law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 13

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2013 – If a company is able to make accommodations for a religious belief, without incurring extra expenses, they are obligated by law to do so. “An Illinois trucking company recently discovered they violated federal discrimination laws by not accommodating two of their truckers due to their religious beliefs. Both followed the Islam faith and were allegedly fired for their beliefs,” explained Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. The lawsuit, filed by […]


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Palm Coast, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2013 – As with other legal matters, people have the right to represent themselves without an attorney in divorce proceedings. Florida courts provide local self-help centers with family law forms to fill out. But is “do-it-yourself divorce” a good idea? Jacksonville divorce attorney Richard D. Zasada warns that there are potential pitfalls that people may not be aware of. “The temptation to do it yourself in order to save money is understandable, but that decision may end up costing you more in the long run,” said Zasada. “Division of property and alimony, […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2013 – Legislation intended to lower barriers to adoption by same-sex couples was recently reintroduced in the U.S. Congress. Many states have some kind of restriction or outright ban on adoption by same-sex couples. Under the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (ECDFA), federal funds could be cut off from foster and adoption agencies that discriminate in that way. “Supporters of the law say children are better off in a permanent home, whether with same-sex or opposite-sex parents, than they are as wards of the state,” commented Brandon family lawyer Joshua Law. “This […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2013 – The Florida Supreme Court ruled that Geico could not require a sworn statement before paying its customer for her injuries. Plaintiff Merly Nunez prevailed in her suit against the auto insurance company in the 5-2 decision. The majority said that requiring an examination under oath was “unreasonable and unnecessary” and that the law in effect at the time of Nunez’s claim did not allow such a requirement. The law has since been altered, however. “A no-fault insurance system like Florida’s PIP – personal injury protection – is supposed to get benefits […]


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New guidelines the attorney plugin for WordPress hopes to improve quality of law firm listings within Lawyer Plugin’s Peer-to-Peer network. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2013 – In an effort to maintain and enhance quality listings in their peer-to-peer directory, Lawyer Plugin, the innovative, free WordPress plugin for attorneys and law firms, has established strictly enforced peer-to-peer network terms. “Developers are maintaining the strictest quality controls possible to ensure the peer-to-peer network is consistently useful and of high quality,” stated lawyer Plugin senior developer Justin Torres. “All of the peer-to-peer listings are verified by staff and additions […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2013 – The AARP has released information to help finance caregiving support for a loved one. Some states have programs to assist family members pay for their chosen caregiver, which may be a family member. The program is sometimes called “participant-directed,” “consumer-directed” or “cash and counseling” and has stringent income and additional eligibility requirements which the care recipient must meet in order to be paid as a caregiver. “The programs have long waiting lists due to state budget cuts,” commented Michigan elder law attorney Christopher Berry. “If there are questions about those […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2013 – The U.S. Supreme Court invalidated part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), extensively impacting taxes and federal benefits. Section 3 of DOMA defines marriage, for the purpose of federal law, as a legal union between one man and one woman. The Supreme Court deemed that section unconstitutional by a 5-4 decision issued on June 26, 2013. How that decision is applied to the law by various federal agencies will determine whether same-sex married couples are granted any of a number of the legal benefits of marriage. “The effects of […]


