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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2016 – It can be challenging to administer the estate of a deceased California resident who, at one time, was a citizen of a foreign country, or the estate of a deceased non-resident of California who is the owner of real property in California. Consider the case of a deceased California resident whose most recent will was executed in another state or country. Under California law, a will that was executed in another state or nation can be enforced in California if it was completed in compliance with the law of the place […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2016 – A federal jury awarded nearly $9.3 million to a San Antonio-based oil company in a breach of contract lawsuit. After a two-week trial, federal jurors found for U.S. Enercorp LTD against Ringo Shapiro and two companies owned by him. The jury award was for $9,291,570.06, including $3 million in punitive damages. The jury concluded that the defendants intentionally interfered with Enercorp’s Montana oil leases. “The jury in this case awarded punitive damages apparently in part because they found that the defendants intentionally interfered with a contract,” said Gregory D. Jordan of […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2016 – A lawsuit filed in November 2015 alleged that the California Department of Health and Human Services has deliberately failed to prevent the illegal practice of nursing homes “dumping” Medi-Cal residents into the hospital system. Nonprofit organization California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) filed the lawsuit in San Francisco, California, on behalf of three nursing home residents covered by Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. They alleged nursing homes refuse to readmit Medi-Cal patients after temporary hospitalization in order to make room for more private pay and Medicare patients. “Many individuals […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2015 – Attorney Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates was featured in the April 2016 issue of The ElderLaw Report: Including Special Needs Planning. The national publication reports on key developments in elder law and provides practical solutions to the unique legal challenges the elderly population faces today. In his article, titled “Technology Innovation and Long-Term Care: Report From the Aging 2.0 Expo,” Gilfix focuses on the relationship between elder care and technology. In this context, he shares insights he gained from attending the Aging 2.0 Technology Expo held in […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2016 – Special needs trusts (SNTs) are established for beneficiaries who are physically or mentally disabled. They are drafted in such a way that the beneficiary can reap the benefits of property that is held in trust for them while simultaneously maintaining eligibility to receive needs-based government benefits. The three kinds of SNTs are first-party, third-party and pooled trusts. First-party SNTs are used to hold property owned by the person with special needs, and are established by the disabled person’s parent, grandparent, conservator or the court. These trusts apply in cases in which […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 9, 2016 – Every new worker needs to understand California’s new equal pay law, SB 358. It significantly changes what a worker is required to prove in court in the case of unequal pay for equal work. Without a shred of doubt, the new equal pay law recently introduced in California is considered to be one of the most aggressive laws of its kind in the nation. While some say it is a huge detriment to employers, others applaud the law as finally being based on common sense, equity and fairness. The new law, […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2016 – A number of new labor laws went into effect Jan. 1, 2016, that aim to make life easier for California workers. The one change hotly debated over the years is the increase in the minimum wage to $10/hour, a move that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is likely to affect over 9 million employees at or below the federal minimum wage. The existing minimum federal wage is currently $7.25. “New Year’s Day also rang in another much anticipated law, SB 579, which offers job-protected leave to deal with […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2016 – A former employee of Sansum Clinic filed a lawsuit alleging the company faked payroll records to circumvent paying overtime and did not allow workers legally mandated meal breaks. A former employee of Sansum Clinic, who was paid by the hour, filed the lawsuit. Managers allegedly manually changed worker’s timecards to show they had taken a meal break within the first five hours of shifts starting and also altered the cards so that they did not show overtime. “The lawsuit may ultimately involve up to 500 former and current workers,” said Sacramento, […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2016 – Late-life divorce, also called “silver” or “gray” divorce, is becoming more acceptable and common. However, divorce during senior years carries its own unique concerns and financial challenges. Researchers at the Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, found that although overall divorce rates in the United States are falling, people aged 50 and over are now twice as likely to undergo divorce in comparison to 1990. The study also indicated that one out of four divorces in 2010 occurred in that age group. California divorce mediator Gerald Maggio commented, […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2015 – There has been considerable debate about the type of custody arrangement that works best for the children of divorcing parents. According to a study published earlier this year in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, kids fare better when they are able to split their time between both of their divorced parents. Current thinking prioritizes stability when it comes to the healthy development of children. However, the study’s findings challenge assumptions that kids in shared custody arrangements experience more stress due to the social upheaval