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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2014 – Thousands of Vietnam veterans may become eligible for benefits, thanks to new rules that help veterans appeal less-than-honorable discharges that were caused by conduct related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to a Department of Defense memorandum from United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, PTSD should now be considered a mitigating factor in the review of discharge status. The memorandum also instructs that time limits be liberally waived in these cases so that Vietnam veterans can apply. PTSD did not become an official diagnosis until after 1980. As such, Vietnam […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2014 – A recent wrongful death case in New Jersey revealed that impaired driving does not always involve driving while under the influence of alcohol. “Daniel Everett, the professional truck driver involved, was driving while impaired, but not because he was drunk. His erratic blood sugar levels made him drive in a similarly erratic manner. His 80,000-pound truck pushed a car off the road into a lake, and its driver drowned,” outlined Austin injury lawyer, Bobby Lee.  Everett was also involved in two other accidents earlier that day. The truck driver first rear-ended […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2014 – A Virginia program that puts noncustodial parents to work, rather than in jail, for nonpayment is showing results. The Intensive Case Monitoring Program (ICMP) channels noncustodial parents who have shirked their child support obligations into careers, not incarceration. Recently, the program has expanded to more jurisdictions in Virginia — and as the ICMP has ramped up its presence through the commonwealth, so too, has it increased the amount of money Virginia has collected for child support. The ICMP operates under the auspices of the Division of Child Support Enforcement. It was […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 20, 2014 – Speaking to older parents about challenging subjects, including finances or the need for assisted living, can be stressful for both parties. Small disagreements can take on enormous significance, and overall communication can break down. Although there is no way to eliminate the stress inherent in such difficult discussions, good communication techniques can help parents and their adult children navigate their challenges effectively. “When adult children learn how to communicate with their aging parents, both the parents and children can appreciate one another and connect during the final stages of the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 13, 2014 – Lone Star State workers are 12 percent more likely to be killed on the job than workers doing the same job in another state. More workers die in Texas than in any other state in the country. “Construction sites in Texas are 22 percent deadlier than the national average. That is not something to be proud of,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury attorney.  Working conditions are horrific. Worker’s compensation is ineffective. Many workers are improperly classified as independent contractors, and many are illegal immigrants. The shocking fact is that […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 6, 2014 – Family-owned businesses face one of their most vulnerable periods when transitioning to the next generation after their founder’s retirement or death. More than 70 percent of family businesses do not survive this transition. But a transition plan can help preserve the business for generations to come. Planning for the transition should encompass both the legal aspects of the process, such as tax and estate planning, and practical discussions with the family members who will take over the business. “Neglecting to set up a transition plan is one of the biggest […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2014 – Is a working employee’s distracted driving an employer’s responsibility? “This is one of those discussions that tends to come up when a company employee like a trucker or cab driver is involved in an accident. Was the employee driving while distracted? Did the employee’s driving cause the accident? What role does an employer play in such a situation?” said Bobby Lee, an Austin injury attorney. Recently, a high-profile comedian was seriously injured when a truck crashed into the back of a limo bus. One person was killed, and several others were […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2014 – Just as a reader cannot always tell a book by its cover, a family shopping for nursing home care cannot rely solely on a facility’s outward appearances. “Generally, when a parent needs to be placed in care, most children rely on visual clues they see in a facility itself and as the staff interacts with others. If those two checkpoints meet their approval, they feel they have a quality home that is safe for their loved one. Unfortunately, that is not always the case,” explained Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer, […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2014 – The divorce rate in the United States is rising, a trend credited in large part to the economic recovery of the past several years. During the 18-month recession, the divorce rate plunged to a 40-year low. Since then, the divorce rate has recovered, rising each year. In 2012, the most recent year for which U.S. Census Bureau data is available, 2.4 millions Americans divorced. “When times are tough, unhappy couples are more likely to stay together for financial reasons,” said Lisa McDevitt, a divorce attorney in Florida. “With the economy in […]


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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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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 2, 2014 – This summer, a cluster of crashes involving Houston’s MetroRail light rail system caused serious injuries and reignited concerns about the system’s safety. Three incidents occurred in the same week, all involving collisions between a light rail train and a passenger car, according to a news report in the Houston Chronicle. According to the Chronicle, one of the crashes was deemed preventable by the light rail operator. The other two were likely the fault of motorists. “These three accidents add to the mounting evidence that the Houston light rail system poses undue […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2014 – In an at-will employment arrangement, an employer may terminate a worker any time for a wide number of reasons. An employee may also quit any time for any reason, but he or she should do so with respect and courtesy if possible. “If you are thinking about quitting your job, make certain you know if you live in an at-will employment state, such as Illinois,” suggested Chicago employment attorney Timothy Coffey. “In virtually all states (with the exception of Montana), workers are presumed to be at-will employees unless the employment terms […]


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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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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2014 – Most states hire workers “at-will.” Even though employees may usually be laid off at any time without notice, state and federal laws protect workers in some circumstances. “It is good common sense to understand whether or not you are employed at-will in your state. It affects how any labor disputes may be handled. Illinois is an employment-at-will state,” explained Timothy Coffey, a respected Chicago employment lawyer. State and federal laws protect workers in some circumstances. For instance, if a worker in Illinois has an employment contract, they do not have at-will […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2014 – Despite the thousands of lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, the devices are still in use. “As more and more women file medical negligence lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, it would seem sensible to take them off the market. Such a decision would not be unusual for an allegedly defective product, but it does not seem that its manufacturers are interested in making it,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin lawyer who litigates transvaginal mesh lawsuits. In one Oregon case, the victim no longer wants to get […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2014 – Best Lawyers in America has once again selected Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP to be included in its definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States in the field of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates. This marks the eighth consecutive year that Krooks has been recognized for this honor. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor conferred on a lawyer […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2014 – At-will employment means an employer may terminate a worker any time for many reasons. An employee may also quit any time for any reason, but should do so with respect and courtesy if possible. “If you are thinking about quitting your job, make certain you know if you live in an at-will-employment state, such as Illinois,” indicated Chicago employment attorney, Timothy Coffey. “For instance, in virtually all states, with the exception of Montana, workers are presumed to be at-will employees, unless the employment terms fit an exception to the prevailing rule, […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2014 – A willful disregard for employee safety led to the International Nutrition building collapse last January, according to an official report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The collapse, which killed two people and injured nine, occurred when rooftop storage bins, overloaded with limestone, caused three floors of the building to cave in. In a company statement, International Nutrition claimed that company officials had no knowledge of dangerous conditions. “This company has been cited and fined by OSHA repeatedly over the last decade,” said David Lietz, a wrongful death attorney […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2014 – Despite the thousands of lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, they are still in use. “As more and more women file medical negligence lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, it would seem to make sense that they be taken off the market. Such things are not unheard of when it comes to defective products. However, this does not seem to be the case,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin lawyer litigating transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Consider the Oregon case of one woman who does not want to get out […]


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