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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – Many clients are coming into The Begley Law Group to discuss their options for estate planning and estate administration. “Our clients first concern is the two types of possible tax assessments against an estate,” says New Jersey estate planning attorney Ethan Ordog. “Estate tax can include an assessment from the state in which the individual passed away or owned property, as well as the imposition of federal tax, based upon those assets in which an individual would otherwise direct for distribution to heirs from their estate.” The estate tax is calculated […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – According to a recent column by Financial Advisor’s Associate Editor Karen DeMasters, if an individual is looking to retire, it is best to take one’s spouse into account when deciding when to begin drawing on Social Security benefits. If one’s spouse lives longer, that individual is essentially drawing from their future funds. “It is common for people to gauge when to begin drawing on their social security benefits based on their own retirement wishes,” agrees Brandon Social Security disability attorney David Magann. “But it is important that they also look at […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division recently released a grim report accusing Florida officials of improperly housing disabled children in adult nursing homes. Federal laws require state governments to house and treat disabled people in socially integrative settings or at their homes whenever possible, as opposed to warehousing them in large, isolated institutions. “This new report is troubling in its accusations,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “Disabled children should not be housed in nursing homes unless it truly means the best possible care for the child.” The Justice […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – A smaller number of people than expected have applied for a new program to allow certain undocumented immigrants to live and work in the U.S. Of 1.7 million people who are potentially eligible for the program, only about 120,000, as of October 1, 2012 have applied. The program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allows undocumented immigrants 30 years of age or younger, who arrived in the U.S. as children, to avoid deportation and receive a Social Security Number (SSN) and work permit. The program does not provide a green card, […]


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Nashville, TN (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – Virtuoso Legal Marketing LLC (www.VirtuosoLegalMarketing.com), a company based near Nashville, Tennessee that specializes in online marketing for law firms, will host a free webinar for law firms on the subject of using local SEO to gain a competitive advantage over bigger law firms with bigger marketing budgets. Some of the topics discussed will include: Conducting local-focused keyword research SEO – the first step toward local optimization Getting your firm listed in local directories Making sure your contact information matches from one directory to the next What are citations Getting your friends […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2012 – Tattoos have seen a rapid rise in popularity in recent years. Some ink enthusiasts choose designs and placements that are commonplace, while others may choose one-of-a-kind tattoos in unusual locations on the body. The more distinctive the tattoo, the more it serves to identify an individual — a fact that has not escaped law enforcement officers. “Criminal suspects need to be aware that any distinguishing physical characteristics, including tattoos, may be used to build a case against them,” said Polk County criminal defense attorney Thomas Grajek. “Unfortunately, cases of false identification […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2012 – Complicated legal issues may arise when, as is often the case, a divorced parent wishes to relocate with their child(ren). Florida law strictly regulates the relocation of a child’s primary residence in order to protect the well-being of children. A recent case demonstrates that even well-established laws can allow for very different interpretations. “Relocation of a child’s primary residence is potentially disruptive to the child’s life and parental relationships,” said Zephyrhills divorce lawyer Marcie Baker. “It is important that the rights and responsibilities of everyone involved are well understood.” Florida Statute […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2012 – Driving safely includes paying attention to everything one sees on the road, but that did not happen in these two biker deaths. “Drivers have a duty to drive with due care and attention. However, many don’t seem to see motorcycles, and therein lies the problem. If they are not aware enough to see ‘all’ the traffic around them, someone may end up dead due to their inattention. That is what happened in these two cases,” explained Mike Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2012 – Courts in all fifty states can find it difficult to collect delinquent child support payments from a noncustodial parent. In attempting to collect, they try everything from instituting tougher penalties to the revocation of professional certifications. They even, in some cases, impose jail time. But the Maryland court system is attempting a new approach. “Maryland is to be applauded for the way it has approached the very real issue of noncompliance when it comes to child support payments,” said Denver child custody lawyer Bill Thode. “It may be that other states, […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2012 – Fort Lauderdale Boat Club Ltd., recently filed for Chapter 11; the Boat Club had in excess of a reported $13 million in assets, with an estimated $10 million in liabilities. Investors purchased the site for $16 million in 2006. Losses of some $3 million in just a few years, much of which likely occurred in or about 2008 when the national economy began to collapse, appear to have been too difficult to overcome. Fort Lauderdale is home to numerous coastal areas, including