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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2016 – The musical artist Prince died on April 21, 2016, apparently without ever having created a will, referred to as “intestate” death. Prince had no known children, but had six surviving siblings, who are the sole heirs. Even if there is little conflict among the heirs, the process of probating his estate is expected to be long and expensive. O. Reginald Osenton, a Florida probate attorney, cited two important reasons why individuals with significant assets should be sure to create a valid will. “First, creating a will serves to keep the scope […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 3, 2016 – The number of Florida car accidents in on the rise in 2016. According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), there were 129,168 car crashes in the Sunshine State in the first four months of 2016. That is an increase from 122,192 collisions during the same period in 2015. There were 34,062 Florida car accidents in March 2016, more than any month during 2015. “There is no doubt that car accidents are on the rise,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. “With more […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2016 – The U.S. government announced plans to eliminate $7.7 billion in student loan debt for around 400,000 severely disabled individuals. According to the Department of Education, Americans who are “totally and permanently disabled” have no obligation to repay their federal student loans. In 2012 the government moved toward simplifying the loan forgiveness process by allowing disabled individuals use their Social Security designation to get a discharge. However, student activists claim many Americans are unaware of the benefit or have encountered difficulties with submitting paperwork. As a result, some borrowers’ disability checks have been […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2016 – Police are investigating after vandals damaged part of a war memorial at Veterans Memorial Park near Gainesville, Florida. They smashed a pillar commemorating members of the U.S. military who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The monument is part of the Walk Through Time veterans memorial honoring those who were killed during various conflicts throughout history. It starts with the American Revolution and ends with the now-damaged pillar dedicated to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Each brick stacked atop the pillars […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2016 – A recent series of wrong-way car accidents in Florida has prompted calls for improved safety. Just before the New Year, five people died in Miami-Dade when a drunk driver speeding the wrong way on I-95 struck a vehicle carrying four people. In February, a 26-year-old died traveling north in the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike. In March, a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy died when a wrong-way driver collided with his squad car, and a deadly wrong-way crash occurred on I-4 in Orange County. “In the case of a wrong-way crash, it […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 27, 2016 – The Florida Legislature on February 24 unanimously passed a bill that will grant disabled veterans free parking at all public airports across Florida. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Ken Roberson, R-Punta Gorda, and Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice. Under the measure, publicly owned or operated airports in the state will be barred from charging disabled veterans for parking. However, individuals must have a disabled veteran license plate in order to be eligible. Earlier, veterans would only qualify for free parking if their cars were specially equipped with wheelchair lifts, ramps or […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2016 – Attorney Robert Joyce, of the Tampa firm Joyce & Reyes, has been selected to receive the 2016 Champion of Justice award from the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association. The Champion of Justice award is the highest honor bestowed by the association, and it is only given when the board finds that there has been truly exceptional lifetime achievement in the service of justice. The award has only been given seven times in the past. The board of the association unanimously selected Mr. Joyce as the recipient of the 2016 award, congratulating […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2016 – Chalik & Chalik Law Offices is pleased to announce that its founding partner, attorney Jason Chalik, has been nominated for the Broward County Public Schools 2016 School-Based Partnership of the Year Award. Chalik & Chalik PA has had a partnership with South Plantation High School that has produced a favorable effect on the students and school community. Jason Chalik provides counsel to people who have suffered personal injury and lost loved ones because of the negligent or reckless behavior of other parties. He represents people who have sustained injuries in all […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 13, 2016 – Title lenders are coming under fire from the federal government and ordinary Florida citizens. The lenders issue loans to individuals using titles to the borrowers’ automobiles as collateral. Despite existing state law limiting certain controversial practices, the companies remain under scrutiny for what some call predatory lending. Federal regulators may weigh in on the matter soon, and at least one Florida couple is suing one of the state’s biggest lenders. Reggie Osenton, a Tampa bankruptcy attorney, strongly cautions against borrowers turning to title lenders. “Even the best of these lenders have […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2016 – A U.S. postal worker from Tampa, Florida, has been charged with stealing Social Security benefit checks valued at more than $2 million from the mail. The man was identified on March 18 as 47-year-old Stacy Darnell Mitchell. