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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2014 – California Divorce Mediators, formerly Orange County Divorce Mediators, has launched a new website dedicated to helping divorcing couples gain a better understanding of divorce mediation. “We want to help families find ways to reduce the cost of divorce and to avoid the damaging conflicts created by traditional litigated divorce,” remarked Gerald Maggio, founder of California Divorce Mediators. “Many divorcing parties are not very knowledgeable about divorce mediation, and that is one reason we have created this website.” Private divorce mediation is a process whereby divorcing parties work with a court-approved […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2014 – Mark Gilfix will be a featured speaker at the Morgan Center 13th Annual Autism Conference in Campbell, California on September 20, 2014. Gilfix, a special needs planning attorney, will present a session entitled “Creating a Life Estate in Your Home for Your Grown Disabled Child, and Other Estate Planning Techniques to Consider.” He is also a featured speaker on a panel addressing housing issues faced by people with autism and their families. The Morgan Center 13th Annual Autism Conference is a day-long event for families and caregivers of people on […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2014 – Estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix addressed growing concerns about Medi-Cal asset recovery in a recent article in the San Jose Mercury News. Last week, a bill designed to scale down Medi-Cal’s asset recovery programs was passed unanimously by the California State Assembly. Nonetheless, many in the state — including Sacramento insiders — fear that Governor Jerry Brown may veto the bill, according to the Mercury News. But Gilfix pointed out that there are still practical solutions for those who wish to access Medi-Cal benefits while preserving their estates, even if […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 2, 2014 – Michael Gilfix was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle regarding unexpected estate claims by Medi-Cal and the ways families can protect themselves. On August 24, 2014, the Chronicle published an exposé on the recent expansion of Medi-Cal’s little-known estate recovery program. According to reporter Kathleen Pender, the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded the number of Medi-Cal recipients subject to estate recovery. Medi-Cal has long conducted a limited program that allows it to claim and recover assets from the estates of some deceased Medi-Cal recipients. However, as Pender pointed […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2014 – A major report from the American Association of Retired People (AARP) has named California a strong performer in long-term care systems for older adults and the disabled. The report, called a “scorecard,” evaluated states on 26 different criteria and then aggregates the findings into an overall ranking. California finished ninth overall and drew top scores in several areas. The state earned a first-place rating on the availability of Medicaid benefits (Medi-Cal) to cover the costs of long-term care. The report also gave California a second-place rating for the diversity of […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2014 – According to a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, children with divorced parents are more likely to be obese. Researchers studied more than 3,000 third-graders, comparing children of divorced parents to children of married parents and children of parents who never married. The children with divorced parents were 54 percent more likely to be obese. The research does not conclusively identify why children of divorce have the highest rate of obesity. But researchers speculate that decreased time and money for healthy meals may contribute to the problem. “Children […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2014 – The federal government has introduced a major new initiative to combat rising abuse and exploitation of the elderly — the “Elder Justice Roadmap,” a comprehensive framework for neutralizing financial, psychological and physical risks to older Americans. The Roadmap outlines newly launched educational programs and policy steps designed to increase reporting and prosecution, but it mainly focuses on encouraging individuals, families and institutions to identify risks and take steps toward prevention. Elder law attorney Michael Gilfix recently authored an article entitled “Addressing Financial Elder Abuse: Should the Bar be Lower?” that […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2014 – California law dictates all workers must be paid for overtime, but employers are frequently ignoring the mandate. “We’re seeing an increase in unpaid overtime and wage lawsuits,” reported Sacramento business attorney, Deborah Barron. “Companies in the unethical habit of violating the laws are not paying workers either overtime or their regular salary.” Interestingly enough, bigger companies seem to flout the law most often. A recent case between Walmart and Schneider Logistics ultimately ended in a $21 million settlement. The suit was launched in 2011, and it represented over 1,800 workers at […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2014 – In May, Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association came before California’s Supreme Court. The resulting ruling will provide guidance to other courts attempting to decide whether individual employee wage actions may remain certified or if they must be certified as class actions. Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association began as a complaint alleging that loan officers working for the bank were misclassified under California Labor Code § 1171 and deserved overtime pay for work they had done. The trial court certified this case as a class action suit according to evidence […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2014 – It is vitally important to protect assets when planning to marry. Protective measures do not indicate a lack of trust; they give both parties to the contract control over their future finances. “Many engaged couples are uncomfortable signing a prenup, as they feel it is not romantic and indicates a lack of trust between partners. The truth of the matter is, if you take control of your future financial situation now, you will not be faced with any unexpected surprises if the marriage were to break down,” explained Gerald Maggio, an […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2014 – A recent study released by Software Advice showed an interesting trend. Consumers needing an attorney trust Yelp more than any other website, including traditional lawyer-specific directories. There is more to learn behind any numbers, and Custom Legal Marketing Lab decided to dig a little deeper and produce a report for its CLM Lab. The initial Software Advice study was based on 3,465 participants. Yelp was their most popular and trusted source to search for attorneys, even ranking above named lawyer directories. The study also revealed that “70 percent of prospective […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2014 – California is the most expensive state in which to file for divorce. According to a new comparison of government data, the divorce filing fees in California can total $435 or more depending on the county — even more than the similarly high $400 fees charged in Florida and Minnesota. According to California divorce attorney and divorce mediator Gerald Maggio, the filing fee is often just the beginning. “The backlog of divorce cases in our family courts makes California divorce even more expensive.” Under California law, domestic violence and restraining order cases […]