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Jacksonville, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2013 – For people age 50 and older, the divorce rate has doubled in the past 20 years, according to a new study. Researchers at Bowling Green State University released the study, “The Gray Divorce Revolution,” which used data from the U.S. Census. The study found that in 1990, one in 10 recently-divorced people was age 50 or older, and by 2010, that number had reached one in four. In 2010, over 600,000 people age 50 and older got a divorce. Richard D. Zasada, a family law attorney in Jacksonville, Florida, said that […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP has once again been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 in the field of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates. This marks the seventh consecutive year that Krooks has been recognized for this honor. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than four million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. As a result, only a select group of elite lawyers are chosen for this distinction. The survey […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2013 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a new online application for disability compensation claims. The agency says the online form allows claims to be processed more quickly because the procedure is electronic from start to finish. The VA has already begun implementing a computerized process for handling the paper claims it receives. Officials say electronic claims processing is a key part of the agency’s plan to eliminate its infamous claims backlog by the end of 2015. “Anything that speeds these disability benefits to our deserving veterans is welcome news,” […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2013 The August issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, looks at how attorneys are using video to enhance and expand their marketing efforts, explains how Google Analytics can help target leads and determine site pitfalls, charts how the Cloud can be instrumental in solving storage issues, tries out two new inbox management tools, explores Tumblr, questions if Google has banned press releases for SEO purposes, and maps out a system for managing firm leads. Video production by individual lawyers and by all manner of law firms is at an all-time […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP has been appointed Chair of the Elder Care Committee of the Editorial Advisory Board of Trusts & Estates magazine. The Elder Care Committee was created to address the increased importance of elder care issues in the practice of estate-planning professionals. Krooks is a longtime contributing editor to Trusts & Estates, the pre-eminent journal for wealth management professionals serving the needs of high-net-worth clients, family business owners, family offices, charitably inclined donors and non-profit corporations. Krooks is a founding partner of Littman Krooks […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2013 – New Jersey elder law attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esq. is speaking as a faculty member in a course co-presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) on “Irrevocable Trusts: Drafting with the Right Ingredients” on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Mr. Begley will be discussing irrevocable trusts as part of a powerful estate planning tool for elder law attorneys to help their clients protect their interests. “Irrevocable trusts have previously been utilized as a means to transfer wealth between high net-worth family members,” commented elder law attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr. “But […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2013 – Videotaped nursing home abuse is typically irrefutable evidence in court. “Oklahoma stepped up to the plate and signed a Bill into law that allows nursing home residents, or their family members, to install an e-monitoring system in the patient’s room. No one can stop a family member from doing that. It’s a good idea and has the capacity to change the law relating to nursing home abuse across the country,” stated Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. The state of […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2013 – Statewide, there were close to 60,000 victims of elder abuse, exploitation or neglect in 2012. There are more than 2.4 million Texans age 65 and older. Investigations found that 40 percent of the individuals abusing, neglecting or financially exploiting the elderly were the victims’ adult children. According to Ross Jackson, the regional director for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Region 7, many of the cases included neglectful self-care, elderly individuals who were locked inside and unable to get out, and bed-ridden elders who were not properly cared […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2013 – The Begley Law Group elder law, estate planning and special needs trusts attorneys are participating in an Elder Law Day for legal professionals July 24, 2013. “The continued ‘graying’ of the U.S. population means elder law will continue to be a huge growth area for law firms and attorneys who offer comprehensive elder law services,” commented New Jersey elder law attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr. “Elder Law Day is a one-day crash course which examines the key issues elder law attorneys need to know to best support their clients.” Presented in […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2013 – Attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr. and Dana E. Bookbinder of the Begley Law Group have been selected to the 2013 New Jersey Super Lawyers list. The 2013 New Jersey Super Lawyers list designation is bestowed upon lawyers who have been judged to have extensive professional achievements, exemplary ethical standards, and are held in esteem by their peers. The process in which an attorney is selected as a Super Lawyer includes stringent peer nominations, evaluations, and research by third parties. Only five percent of attorneys are selected. Attorney Begley has been named […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2013 – A number of recent health care reforms are pushing health policy advisors to rethink how to meet the growing need for elder health care professionals. Panelists at a senior health care forum in Manhattan recently expressed concern about the future of elder care in the U.S. The symposium, hosted by Jewish Home Life Care and the Himan Brown Charitable Trust, included the health policy professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Dr. John Wallis Rowe, who stated that the number of heath care workers specializing in geriatrics was […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 5 , 2013 – There are times when upholding the law may include apparently overly stringent applications of the law. That is the impression of one Lakeland criminal defense lawyer. “Polk County’s Bartow High School had a bit of excitement recently involving an explosion as the result of a female student mixing toilet bowl cleaner and aluminium foil in a plastic bottle. The bottle top flew off, the container smoked and then exploded. It was a small explosion,” said Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense lawyer. The student, who decided to conduct a science […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2013 – Some life insurance policyholders are selling their policies to fund long-term care, but at what ultimate cost? Bills in numerous states, including California, Florida, New York, Kentucky, Maine, Louisiana and New Jersey, are allowing elderly residents to sell their life insurance policies to pay for custodial health care. “For anyone concerned about their long-term care, selling off their life insurance is not their only option,” commented Michigan elder law attorney Christopher J. Berry. “Long-term care insurance is designed specifically to ensure that no one needs to borrow from the future, […]


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