Florida | Law Firm Newswire - Part 8

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2013 – Florida seniors are reporting that their Social Security accounts have been accessed by identity thieves. A new scam hitting numerous seniors in Florida is leveraging the latest online changes in Social Security access. Seniors who have been contacted for personal information by someone who claims to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) are right to be suspicious, elder advocates say. “Seniors have reported receiving calls asking for personal information, and have also been getting mailed confirmation that they have established an online Social Security account when, in fact, they had […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2013 – Acts of terrorism involving immigrants often affects the public point of view about immigration reform. “It is not unusual to note public interest in immigration reform drops precipitously in the wake of terrorist acts involving immigrants. Whether that is constitutionally fair or a valid reaction is another conundrum,” indicated Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. The Boston bombings created a tidal wave of anti-immigration feelings across the nation. Included in those proposing even stricter […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2013 – Divorce among those over 50, or “gray divorce,” is on the rise, according to both an academic study and an informal poll. Researchers at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio recently released a study entitled “The Gray Divorce Revolution,” which tracked the gray divorce rate from 1990 to 2009. And the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) polled its members on whether they have seen an increase in gray divorce cases. “As a family law attorney in Florida, where seniors make up a large portion of our population, I see […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2013 – Another set of changes to medical malpractice rules has been passed in Florida. “Each time a state trots out more legislation to change medical malpractice rules, it’s a fair bet medical negligence victims end up taking the brunt of the changes,” indicated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. The most recent legislative addition to the Florida legal landscape is SB 1792, that mandates that an expert witness called for the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case must practice precisely the same kind of medicine as the defendant. They can no […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 12 , 2013 – A 65-year-old Florida man was arrested for exposing himself in a Boca Raton bookstore. “This is a somewhat odd case, as the man’s behavior was certainly questionable. He was caught masturbating in the nearby presence of a 12-year-old girl and her mother while they were reading a book in the children’s section,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Witnesses say the child did not see the man fondling himself, and another customer stopped him and contacted store employees. Two male customers chased him down and handed him over […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 4, 2013 – Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have reformed Florida’s alimony laws and ended permanent alimony. In a letter to lawmakers, Scott said he could not support the bill because it allowed judges greater leeway to alter existing permanent alimony judgments, which he said could cause “unfair, unanticipated results.” However, he praised the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Ritch Workman and Sen. Kelli Stargel, for their efforts and said the bill contains “several forward-looking elements.” “Lawmakers and private citizens have tried for years to reform Florida’s alimony laws,” said Zephyrhills divorce attorney […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2013 – Sentinels of Freedom is a nonprofit organization which provides wounded vets with assistance through what it calls “life scholarships.” These life scholarships can help the veteran make major life changes after returning home, including obtaining a home of their own, heading back to school or obtaining with much-needed health care. “So many vets would benefit from all sorts of support as they transition back to civilian life, as would their families,” commented Tampa veterans attorney David W. Magann. The Sentinels of Freedom program began in California, launched by the father of a son who was wounded […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2013 – Florida’s foster parents just gained a bit more leeway in making decisions on how to care for foster children. That is thanks to a recent change in the law scheduled to go into effect July 1. The so-called “Normalcy Bill,” one of the first to be signed by Gov. Rick Scott in this year’s legislative session, gives foster parents discretion over a number of activities that until now, required court orders, such as obtaining driver’s licenses, going on school trips, and even traveling to neighboring counties on day trips with foster […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2013 – Vascular PRN offers compression therapy devices that help promote blood flow to prevent and heal diabetic ulcers. Ulcers on the legs and feet are a major complication of diabetes. They occur in 15 percent of all diabetic patients. Without prompt and effective treatment, they may leave doctors no alternative but partial leg amputation. Diabetic ulcers precede 84 percent of all lower leg amputations. “Our compression therapy equipment gently compresses the leg to increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood,” said Greg Grambor, president of Vascular PRN. “Compression therapy is effective, inexpensive, and […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2013 – Medical malpractice laws may soon not be an issue. Looming