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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – Reports of nursing home abuse are far too frequent these days. Even if such incidents are isolated, there is never any excuse for abusing seniors in care. “While some people think that nursing home abuse is on the decline, if you read the paper with any degree of regularity, that doesn’t seem to be the case,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. Consider the latest case that made headlines across America; a nursing home facility in the State of […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – According to a survey by Findlaw.com, approximately 60 percent of parents have yet to formalize a simple will to protect their children. Having an estate plan in place, including a will and possibly trusts as well, should be a major concern for every parent. The future may hold decision-making issues regarding disability or incapacity, or the untimely death of one or more parents. As hard as it is to contemplate, one of the choices a responsible parent must make is how to ensure their child or children are safe if […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – As part of estate planning, two of the most important documents an individual can have are a healthy care proxy and a durable power of attorney. Both documents allow others to make important decisions should one become incapacitated. But an issue may arise when the two people who are overseeing the estate, the health care proxy and the durable power of attorney, do not work well together, or do not see eye-to-eye. It is imperative, then, that the people chosen for these important roles are individuals who can get past […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – Sudden wealth may be a six-figure sum for some estates, or may be a five-figure amount. What every amount of sudden wealth has in common is that it is a windfall of sorts, separate from the expected financial shifts and therefore outside the recipient’s financial comfort zone. It is one of those scenarios that so many people play around with: what they would do if an unexpected windfall appeared in their life, a large sum of money came their way due to an inheritance, contract, business sale, lawsuit, lottery win, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2013 – This case deals with a hanging that police labelled a suicide. Family members insist it was murder. “This reported case is highly unusual. The woman who died was found hanging from a second-floor balcony, with her hands bound behind her and her feet bound. A T-shirt was wrapped around the lower part of her face. Investigators concluded it was a suicide. The family feels it was murder, particularly in light of the circumstances of the death,” indicated Brooks Schuelke, an Austin wrongful death lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. It is […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2013 – In an address to disabled veterans, President Obama announced that the backlog of disability claims was shrinking. At the Disabled American Veterans annual meeting earlier this year, Obama stated that the backlog of disability benefits claims had shrunk by as much as 20 percent in the past five months. But, he conceded, a new wave of claims was coming into the Veterans Administration. Some of those claims are from service members who served in Vietnam and are looking for care for ailments they believe stemmed from their decades-past exposure to Agent […]


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The Bigger Law Firm magazine looks at Google’s Link Schemes, the ese of virtual offices, how to use YouTube’s One Channel for marketing and double authentication for enhanced website safety in the new September issue. Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2013 – The September issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, marketing experts cover everything from Google’s latest attempts to shut down “unnatural” links via their Link Schemes update, the increased use of virtual offices, two helpful new notetaking apps, why some lawyers are using Hangouts, YouTube’s One Channel, how double authentication can save firms a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2013 – A Polk County, Fla., jury awarded $1.1 billion in damages against a nursing home due to negligence. The jury decided that defendants Trans Healthcare, Inc. (THI) and Trans Healthcare Management caused Arlene Townsend years of suffering in their chronically under-staffed nursing home, Auburndale Oaks in Bartow, Fla. The award included $110 million in compensatory damages and $1 billion in punitive damages. “An award of this size is a very strong warning against neglect in nursing homes,” observed Robert Joyce, a Tampa nursing home abuse attorney who is not involved in the […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2013 – Seven people, including four children, died in an accident involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 65 in Indiana. The accident occurred in the late evening on a recent Thursday near Roselaw, Ind. A Jeep carrying seven family members was northbound in a construction zone with a semi in front of it and another behind. Police said the rear truck failed to slow with traffic and crushed the vehicle against the leading truck. “This is truly a tragedy,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz, who is not involved in the case. […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2013 – A recent study shows baby boomers may not adequately understand their retirement health care needs. The Center for Secure Retirement surveyed 1,300 middle-income people aged 49 to 67. Those surveyed tended to underestimate the cost of long-term care and the likelihood they will need it. Most lacked a plan to pay for health care and a proper understanding of what Medicare provides. “Health care in retirement represents a great financial challenge for many Americans,” said Virginia