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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2014 – Depending on the political party one listens to, immigration reform is an excellent or terrible plan.  But no one is asking the immigrants waiting for reform. “Statistics have been released that show tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the border to find their families. President Obama indicated his intention to use executive action to spur reform, but he eventually backed away from signing such an order,” outlined Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration attorney. Whenever an American president indicates an intention to use executive powers, the potential ramifications may develop into […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2014 – While claimants wait for a judge to make decision on their case, the already-long Social Security application process can stretch on for more than a year. Some agencies of the federal government have acquired unflattering reputations for big backlogs to process applications or resolve appeals. One agency in particular, the Social Security Administration, has reached an unenviable milestone and is fast approaching another one. As of the third quarter of this year, the Social Security office of judges who hear appeals for for disability benefits ranks as the leading federal agency for […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2014 – Chemical weapon stockpiles left over from the Gulf War harmed and sickened U.S. troops who encountered them in Iraq between 2003 and 2011. Approximately 250,000 U.S. veterans who served in the 1991 Gulf War suffered the debilitating symptoms of what become known as Gulf War Syndrome. Official recognition of the syndrome did not come until a Congressionally-mandated committee classified it as a distinct condition in 2008.  Now, reports are surfacing that some of the same deadly agents that triggered GWS, along with additional caustic substances left over from the Gulf War, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2014 – More than 14 million vehicles from 11 automobile manufacturers have been recalled due to defective airbags. Federal safety regulators have urged the owners of millions of vehicles to “act immediately” to have the airbags repaired. Regulators warned that car owners in Florida and other high-humidity areas are at increased risk, because the air bags’ propellant is more likely to explode under humid conditions. Hien Tran of Orlando became at least the third death linked to the airbag recall. As she fought for life in an intensive care unit after a car […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2014 – Politicians did not like President Obama suggesting he intended to use his executive powers to deal with immigration reform. They suggested such a move had the potential to completely destroy reform prospects. President Obama had indicated he intended to use his executive powers to do something about immigration reform, since the House did nothing about it in August. At the same time, a set of politicians were attempting to sue the president for allegedly abusing his executive powers.  “Another faction said that granting temporary, questionable legal status to illegal aliens, without […]


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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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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2014 – The consequences for DUI/DWI vary from state to state and if anyone is injured or killed, the penalties escalate. “Make certain you clearly understand the laws in the state where you live, as each state has its own set of laws dealing with DUI/DWI. This is not to say that the actual blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is different. It is 0.08 in every state, although there are calls to reduce the level to 0.05,” explained Lakeland criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Grajek. First-time offenders are not necessarily subjected to the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2014 – A new study indicates that when a young person suffers a traumatic brain injury, the future physical and psychological consequences can be severe. According to the study, published in the journal Plos One, brain injuries can be the source of significant impairment, disability and years of life lost for adolescents. The study examined gender and age differences in the association between traumatic brain injury and harms to adolescents. “Studies like this one continue to show that injuries to the brain can have severe and long-lasting physical and psychological effects,” said Robert […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2014 – President Obama intended to take executive action on immigration reform, but he ultimately decided not to move forward. Was that a good move? “This was one of the biggest open-ended questions of the legislative year. Wasting time speculating on whether or not he intended to tackle immigration reform on his own is just that: a waste of time. Unfortunately, either way, the immigration system is unlikely to improve immediately,” commented Miami immigration attorney Larry Rifkin. Politicians and advocacy groups speculated that any last-minute moves may have backfired with the Congressional majorities […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2014 – The law has had difficulty dealing with sexting as a crime. Technology is moving faster than the speed of light. For now, sexting is grouped with child pornography laws. “The usual definition of sexting is the electronic transmission of sexually graphic/explicit images and/or text. Teens under the age of majority are often involved, though adults sext as well. The most important point to understand is that sexting is extremely and seriously illegal if the images sent are those of children. The crime carries harsh legal ramifications,” said criminal defense attorney Thomas […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2014 – Some pediatric cancer patients may qualify for disability benefits under Social Security rules. On August 29, President Obama reminded Americans of the seriousness of childhood cancer in the United States and proclaimed September to be National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  As part of the proclamation, the president remembered those children who have succumbed to pediatric cancer. He offered the administration’s support for those children now fighting the disease, for their loved ones, and for the researchers, healthcare providers and advocacy groups who seek to lessen, and one day eliminate, the burden […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2014 – A new rule affects veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who left military service with a less-than-honorable discharge. On September 3, the Defense Department announced a new set of guidelines that could impact thousands of veterans with PTSD. These guidelines will provide benefits to many veterans with PTSD who were hitherto barred from receiving them because of a less-than-honorable discharge.  