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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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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2014 – Recent reports slam the federal agency for reduction in staff, operating hours and computer systems that do not work. The Social Security Administration should have reason to celebrate. After all, August 14, 2014, marked the 79th anniversary of the day when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, which ushered in the landmark entitlement program. However, the agency’s birthday was less than cheerful, coming on the heels of an audit that criticized the SSA for deciding to cut staffing and reduce its service hours. At the same time, the SSA […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2014 – A study from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) underscores the findings of earlier reports that drew attention to combat-related disorders. This year marks the 100th-year anniversary of the beginning of World War I, the so-called war to end all wars. Sadly and ironically, a study released on August 8 has found that the after-effects of combat stress among veterans can linger for decades, just as the consequences of the “Great War” affected (and is still affecting) conflicts many years later. The VA-commissioned study tracked veterans from as far back as […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2014 – There are exceptions to police warrant requirements. In some cases, officers can search a person or his or her personal property without a warrant. “The most common exception allows a vehicle search with probable cause. The main question here is, what kind of facts may lead to probable cause for a search for legal possession of medical cannabis?” said Thomas C. Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. “States that have legalized some forms of marijuana possession and/or use are trying to determine when the possession of cannabis triggers probable cause for […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2014 – Rather than deal with issues that concern the nation, including immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner has diverted attention to a lawsuit he is filing against President Obama. “It’s incomprehensible why Boehner would do something this nonsensical when an election is knocking on the door. His lawsuit alleges that the President is not executing the laws of the land by using his executive actions to change laws. The Obama administration strategies are old news, which makes his actions even stranger — until examined under the magnifying glass of potential political gain […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2014 – Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill to help foster children age 16 or older get around by car. The bill, HB 977, is a continuation of legislators’ efforts to improve the lives of Florida’s foster children and enable them to engage in normal age-appropriate activities. The 2013 legislative session saw the passage of a bill that trimmed the rules and regulations surrounding foster care that often made it difficult for children to participate in enriching activities with their peers, such as sleepovers and school field trips. Another 2013 bill extended […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2014 – Veterans, especially vets with PTSD, are much more likely to overuse drugs than the general public. Nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug regularly, and more than 50 percent are on at least two prescriptions. Multiple prescription drug use in the United States is fairly common, as 20 percent of Americans take five or more prescribed medications. Researchers have routinely noted that antidepressants and painkillers are among the most common prescriptions written, and both classes of medication hold risks and potentially serious side effects. Among veterans, particularly […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2014 – The cost of unaccompanied, minor, illegal immigrants entering the United States may run to roughly $2.28 billion by next year. U.S. taxpayers are footing that bill. “The $2.28 billion figure, which is an estimate, has shot up from 2014′s $868 million accumulation. These figures were sent to the Senate and House Appropriations by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and they are based on the assumption that unaccompanied minors are likely to continue to flood the borders. The numbers of young, unregistered immigrants entering the country have jumped ten-fold over […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2014 – DUIs usually refer to driving while under the influence of alcohol. With marijuara being more commonly used for a variety of reasons, such as medically/recreationally, comes the debut of marijuana DUIs. “As marijuana is sometimes used for medical purposes, there is a huge gap among states as to what defines driving under the influence. Twenty-three states and The District of Columbia are currently struggling to find an answer to that question. Interestingly, an Arizona court may have provided the solution to the question –and not just for Arizona, but across the […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2014 – Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals (DCA) recently ruled that deterioration in a former spouse’s health can usually support a reduction in his or her alimony obligation. In Garvey v. Garvey, a former husband sought to modify his alimony obligation to his former wife after his multiple sclerosis (MS) began causing significant health problems. The decision hinged on whether the alimony agreement had been made in anticipation of such a turn in his health. “I think the Fourth DCA made the right decision here,” said Attorney O. Reginald Osenton, who is […]


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