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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2017 – Medical malpractice lawsuits involving patients found “dead in bed” while in hospital after successful operations are on the rise. The patients were recovering in their rooms and not considered to be at risk. The sudden and unexpected death of patients recovering after successful surgery, sometimes within hours of an operation, is posing a significant problem. Research by top U.S. doctors into this issue has shown opioid painkillers suppress the respiratory system and starve the brain of oxygen, resulting in death. An in depth review of cases involving respiratory depression found the […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2017 – Estate planning involves countless complex rules that can change every year. It is important to ensure that estate planning documents take modifications into account and are up to date. Tax laws govern how people can make gifts during their lifetimes and transfer estate property to heirs tax-free up to a certain amount. In 2017, the lifetime gift and estate tax exclusion amount has increased by $40,000 from 2016 to adjust for inflation. This means each individual can protect up to $5.49 million from estate and gift tax. “Neglecting to actively […]


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Wesley Chapel, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2016 – Estate planning attorney Shiobhan Olivero has a message for young families: It is never too early to implement a basic estate plan. “It’s understandable that so many young parents put off estate planning,” Olivero said. “They have their whole lives ahead of them. But it’s better to plan ahead and recognize that life often brings the unexpected. Most young families don’t need anything fancy, but they should definitely put in place a few basic elements.” First, Olivero says, young parents should have a will. If both parents die or become […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2016 – Three former patients alleging medical malpractice are suing a Long Island neurosurgeon. The plaintiffs in this case were all allegedly diagnosed with a condition called Chiari malformation. This condition involves structural defects in the cerebellum, controlling balance. When a cerebellum defect is below the foramen magnum, it is referred to as a Chiari malformation. According to the various statements of claim, the neurosurgeon allegedly performed unnecessary surgery or made such serious errors that the patients developed post-surgery complications in the form of cysts on their spinal cords. As the case proceeded, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 1, 2016 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency has released a statement of the most recent adjustments on immigration petition fees and benefit applications. According to USCIS the adjustments are now not only final, but executory. Because the adjustments are executory, possible questions arise as to whether or not the stated final changes will indeed be final and what remains before they are executed. “The new fees mean an average increase of 21 percent for most petitions and applications,” explained respected Huston immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. According to USCIS, the increase […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2016 – A considerable number of Americans are grappling with decisions concerning investments, retirement and estate planning. According to the Pain Points and Actions Report from Hearts and Wallets, an acclaimed data consulting firm, over 50 percent of those who responded to a poll said they were experiencing challenges in retirement planning. The respondents consisted of those in the latter part of their career (52 percent age 53-64), and those in the middle of their career (59 percent, age 40-52). Estate planning was especially problematic for a large amount of both pre-retirees and […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2016 – Many Americans approaching old age are unsure of their ability to pay for long term care, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research report. Misconceptions persist among the aging adult population about the ways in which long term care will be financed. Around one-third of individuals aged 40 and older have not planned for their future needs, whether it is saving for a nursing home or setting aside funds for in-home care. “Planning for long term care for yourself or a loved one is essential to ensuring […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2016 – A bicycle rider was killed after being struck by a box truck on an Indianapolis state road. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, they found the bike rider dead and the trucker waiting to answer questions. The investigation is ongoing, and police are unclear why the accident occurred. The state road is well known to be a dangerous stretch for car accidents. Residents report that bicyclists are not uncommon on the highway, as it is the only way across. Police say both drivers and bicyclists need to use […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2016 – Couples approaching retirement age and contemplating divorce, may confront problems regarding ways in which to divide their retirement accounts. The divorce rate is skyrocketing for baby boomers. According to a report by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, between 1990 and 1994, the divorce rate among adults over age 50 doubled. And the rate tripled for those over age 65 in the same time frame. Recently, a survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that retirement accounts and pensions were second only to alimony as the […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2016 – Many people are of the opinion that if they bequeath money to charity upon their death, there will be a lesser amount left for their family. However, an experienced estate planning attorney is able to create an estate plan that includes charitable bequests and, in several cases, divert funds that are earmarked for the IRS, back to the family and charities that are important to the client. One method of accomplishing this objective is