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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2014 – There is a backlog of over 11,000 nursing home abuse complaints in California. High-priority complaints received by the California Department of Public Health (DPH) relating to the abuse of seniors in the care of publicly funded nursing homes have been allowed to simmer on the backburner for almost a year. A high-priority complaint is one where a resident sustained serious harm. By law, staff of an elder care nursing home is required to report health changes that may indicate senior abuse. This does not happen often, as many fear the ramifications […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2014 – Nursing home abuse does not just happen in a nursing facility. It can also happen in a patient’s home. “This case was a tough one for the family,” said nursing home abuse attorney, Deborah Barron, who is not involved in this case. “This kind of situation could just as easily happen in any nursing home or private residence in California.” Peter Mazza had raised five children over the 47 years he had lived in his home. He had become a grandpa to 13 children. His loving family cherished Mazza’s presence in […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed that inherited IRA accounts are not protected in bankruptcy as regular retirement accounts are. According to estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll, this is just one of the many reasons that anyone with a significant IRA account should look into the idea of setting up a trust as the beneficiary of an IRA account. “Designating a trust for an IRA account is not for everyone,” Gilfix explained, “but it could be of great benefit to […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2014 – A recent study, published in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, has found that divorcing parents definitively benefit from taking a co-parenting course. Significant research has already shown the wide range of short- and long-term benefits for children when their separated parents learn to co-parent. This is one of the first studies that focuses on the effects on the parents. The study focused on a series of online co-parenting courses by Online Parenting Programs, a company that offers a wide range of court-approved programs for couples and families experiencing divorce […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2014 – When two parents divorce, the grandparents of the children have the right to petition the court for visitation rights. However, according to the official California Courts website, grandparents should consider mediation before pursuing action in court. “There are a number of problems with pursuing a grandparent visitation claim in family court,” agreed Gerald Maggio, an Orange County divorce mediator. “To start, the courts have huge backlogs. And once a case does get to the front of the line, the family is often ordered to see a mediator anyway.” Mediation is […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2010 – Obtaining an ex-spouse’s tax return is not always an easy task, and often, the other side ignores requests for information. Divorcing parties should first make such a request politely to increase the chances of receiving the requested material. Antagonizing the other spouse is usually counterproductive, even though it is his or her statutory duty to provide the information requested. Ignoring such a request may be viewed as stalling, and the spouse seeking to obtain a fair support amount may find it necessary to refer to the various sanctions the law […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2014 – It does not require rocket science to follow existing California labor laws. SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) is now facing two lawsuits over alleged labor law violations. One suit alleges that the company denied workers breaks and demanded that they work off the clock and through meal and rest breaks because of overloaded work schedules. Allegedly, none of the workers were paid for missed breaks or other off-the-clock work, told to round their hours worked to the nearest 15-minute increment (losing wages in the process), provided with tools needed to perform […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2014 – Not every marriage can be saved. But as divorce mediator Gerald Maggio explains, families who choose divorce mediation can save themselves from serious emotional strain and financial difficulty. “Time and time again, we see how financial trauma from litigated divorce can change the course of peoples’ lives,” said Maggio, a licensed mediator who specializes in creating fair and cost-effective mediated agreements. “Litigated divorces can take years to finalize, and they can cost tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.” Maggio explained that many families run through retirement savings and […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2014 – Ebola Patient Zero, Thomas Duncan, sought help at Texas Presbyterian Hospital and was sent home with antibiotics. Scant days later, he died. Two nurses then tested positive for the deadly virus. “A wrongful death case in the making?” asked Sacramento wrongful death attorney, Deborah Barron. “It is a possibility being discussed by his family. Would such a lawsuit win in Texas? California? Hospitals handling Ebola in the U.S. face virgin territory, and no one can state for a fact what the accepted standard of care is yet.” Texas hospital staff and […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2014 – Who has the right to the engagement ring if an engagement is terminated? Most couples think that when a man presents a woman with a diamond ring, the ring belongs to the fiancée even if the engagement is broken. That is not necessarily the case. In California, there are specific rules dealing with ownership of the ring and the right to its recovery if the couple decides not to marry. “Diamonds may not always be forever,” said Gerald Maggio, an Orange Country divorce attorney. “If an engagement is called off, under […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2014 – In a recent wrongful death case, a series of miscommunications led to a $1.8 million court award. In the spring of 2010, 30-year-old Carl Whitmer of Columbus, Ohio was involved in a serious car accident. Two weeks after the accident, Whitmer underwent facial surgery, but he never woke up after the operation. He passed away one week later. Whitmer’s estate filed court documents pursuing claims of wrongful death. Prior to his surgery, Whitmer had complained of severe headaches. However, his complaint was not checked and he was never assessed. Trauma services […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2014 – California Divorce Mediators, a divorce mediation practice in Orange County, California, offers dedicated divorce mediation options for couples experiencing extreme levels of conflict. “We believe every couple deserves the opportunity to choose a cost-effective divorce,” said Gerald Maggio, founder of California Divorce Mediators. “By matching the circumstances of a particular couple to the correct mediation process, we can bring even hostile couples through to a sustainable divorce agreement.” According to a study from Pepperdine University, the characteristics of high-conflict couples include constant arguing, quick hostility and verbal aggression. The study […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2014 – Michael Gilfix is a featured panelist at an upcoming Bay Area event focused on helping families ensure supported housing for their adult children with autism. The event, hosted by the Autism Society of the San Francisco Bay Area, is titled “A Place for Us: Supported Housing Solutions for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.” The day-long event will take place at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits in Redwood City on October 24. Gilfix will take part in a panel discussion on “retention of family property and collaborative purchase of homes for grown […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2014 – Collective legal action has not been eliminated in pay disputes in California, but its role has been diminished. Employers may now insist on case-by-case arbitration. “In a highly anticipated ruling, the California Supreme Court has decided that California employers may stop their workers from suing jointly for unpaid wages or overtime and alternatively mandate case-by-case arbitration. In essence, the ruling limited collective legal action in wage disputes,” said noted Sacramento business attorney, Deborah Barron. In a 6-1 ruling, the court indicated that employers may enforce contracts mandating workers to submit all […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2014 – Prospective parents using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) should use estate planning as a tool to legally protect both the future of their unborn children and their own genetic material. “Although it may seem like an uncomfortable discussion, it can actually be a simple one,” remarked Michael Gilfix, an estate planning attorney. “A good estate planning attorney can lay out the legal questions surrounding ART, and he or she can help draft solid legal protections for all involved.” The use and disposition of stored genetic material will need to be considered […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2014 – California caregivers have filed a class action lawsuit against Kindred Healthcare, Inc. for the company’s failure to pay minimum wage and overtime. “The charges include rest and meal break violations among a plethora of allegations relating to failure to pay overtime and minimum wage,” noted Deborah Barron, a Sacramento business attorney not involved in the lawsuit. “One plaintiff claims that she was denied overtime, and another suggests that she was not paid her full wages for helping an in-home care client.” Kindred Healthcare is one of the largest post-acute health services […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2014 – In their information about the process of divorce, the California Courts recommend that all couples consider mediation. “It is unsurprising that the California Judicial Branch officially recommends divorce mediation,” said Gerald Maggio, a California divorce attorney and mediator. “Right now, California family court judges are dealing with an enormous backlog of cases. And many are divorce cases that wind up up simply as a division of debts because the couple has spent all of their assets on divorce attorneys.” In the State of California, all divorces take a minimum of […]


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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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