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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2014 – With more 8.6 million aging baby boomers in California alone, end-of-life discussions are becoming increasingly important. Families need to make it a priority to speak with loved ones before, not after, a crisis strikes. A 2012 California Healthcare Foundation (CHFC) survey revealed that nearly 60 percent of respondents felt that having an end-of-life discussion with their family was “extremely important” — yet 56 percent of those respondents had not yet communicated those wishes with the person they would want making that decision on their behalf. Only 23 percent had their […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2014 – Virginia child support laws are undergoing their first significant changes in nearly 20 years. Effective July 1, 2014, the Virginia Child Support Guidelines have been revised to account differently for higher levels of combined gross income between two parents. This change alone may allow some support recipients and payors to revisit child support judgments, even in the absence of other changes to their financial circumstances. A local divorce attorney explained the ways that the new guidelines differ from the old and the ramifications of the change. “Prior to these revisions,” said […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2014 – On June 28, 1969, members of the gay community spontaneously rose up in protest against a police raid being conducted at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The ensuing riot is now considered one of the most important instigating events for the LGBT rights movement that followed. Though there is no set date for LGBT Pride events nationally, many cities center their events to commemorate the Stonewall Riots. Now, as June comes to a close with days or weeks of pride for the LGBT community, extra attention should be paid […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 4, 2014 – There are a variety of criminal defenses that may be used in court. Each depends on the circumstances of the case. “There are a number of defenses that may be used to excuse criminal behavior, which varies from state to state. However, the basic concept remains the same in every state. The thing to remember is that rather than a defense being an excuse, it is a valid defense for a person who is, by law, innocent until proven guilty. There have been numerous cases in the U.S. where a defendant […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2014 – Inventors can monetize their patented inventions by choosing one of two methods. One option allows an inventor to license the invention – that is, to sell the right to use or develop the invention for commercial purposes to another party. The second allows the inventor to manufacture and market the invention him- or herself. An inventor’s decision should be based both on the invention itself and on the inventor’s personality and interests. Los Angeles patent attorney Jim Dawson explained some of the differences between the two approaches. “Inventors who choose […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2014 – A pair of courts in California are offering divorce programs in which the bulk of the legal work is done– and the divorce is granted — in a single day. The programs are intended for the large numbers of divorcing couples who either cannot afford to hire a lawyer or do not want to do so. A New York Times story on the quick-divorce programs quoted a family law judge as saying some three-quarters of those seeking divorce lack attorneys. Those couples often find their cases languishing in the legal system […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2014 – Any agreements signed upon employment should be vetted with an employment attorney. Be on the alert for a clause indicating arbitration. Employment agreements may have a provision in them that a worker must submit to arbitration should there be a workplace dispute. If that agreement is signed without speaking to an employment attorney, the signatory is agreeing to resolve any disputes with an employer by means of arbitration. The arbitrator would be a privately hired judge. “Agreeing to arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism means you have signed away your right […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2014 – Every state protects workers from various forms of discrimination. However, not all states protect transgender, lesbian, gay or bisexual workers from discrimination (LGBT). “Every state in the Union prohibits discriminating against workers based on their religion, race, national origin, gender and so forth. However, not every state offers the same kind of protection for LGBT employees,” outlines Timothy Coffey, an experienced Chicago employment attorney. Currently, there are 21 states and the District of Columbia that do offer protection to LGBT employees from discrimination. The remaining 29 states offer nothing in the […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 9, 2014 – The plaintiff in this wrongful death lawsuit alleges his daughter was released from hospital too soon, causing a preventable death. “The 17-year-old involved in this case was released from hospital in under two hours, which her father felt was too fast for her to have received the proper care for an overdose,” explains Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation representative. “The quick release also raised the suspicions of a local medical malpractice attorney.” On the teen’s release, she was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center, pursuant to an outstanding warrant for her […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2014 – In January, a truck driver’s semitrailer crashed on Interstate 88 in Aurora, causing the death of an Illinois Tollway worker and serious injuries to a state trooper. Renato Velasquez was charged with operating a commercial vehicle while fatigued or impaired, driving beyond the legal time limits for truckers and with falsifying driving records — all felonies. The driver had worked for 37 straight hours, but his attorney denied that sleepiness was a factor in the crash. “Fatigue is often a factor in truck accidents,” says Paul Greenberg, a Chicago truck