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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2016 – March has earned the nickname “Divorce Month” according to divorce trends over the past several years. December has historically had a lower number of divorce filings. Although couples may be thinking about divorce, they are often reluctant to break up during Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year as they want to avoid additional stress during the expectation-laden holiday season. In addition, couples with children may choose to have one last holiday together as a family. “Although divorce can be painful and traumatic no matter when it occurs, for divorcing parents […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2016 – When creating a trust fund, parents can select a trustee to be in charge of the funds for as long as the parents wish. One way of structuring inheritance is to have the trustee distribute the funds in three separate amounts. For example, the trustee could give the child one sum upon graduation from college, or at age 22, the second a few years later, and the last at around age 30. The main reason cited by parents for releasing the funds in stages rather than all at once is […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2016 – What was once a faint hope began to possibly take shape when the government said the paper forms used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would be digitized and put online. It was a good idea while it lasted. In the process of attempting to implement the good idea, the federal government has shelled out over $1 billion to date to get those records and application forms online. That process started 10 years ago and today there is not much to show for it, with the single exception of one […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 9, 2015 – Owen Goldsmith died in his home on Sept. 9, 2015, in the Butte Fire in California. He was 82-years old. His surviving family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against PG&E and two tree cutting services, vegetation management company ACRT Trees and Trees Inc. Goldsmith’s two daughters, Karen Goldsmith and Stephanie Mathes, allege that PG&E put the retired Air Force staff sergeant in a situation where he felt he had no escape. The wildfire that took Goldsmith’s life burned more than 800 homes and building to the ground and consumed over 70,000 […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2015 – The Harrisburg Pennsylvania law firm, Hazen Elder Law is now Hazen Law Group; a law firm that focuses on long-term care planning, guardianships, estate planning, asset protection, special needs planning and public benefits. The firm was founded by Marielle F. Hazen, and is considered to be one of the best law firms in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The new name represents the firm’s growing portfolio of services that fall outside of “elder law” such as special needs planning and trusts and veterans’ benefits. Among the services they […]


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Coral Gables, Weston, Dayton Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2015 – Brill & Rinaldi, The Law Firm, announced Friday that managing partner David Brill was recently nominated as a finalist for the 11th annual Most Effective Lawyers award by the Daily Business Review in the practice area of medical malpractice. The Daily Business Review is South Florida’s oldest and most influential legal and business publication. As the official court newspaper by the chief judges of the county and circuit courts throughout the region, the selection as a finalist for Most Effective Lawyer is recognized by attorneys, judges and […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 9, 2015 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine features an article about attorneys making the switch from Windows to Mac and Linux. Ryan Conley explains that Mac and Linux offer alternative operating systems that are viable for attorneys. He shares the many solutions that allow Windows software to run on Mac OS or Linux, and gives examples of cloud software that can be operated on any web browser. Conley further describes the distinct advantages that Mac and Linux have over Windows. Each provides ease of use, security and privacy. Moreover, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2015 – The Department of State (DOS) has retracted the Visa Bulletin of Sept. 9, 2015, which listed a set of filing dates for which immigrants could apply for an adjustment of status or immigration visa. A revised Visa Bulletin has moved these dates further back in time — the EB-2 Priority Date is now July 1, 2009. If an individual’s priority date is after that date, they cannot file in October. Additionally, the Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) suspended all employment applications for all countries until Oct. 1, 2015 as they had […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2015 – An article in the latest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine offers an inside look at how attorneys and law firms should be using social networks for marketing purposes. In the magazine’s Get Social feature, law firm marketing expert Ryan Conley explains how social networks are not just for young people and techies, but have become essential for marketing, visibility, professional networking and staying current with the times. There are a lot of social networks vying for users’ attention, and ebbing and flowing in popularity. Attorneys and law firm marketers […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2015 – The Bigger Law Firm magazine, volume 35, discusses the advantages of using EagleEye Agreement Checker, software that automates the review of legal documents and contracts by recognizing and resolving problems, including ambiguity, accuracy and discrepancies. Using EagleEye can help attorneys reduce the time spent manually checking documents, allowing them to concentrate more time on the production of quality legal content and provide clients with faster turnaround. Initially introduced in 2012, this program helps lawyers draft more precise contracts by providing more accurate references, punctuation and review of defined terms. The […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2015 – Probate is the legal procedure that decides whether a deceased person’s will is valid. While it impacts many elements of a person’s estate, there are non-probate assets, such as life insurance policies, that are given directly to the decedent’s heirs. Following a person’s death, their will is filed with the probate court. Once the court makes a decision concerning the validity of the will, there is an inventory and appraisal of all property, debts and claims of the estate. There is a collection of all legal claims of the estate, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2015 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine tells attorneys how to develop an engaging and memorable web presence to connect with visitors. In the feature article, “Mastering the Art of Storytelling and Storymaking,” Dipal Parmar explains how building a story for your firm’s brand creates an emotional connection with potential clients and fosters growth. Parmar examines four elements that contribute to a compelling brand story. When a firm’s story reflects its true values, it evokes authenticity. Memorability can be achieved by emphasizing a firm’s motivations. Consistency means making a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2015 – A nursing home in Brooklyn was kept so cold that one of its residents froze to death inside his apartment. Seven years later, the nursing home’s conditions have not improved. Wrongful death lawsuits are filed for various reasons, often with the plaintiff wishing to send the defendant a clear message that they must stop their behavior. This case was highly unusual and involved well-known former judge John Phillips freezing to death at his senior’s residence seven years ago. What is particularly disturbing is that nothing has been done since his death […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2015 – Matt Osborne, aka Doink the Clown, died an untimely death in 2013 from an accidental overdose of morphine and hydrocodone, allegedly taken as the result of traumatic brain injuries sustained while wrestling as a contender for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Doink the Clown’s death came as a shock to many. His widow, Michelle James, and their two children were named as plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit alleging negligence and fraud in regard to the WWE’s mistreatment of Osborne, which led to his death. Even though Osborne had been a known […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2015 – With the Supreme Court’s landmark June 26 ruling legalizing gay marriage throughout the United States, same-sex couples should consider what the decision means for their financial and estate planning strategies for the future. Married same-sex couples will now be able to take advantage of all the financial benefits that have been available to other married couples for years, such as health insurance, Social Security and retirement. “The Supreme Court’s decision is life-changing for same-sex couples as it has leveled the playing field for all married couples when it comes to […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2014 – For many years, wealthy families have used family-limited partnerships and limited liability companies to help leave family-owned businesses to their heirs in a way that could lower their gift or estate taxes. Recently, they have also been used to leave portfolios of publicly traded securities to their heirs at a discount. However, according to estate attorneys, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is planning to discontinue the use of such a discount. Generally, a married couple would establish a family-limited partnership to own securities or a business that they believe will rise […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2015 – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is cracking down on unregistered broker dealers receiving commissions within the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The EB-5 program allows a foreign national to obtain a green card if he or she invests money in the United States, either in a new or existing business, or in a “regional center,” a third-party managed investment vehicle. Regional centers are permitted to charge the immigrant investors an administration fee for creating and developing investment projects, but as recent action by the SEC makes clear, companies, immigration attorneys […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2015 – On July 15, the 4th District Court of Appeal in a 2-1 ruling upheld the 2012 limit on attorneys’ fees for the representation of a child who suffered a serious birth injury in a hospital in Southwest Florida. In 1997, Aaron Edwards was afflicted with brain injuries when he was born and, as a result, became severely disabled. In 2007, a jury determined that employees at Lee Memorial caused Edwards’ injuries. The appeals court stated that it was “sympathetic” to the contentions made by the law firm that represented the family […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2015 – A Texas consulting firm was awarded about $6.8 million in a contract dispute. Dallas County District Judge Eric V. Moye awarded Bain Consulting LLC that amount after a jury found Talon Transaction Technologies Inc. liable for breaching a contract to pay commissions to Bain for finding new customers for Talon’s health care payment system. The judge rejected Talon’s argument that the award should be cut to about $1.5 million, because the jury improperly calculated the damages to Bain based on future commissions. “As with many business litigation matters, the core dispute […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2015 – The use of evidence from smartphones and other wireless gadgets during divorce proceedings has increased over the past three years, according to 97 percent of the lawyers surveyed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Among the types of evidence gathered, 46 percent consisted of text messages, while 30 percent were emails and 12 percent were call logs and phone numbers. App data, Facebook posts, Twitter feeds and more were also used. California divorce mediator Gerald Maggio commented, “It is a good idea to monitor your behavior on social media. […]


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