to transfer the funds that were intended to be left to charity, to a charitable remainder trust […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 12, 2016 – The issue of binding arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts came to a head recently, as the Florida Supreme Court ruled in a nursing home lawsuit that the case should not be sent to arbitration. Furthermore, the United States government issued a rule to stop nursing homes that receive federal funding from requiring arbitration to resolve disputes. “Nursing home residents who have been injured and families who have lost a loved one deserve their day in court,” said Robert Joyce, a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney with the Tampa firm […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 6, 2016 – Rosie McGhee allegedly died from injuries sustained in a fall at a nursing home. McGhee’s estate administrator filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging negligence. According to documents filed with the lawsuit, sometime between October 2010 and July 2015, Rosie McGhee sustained injuries after a fall and subsequently developed pressure sores. McGhee’s estate administrator suggests the sores contributed and/or caused her death. Further allegations suggest the defendants, against Infinity Healthcare Management of Illinois LLC and Belhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center LLC., did not provide proper/adequate supervision, failed to provide a complete medical […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2016 – New projections from trustees indicate that Social Security will begin to outspend its earnings by the end of the decade. The annual report cautioned that action was required sooner rather than later to boost funds and avoid disrupting the lives of millions of people who depend on the government program. Social Security’s financial outlook remains unchanged from last year’s projection. The program is likely to run out of funds by 2034. The date applies to the Disability Insurance (DI) and Old-Age and Survivors Insurance trust funds. Trustees warned that Congress’ failure […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2016 – Last week Robbie Montgomery of “Welcome to Sweetie Pies” fame filed a lawsuit with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis), Sweetie Pie’s Restaurant, Inc. v. James T. Norman, Sweetie Pies Hollywood, LLC, and Sweetie Pies Kitchen, LLC, against her son Tim Norman, also from “Welcome to Sweetie Pies.” Mrs.Robbie is claiming that Tim misappropriated her accounts and funds in connection with his management of their restaurant on Manchester Ave in St. Louis, their hometown. It was stated in court documents that Tim used […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2016 – Among the most significant factors to consider when establishing a business succession plan is the timing of the change of ownership. Whether the owner is planning to sell or make the business a gift, or combine the sale with a gift, the changeover should not occur prior to the identification and development of the next generation of leaders. Several estate planning methods for business succession plans work most effectively in an environment of low interest rates. Usually, when there are lower interest rates, the seller has more chances to finance […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2016 – Life insurance can be an integral part of estate planning in that it can help preserve wealth for posterity. In the case of an unforeseen death, life insurance can shield the testator’s family by replacing lost earnings. Additionally, there are many ways in which it can be used to take the place of wealth. For instance, if the testator owns real estate that has appreciated in value, or other assets, and would like to part with them without incurring capital gains tax liability, the testator could give the assets to a […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2016 – Older workers need to be wary of some potential Medicare errors that may come up if they intend to continue working past the age of 65. Approximately one-third of Americans within the age group of 65 to 69 stay in the workforce. This rate is 50 percent higher than it was ten years ago. Thus, an increasing number of older Americans are not getting Medicare upon reaching age 65. Andrew H. Hook, a prominent Virginia elder law attorney of Hook Law Center with offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2016 – According to the court documents filed in this case, Yolanda Lamar sustained permanent injuries after falling out of her bed at her care home. The lawsuit cites negligence resulting in wrongful death. On May 24, 2014, Yolanda Lamar fell out of her bed while in care at the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. She died four days later as a result of those injuries. Yolanda’s son, Cordell Lamar chose to file a wrongful death lawsuit alleging negligence in the care of his mother. According to the statement of claim, Mr. Lamar alleges the […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2016 – It can be challenging to find tax-advantaged ways to save for retirement when an individual is highly compensated. Under the general rule, workers can save $18,000 annually in pre-tax income in a 401(k) plan. However, if the worker earns over $120,000 annually, owns in excess of a five percent interest in an employer’s company, or is among the employees who earn the top 20 percent of income at the firm, the IRS considers such a worker to be a highly compensated employee (HCE). The contributions made by an HCE can […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2016 – Estate planning clients often ask about the most effective methods of protecting assets from creditors. It is always best to transfer assets prior to the time at which any claims arise. It is too late to make any transfers after there is a creditor issue. If such a transfer is made, it will be considered a fraudulent transfer. Other factors to consider are the following. If the grantor makes a gift to keep an asset from current creditors, but the grantor maintains control over the gift, then the gift may […]


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