elder law attorney Andrew Hook. “Knowledge and planning are immensely important no matter your […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP has once again been named to the New York Super Lawyers for 2013 by Super Lawyers magazine. Krooks has been the recipient of this honor since 2006, marking the eighth consecutive year that he has been recognized for this accolade. He is also among the Top 25 Westchester, NY Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers® 2013 selection is the result of a rigorous, multi-step selection process based on peer recognition and professional achievement, as well as independent research on each candidate. Krooks is […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2013 – Good communication is essential when talking with elderly parents about the need for care. As parents age, they may need additional care, whether it is help with daily tasks at home, a home health aide, or the kind of care provided in an assisted living facility. However, elders can be resistant to talking about the need for care. According to a prominent elder law attorney, good communication is the key to these difficult, but necessary conversations. “Older people may not want to talk about the need for additional care, and their […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2013 – A gay Virginia couple has filed a federal lawsuit against state officials because they were denied a marriage license. Timothy Bostic and Tony London filed the lawsuit July 18, claiming that they were denied a marriage license on July 1, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. Although the Supreme Court’s ruling did not overrule Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, legal experts said it provides an opening to challenge it. “Same-sex marriage is not legal in Virginia, and the Supreme Court’s ruling did not […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2013 – This $5.25 million settlement was paid by Wexner Medical Center in Ohio for a medical malpractice claim filed after the birth of a brain-damaged baby. “This reported case was a troubling one for what it said about the medical care a mother did not get while in hospital; care she should have had every reason to expect from medical staff,” indicated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical negligence lawyer with Mellino Robenalt. The mother was admitted to the facility in 2006, just as she was going into labor. It was April 28th, […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2013 – Begley Law Group, specialists in elder law and estate planning, is inviting members of the public to attend a day of seminars on asset protection September 25th throughout the Moorestown area. Presented by Tom Begley Jr. and Dana Bookbinder, the seminars are designed to help individuals and their family members learn about how to approach the issues surrounding long-term care, and how to make it a feasible option for their future. “Asset protection can never start too early,” says New Jersey elder law attorney Tom Begley, Jr. “We support clients with […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2013 – It is clear that the Republicans are still stalling immigration reform, despite indicating they would get on the same page with the Democrats to pass the bill. “Despite a close vote to pass the bill in the Senate (84-15), the 15-man holdout was Republicans. The same party that said they were on board with the Democrats to get the reform bill passed. It appears what they say and what they do are two different things,” added Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2013 – Alimony awards are often the most contentious part of a divorce settlement. Income may be imputed – that is, attributed – to voluntarily unemployed persons for purposes of calculating alimony awards. Most individuals are capable of some kind of gainful employment. Many who are incapable, are beneficiaries of some kind of government assistance. But as Zephyrhills divorce attorney Marcie Baker points out, it is often the potential, more so than the reality, that influences the award of alimony. “If a spouse is capable of earning a living, the salary they might […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2013 – Parents or caregivers of children with special needs are best able to pursue those children’s educational interests when working as their advocate. There are numerous areas in which an advocate should be competent in order to be knowledgeable about the services and systems available. What does an advocate need to know? They should be able to accurately read evaluations of the student and write measurable individualized educational program (IEP) goals, based on the evaluations of the student’s current levels of performance. They should also have a depth of understanding regarding […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12 , 2013 – What began as a burglary call, ended as a weapons and drug bust. This was an unusual case that started out as a call to the police station for a possible burglary. Deputies were dispatched to a home in Sarasota County, arriving at approximately 3 a.m. On conducting a walk about the premises, they noted a side window was broken. On closer inspection of the window, deputies noted there were weapons and drugs lying about the home. They promptly left to obtain a search warrant for the residence, returning a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2013 – Inexperienced 18-wheeler truckers may be deadly on the road. “It’s difficult enough to drive a big rig even if you have many years experience under you belt,” indicated Bobby Lee, an Austin injury lawyer of Lee, Gober & Reyna. “If you are just new to the world of long-haul trucking, inexperience handling trucks that weigh up to 80,000 pounds can be deadly, as it was in this case.” It was late May and roughly 100 miles west of Fort Worth when four people lost their lives in an accident with an […]


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