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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2016 – Consider what happened to an unsuspecting motorcycle rider when a 21-year-old driver, traveling at a high rate of speed, ran up over the back of the biker, ejecting him to the pavement. The biker lived to tell the tale. The car driver was high on depressants, marijuana and narcotic painkillers but he was not obviously impaired, other than somewhat lethargic at the scene of the accident. That case is one of the many just beginning to emerge across the nation. Highway safety advocates, law enforcement and the legal community are beginning […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2016 – An estate-planning method that was one time frequently used was an irrevocable trust that held a life insurance policy, with the objective that the death benefit be used to pay estate taxes. This technique permitted the policy’s benefits to be applied toward payment of the estate taxes of the individual who died without inclusion of the policy in the estate. Although this method remains useful, it is not as common because the threshold for being affected by the estate tax has increased to such a degree that only the affluent […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2016 – Attorneys who want to build a strong web presence will want to check out the latest issue of The Bigger Law Firm magazine. In the feature article, “Dissecting Google’s Search Quality Rater Guidelines,” Ryan Conley gives an in-depth look into what Google wants in a website. In order to test the ability of its computer algorithms to push the best pages to the top of search results, Google needs humans to rate large numbers of websites. This is where the company’s evaluation program comes in, and the Guidelines teach evaluators […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2016 – On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The bill contained several immigration provisions which amended the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and extended several programs until September 30, 2016, including E-Verify, Special Immigrant Religious Workers, The Conrad 30, and EB-5 Regional Centers provisions. The appropriations law changed the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) in several significant ways. Under the VWP, nationals from 38 countries may visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without applying for a B-1/B-2 visa at a U.S. consular post […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2016 – Many retirees are considering putting their home on the market and moving to a less expensive area. Two married couples did exactly that when they left their homes in Maryland and moved to Florida. Barbara and Mike West made the decision to sell their home in a suburb of Maryland that they had owned for 26 years. Encouraged by a desire to escape the Mid-Atlantic winters, they thought about relocating to Hawaii, where they had resided during Mike West’s time in the Navy. However, they concluded that it was too […]


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Coral Springs, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2016 – Attorney Scott J. Stadler is pleased to announce that he is now certified by the Florida Supreme Court to mediate family law cases. The certification began in September, 2014, and must be updated every two years. The Florida Supreme Court has obligatory requirements set in place for an individual who applies for certification as a mediator. The applicant must complete a Florida Supreme Court certified mediation training program, fulfill the mandatory mentorship responsibilities, and exhibit sound moral character. Since divorce is considered one of the most stressful events in a […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2016 – Federal prosecutors ruled against pursuing criminal charges against two Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials who faced accusations of defrauding the agency for $400,000 and manipulating its hiring system for their own benefit. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in December declined the VA inspector general’s request for a criminal investigation against Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens. The Department of Justice said it “referred the matter to the VA for any administrative action that is deemed appropriate.” However, Florida Rep. Jeff Miller raised questions about why charges would […]


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North Andover, MA (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2016 – Greg Mahle, the real-life hero who has rescued over 30,000 stray dogs, and author Peter Zheutlin, who chronicled Mahle’s story in his New York Times Best Seller, Rescue Road, will appear together to tell their story and accept an award for their extraordinary efforts at The Massachusetts School of Law “Animal Rights Day,” a children and family event, being held Saturday, March 26, 2016 on the school’s campus. “We are incredibly excited and proud to be able to honor both of these gentlemen for their work to benefit animals,” says […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2016 – The government is changing its rules about confirming veteran deaths after acknowledging that 115 veterans were wrongly declared dead over the past year and a half. Their benefit payments were terminated even though they were still alive. Under the new policy, the Department of Veterans Affairs will send a letter to the address of those veterans that officials think are deceased. A surviving family member will then have 30 days to confirm the death. The VA will only terminate benefit payments if they do not hear from the family or the […]


