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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2016 – It is important that those individuals and families with estate planning documents comprehend the difference between possessing such documents and having a wealth transfer plan. Without an estate plan in place, the state in which the decedent lived will decide who is entitled to inherit the decedent’s assets. And the decision of the state may not be in accordance with the wishes of the decedent. An estate plan can help expedite the transfer of assets to the beneficiaries, reduce attorneys’ and court costs, and maintain peace within the family. A wealth […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2016 – The family of a Florida woman is suing a medical center because they say that maggots crawled out of the woman’s mouth while she was in the intensive care unit. The family says that medical records show that maggots were found in the mouth, nasal airway, and thigh of Dorothy Mooneyham, 75. The maggots were noted on three occasions, according to the documents. The medical center denied the claims. Mooneyham later died of complications of surgery for lung cancer. “If the allegations are true, they certainly show that something went horribly […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2016 – The opinion in the case of Thorsen, et al vs. Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) instructs lawyers and clients to be cautious regarding the drafting of Wills and other estate planning documents. The subject of the case is a Will that was prepared in 2003 for Alice L. Cralle Dumville, who wished to make certain that her husband from whom she was alienated, did not benefit from her estate if she died while her divorce was pending. Ms. Dumville requested that a lawyer, James B. Thorsen, […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2016 – A power of attorney is an important legal document that grants someone the right to take action on behalf of another person regarding financial decisions. It is often used by adult children whose parents are advanced in age and are no longer able to make decisions independently. However, challenges sometimes arise because financial institutions do not always facilitate the process of exercising that power. Therefore, families must take measures to avoid the potential problems stemming from a power of attorney. There are many kinds of powers of attorney. For instance, a […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2016 – Divorce can greatly affect spouses’ estate planning. Wills for each spouse are frequently created at some point for each spouse, especially if they have children. As couples are considering divorce, they may rethink whom they would like to be their beneficiaries and executors to reflect the fact that they are no longer married. In addition, they will have to perform another analysis of the gift and estate tax elements of their estate plan. Therefore, many couples who are contemplating divorce modify their estate planning documents while they are separated or shortly […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2016 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) is planning to change how it handles some disability benefits appeals in an effort to reduce the claims backlog. A Senate oversight subcommittee held a hearing on May 12 to discuss SSA adjudication and appeals judges. The agency is transferring the responsibility for thousands of pending cases in certain categories from administrative law judges (ALJs) to federal administrative appeals judges (AAJs) and attorneys from the Social Security’s Appeals Council. They will deal with non-disability related appeals, such as those involving an applicant’s income, age or citizenship […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2016 – The University of Pennsylvania has to pay $44.1 million for misdiagnosing a bad reaction to anti-coagulant medication that resulted in a brain hemorrhage. The verdict in this case found the attending physician to be 35 percent liable and the hospital 65 percent liable. The jury deliberated the case over a two-day period at the conclusion of the 13-day trial. According to the documents submitted in the case, the hospital was negligent in recognizing the changes in 57-year-old Andrea Tate’s blood after being put on heparin. The plaintiff’s attorneys alleged that the […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2016 – Attorney Michael Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll has been recognized by San Francisco’s Legal Leaders as one of the Top Rated Lawyers of 2015. Gilfix was featured in San Francisco Chronicle’s supplement honoring lawyers who have received an AV Preeminent rating from independent ratings agency Martindale-Hubbell. AV Preeminent attorneys are those who have reached the heights of professional excellence and displayed the highest ethical standards. The ratings are compiled via a peer review system in which attorneys are evaluated by other lawyers and judiciary members in the United States […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2016 – A bikini model and her boyfriend have been charged with identity theft and grand larceny in Manhattan criminal court. Prosecutors claim that Patricia Perez-Gonzalez and Alberto Companioni opened 40 American Express Platinum cards using the personal information of other people, having the cards mailed to vacant houses where they were picked up. “Identity theft charges are very serious and require a sophisticated defense,” said Peter Brill, a New York criminal defense attorney who represents people charged with identity theft. “Anyone charged with credit card fraud or a related crime should seek […]


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Tallahassee, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state’s mandatory attorney fee schedule was unconstitutional in workers’ compensation cases under both Florida and the U.S. Constitution as a violation of due process. The decision is viewed as a victory by the law firm of Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A., whose attorneys represent injured workers whose attempts to secure adequate legal representation may have been frustrated by the previous limitations of the law. “Our firm is pleased with the ruling,” stated David C. Barnett, Esq., founder of the firm. “It offers justice […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) May 5, 2016 – A nun from Philadelphia who is on trial for drunken driving, gave testimony that she had taken a sedative, and that she had no memory of crashing her vehicle into a building on a highway in South Jersey. Sister Kimberly Miller, who is a librarian and theology teacher at a high school, was arrested following her collision into an auto repair shop in Washington Township, N.J., on November 15, 2015. According to police, she was intoxicated, spoke in a slurred manner, had bloodshot eyes, and was wobbly as she exited her […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 4, 2016 – Since the popularity of Facebook use has extended to the legal profession, it has become a principal form of communication to such a degree that in one case, a court permitted service of process in a divorce case through the social media platform. There have been a number of cases in which the use of Facebook has played a role. In 2015, a judge in New York permitted a woman who had spent years attempting to locate and serve her husband to do so through Facebook. It was reported that he […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 3, 2016 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine puts a spotlight on law and technology. In the cover story, Ryan Conley analyzes the recent legal battle in which the FBI tried to compel Apple to create software that would bypass iPhone encryption. The case centers on an iPhone owned by one of the people responsible for the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Before the court could rule on the request, the FBI claimed that it had broken the encryption with the help of a third party, and no longer […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) April 21, 2016 – A former executive of an investment bank in New York was arrested and charged with attempting to defraud investors of over $95 million. Andrew Caspersen, 39, was charged with wire fraud and securities fraud in Manhattan federal court. Prosecutors alleged that Caspersen raised money from investors under false pretenses and converted the funds to his own use without their permission. “Wire fraud and securities fraud are serious charges, and anyone accused of such a crime should seek legal counsel,” said Peter Brill, a prominent New York criminal defense attorney, who is […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL(Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2016 – Liza E. Lima, Esq., an attorney at Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A., has recently joined the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), an international organization involved in the maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide. Her involvement in the organization’s Florida chapter began in September, 2015. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to become a member within the ranks of such a notable group of women. I look forward to the prospect to further the objectives of the organization by working on initiatives that empower women in the […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2016 – Last fall, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law an End of Life Option Act, which has not yet taken effect. Brown said he decided to sign the bill after he envisioned himself with a terminal illness. It is unknown when the new law will become effective. Reports have stated that it could take effect by April 2016, or by March 1, 2017. As a result of California’s passage of the bill, it has been predicted that eventually, one in 10 Americans will reside in a state that has a right-to-die […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2016 – Cristina Carta Villa is filing a lawsuit against her husband, Gabriel Villa, to invalidate the divorce about which she knew nothing, and to prevent him from selling an apartment in which they both resided. The couple met at the home of a friend, and married in New York in 1994. Cristina Villa, 59, gave up her job as a teacher at Boston College where she taught Italian literature, to marry Gabriel Villa, who is 90 years old, and who was working as a lawyer and travel agent when they met. However, […]


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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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