and unpredictability that comes […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2015 – The first divorce mediation session can be nerve-wracking due to uncertainty about what to expect and how the other party will behave. Being prepared with a detailed plan will ensures a smooth transition through the mediation process to life after divorce. A recent online survey of divorcing couples by divorce preparation website completecase.com shows that Vermont tops the list for easy, amicable divorces in the United States. Divorce in California was found to be pleasantly cordial, where couples part ways with minimal hostility. “Communication and cooperation are essential for an […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2015 – Taking “divorce selfies” is becoming increasingly popular among divorcing couples. The trend signals a shift to more amicable splits for the sake of the children involved and encourages a healthy approach to what can be a stressful, emotional process. Canadian couple Shannon and Chris Neuman filed for divorce at a Calgary, Alberta, courthouse on Aug. 27. They took a selfie together afterwards and posted it on social media to commemorate the end to their 11-year marriage. The photo has been shared more than 36,000 times on Facebook since then. “By […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2015 – Sometimes, even if there is a favorable judgment in a lawsuit, the chances of collecting can be slim. In a recent case against Toy Quest and other named defendants from California and Iowa-based toy corporations, a former employee of a call center for Manley Toy Direct, LLC prevailed in a lawsuit that alleged sexual harassment in the workplace. However, this case serves as an example of how corporate mazes can make it difficult for successful plaintiffs to be able to receive their due damages agreed upon in the court judgement. “According […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2015 – In San Diego, California, attorney Michael Gilfix presented a program on Preventing Elder Financial Abuse on July 16 at a national Symposium. It was the annual conference of Wealth Counsel, a leading estate planning organization that is nationally known and respected. His session was titled “Our Population is Aging: Is Your Practice Prepared?” It addressed two crucial areas. The first part of the program was about marketing to the Boomer population. In the second part, Gilfix spoke about how to give the Boomer population what they want — independence and […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2015 – An investigation conducted by NBC 7 Investigates revealed several instances of wage theft whereby hundreds of companies in San Diego, California, neglected to pay wages to their employees. In addition, state records disclosed that even when those companies were directed to issue payments to their workers, they did not comply with the order. According to state records, since 2010, over 280 companies in San Diego neglected to compensate their workers a minimum of $800,000 in wages, overtime pay and meal breaks. Two victims of wage theft are David Sanchez and his […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2015 – A new study has identified a shift in divorce trends, saying that people have the best chances of staying married if they wed between the ages of 25 and 32. The risk of divorce increases by five percent each year past the age of 32. University of Utah sociologist Nicholas Wolfinger examined data from the National Survey of Family Growth from 2006 to 2010 and found that the odds of divorce decline steadily from the teenage years into the late twenties. However, couples who delay marriage until they are in […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2015 – Lately, the media has been full of news detailing stories of law enforcement using excessive violence with African Americans. Aside from racial profiling, is sexual harassment also a part of some of these confrontations? “The video of the McKinney, Texas, pool party was a particularly disturbing incident,” said respected sexual harassment attorney, Deborah Barron of the Barron Law Corporation in Sacramento, California. “Here is an adult police officer shackling, yelling at and straddling a 15-year-old unarmed, crying teen in a swimsuit who had nothing to do with the initial disturbance that […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2015 – Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, who made headlines after announcing the end to their 10-year marriage on June 30, have chosen to take the mediation approach to their divorce. Media reports have described the divorce as “not contentious,” with the Hollywood actor couple choosing to settle their divorce amicably out of court for the sake of their three children — Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. They are working with a mediator to resolve financial, property and custody issues and expedite the divorce process. Affleck, 42, and Garner, 43, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2015 – The sudden death of 93-year-old Harriet Randel was thought to be simply the result of old age. An anonymous letter received by the victim’s family suggests that was not the case. Harriet Randel was living at the Palm Village Retirement Community in Reedley, California, before she died in the ICU in November 2014. On the day of Randel’s burial, the family received a shocking letter in the mail. “Randel’s son, Terry Anderson, was tremendously shocked by the information it contained,” said Litigation Funding Corporation representative, Daren Monroe. The family took Randel’s […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2015 – The growing life settlement industry offers to buy life insurance policies and continue to pay the premiums in full, in order to help clients cover the cost of long-term care. “Many people are overwhelmed by long-term care costs, which are not covered by typical health insurance plans,” said Michael Gilfix, an elder law attorney in Palo Alto. “Life settlement firms offer to help, but the industry is still relatively small and not rigorously regulated.” By selling one’s policy to a life settlement company, it is possible to get cash flow […]


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