accident […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2014 – Unless an employment contract exists, an individual is likely an “at-will” worker. An “at-will” worker may be terminated virtually anytime, for any reason. “Although an at-will worker may be fired just about anytime and for many reasons, those reasons must not be discriminatory. If you were fired for discriminatory reasons, this is wrongful termination and you need to seek the services of a competent employment attorney. If you have been wrongfully terminated, you have solid legal protection offered by the federal government,” points out well-known Chicago employment attorney, Timothy Coffey. Discrimination […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2014 – Three operators of a Tampa pill mill have been convicted on dozens of charges. They now face years in Florida prisons. Jorge Gonzalez-Betancourt, 53, and Michele Gonzalez, 37, owners of pain clinic First Medical Group, were convicted of charges including racketeering, trafficking in oxycodone and conspiring to traffic in oxycodone. Maureen Altman, 58, the clinic’s manager, was found guilty of charges including racketeering and conspiring to traffic in oxycodone. Many of the charges against the three carry a maximum prison sentence of up to 30 years. Tampa pill mill attorney Robert […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2014 – It is increasingly important for comprehensive estate plans to account for assets managed online. “Traditionally, when someone died without a comprehensive estate plan in place, heirs could use paper records to piece everything together,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia Beach estate planning attorney. “But now, that is not always the case. Many people are opting to manage checking accounts, retirement accounts and investment accounts online. If those assets are not properly documented, it may be difficult for rightful heirs to gain access to them or even to become aware of […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2014 – There are those that feel if a person continually ends up on the wrong side of the law, that they should be thrown in jail and left there. It’s not that cut and dried. “A recent case, that I am not involved in, caught my attention because the man involved is considered to be a habitual offender in a number of states and has a criminal record featuring several felony convictions for things such as theft, burglary and drugs, assault, resisting arrest and robbery, and a rape case. His arrest record, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2014 – Despite most states adhering to an “at will” arrangement for workers, laying off employees is regulated by law. “Many employers do not always realize that laying off workers is strictly regulated by law and if those rules are not followed according to a crystal clear layoff policy, they run the risk of being sued,” explains Timothy Coffey, a respected Chicago employment attorney. These days, with the tough economy, there are many companies forced into mass layoffs to make ends meet and keep their company afloat for the long-term. If a business […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 1, 2014 – The assistance of an elder law attorney when applying for Medicaid is essential to make sure that your interests and assets are protected. Many people think of Medicaid as a service that is only for the poor, but it has also become the default method for many people to pay for long-term care, such as one receives in a skilled nursing facility. There are income and asset limits that need to be met to be eligible for Medicaid, but there are legal strategies that can be used to protect some […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2014 – A man was killed in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer in Wasatch County, Utah. According to state police, the accident occurred on State Road 40 near Strawberry Reservoir. At 5:00 pm on March 17, during a snowstorm on a two-lane road, a tractor-trailer attempted to pass a slower-moving vehicle. Craig L. Batchelor of Clinton, Utah, died at the scene. “Too often, I see accidents where a semi truck driver is not driving as safely as he or she should, given the road and traffic conditions,” says Washington, D.C., personal injury […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2014 – It is more important than ever for parents to help teen drivers avoid distractions behind the wheel, says a prominent Chicago attorney. “The fact is, cell phone use while driving is prevalent in all age groups. But it is especially dangerous for teenagers to be distracted while driving because they have less driving experience,” indicates Paul Greenberg, a Chicago car accident attorney. “Driving already requires attention to multiple tasks simultaneously, so it is risky to try to pay attention to anything else.” Research suggests that many areas of the brain are […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2014 – Rachel Lambert Mellon’s will was carefully written to encompass all her wishes. When Mellon died at the age of 103 on March 17 at the Upperville, Virginia estate that had been her principal residence for decades, the Old Dominion and the nation lost a great philanthropist and patron of the arts. And on March 26, when her will was filed in Virginia’s Fauquier County Circuit Court, the document provided some insights into the financial and estate-planning affairs of the late heiress. Mrs. Mellon, who was also known as “Bunny,” was the […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2014 – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) has been indicted on criminal charges in connection with a 2010 explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, California. The indictment states that the company repeatedly violated the Pipeline Safety Act. That law requires pipeline operators to maintain accurate records about their lines, identify safety hazards and inspect the pipes when pressures exceed safety tolerances. PG&E is alleged to have “knowingly relied on erroneous and incomplete information” in avoiding required inspections, which could have prevented the disaster. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz […]


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