The DOD’s new policy represents the latest step in an evolving attitude toward PTSD. The condition was first recognized as a disorder with specific symptoms in 1980. “The Defense Department’s announcement […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2014 – The possibility for executive action prior to the Congressional election is dead. “Even though the President had indicated he would use his executive powers to put amnesty into place for illegal aliens, he has now, once again, backed away from that course of action,” indicated Miami immigration attorney Larry Rifkin, managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff. “Obama is now viewed as the cause behind immigration reform delay.” On June 30, the president told the press that he would use a set of executive actions to move immigration reform forward before the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2014 – The newest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine helps attorneys maximize their potential through creative, intelligent online marketing. BLF’s experts track the lawyer’s changing tech landscape to make new initiatives approachable, practical and effective for firms of every size. In this issue’s feature, Brendan Conley breaks down “Panda 4.0: What Happened, What It Means and What to Do About It.” Conley cuts through the abstract technical changes to find the the concrete steps a firm can take to boost its search result rankings under the update. Readers may be surprised to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2014 – Tampa’s Lee Roy Selmon Expressway has become a testing ground for driverless cars, an emerging technology that could help prevent thousands of automobile accidents. The upper part of the expressway was closed to traffic on July 28 as Audi tested a system called Traffic Jam Pilot, which will make it possible for drivers to let an automobile drive itself in stop-and-go traffic under 40 miles per hour, with the driver available to take back over with ten seconds’ notice. “Hopefully, this technology will succeed in reducing injuries and deaths from automobile […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2014 – A bipartisan bill that will allocate $16.2 billion to improvements to veterans’ health care was passed overwhelmingly by Congress and has been signed into law by President Obama. The deal is designed to reduce wait times and increase the number of doctors and nurses, among other changes. The bulk of the money, Veterans Affairs’ $10 billion, will go towards emergency spending to allow veterans who can’t get appointments with VA doctors to get care from outside physicians. $5 billion has been allocated to hiring medical staff, and the rest will be […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2014 – President Obama has indicated he intends to use his executive powers to take (as yet undefined) action on immigration reform. The House did nothing about it in August. Politicians have rankled against President Obama’s suggestion to use his executive powers to deal with immigration reform. They argue that such a move has the potential to completely destroy reform potential. One set of politicians is allegedly suing Obama for abusing his executive powers. “Another faction says that granting temporary, questionable legal status to illegal aliens, without dealing with border security or protecting […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2014 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a Florida nursing home by the family of Barbara Seabron, who died while she was a resident there. Felicia White Baker, the personal representative of Seabron’s estate and one of her six surviving children, filed the lawsuit against Lakeland Hills Rehabilitation Center, affiliated companies and two past administrators of the nursing home. “It is not unusual for nursing home neglect to cause serious medical issues and even death,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa wrongful death attorney not involved in the case. The lawsuit […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2014 – Bankruptcy preparers who charge a fee to help with bankruptcy filings are getting into trouble with the law for providing legal advice. Bankruptcy law is complex, and even filling out the forms correctly can be a challenge for many. In an effort to save on legal expenses, many individuals may be tempted to hire a preparer instead of a bankruptcy attorney. But it is illegal for preparers to give legal advice. “Only an attorney can provide legal advice as part of a service for which a fee is charged,” said Tampa […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2014 – There are tax implications involved with filing for bankruptcy. Individuals faced with overwhelming debt often consider filing for bankruptcy. The debts discharged in bankruptcy can include taxes, but Brandon, Florida bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton warns that rules and limitations apply. “The good news is that some taxes can be discharged in bankruptcy proceedings,” said Osenton. “However, it is important to be aware of the limits that apply.” First, Osenton notes, people considering filing for individual bankruptcy should know that if they are going through a tax audit, the bankruptcy will […]


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