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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2013 – Attorney Michael Gilfix, of the estate planning firm Gilfix & La Poll Associates, is presenting estate planning options to the public on October 21, 2013 in Palo Alto, California, at the Crowne Plaza Cabana. Due to overwhelming demand, two seminar sessions are available, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Members of the public are invited to this very special Gilfix Seminar on long-term care planning, asset protection planning and special needs planning. The discussion is to include asset protection and Medi-Cal issues when facing […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2013 – Numerous health violations have been found at an Illinois nursing home. Recent surveys by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Illinois Department of Public Health found several violations at the Champaign County Nursing Home. The violations include the failure to meet nutritional requirements for residents, unsanitary kitchen conditions and foreign objects found in food served to residents. “These are serious violations that could easily result in a resident sustaining illness or injury,” said Robert Briskman, an attorney whose practice includes cases of nursing home neglect and abuse. “No nursing home […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2013 – Drivers in Texas should understand there is a difference between a DUI charge and a DWI charge. “Texas has the dubious distinction of having one of the highest rates of drunk driving in the nation. It is not something the state is proud of, and accordingly, the police have begun a drive to crack down on suspected drunk drivers —- that is, drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” stated Bobby Lee, a personal injury lawyer with the Austin firm of Lee, Gober & Reyna. How are these drivers charged […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2013 – Two recent announcements show U.S. government agencies will differ in how they implement a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. In June, 2013, the Court struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denied federal benefits to legally-married same-sex couples. As Virginia estate planning attorney Andrew Hook explained, that left those couples in a limbo between state and federal law. “In the eyes of the states in which they married, and other states recognizing same-sex marriages, those couples were legally wed,” Hook said. “But according to the federal […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2013 – A New York State Supreme Court Judge has ruled that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation exceeded its legal authority by passing a smoking ban in state parks in April of 2012. Joshpe Law Group LLP, a Manhattan-based law firm, filed the Article 78 proceeding on behalf of C.L.A.S.H., a smokers’ rights organization founded and run by Audrey Silk. The suit argued that any statewide curtailment on smoking rights could only be passed through legislation, not bureaucratic decision-making. The judicial opinion concluded that the Parks […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 11 , 2013 – The accused in this case faces multiple child pornography charges. “Twenty-three year old Altamonte resident, Jordan Wagner, was arrested not less than three times in as many weeks by agents from the Florida Cyber Crimes Task Force. While the charges are numerous, the ones that are considered to be the most serious are transmitting harmful material to a minor, travelling to meet a minor for sexual activity and lewd and lascivious molestation,” indicated Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek. The series of charges were racked up between July and August […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 11, 2013 – According to the Rand Institute for Civil Justice, only 10 percent of people who are injured seek some from of compensation and as little as 2 percent of them file lawsuits. Since 1991, according to additional research done by the Rand Institute, personal injury lawsuits have decreased by a whopping 21 percent. Far from being a serious issue of frivolous filing, the overwhelming majority of personal injury lawsuits are filed when there has been serious harm. Still, when the public hears about a woman falling in a fast food restaurant and […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2013 – The White House has announced that the same-sex spouses of military vets are now granted spousal benefits. The Supreme Court’s rejection of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) means that the spouses of vets can collect federal benefits, regardless of their gender. Prior to this ruling, both the Defense departments and Veterans Affairs only granted benefits to the heterosexual spouses of veterans. “There has long been a statutory requirement which states that spousal benefits must be determined through the law of the state where the couple resided during the marriage, or […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2013 – A tenured law professor was suspended in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. “The professor accused of sexually harassing several woman has filed a discrimination lawsuit against his employer,” indicated 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 the workplace. The suspended professor, Vernon Traster, alleges the university breached their contract with him, committed age and sexual discrimination in his firing and acted in an inappropriate manner in firing him due to his high […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2013 – Big tech companies are still clamoring for Congress to boost the cap on H-1B visas to allow them to hire foreign-born employees. Companies need to address the need for developers, engineers and programmers. But even though the Senate has approved the raising of the cap, smaller companies say they are not able to lure the best H-1B employees, nor can they handle the complex paperwork involved, or have the significant funds needed for the legal expenses