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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 1, 2013 – Living in two different states can present certain complications in elder law and estate planning. Living wills, trusts and health care power of attorneys must be valid in both states along with other documents that may be needed to transfer property. Littman Krooks LLP and Solkoff Legal are addressing this subject in a free, online webinar on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 beginning at 12:00 PM EST. By attending this webinar, participants join two nationally recognized elder law attorneys – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP and Scott Solkoff, Esq., […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 1, 2013 – Every year the death toll for Texas construction workers climbs. In 2012, there were over 500 work-related fatalities, up 20 percent from 2011. “Working construction in Texas can be deadly,” states Austin injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke, of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. “And, a quick look at the most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) shows a steady increase, year-over-year of workplace deaths.” The preliminary figures released by the DOL reveal the most dangerous job in Texas is driving tractor-trailer trucks and other heavy commercial vehicles. This likely comes […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2013 – It is important to recognize warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. According to elder law attorney John Hale of The Hale Law Firm, learning about the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s may help a loved one receive a proper diagnosis that can assist in planning for their care. “If you observe signs of Alzheimer’s in an older loved one, it is important to reach out to your doctor so that the proper care can be administered,” said Hale. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common types of dementia, or cognitive deficits. […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2013 – While not a requirement for divorce, Florida couples have two options available for legal separations. Unlike some other states, Floridians who wish to divorce are not required first to undergo legal separation. But some couples who feel divorce is in their future may wish to take an interim step. Separation does not have to be a formal legal matter, of course, but as Tampa divorce lawyer Kristi McCart explains, there are two options for those who wish to have a trial separation with rules in place. “The first option is a […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2013 – The outcome of medical malpractice lawsuits may be affected by which hospital is being sued. “This well known reported case involved an operating room nurse that threw out a kidney about to be donated to a recipient. The transplant organ was thrown in the garbage as medical waste and the woman about to receive the organ from her brother, woke up without her new kidney. She did receive a transplant three months later in another state,” recounted Christopher Mellino, a medical malpractice lawyer in Cleveland, Ohio with Mellino Robenalt LLC. The […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2013 – “Post grant review” is a patent procedure created under the America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011. A post grant review is a process by which a person challenges one or more claims of an issued patent as being unpatentable. Together with inter-partes review, post grant reviews replace the pre-AIA claim challenge process known as inter-partes re-examination. “It is very important for our clients to understand what a post grant review entails, how to avoid it, and how to respond to it,” said Simi Valley patent lawyer Jim Dawson. “Any patent, […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2013 – On a recent Saturday, a Greyhound bus drove off an Ohio interstate highway at high speed and flipped, injuring at least 35 people. The accident happened just before 4 a.m. on Interstate 75 near Monroe, Ohio. Of the 51 passengers on board, at least two suffered serious injuries, police said, and dozens more were taken to six local hospitals. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. “Buses are very safe in general, but when an accident happens – especially a rollover – the injuries can be catastrophic,” said Washington, D.C. […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2013 – A slowly-improving national economy and rising home prices may be related to another trend: a climbing divorce rate. Unemployment continues its modest but steady decline, and home prices are rising nationwide at rates not seen since the mid-2000s. Meanwhile, divorces are climbing to pre-recession rates as well. Zephyrhills family law attorney Marcie Baker says that is probably not a coincidence. “Home prices have a lot to do with divorce rates,” Baker said. “Say a couple have a lot of equity in their home. Getting divorced often means selling the home, which […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2013 – A male nursing assistant tells police he gets turned on while helping elderly female patients at his job. “This reported case began as a complaint from a 59-year-old woman who had just had hip surgery and stated a nursing assistant slipped into her bed and had non-consensual sex with her,” explained Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. “The whole situation began to unravel when another resident also said the same man inappropriately fondled her while he assisted her in using the restroom.” When the first patient filed a complaint with nursing […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2013 – Quality of care is important in a skilled nursing facility. When evaluating the care your loved one receives in a nursing home, it is important to focus on the most significant issues rather than the little things, said a prominent elder law attorney. “When an elderly parent or other family member is a resident at a skilled nursing facility, of course you want to make sure that they are receiving top quality care,” said John Hale, of The Hale Law Firm. “The issues that matter in that regard are clinical care, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2013 – A former legal secretary has filed an employment lawsuit against a Houston-based law firm. The employee, Lenora Phelps, claims that she was harassed and then terminated by her employer, Coats Rose Yale Ryman & Lee PC, after she took medical leave. The plaintiff claims that she took medical leave in late 2011 under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to seek treatment for a respiratory condition, and when she returned to work she was subjected to an “insulting and hostile” work environment before the firm terminated her employment late in […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2013 – This Texas nursing home case involved the death of a man due to untreated pressure ulcers. “This reported case shocked many. An elderly Texan developed severely infected pressure sores and became dangerously dehydrated, despite being in care at the Gulf Health Care Center – Port Arthur. What was even more disturbing is that he developed them, and died, in a period of less than two months in care,” outlined Brooks Schuelke, an Austin injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. The nursing home abuse lawsuit statement of claim revealed that just […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2013 – Compression therapy works as well as more expensive therapy in the treatment of early lymphedema, a recent study shows. The study, titled “Randomized Trial of Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy for the Treatment of Lymphedema in Women With Breast Cancer,” was published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on September 16, 2013. Researchers found no significant difference in efficacy between therapy consisting entirely of compression garments and complex decongestive therapy (CDT), consisting of manual lymphatic massage, daily bandaging, and skin care. “Compression therapy has been around for many years,” said Greg Grambor, […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2013 – Child support agreements should be very detailed, said a prominent Virginia divorce attorney. In order to obtain a divorce in Virginia, all issues between the parties must be resolved, and that is often done by agreement between the divorcing spouses. However, if the agreement is not detailed enough, then the parties may find themselves at odds later on, and this is particularly true when it comes to child support. “Divorcing spouses need to think about details such as who will pay for children’s extra-curricular activities, college costs, and medical costs, as […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2013 – Politics is holding back immigration reform. It is depressing that a whole nation waits on the political aspirations of a few wanting to toss dirt at the President. “When the House broke for the summer, it did not escape anyone’s attention that the immigration reform bill was left on the table. There was no vote held, despite the high hopes held by the nation’s immigrants, and those who support them, for a landmark revamping of the immigration system,” said Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2013 – In Washington alone, at least 30 patients a year discover they have a surgical instrument or sponge left inside them after an operation. “This doesn’t just happen in Washington State,” said Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer of Mellino Robenalt LLC. “It happens in just about every state across America. In fact, it is one of the most common medical mistakes surgeons commit.” Even though there is a pre and post-surgery checklist of the many instruments used during an operation, and a verbal count and check routine, patients may still […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2013 – A man died in an accident at an industrial plant in Shady Grove, Penn. on a recent Thursday afternoon. Rickie Lee Grimsley, 59, became pinned between two cranes in a parking lot on the property of Manitowoc Cranes. Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer David Lietz, who is not involved in the case, said the incident shows that accidents can happen at any time. “When heavy machinery is in use, nearby workers are always subjected to some level of risk,” Lietz said. “It doesn’t have to be on the work floor, where […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2013 – The October issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, marketing experts cover how to create the best infographics, how some attorneys are strategically using webinars, how to take advantage of online directories, feed readers, email privacy protections and digital business cards. In October’s feature, “Creating Infographics That Work” Brendan Conley and Kristen Friend look at how the eye-catching and sharable visual marketing opportunities remain a largely untapped market for attorneys. Infographics have become increasingly popular in the past several years as a technique for quickly presenting concepts in a […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2013 – Under the “first-inventor-to-file” patent system created by the America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011, an increasing number of inventors are encouraged to file provisional patent applications. A local intellectual property attorney says that because filing a provisional application secures a priority date with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the process is likely to be employed far more than it was under the nation’s former—pre-AIA “first to invent” patent system. “Provisional applications are more important than ever under the “first to file” regime of the America Invents Act,” […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2013 – Tragedy was narrowly averted after an auto accident in St. Petersburg, Fla., sent a car carrying a man and his two sons into a canal. St. Petersburg resident William J. Bacheler, 39, was eastbound on 77th Avenue North on a recent Tuesday with his sons, James Wilson, 8, and Jacob Wilson, 9. Bacheler’s sedan was struck from behind by an SUV. The impact sent the car into a canal, where it landed upside-down and began sinking. Zephyrhills auto accident attorney Robert Alston said that is a recipe for disaster. “Any time […]


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