large is a recent trend for corporations to buy physician’s practices. “Although most of the states in the country are focusing on tightening medical malpractice laws, rules and regulations, Florida is giving the heads-up to a trending issue that may change the landscape of how medical care is delivered. Many small physicians’ offices are being snapped up by large corporations, effectively making the doctor an employee, and no longer an owner,” explained Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer, Tom Robenalt. Physicians view this […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2013 – It is not hard to figure out why the Republicans had a poor showing during the election. Their attitude towards immigration reform was a killer – literally. “If you understand the party differences relating to immigration reform,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida “you will realize that the Republicans had a poor showing in the election due to their bad attitude about immigrants and reforming the system. What immigrant in their right mind […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2013 – Politicians suggest immigration reform will be accomplished this year. Immigration groups wonder if that is true. “The whole immigration reform scenario has become a football kicked randomly back and forth across the political landscape. Few points are scored, and there are players still waiting the game out, until the referees choose to do something constructive. Some Republicans are saying it will pass the Senate this year, which is a much longer time than when they first said it had to be done just after their election loss,” pointed out Larry S. […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 29, 2013 – A bill to overhaul Florida’s alimony laws passed both chambers of the state legislature. After the House and Senate approved the measure by comfortable margins, it went to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature. If made law, the bill would do away with permanent alimony and allow judges to alter existing divorce judgments, among other provisions. “Permanent alimony may be awarded unnecessarily in some cases,” commented Brandon divorce lawyer Joshua Law, “but in others, it may be the most sensible outcome. There is no perfect solution to this issue.” If the […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2013 – A bill awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature would create a presumption in favor of equal time-sharing in child custody cases. Senate Bill 718 is most widely known and debated for the fact that it would do away with permanent alimony in Florida. But another important aspect of the legislation is also attracting its share of supporters and detractors. The bill would create a presumption for equal time-sharing by declaring it to be, with limited exceptions, in the best interest of the child. “Equal time-sharing is often of significant benefit to children […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2013 – The Florida legislature is currently considering a bill to end lifetime spousal support. A bill was recently passed by the Senate and is now before the House which would end the practice of awarding permanent alimony in Florida and would establish a table of alimony formulas for use by the courts going forward. “This is just the latest in a groundswell of alimony changes across the U.S.,” said Denver divorce attorney Bill Thode. “Similar bills are pending in Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Oregon.” Permanent alimony is considered a holdover from […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2013 – Auto insurance fraud, by most measures, is more widespread in Florida than in any other state. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) conducted an analysis of staged accidents occurring from 2007 to 2009 nationwide. According to the report, Florida was the top state for staged accidents during that period, at 3,006. Second place went to New York, with just over half that number. “Florida, unfortunately, is home to a great deal of insurance fraud, but local measures are improving the situation,” commented Zephyrhills accident attorney Robert Alston. The report also listed […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2013 – Sex crimes are a whole different ball of wax, and extremely serious crimes. “If someone is charged with a sex crime and the charges involve a child, this is a very serious matter and you will need an experienced Lakeland criminal defense attorney at your side. The bad news begins with word of such a charge reaching others, including family, friends and co-workers. The instant reaction is bone deep rage and revulsion, despite the fact that the individual charged may be completely innocent. People forget that first and foremost, someone charged […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2012 – Fort Lauderdale-based law firm Earnest/Tighe Law Firm, P.A. has announced its certification by the State of Florida as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). The Earnest/Tighe Law Firm, P.A. is owned by attorneys Molly Earnest and Paula Tighe. Ms. Earnest has been licensed to practice law in Florida since 1988 and is also licensed to practice in Georgia and North Carolina. Ms. Earnest obtained her B.B.A. with honors and her J.D. from the University of Florida, and her LLM in Taxation Law with honors from the University of Miami. She has […]


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Child and spousal support, generally can not be discharged in a bankruptcy. – Consumer Bankruptcy Filings at Record Levels – Osenton Law Offices, P.A. Contact a Tampa bankruptcy attorney at Osenton Law Offices, P.A. 500 Lithia Pinecrest Road Brandon, Florida 33511 Phone: 813.654.5777 http://www.brandonlawoffice.com/


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