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North Andover, MA (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2016 – The 10th Annual “Animal Rights Day,” at the Massachusetts School of Law, to be held Saturday, March 26, 2016, on the schools’ campus, is slated to be the most exciting and memorable to date. Children, families and animal lovers of all ages will be treated to a schedule that kicks off at 8:30 am with complimentary breakfast, and continues with animal-related activities, presentations and demonstrations throughout the day. The final event will be an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny at 1:30pm. “We’re very proud of this on-going tradition, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2016 – Gut Fermentation Syndrome, an extremely rare syndrome that causes the gut to ferment ingested food, has afflicted only a handful of people in recent decades. It’s an unusual disease and those living with it have difficulty trying to explain to law enforcement they have not been drinking and driving even when their Breathalyzer results seem to indicate otherwise. In Texas in 2013, a 61-year-old man seemed to be drunk all the time despite not drinking. No one believed him until his wife, a nurse, started administering Breathalyzer tests. Even if he […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2016 – J. Armando Edmiston, founder of Ask2Amigo Law Firm has become certified in forensic chromatography, forensic drug analysis and DUI with drugs. This new certification allows Mr. Edmiston to better defend those who have been accused of drug offenses and DUI involving alcohol or drugs. Additionally, all the training helps Armando Edmiston represent those injured by drunk drivers to achieve higher verdicts in a personal injury action against the insurance companies. Mr. Edmiston, a native of the Tampa-bay area, has devoted his professional life to assisting citizens who have been charged with […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2016 – A recent case in a Texas appeals court shows the importance of addressing mineral rights unambiguously when surface rights are partitioned. In the case of Hosek v. Scott, the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio, Texas, upheld the trial court’s judgment that ownership of the minerals under a tract of land did not revert to the surface owners after the expiration of a period of time during which the mineral interests remained undivided. “To protect the interests of the parties, it is essential that a partition of surface or mineral […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2016 – Although retirees’ health-care expenses are often high, there are options to handle their potential medical expenses. In a study conducted by Fidelity Investments, it was revealed that in 2014, a couple aged 65 would have required $220,000 to pay for health-care costs in their retirement years, excluding skilled nursing care. According to the American Council of Life Insurers, the average annual cost of care in a nursing home is approximately $81,000, with 2.6 years as the average time spent in a home by an elderly female patient, and 2.3 years […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2016 – A pair of recent cases show bankruptcy courts may be increasingly receptive to discharging student loans. In December 2015, the 8th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel approved the discharge of 11 of 15 student loans Chelsea Conway owed to a private lender. Also in December, a Missouri bankruptcy court discharged the entirety of Michael Abney’s federal student loans, even after an income-based repayment plan absolved him of any current payments on the basis of a lack of disposable income. Reginald Osenton, a Tampa-area bankruptcy attorney, said the cases show courts are beginning […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2016 – A yearlong investigation has uncovered thousands of privacy violations at Department of Veterans Affairs-run medical facilities, clinics and benefit centers across the country. According to ProPublica’s analysis of VA data, over 10,000 breaches have occurred since 2011. The majority of privacy incidents were inadvertent, such as medical records left in waiting rooms or documents sent to the wrong individuals. However, a number of errors involved employees intentionally snooping or stealing veterans’ personal information. The highest number of privacy violations — at least 370 over the past five years — was recorded […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2016 – A gasoline tanker crashed and caught fire on East Loop 820. The trucker lost his life in the crash and burning fuel poured down both sides of the freeway. This accident involved a solo truck, owned by RaceTrac, and the driver, and happened one recent Saturday at 4:30 a.m. The wreck was in the southbound lane fairly close to Highway 10. It is not clear just exactly what caused the truck to crash, and police have indicated they are investigating the matter in depth. The explosion was close to the America’s […]


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San Antonio, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2016 – Trial Lawyer Alex R. Hernandez Jr. was recently featured on the cover of Elite Attorneys San Antonio magazine. The article highlights the life of Hernandez as well as his history as a trial and business lawyer. A St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio graduate, the magazine is a plus for the school, for San Antonio, and features the success of Alex R. Hernandez Jr. Contact: Alex Hernandez Jr. 300 Convent, Suite 1330 San Antonio, TX 78205 Ph:(210) 529-8411


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2016 – Traffic deaths in Florida increased in 2015, according to preliminary data. Tentative numbers from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicate that there were 2,939 highway fatalities in Florida in 2015. That is a 17.8 percent increase from 2,494 traffic deaths in 2014. “Far too many people lose their lives on Florida’s roads,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. “Whenever someone is killed or injured in a car accident that results from another person’s negligence, the victim or victim’s family […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2016 – African American workers looking for employment with Ferrara Candy were allegedly routinely denied positions in the company’s Forest Park suburb plant and at the Oakbrook Terrance headquarters in the Chicago, Illinois, metro area. Several workers filed a discrimination claim with the EEOC in 2012, and were issued a Notice of Right to Sue. The lawsuit claims Ferrara and the staffing agencies violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Internationally known for its Jaw Busters, Lemonheads, Red Hots and other assorted candies such as Atomic Fireballs, Brach’s, Chuckles and Trolli, Ferrara is […]


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