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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2012 – Many use the terms larceny and theft interchangeably. While that is acceptable, they are slightly different offenses. “A great number of individuals use the terms larceny and theft synonymously. Over time, the lines have blurred between the two crimes, but they are separate crimes. Larceny involves taking another’s property, not by fraud, and intending to keep it. Property in this instance is tangible or physical property,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Polk County criminal defense attorney. “There is one defining difference between the two crimes. Larceny is committed without violence.” Theft is […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2012 – A greater percentage of bankruptcies are filed as joint cases. Combining two incomes can often strengthen a household’s finances. Two earners can contribute more to savings and retirement planning. Unfortunately, a two-income household often becomes dependent on both partners, so when one loses a job, the household can suffer from underemployment. Couples are more likely to purchase large luxury items, such as vacation homes, and often choose to live in larger homes in safer neighborhoods. However, even with proper planning, an unexpected event in the family can lead a couple to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2012 – A legal battle over the alleged negligence of the NFL in the death by suicide of Dave Duerson, a former Chicago Bears safety, will play out in a Philadelphia federal court, where hundreds of other lawsuits filed by former NFL players have been consolidated. Duerson was a defensive safety known for his effectiveness and fierce hitting. He was selected for the Pro Bowl as one of the best players in the league four times consecutively. He also was on two championship teams and was once the NFL Man of the Year. […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2012 – As summer kicks in, building owners are more likely to have constructions teams out doing property maintenance and even renovation projects. Warmer months outside the rainy season provide the greatest opportunity for owners and municipalities to get the most work done in the shortest amount of time. Those construction projects can create a hazard, though and work sites can be dangerous for pedestrians walking past or employees trying to get back and forth to work. Construction crews are obligated to put up warning signs and rope off dangerous areas to help […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2012 – White collar crimes are typically non-violent, and revolve around someone stealing property or money. “White collar crimes are perpetrated by the people you would least expect to be mixed up in criminal activities. They may be the banker, the friendly insurance agent or the hard-working real estate agent. Each one of these individuals have opportunities to commit white collar or financial crimes,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Polk County criminal defense attorney. White collar crime was originally defined as being perpetrated by a respected individual with higher social status, during the course […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2012 – Laurie E. Ohall, managing attorney of the Brandon Elder Law and Estate Planning Firm, Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A., has become board certified in Elder Law by the Florida Bar effective June 1, 2012. Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar and displays an attorney’s competency and experience in their area of law. To become board certified in elder law, Ms. Ohall was required to have demonstrated substantial involvement in the practice of Elder Law. Additionally, Ms. Ohall had to receive the recommendation of her […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2012 – Forensic accountant and author Mark Kohn recently released a book titled “How They Stash the Cash,” in which he outlines the many legal and illegal ways divorcing spouses maneuver money away from each other. “People definitely get greedy during a divorce and one of the ways that greed can manifest itself is for spouses to begin hiding money from each other,” said Brandon divorce lawyer Joshua Law of the Osenton Law Office. “For a spouse who is truly owed money during a divorce proceeding, sometimes an investigation is the only way […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2012 – The Congressional Research Service has released a report analyzing the progress of the “Dream Act” proposed legislation, intended to address the status of undocumented immigrants who are also students. Multiple versions of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minor (DREAM) Act have been formulated by Congress, all intended to address the obstacles that undocumented immigrants face in pursuing postsecondary education. While undocumented immigrants have access to free public education through high school, such persons cannot participate in federal student loan programs and cannot be granted “in-state” tuition benefits, traced to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2012 – One way to reduce motorcycle accidents is to be more aware of all the traffic present in the area. Paying attention could save a biker’s life. “This accident was one of those things that tend to happen far too often when riding a motorcycle. Car drivers just do not see the bikers and often turn right in front of them. Without nowhere else to go but into the side of the vehicle, many a biker, and their passengers, have been gravely injured and/or killed,” recounted Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2012 – Most of the decisions that need to be made when a family puts together their wills are simple and straightforward. The money goes here. The house goes here. The farm gets sold. The jewelry gets split up, etc. The complicated decision when it comes time to put together a family will is who will take the young children if something happens to the parents. “Guardianship is often the trickiest part of drawing up a will,” said Brandon estate planning attorney Reginald Osenton. “It is the part of the process that requires […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2012 – As many Americans try to save money, they often cut corners on maintaining their vehicles. However, avoiding repairs and common replacements can lead to car accidents and possibly injure others. Car owners are familiar with standing in a lobby as their mechanic approaches with an assessment of their vehicle’s health. That assessment often leads to expensive repairs, and according to Consumers Reports National Research Center, forty percent of consumers are postponing repairs like brakes, lights, and tires. Dallas car accident attorney, John Hale of The Hale Law Firm said, “Drivers are […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2012 – It has to be an election year, when the politicians decide to allow more Irish immigrants to come to the U.S. “Politicians don’t agree on much, but even less so during an election year. But this year, they think they found an immigration issue that everyone can agree on; allowing more Irish immigrants into the U.S. This is about the only thing relating to immigration reform that is actually moving along smartly. Both parties evidently are behind legislation that would let 10,500 Irish nationals come to work in the U.S. every […]