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mitchell could face a maximum of 15 years in federal prison. He was charged with theft of government property and theft of mail. “Investigators have done well to find the alleged perpetrator of the crime,” said David W. Magann, a prominent attorney in Tampa, Florida, whose firm specializes […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2016 – There has been an alarming increase in pedestrian deaths from car accidents across the United States, and Florida is estimated to have the highest rate of such deaths in the nation, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Based on preliminary data, the safety association estimates a 10 percent increase from 2014 to 2015 in the number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide. Florida is estimated to have the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the country. “Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in car accidents, and collisions […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 7, 2016 – A woman who suffered a brain injury in a Florida car accident while riding in an Uber vehicle has filed a lawsuit against the ride-sharing company. Jean Day, a nurse visiting Florida from South Carolina for a medical conference, and her husband Dr. Richard Day, hailed a ride from an Uber vehicle in December. According to their lawsuit, the driver failed to yield to oncoming traffic and crashed into another vehicle. Jean Day suffered brain injuries that required multiple surgeries, and her husband broke his leg. Ms. Day must protect her […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2016 – Florida has more motorcycle fatalities than any other state, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported. Among all vehicle operators in Florida, only 7 percent are motorcyclists, but motorcycle accidents account for 19 percent of all fatal accidents. More motorcycles are expected on Florida roads than usual as thousands of riders travel to Daytona for Bike Week. “It is a fact that people on motorcycles are more vulnerable to injury or death in the event of a collision,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2016 – Florida and other states are set to receive additional federal foreclosure aid funds five years after the initial grants. The Hardest Hit Fund was created in 2010 to help states with high rates of home foreclosures. A federal report last year found that Florida had both the slowest disbursement of funds and the lowest rate of acceptance of applicants. Now, Florida and other states are set to receive additional funds and an extended deadline for disbursement. “Florida is getting a second chance,” said Reggie Osenton, a bankruptcy attorney in Tampa. “We […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2016 – After an increase in hit-and-run car accidents in 2014, preliminary statistics indicate that another spike in hit-and-runs took place in 2015, with more than 90,000 such accidents occurring. “Drivers need to realize that if they leave the scene of an accident, they are not only committing a crime, they may also be putting an injured person’s life at risk by delaying the emergency response,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. “When a crash takes place, it’s important to stay at the scene, call […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2016 – Safety advocates say that DUI arrests in Miami-Dade County, and throughout Florida, have dropped precipitously. Although car accidents resulting from drunk driving have also decreased, advocates say that does not justify the lack of enforcement. Newly released court statistics for Miami-Dade County show that police made just 3,609 DUI arrests in 2015, a 20 percent decrease from 2014. In 2010, police arrested 6,321 suspected drunk drivers countywide. DUI arrests were especially low in Miami Beach, where police arrested just 138 suspected intoxicated drivers, compared to 1,299 in 2010. In the city […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2016 – Many baby boomers expect to work for a longer period of time and would prefer a phased retirement in which they gradually reduce the number of hours they work and/or work remotely. Therefore, they are seeking assistance from an increasing number of firms that concentrate on placing older workers in part-time and temporary positions in certain industries. While some jobs can be performed in the office, others can be completed from home or another remote area. According to a retirement study conducted in 2013, almost half of the participants expressed […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2016 – Many retirees are considering putting their home on the market and moving to a less expensive area. Two married couples did exactly that when they left their homes in Maryland and moved to Florida. Barbara and Mike West made the decision to sell their home in a suburb of Maryland that they had owned for 26 years. Encouraged by a desire to escape the Mid-Atlantic winters, they thought about relocating to Hawaii, where they had resided during Mike West’s time in the Navy. However, they concluded that it was too […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2016 – The government is changing its rules about confirming veteran deaths after acknowledging that 115 veterans were wrongly declared dead over the past year and a half. Their benefit payments were terminated even though they were still alive. Under the new policy, the Department of Veterans Affairs will send a letter to the address of those veterans that officials think are deceased. A surviving family member will then have 30 days to confirm the death. The VA will only terminate benefit payments if they do not hear from the family or the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2016 – Traffic deaths in Florida increased in 2015, according to preliminary data. Tentative numbers from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicate that there were 2,939 highway fatalities in Florida in 2015. That is a 17.8 percent increase from 2,494 traffic deaths in 2014. “Far too many people lose their lives on Florida’s roads,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. “Whenever someone is killed or injured in a car accident that results from another person’s negligence, the victim or victim’s family […]


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