that are required. “The complex issues surrounding H-1B have really had a cooling effect on […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2013 – Co-housing is a growing trend among Baby Boomers, as the aging demographic works to delay the need to move into a nursing home. There are as many as 78 million people between the ages of 49 and 67 in the U.S., and few of them report that they plan to end up in a nursing home unless it becomes unavoidable. While some of the Boomers are planning to move in with their adult children, many more are not choosing that option. And, with one out of every four Boomers childless, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2013 – The first wrongful death case relating to sudden acceleration issues in Toyota vehicles is on trial. “Noriko Uno was driving a Toyota Camry in 2009, when suddenly it rapidly accelerated, causing her to lose control. She slammed into a tree and light pole and died at the scene. Uno’s trial is the first in a series that are poised to go to court, and this case will be closely scrutinized,” stated Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. The lawsuit seeks $20 million in damages. Many remember the global recall of […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2013 – Racial discrimination has never been something that any nation is proud to proclaim exists within its borders. While the labor law in California attempts to find a delicate balance between the employer and the employee’s rights, much of this balancing act is undone by the unfortunate occurrence of discrimination in many forms. Also called racial prejudice, racial discrimination is something that people would like to think went out with the advent of the human rights movement. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case in many workplaces in California. “Although the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2013 – According to a report, the truck driver who crashed into an Illinois state trooper’s car in March had worked longer than the maximum number of hours permitted in a shift. A federal investigation revealed that the truck driver who fell asleep behind the wheel, crashing into Trooper James Sauter’s vehicle on I-294 in March, had been working for over 18 hours. Sauter was killed in the crash. “Many collisions involving trucks are caused by driver fatigue,” said Robert Briskman, a truck accident attorney. “Unfortunately, accidents involving trucks are more likely to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2013 – A 17-year-old boy was struck and killed by a minivan as he walked to school in Polk County, Fla. Enrique Hernandez, of Auburndale, Fla., was walking northbound on Old Dixie Highway toward Teneroc High School shortly before dawn on a recent Wednesday morning when the accident happened. He was struck by a Dodge minivan traveling in the same direction. Investigators think Hernandez was wearing headphones at the time. “There are no street lights, sidewalks, or even shoulders at this stretch of road,” said Tampa personal injury lawyer Robert Joyce. “Combined with […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 7, 2013 – Stiff penalties for careless Medicaid planning make it necessary for families to form a proper strategy many years ahead of time. Medicaid provides health care for those with little assets or income and is the most popular way to pay for long-term nursing home care. Long-term care is very expensive, making Medicaid the only option for many families who need it, but qualifying for Medicaid usually requires very low asset levels. As Virginia elder law attorney Andrew Hook explains, this can lead families to make missteps with severe consequences. “A […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 7, 2013 – Not all injury lawsuits get to court and get heard without complications. “This case breaks down into two different trials —- a civil, personal injury trial and a criminal trial for the charge of negligent homicide. Nonetheless, the two actions do overlap when it comes to evidence and how it is presented in court,” said Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober & Reyna, Austin, Texas. One early morning in December 2010, a school bus was stopped by the side of the highway with its lights flashing and stop arm extended. The stretch […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 4, 2013 – It is important to take stock of the cost of caring for an aging loved one. Caring for an elderly parent sometimes becomes a necessity, but to be able to provide the best care and balance competing responsibilities, one should assess the cost of care. This includes economic cost and potential impact on the caregiver’s own health, according to a prominent elder law attorney. “People are aware of the high cost of care from a home health aide or at a nursing facility, so they often decide to provide care to […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 4 , 2013 – The victim in this case was 14-years-old at the time of the alleged incident. The accused is being pressured into accepting a deal to keep her out of jail. “Florida’s Kaitlyn Hunt, now 19, says she does not feel that she did something wrong by having consensual sex with a 14-year-old. A person under the age of 16 is not legally able to give consent, and therein lies the issue,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Hunt was charged, after the underaged teen’s parents went to police, with […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2013 – To commemorate September 11, a group of disabled vets worked together to climb several peaks at Yosemite National Park. The group of 15 military veterans, most of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan, climbed to the summits of El Capitan and Half Dome, in a climb sponsored by nonprofit Paradox Sports, an adaptive sports organization. The climb was planned to honor veterans and the many achievements of people with disabilities. “These successful climbs are just one more example that disabled vets can do anything they set their minds to,” stated disabled […]


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