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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2012 – The Georgia Legislature has passed a bill that dramatically changes child visitation law in the Peach State with regards to grandparents. The new law will strengthen the rights of grandparents in divorce cases where a parent has died or been incapacitated or incarcerated. But opponents of the legislation say it is an erosion of parents’ rights. Rep. John Meadows, a Republican representing Calhoun, Ga., introduced the bill that will give judges the power to allow visitation between grandparents and children. This law will be used most heavily in cases where grandparents […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2012 – Declaring bankruptcy is not an easy decision. However, it does not carry the same stigma as it once did. Filing bankruptcy allows a debtor to start their lives over again, and this may happen more than once during the lifetime of a debtor, Iowa bankruptcy lawyer Kevin Ahrenholz indicated. Filing more than once is possible, as the definition of bankruptcy is the same, no matter if it happens right now or five to ten years in the future. Bankruptcy is when an individual is unable to keep up with the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2012 – A combined effort by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the MacArthur Foundation to develop a system of digital badges could help veterans translate military training and experience into civilian jobs in a tough economy. The VA Innovation Initiative is judging a contest for entrepreneurs to submit digital badges that veterans can use during a job search. “The work our military servicemen and servicewomen do is highly specialized and requires specific technical training,” said veterans disability lawyer Jim Fausone with Legal Help for Veterans. “There is no way for a civilian […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2012 – Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A. recently launched their Tampa personal injury website to help clients with all their serious injury concerns. The website is a comprehensive resource for everyone in the Tampa Bay area to learn more about what to do after an auto accident, wrongful death concerns, and brain injury cases. The firm has helped thousands of clients since they began a law office in 1984. “Having the website is a natural extension for us,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “We want clients to have the best […]


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Boston, MA (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2012 – Boston Massachusetts nursing home abuse attorney Bernard J. Hamill says families need know that there is a direct correlation between staffing levels and the neglect of elders in nursing homes. Inadequate staffing of nurses and certified nurse aides (CNA’s) lead to pressure sores, dehydration, and medication errors. Staffing shortages are a primary cause of improper charting in long term care facilities. The staffing levels required by State regulations are a minimum standard. Federal regulations state that staffing must be sufficient to provide optimum care. So a nursing facility can satisfy state […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2012 – The plaintiff in this case had a sore throat and wound up dead. What happened? “This is one shocker of a case,” commented Christopher Mellino. Mellino is a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer of the Mellino Law Firm LLC in Ohio. “A young woman goes to the defendant’s office, complaining of a sore throat. Two days later she is dead. She received little in the way of treatment at the doctor’s office and was not thoroughly examined.” The woman went to the doctor complaining of a sore throat. The physician only gave […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2012 – Begley Law Group will host free seminars throughout Moorestown and Stone Harbor in April to help individuals and their loved ones learn how to properly plan for long term care. The team of New Jersey elder law attorneys is skilled in protecting assets and helping clients utilize government benefits such as Medicaid and Veteran’s Aid and Attendance. “It is never too early to start strategizing about how to protect your savings and the legacy you want to leave to your family and relatives,” said New Jersey elder law attorney Dana E. […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2012 – When the weather is bad, often the roads are as well. It appears too many drivers do not adjust for road conditions. “Driving more cautiously on slippery roads would seem to be a no-brainer; unfortunately, there are too many drivers who figure they have no need to drive carefully because nothing will happen to them. Those are often the ones who end up dead. Consider this senseless accident that killed a 30-year-old man,” reports Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. This crash happened between a Chicago Transit Authority bus and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 5, 2012 – Getting blown up regularly while on patrol in Afghanistan is taking its toll. Traumatic brain injury is at an all time high for returning military personnel. “Who would have thought military personnel fighting a war would sustain traumatic brain injury (TBI) in any other way, other than a fall, being involved in collisions or being hit in the head? Turns out, explosions involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are causing soldiers untold grief. The unfortunate part is that TBI is a silent and unseen injury, which makes it hard to treat, and […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2012 – Lawmakers in the Illinois House of Representatives in March voted to prohibit drivers from using hand-held mobile phones with their hands. The law would require all drivers using mobile devices to do so using earpieces or other hands-free technology. The bill passed the House 62-53. The legislation’s opponents said Illinois was becoming a “nanny state.” The bill’s proponents insist that it will save lives. “The dangers of distracted driving are well documented,” said Chicago accident attorney Paul Greenberg. “If the threat of a moving violation is enough to keep people from […]


