Florida | Law Firm Newswire - Part 7

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2013 – The DREAM Act says one thing. The young man nearly deported once and forced to leave later, because of application backlogs, despairs for the future of other Dreamers. “Many Floridians have heard about Juan Gomez, an undocumented immigrant and a Miami high school teen who had just graduated from high school in 2007. Immigration officials came knocking on his door and were set to deport him and his whole family back to Colombia. His classmates pulled out all the stops with social media to keep him in Miami. It worked. He […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) November 6, 2013 – E-medical record keeping is supposedly a lifesaving, accurate system to keep patients safe. A software error has created a recall situation. “Just recently, UnitedHealth Group Inc. issued a recall for their software, the Picis ED PulseCheck, used in hospital E.R.s. It affected hospitals in 20 states. The reason for the recall? An error that caused the system to eat physician’s prescription notes out of patient’s files,” outlined Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer. It was discovered that some versions of the software contained a glitch that did not print medication […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2013 – While not a requirement for divorce, Florida couples have two options available for legal separations. Unlike some other states, Floridians who wish to divorce are not required first to undergo legal separation. But some couples who feel divorce is in their future may wish to take an interim step. Separation does not have to be a formal legal matter, of course, but as Tampa divorce lawyer Kristi McCart explains, there are two options for those who wish to have a trial separation with rules in place. “The first option is a […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2013 – A slowly-improving national economy and rising home prices may be related to another trend: a climbing divorce rate. Unemployment continues its modest but steady decline, and home prices are rising nationwide at rates not seen since the mid-2000s. Meanwhile, divorces are climbing to pre-recession rates as well. Zephyrhills family law attorney Marcie Baker says that is probably not a coincidence. “Home prices have a lot to do with divorce rates,” Baker said. “Say a couple have a lot of equity in their home. Getting divorced often means selling the home, which […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2013 – Politics is holding back immigration reform. It is depressing that a whole nation waits on the political aspirations of a few wanting to toss dirt at the President. “When the House broke for the summer, it did not escape anyone’s attention that the immigration reform bill was left on the table. There was no vote held, despite the high hopes held by the nation’s immigrants, and those who support them, for a landmark revamping of the immigration system,” said Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2013 – If it is not one thing, it is another when it comes to stalling immigration reform. In the meantime, the one sector that Americans rely on to eat is facing dire circumstances without immigrant workers. “The uncertainty in the agricultural sector from year-to-year is not only unsettling,” indicated Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida, “it has the potential to hurry the death of a great number of farms who produce food for our tables. Many […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2013 – A physician co-owner of a pain clinic in Margate, Fla., pleaded guilty to the improper prescription of opioid painkillers. Joseph Francis Piazza, 62, worked at Margate Pain Management Clinic for just over nine months beginning in October, 2009, and ending in August, 2010. According to prosecutors, he prescribed 152,774 pills of oxycodone and related addictive painkillers and personally earned $253,800 during that time period. “The alleged improper prescriptions in this case took place before Florida’s crackdown on pill mills,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce. “This sort of activity was […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 4 , 2013 – The victim in this case was 14-years-old at the time of the alleged incident. The accused is being pressured into accepting a deal to keep her out of jail. “Florida’s Kaitlyn Hunt, now 19, says she does not feel that she did something wrong by having consensual sex with a 14-year-old. A person under the age of 16 is not legally able to give consent, and therein lies the issue,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Hunt was charged, after the underaged teen’s parents went to police, with […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2013 – Next year’s Florida legislative session will probably see another attempt to reform alimony. After a nearly-successful effort to enact alimony reform this year, advocacy groups and lawmakers are already gearing up for next year’s legislative session. And as Brandon family law attorney Kristi McCart explains, there is good reason to believe they may be successful next time. “This year’s attempt to reform alimony was not the first in Florida,” McCart said. “It probably will not be the last. That effort came closer to succeeding than any previous bill. Governor Scott seemed […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2013 – It is clear that the Republicans are still stalling immigration reform, despite indicating they would get on the same page with the Democrats to pass the bill. “Despite a close vote to pass the bill in the Senate (84-15), the 15-man holdout was Republicans. The same party that said they were on board with the Democrats to get the reform bill passed. It appears what they say and what they do are two different things,” added Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law […]


