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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2013 – Planning one’s estate should be paired with planning one’s retirement, says a prominent estate planning attorney. Lisa McDevitt, a Virginia estate planning attorney with the McDevitt Law Firm, said that while many people only think of wills and trusts when they think about estate planning, they should actually be thinking about retirement planning at the same time. “Of course estate planning includes creating a will and any necessary trusts to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after you die,” said McDevitt. “But in order to make sure […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2013 – Most workers who participate in 401(k) plans are trying to save enough for a comfortable retirement and perhaps an inheritance for their children and grandchildren. A prominent estate planning attorney says that while 401(k)s are a good way to add to one’s retirement savings, it is important to take a look at the fees a plan charges, as these fees can erode one’s savings. “Employers are now required to provide workers with more information about the fees connected with administering 401(k)s and the different investment options they provide,” said Michael […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2013 – Assisted living facilities (also called enriched housing programs or adult homes) are residences for senior citizens where help is provided with daily living activities. Staff can make doctor’s appointments, deliver medication and assist residents with bathing, dressing, grooming or other needs. Meals and housekeeping are also provided at such facilities. In the state of New York, the Department of Heath licenses all types of assisted living residences as adult care facilities, but there are actually several different types of these facilities available. All adult care facilities are distinguished from nursing […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2013 – The EEOC filed a discrimination lawsuit against a Chicago restaurant group for refusing to hire African Americans. “The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) took action to file a discrimination lawsuit against a local Chicago restaurant chain, Rosebud Restaurant Group, for not hiring African Americans in their Chicago locations. Despite the fact that racial discrimination is not legal, things like this continue to happen,” pointed out 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 […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2013 – A law extending foster care to young adults in Florida is getting pushback from the state’s “community-based care” (CBC) organizations. The law, scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2014, extends eligibility for the benefits of foster care to age 21 for those who would otherwise age out of the system at 18. But the state’s 19 private CBC organizations that provide the foster services say the law creates costs they cannot afford. “This is an important law for foster children, who face steep challenges creating stable, secure lives for themselves […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2013 – The United States House Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements has opened hearings with testimony on the SSA’s struggles with its disability program. A subcommittee of the House Oversight and Oversight Reform Committee launched hearings November 19 on the Social Security Administration. The Republican-controlled body headlined its mission on the committee website as one of overseeing the SSA’s “mismanagement of federal disability programs.” The SSA officials who offered opening statements did acknowledge some of their agency’s ongoing problems. Inspector General Patrick P. O’Carroll Jr. shed some light on the […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2013 – Nursing home abuse does have certain warning signs. However, there are situations that are not considered to be abuse, such as this case. “This reported case is interesting for the fact that it shows what is ‘not’ abuse in a nursing home, but yet still points out what a fine line there is between what is abuse and what is not,” pointed out Michael Smith, an experienced Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer. This case involves a nurse who was suspended from her job for allegedly denying a patient his medication […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2013 – There are a few essential legal documents that every adult should have. People tend to think about putting these documents in place as they get older, but they are actually important for adults of every age — and there are certain milestones in life that make them essential. Some may envision putting a last will and testament in place later in life. However, every adult with any assets should have an estate plan, including a will and any necessary trusts. If this plan has been neglected earlier in life, then […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2013 – Workplace injuries are extremely common, more so in high-risk jobs such as logging, as this case demonstrates. “Even though this reported case happened in Virginia, similar incidents happen daily on Texas construction sites. Many of the cases we see involve negligence as being the precursor to an accident,” stated Austin injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke, of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. In the case of a Virginia logger, Circuit Court of Greenbrier County Case No. 13-C-181,U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Case No. 5:13-cv-24436, the man sustained severe and […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2013 – A prominent estate planning attorney says digital assets need to be considered as part of estate planning. “In today’s world, many people own significant assets that exist only in digital form, whether it is currency such as Bitcoin or items of sentimental value such as family photos,” said Palo Alto estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix. “There needs to be a plan to pass these assets on to