or may not be, but a recent study indicates the jury is still out on that count.” The latest study, released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), takes a close look at how safe patients are when e-records are used, and what types of medical malpractice risks there may be in doctor’s using them. The […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2012 – According to a recent economic report released by the U.S. Census Bureau, after divorce, a woman’s level of lifestyle drops some 37 percent. Meanwhile, a divorced man’s level of lifestyle typically increases by 63 percent. According to Denver divorce attorney Bill Thode, while divorce may shake up almost all the aspects of someone’s life, there are ways to limit the fallout. The most pressing issues, says, Thode, are ones of basic survival. “Determining where to live, or how to manage the once-shared home, is decision number one. Sorting out general finances, […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2012 – A man recently led Sarasota police on two separate car chases, including one through a school playground. He is also alleged to have battered two people that same day. “Criminals frequently display erratic and dangerous behavior when cornered by police,” Polk County criminal defense lawyer Thomas Grajek commented. “They can feel like they have nothing left to lose.” At about 3:30 on a recent Wednesday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies tried to pull over a gray Chevrolet Malibu for exceeding the speed limit. The driver fled at high speed, and drove across the […]


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San Jose, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2012 – An elderly San Francisco Bay Area woman is suing Capital One Bank and Patenaude & Felix, APC for wrongful debt collection, harassment and damages. The woman, Mrs. Mary Basich, alleges that the San Diego, California based Patenaude & Felix and Capital One Bank harassed and abused her when they tried to collect on a delinquent Capital One credit card that belonged to another person. Capital One Bank hired attorneys at Patenaude & Felix to collect the debt. The suit alleges that Patenaude & Felix accused her of being Mary Ryals, […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2012 – A lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, claiming that school officials allowed hazing. According to the claim, the Huber Heights City School officials knew that there were hazing incidents between athletes and students in the form of attacks, but they did not take action to protect the students. The attorney for the plaintiff stated that they were attempting to increase awareness at educational institutions regarding hazing incidents, and push school officials to take steps to prevent them. The attorney stated that school officials looked […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2012 – According to a recent report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), some cars are far riskier than others when it comes to being injured during an auto accident. The IIHS compiled and analyzed claims information from 2009 to 2011 to determine which cars were involved in personal injury protection claims (PIPs) most often. “The report shows that small car owners filed the most claims,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago car accident attorney. “This isn’t particularly surprising given that a small car is more likely to sustain damage in a […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2012 – Forcing workers to take leave may result in a lawsuit. “This recent case, Arizanovska v. Wal-Mart Stores, No. 11-3387, 7th Cir., 2012, handled by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Illinois, states with relative clarity that forcing a worker to go on leave may be the basis for a lawsuit. This would be true even if the company has a policy relating to forced leave and applies it evenly across the board,” said Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2012 – Agricultural leaders are going hoarse, calling for immigration reform. “All across America, agricultural leaders are calling for immigration reform – preferably yesterday. Their calls to action are falling on deaf ears. Immigration reform is still where it was at years ago, stalled and being chipped away at, in fits and starts, with none of the tinkering doing much to help anyone,” suggested Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “The fact is, if the farmers […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2012 – As funny as it sounds at first flush, it was an extremely serious incident. “This case is definitely strange,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “And not only strange, it makes you chuckle, until you find out that the extent of this man’s penetrating wounds required more than 25 stitches.” The back story of this $5 million lawsuit is about a supposedly unique toilet, called the Flushmate III. Apparently, the Flushmate III is designed to use water and air to create a more powerful flush, and while it may […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 19 , 2012 – Do not drink and drive is not an empty request. Drinking and driving kills, as it did in this case. “This case is heartbreaking for everyone, more so for the family of the 26-year-old man that died, leaving behind two young children. The man died when the car he was riding in, spun out of control due to clipping a concrete median, left the road, and flipped into a creek,” recounted Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. The accident happened about 1:15 […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2012 – It is important for couples who have decided to get divorced to separate credit card accounts and existing credit card debt. A little care and diligence goes a long way to protecting both parties’ credit and overall finances. “Credit cards can create problems even in happy marriages,” commented Zephyrhills divorce lawyer Marcie Baker. “For divorcing couples, it is very important to separate each party’s credit from the other’s.” First, gather all relevant data. This means that both parties should obtain a credit report from each of the three major agencies: Equifax, […]


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