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Jacksonville, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2013 – There are different types of alimony for different divorce situations in Florida. Alimony reform has been in the news in Florida recently, with Governor Rick Scott vetoing a bill that would have ended permanent alimony in the state. However, Florida’s alimony laws have already undergone significant reform recently, and different types of alimony apply in different divorce situations, according to prominent divorce attorney Richard D. Zasada. “Permanent periodic alimony still exists in Florida, but it is not the only type,” said Zasada. “Depending on the situation, durational alimony, bridge-the-gap alimony or […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 6, 2013 – Despite President Obama still beating the drum to encourage immigration reform to move forward, nothing is happening. “It was mere days after the House Republicans stubbornly stated they would not support the much debated immigration reform bill, leaving the future of over 11 million illegal immigrants hanging in the wind, when President Obama put out a call on his weekly radio program urging cooler minds to prevail and get the bill done,” said Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2013 – The group Disabled American Veterans (DAV) recently awarded the Community Hero award to two distinguished Florida residents. “So much of what Disabled American Veterans does for returning vets and their families really hinges on the efforts of the larger community,” said Tampa veterans attorney David W. Magann. “Their efforts do not go unnoticed.” In a ceremony in St. Petersburg, the award was given to Florida resident Keith Collins, a Marine Corps veteran who served in the Vietnam War. Collins, who lives in New Tampa, is a home builder and is CEO […]


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Palm Coast, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2013 – While the divorce rate in the U.S. remains high, the marriage rate is dropping, according to a new study. Researchers said that the marriage rate has reached a low of 31.1 marriages for every 1,000 women who are unmarried. That number was 90.2 in 1950 and 92.3 in 1920. Although there have been fluctuations in the past, with the marriage rate dropping slightly in the 1930s and again in the 1960s, the marriage rate has been on a steady decline since the 1970s. The divorce rate, meanwhile, remains high in […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2013 – A new study predicts medical bills will force bankruptcies in the households of 1.7 million Americans in 2013. NerdWallet Health, a consumer finance website, compiled a series of statistical estimates of the impact this year of rising health care costs. The report says Florida will account for the third-highest total of medical-related bankruptcies in the nation, with nearly 100,000 such filings. “Medical bills are very frequently one of the primary reasons – and often the sole reason – that individuals declare bankruptcy,” said Tampa bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton. “And that […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2013 – Federal health officials announced they will suspend Medicare and Medicaid payments to a troubled Tampa nursing home. When the payments cease, the home, Lakeshore Villas, will become the second pediatric nursing home in Florida to close in 2013 amid allegations that the state is “warehousing” disabled children in nursing homes, in the words of federal officials who investigated claims of children living in relative isolation with little activity or stimulation. “All residents of nursing homes need and deserve attention and activities,” stated Tampa nursing home abuse lawyer Robert Joyce. “And that […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2013 – Border patrol statistics from Arizona show a jump of 13 percent over 2012 figures for a six-month period ending April 1. “Border apprehension numbers are important to politicians, as they are tied to funding for border security. Crossing points that show a decrease are lauded as being effective. Points that show an increase are supposedly targeted for more funding, more security. Overall, the numbers are irrelevant, because traffic shifts from one crossing point to another on a frequent basis. It’s just the way it goes,” said Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 14 , 2013 – If this kind of bust can happen in Idaho, it can also happen in Florida. “Child pornography is, to most people, an abominable offense, worthy of locking someone up for years and throwing away the key. While that reaction is understandable, we should remember that just because someone was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography or transporting child pornography, that they may not have committed that specific crime, or just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 9, 2013 – Immigration reform may be a bit closer with the 84-15 vote in the Senate. That does not necessarily mean reform will ultimately make it through the rest of the political process. “The name of the bill that attempts to deal with immigration reform seems to get longer the more time it spends in political committees. Nonetheless, some progress appears to have been made with the bill. The Senate voted for it 82-15. Overall, this means some forward movement. It does not mean a final passage, as further debate is pending relating […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2013 – Border security efforts can include the latest in high-tech efforts as well as something as simple as checking for footprints. “One of the largest sections of protected border is the 262-mile wall just south of Tucson. It bristles with sensors, infrared scopes and surveillance cameras. It’s high tech to the nth degree,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “But security is even more basic than that, including foot searches, horseback details scouring the […]


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