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Boston, MA (Law Firm Newswire) May 29, 2012 – Attorney Bernard J. Hamill recently filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit in the Berkshire County, Massachusetts superior court on behalf of the Estate of John B. Satiro against Sweet Brook nursing home. Satiro was fatally injured by a Hoyer lift fall at the Williamstown facility. Plaintiff Satiro was a resident of Sweet Brook transitional care and living center located at 1561 Cold Spring Road in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Sweet Brook Transitional Care and Living Center is owned by Des Senior Care Holdings, LLC, of Fort Lee, NJ. According to the complaint (Berkshire […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) May 29, 2012 – Hospital errors are far more common than Americans suspect. Many involve drug mistakes. “Drug errors are quite common and quite deadly,” says Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. “With understaffed hospitals, an overburdened health care system and a shortage of medical professionals, it is no wonder there are medication errors. Whether it is lousy writing, a miscalculated dose, an overdose, the right dose for the wrong person, a combination of drugs that adversely affects a patient, or sheer negligence, medication […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2012 – There is no delicate way to report this horrific case. A woman was crushed by an elevator. “This accident was one of the most ghastly and sickening events first responders had even seen. A 41-year-old advertising executive met her death while getting on to an elevator in her building. As she was about halfway in, the car abruptly shot up about 20 feet, with its doors wide open. The woman was crushed between the elevator and the shaft wall,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. The woman was pronounced […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2012 – Once a Florida divorce is final, there is a binding legal agreement that both parties must live up to. That binding contract may include alimony, child support and a parenting plan that includes time sharing agreements. Either party who refuses to abide by the agreement is likely to get dragged into court to explain why. That means payments have to be made on time both for alimony and for child support. It also means that both parents need to honor their time-sharing responsibilities and be respectful of the other co-parent’s time. […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2012 – A recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides an instructive analysis of the current state of U.S. immigration policy. The report, “U.S. Immigration Policy on Permanent Admissions,” included the principles that guide current policy, potential for reform, and political obstacles that may prevent such reform. It is frank in its assessment that the progress of legal reform is hampered by the contentious nature of the current political debate on immigration, and critics point out that the resulting political gridlock has real consequences for immigrants striving to create their own […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2012 – As the spring weather invites parents and their children outdoors, one Dallas personal injury attorney cautions parents about dangers on the playground. Playgrounds offer children a way to socialize, get exercise, and be a kid. But those monkey bars, merry-go-rounds and swings can lead to serious injuries, if they are not properly maintained. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 200,000 children under 14 years of age end up in the emergency room each year because of playground accidents. “When a parent takes their child to a playground […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2012 – Declaring bankruptcy means all existing bank accounts and other financial information provided is checked carefully for the possible presence of fraud. Once a debtor has filed for bankruptcy protection, the judge appoints a trustee to handle their case. If it is a Chapter 7, the assets are sold by the trustee, with the money going to pay creditors. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the trustee monitors the payment plan created by the debtor, and takes the disposable income left over each month, to pay creditors. In addition, the trustee monitors […]


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Keene, NH (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2012 – The real story behind this crash may never be known. What is known is that two teens lost their lives when their joyride ended in a ball of flames. “The day after this disturbing crash, two shocked and grieving families wondered how on earth the whole thing happened. There were two survivors, but no one seemed to be able to explain what went so wrong that two teens were killed,” outlined Charlie Donahue, a Brattleboro personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. The wreck happened in […]


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