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Keene, NH (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2012 – No one welcomes death. Even less so when it is someone they know. “This case was really hard for those left behind in stunned shock,” says Charlie Donahue, a Manchester injury lawyer and Manchester medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. “A very recent death in this community suddenly gave death and car crashes a highly personal face; the face of a friend they went to school with.” Statistics show that car wrecks are the leading cause of death for teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19-years-old, and […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2012 – Citizenship ceremonies happen all the time all over the country and every one of them is a special, emotional experience for the immigrants who become citizens of the United States. Sometimes, those ceremonies can be special, emotional experiences for the immigration officers swearing in the new citizens. An immigration officer in Tampa has just celebrated such an experience at a March ceremony when she presented citizenship papers to a neurosurgeon who saved her life last year. Melissa Wingerd, a three-year veteran of immigration services, suffered a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2012 – Begley Law Group was recently awarded as one of the Top 75 Law Firms in the Philadelphia Business Journal. The business journal ranks businesses in a variety of industries and based their results on submissions from other local attorneys. Their standing will be published in the upcoming book of lists that ranks 5,579 local law firms. “This is a notable accomplishment that Begley Law Group has received numerous years,” said estate planning attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr. “We work very hard to exceed our clients’ expectations and give them solid legal […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2012 – There comes a moment in almost every divorce where everyone feels like they are losing. Instead of escalating costs and tension, divorcing couples should consider mediation. Each spouse can still have their own lawyer, but a mediator will hear each side’s interests and propose solutions that each side agrees with for the marital dissolution. “Courtroom litigation takes a lot of time, money, and puts a lot of stress on everyone because it is a judge who ultimately decides each person’s fate,” said Irvine divorce mediation lawyer Gerald Maggio. “If you can […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2012 – “A recent Texas Supreme Court oil and gas case shows the importance of quickly looking into suspect royalty payments if an owner feels he or she is being underpaid. In Shell Oil v. Ralph Ross a royalty owner learned the hard way about not taking action on royalty payments within the statute of limitations. The Rosses were owed a one-sixteenth royalty along with the State of Texas as part of a pooling and unitization agreement with Shell. The Court found that even though Shell had underpaid Ross, Ross could not collect […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 30, 2012 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP, will be a featured speaker at the Special Needs Alliance seminar on “Special Needs Planning – From Birth to Adulthood” on Saturday, March 31, 2012. The Special Needs Alliance (SNA) is a national, invitation-only, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting families with special needs planning. Mr. Krooks will speak on “Media Relations: Getting Your Story Across.” He is a nationally-recognized expert in all aspects of special needs planning and estate planning and is a past President of the SNA. Mr. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 30, 2012 – Law firm marketing company SEO | Law Firm will begin adding the new Google+ to standard legal marketing plans as the social media platform gathers users and begins to have a tangible effect on search rankings. SEO | Law Firm expands the offerings in the company’s standard lawyer marketing plan as new technologies and media platforms offer different opportunities to share information about clients. “There is no way to know what kind of impact Google+ will have in the short term, but in the long term, companies with a presence there […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) March 30, 2012 – Medical malpractice insurance premiums are high in spite of tort reform, not because of it. “It depends on how you look at medical malpractice as to how you feel about it. If you are a doctor, you may dread the day you are sued as the costs of defending such an action is quite high. Along with the high costs of litigation, comes the high cost of medical malpractice insurance. Which came first? The chicken or the egg?” inquired Christopher Mellino. Mellino is a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer of the Mellino […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) March 30, 2012 – A debtor has to reaffirm their vehicle if they wish to keep it. This is in spite of being current on all payments. There is a new law relating to how bankruptcy courts handle repossessing a secured asset. It started with Hall vs. Ford Credit in which the debtor had to endorse his vehicle if he were intending to keep it. This was applicable even if the payments on the vehicle were up-to-date, Iowa bankruptcy lawyer Kevin Ahrenholz pointed out. Before this new law was handed down, when a debtor […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2012 – If people and politicians did understand the DREAM Act, there would not be hundreds of kids hanging in limbo over what to do with their lives in America. “Kids are the future of our country. Kids with education are on the right track, but with the veto of the DREAM Act, the lives and futures of hundreds of kids hangs in the balance. It’s amazing how political infighting affects everything from the economy to education. It’s high time to get something done with immigration; something that is a right step in […]


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