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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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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2015 – Many people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia eventually become unable to make informed decisions and to understand the consequences of their decisions, and a family member becomes responsible for making medical, financial and other decisions. This can often occur without court intervention, but legal guardianship may be necessary in cases where there is no power of attorney in place or when the elder refuses necessary care. Guardianship gives a person the legal right to make decisions on behalf of someone who is unable to make their own […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2015 – The family of Robert Champion, the Florida A&M drum major who died after a hazing ritual, has offered to settle their wrongful death lawsuit against the university for $8 million. The position of the university has been that Champion participated in the hazing activities voluntarily. The university must accept or reject the settlement offer within 30 days. The Florida legislature must approve any settlement greater than $300,000. In 2012, Champion’s family rejected an offer by the university to settle the case for $300,000. “It is always tragic when a loved one […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2015 – A California state law called Assembly Bill 1825, which was enacted in 2004, mandates that employers in California with over 50 employees provide training on sexual harassment prevention to all supervisors every two years. The law was passed in response to accusations of groping that were alleged against former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the time of the 2003 recall campaign. It was Schwarzenegger who signed the bill into law. Although lawmakers in Sacramento are required to take such training every two years, it is unclear whether local elected officials are receiving […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 2, 2015 – Elizabeth Karnicki was killed when her head was run over by a duck boat in Chinatown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her horrified husband watched, unable to assist her. The Karnicki family allege there was negligence involved in her death and have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia, the parent companies of the tourist operation that ran the duck boat tours and the builder of the boat. Karnicki, 68, was apparently crossing the street at Arch and 11th streets on May 8 when the duck boat hit her, crushing […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 1, 2015 – There are a number of different retirement planning milestones that determine which benefits retirees can receive. Anticipating these milestones can be important for executing a retirement plan, and making any necessary changes. “Retirees can expect to start receiving various private funds and government benefits at different ages, and understanding when these funds will become available is essential for avoiding unexpected penalties or gaps in retirement funding,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, with offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. Age 59½ is […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2015 – A Florida jury awarded $24 million to a man whose pregnant wife died when a vehicle crashed into their pool cabana. The jury handed down the verdict in favor of Michael Demella, whose wife, Alanna, was killed at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale when she was struck by a drunk driver. “When a loved one is lost due to another’s negligence, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide some compensation to the grieving family,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa wrongful death attorney with Joyce & Reyes, who is not involved in […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2015 – Filing for Medicaid can be complex, especially for people over the age of 65 and those who need long-term care. In such cases, hiring an attorney when applying for Medicaid can be important in securing coverage. “An attorney can help individuals identify which programs they may qualify for and take steps to become eligible if necessary, as well as provide assistance with the application process itself,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, with offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. Medicaid is the […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2015 – One man was killed and another injured during an explosion at USA Metal Recycling in Neosho, Missouri, on June 15. The blast was caused at around 3:30 a.m. by an explosive device in a pile of empty military shell casings that were scheduled to be recycled at the facility, according to city authorities. Of the two men handling the aluminum casings, Cody D. Brisco, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Tyler Spencer, 23, was taken to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries. While working, the two men “discovered […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2015 – Get a glimpse of the future of search engine optimization services by looking at the concept of WaaS — website as a service. The tech industry is always evolving, and it comes as no surprise that the latest spin on the concept of SaaS (software as a service) is likely to apply the success of that model to web design. Savvy law firms will want to get out ahead of this new development. Until recently, the software used to run computers was generally a one-time purchase per version, with a […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2015 – IRA rollover rules changed recently, and it is important for people planning IRA rollovers to understand the updated rules. Under a recent United States Tax Court ruling, individuals are allowed only one tax-free IRA rollover every year, or 365 days, even if the individual owns several IRAs. The ruling represents a change from the previous policy, which allowed individuals to make one rollover per IRA each year. Under tax law, IRA distributions are subject to federal income tax, unless the distribution is placed into the same or another IRA within […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2015 – Police said 45 vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction crash that began when a driver struck a state trooper’s vehicle that was stopped for another accident. Drivers also blamed icy roads and sun glare for the pileup. State police said eight people were injured in the accident, which occurred at about 9:20 a.m. on February 2 on southbound I-294 in Hickory Hills. The injured were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, in fair condition, according to a representative of the hospital. “Chain-reaction crashes can be very dangerous and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2015 – Trucker Russell Staley says something in the cab of his truck distracted him before he plowed into a small bus carrying college softball players. It was early evening on September 26, 2014 when 54-year-old Russell Staley wandered over the center line in his Quickway Transportation Inc. rig and hit the small bus, flipping it and shearing off one side. The collision killed four of the women onboard. Speculation at the time suggested he may have been impaired but police never charged him with DWI. The police inventory of items found at […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2015 – Ending years of contention between Air Force veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the agency on June 19 agreed to provide millions of dollars in disability benefits to former service personnel who might have been exposed to the toxic herbicide Agent Orange on aircraft used in the Vietnam War. Veterans who flew contaminated C-123 airplanes after they were used in Vietnam from 1962 to 1971 to spray Agent Orange are now allowed to seek medical care and file for financial compensation with disability claims for illnesses related to […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2015 – Children caught in the middle of contentious custody battles between divorcing parents can sometimes become victims of parental alienation. In a case that has grabbed nationwide attention, a judge in Oakland County, Michigan, held three kids — ages 9, 10 and 15 — in contempt of court for refusing to meet with their estranged father. During a June 24 hearing to arrange parental visitation, Judge Lisa Gorcyca decided to send the kids to Children’s Village, a juvenile detention facility. At their father’s request, they were released from the center on […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2015 – An Illinois woman who filed a wrongful death lawsuit over the death of her husband has been awarded $2.6 million. Jacqueline Kotlarz filed the lawsuit after her husband died, claiming that he was not given an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) in time to save his life. “When negligence by medical professionals results in a tragic death like this one, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide compensation for the family,” said Robert Briskman, a wrongful death attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, who is not involved in the case. “Money cannot […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2015 – Florida traffic safety officials say that hundreds of lives could be saved if more drivers and passengers buckled their seat belts. In Florida in 2013, there were more than 1,200 deaths in vehicle crashes, and about 48 percent of the people who lost their lives were not wearing their seat belts. According to officials, many if not most of the unbelted deaths could have been prevented. “Far too many Floridians lose their lives in traffic accidents,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “It is tremendously […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2015 – In Autism Speaks’ largest international study on autism risk and parental age, researchers have found that teenage mothers and older parents are the most likely to have children with autism. Autism rates were 15 percent higher when moms gave birth in their 40s, 66 percent higher for kids with dads over 50 years old and 18 percent higher for children of teen moms. Increased autism rates were also noted among children born to couples with large age gaps and when both parents were older, in comparison to parents in their […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2015 – Marilyn Monroe in “The Misfits” walked from courthouse to bridge to toss her wedding ring into the river. Bridges are made to span the gap between two sides of a divide, and they are not normally associated with the creation of any division. But one bridge, a 105-year-old span over the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada, that has long been linked to newly divorced women through photography and film, has been scheduled for demolition. The span, which is officially called the Virginia Street Bridge, but is also known as the “Wedding […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2015 – Measures would update Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “grid rules” for calculating applicant eligibility. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced a trio of bills on May 6 that would change the SSA’s “grid rules,” which are the standards the agency employs to determine an applicant’s eligibility for benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Hatch’s measures would also simplify the benefit process and establish standards for medical evaluation that would be similar to those that Medicare uses. Hatch, who is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said that the SSDI […]


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