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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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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2014 – This grim story resulted in the father of a man shot by the police, live on Los Angeles television, filing a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit. “The lawsuit states that the victim’s federal and state civil rights were violated when Brian Beaird was shot by police,” explains accomplished Sacramento wrongful death lawyer, Deborah Barron, not involved in the case. “This story with a fatal ending began on December 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm. Beaird, discharged from the National Guard in 1988, was being pursued by officers for allegedly driving in a […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2014 – Golden State’s Justice for Port Truck Drivers picketed at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports to protest being classified as independent contractors and not employees. “I see a large number of cases in my practice that involve misclassified workers and it seems to be a near epidemic. To avoid paying various benefits to employees, a company misclassifies their workers. Whatever the reasons used, it is illegal and denies workers the protection of state and federal laws and results in lower wages and no appreciable benefits,” outlines experienced Sacramento employment lawyer, […]


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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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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2014 – After more than 13 years of efforts from lawmakers and patent officials, the United States is on the verge of becoming a member nation of the Hague Agreement. The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs, also known as the “Hague system,” allows for the registration of industrial designs in all participating nations with a single application and a single set of fees. Los Angeles patent attorney Pejman Yedidsion said he looked forward to the change. “The Hague Agreement has been working very well in its member nations […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2014 – A cyclist on his way home from work was struck and killed by a drunk driver. “This case had a slightly bizarre twist to it,” says automobile accident lawyer, Deborah Barron of the Sacramento law firm, Barron Law Corporation. “The alleged drunk driver was the owner of a website called Allyoucandrink.com and it touts drink specials and nightclub events. The victim was a hard working man in good health, who believed passionately in bicycle safety. It was a dramatic demonstration of two wildly divergent lifestyles.” The 28-year-old website owner evidently took […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2014 – Even though age and gender discrimination is illegal, it is still happening in California, even within larger corporate entities that know the law. “YP Holdings Inc., also known as AT&T Advertising Solutions Inc. is the named defendant in yet another age and gender discrimination case against them in California,” says Deborah Barron, a respected business and employee rights lawyer in Sacramento and the attorney of record for this case. A group of female former AT&T Advertising Solutions employees over the age of 40, with a combined service equivalent of over 99 […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2014 – The face of the workforce has changed drastically over the last two decades. Now, more people work from home as freelancers, consultants or other designations, such as independent contractors. “Who is an employee these days? That’s a difficult question to answer, particularly in reference to legal issues. Indeed, determining who is and who is not a worker is getting more complex. This matters when something goes wrong, such as an independent contractor being fired with no notice, or someone takes maternity or paternity leave and when it is over, the worker […]


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