one’s heirs.” Gilfix said that online assets may also include such items as PayPal accounts, frequent flyer miles, iTunes libraries, online gaming accounts […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2013 – A prominent Virginia divorce attorney says that there are important factors to consider when one or both members of a divorcing couple are in the military. “Legally, members of the armed services are no different from anyone else when it comes to divorce, but there can be several additional factors to consider,” said Lisa McDevitt, an attorney who handles military divorce cases. The divorce process may take longer if one spouse is permanently stationed overseas or is on active duty in a remote region. Each state has its own domicile and […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2013 – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available to low-income families with disabled children, but some face tough challenges in qualifying. The public benefit program, run by the Social Security Administration (SSA), provides cash payments to the families of qualifying children. To be eligible, children must meet two sets of criteria. They and their families cannot exceed certain income and asset levels, and they must have a physical or mental impairment resulting in severe functional limitations. But as a recent story in the Philadelphia Inquirer illustrates, children who seem eligible cannot always get […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2013 – The coming holiday season means long road trips and unfamiliar weather for some Americans. Many inhabitants of Florida and other warm-weather states may find themselves driving in snow and ice if they travel northward. Tampa auto accident attorney Robert Joyce points out how challenging these conditions may be for those who have never encountered them. “Driving in snow and ice is often challenging even for lifelong Northerners,” Mr. Joyce said. “Many people from around here are going to visit family up North for the holidays. They may think that driving through […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2013 – A new program in New York City is training doormen who work in apartment buildings to watch for elder abuse. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention (part of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale) developed the program, which offers free training for doormen, porters, concierges and other building staff at the buildings where they work. Joy Solomon, the director of the Weinberg Center, said that many elderly people in abusive situations do not come forward on their own, so advocates realized they would have to reach out […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2013 – A bill to qualify vets for in-state college tuition has a better shot at success than its predecessor. The G.I. Bill of 2009 was crafted to help military veterans meet the costs of a college education, a piece of legislation that has become especially relevant as Iraq War veterans and increasing numbers of Afghanistan War veterans have returned home. In addition, 20 states have enacted laws to waive in-state residency requirements for college tuition, but Florida has not been one of them. However, if legislation moving through Tallahassee passes, the Sunshine […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2013 – It is not often that a case involving so many individuals alleging sexual harassment comes to light. “This case is unusual in the sense that there may be up to 40 people involved —- men and women. All of them suggesting their workplace, Uline’s Waukegan plant in Chicago, is a hotbed of hostility and sexual harassment, due to be being shoved, groped and assaulted while at work,” outlined 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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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2013 – A prominent estate planning attorney says that autumn is the season to take stock of one’s retirement savings. “As we draw close to the end of the year, it is a good time to think about whether your retirement savings plan is on track,” said Michael Gilfix. For many people, a 401(k) is a key part of their retirement savings plan. If an employer matches contributions, then it is a good idea to contribute at least the amount that will be matched. But according to Gilfix, one may want to […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2013 – Ninety-eight percent of the time hospitals hide medication errors from patients. Check medication doses before swallowing. “If you’re in hospital and the nurse hands you a pill or two to take, you usually just swallow it. They know what you need and so you trust them to give you the right thing. Before you pop that pill, take a look at what you are taking and check the dose. You may have the wrong drug and/or the wrong dose. It happens and it happens way too often,” suggested Michael Smith, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2013 – Lack of immigration reform is helping Indian IT firms to retain visas. Immigration reform has been a top priority for the White House, but the recent setbacks of the Obama administration, as well as the politically charged gridlock on Capitol Hill, have brought key legislation to a near standstill. Viewers in some quarters watch in dismay while reform speed grinds to a halt. But Indian information technology companies, heavily reliant on a steady, unrestricted supply of the H-1B and L1 visas threatened by the proposed legislation, may be able to continue […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2013 – If one wishes to make charitable gifts as part of a tax-saving strategy, now is the time. Although tax returns are not due until April 15, December is an excellent time to do a “dry run” on one’s tax return in order to establish an estimate of what one expects to pay in taxes. A dry run can also help to determine what charitable giving is possible before the end of the year in order to reduce taxable income and lower tax bills. Newly retired individuals may especially benefit from […]


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