many docks and residential slips for personal watercraft. Plans […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2012 – Many big rig accidents are the result of the trucker driving while impaired. The fatality statistics are frightening. “Many states have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to truckers hauling large loads on America’s highways. However, whether there is a policy in place or not, it seems there are more and more truckers who ignore it, and hit the road while drunk,” remarked Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Picking up the pieces from a wreck with a semi-truck is devastating, as many of […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2012 – ConsumerBankruptcyCounseling.info, a successful provider of free credit counseling services in English now offers its services in the Spanish language, fully supported by email and a telephone helpline.Recent years have seen growth in the U.S. population and as of the 2010 census recognition of the significant place now held by people with Hispanic roots: 50.5 million strong, over 16% of this nation of 308.7 million. Since the onslaught of the recession in the fall of 2008, consumers have confronted difficult choices as: household incomes have fallen sharply; residential real estate values […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2012 – This administration has deported more illegal immigrants than any other government in history. What is next? “It’s tough to look at what is going on in this election campaign without comparing it to so many others and seeing the same things happening over and over,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “On one hand they say the system needs to be fixed. No one could argue with that. On the other hand, they […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2012 – A tire tread separation was the cause of a multiple car accident that claimed the life of an El Paso, Texas man. The incident was just one of numerous high-profile tire separation accidents this summer. While regular tire maintenance is a routine part of tractor-trailer care, accidents due to tire failure still can occur. Accidents caused by tread separation, tire blowouts and tire failure, and can happen when one or more tires has a design flaw, or were manufactured with a defect. A tire failure can mean loss of control for […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2012 – The Alzheimer’s Association has awarded its largest-ever research grant. Almost $4.2 million is going to the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network in St. Louis, Missouri, to study if early intervention can slow or stop the progress of the disease. The grant will be paid out over four years. Congress passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act to comprehensively study, treat and battle the disease, one that is expected to affect an aging U.S. population. As the population of U.S. adults doubles over the next twenty years, the number of people with Alzheimer’s is […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2012 – The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently issued an “immediate suspension order” to halt the shipping of oxycodone and other controlled substances from a Walgreens distribution center in Jupiter, Fla. The agency issues immediate suspension orders when they believe a drug distributor, dispensary or physician represents “an imminent danger to the public safety.” “Florida doctors and pharmacies have come under close scrutiny for their role in the scourge of prescription drug abuse,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. The order is the latest DEA action against distributors and retailers of addictive […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2012 – As the U.S. population ages, more focus is being placed on moving individuals into elder health care residences or long-term care facilities. There is natural concern about all of the support that is necessary for an aging community, but one thing people may not think about is what steps to take to ensure the care of an elder’s pet. It is in everyone’s best interest, including the owner, the family members and the beloved pet, if there is a succession plan in place for if and when an individual becomes […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2012 – Wisconsin has created a new court specifically for military veterans. Court officials are in place to launch a multistep process which sends referred veterans to Veterans Treatment Court, processing those accused of breaking the law in Wisconsin’s Second Judicial District. The court combines substance abuse treatment and mental health support, funded by federal benefits and services in place for veterans. The court’s goal is to treat the potential underlying issues contributing to unlawful choices, while also addressing the legal ramifications of those acts. “Often, marginalized veterans are simply processed through an […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2012 – Employees need to have clear guidelines dealing with how to complain about discrimination or harassment. “If an employer does not have a clear and well defined handbook, or guidelines, for employees to follow in situations that involve harassment or discrimination, and someone does get let go for poor performance or misconduct, the company could well face a lengthy litigation process if the worker complains to the EEOC,” explained Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2012 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced changes to its procedures for obtaining Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs). ITINs are used by foreign nationals who do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), but do have a tax filing requirement. The new policy requires original documentation, such as birth certificates and passports, or certified copies from the issuing agency, rather than notarized copies. In addition, applications will not be accepted from certifying acceptance agents, unless they include the original documentation. The IRS said that the changes “strengthen its procedures,” but the […]


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