law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 14

Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2013 – More than 10,000 American baby boomers are turning 65 every day. By the year 2030, 1 in 5 people in the U.S. will be 65 or older. The increase in the elderly population in the U.S. means that more people will be caring for seniors in professional settings, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. That also means than many adult children must make difficult decisions for their aging parents, or may be pressed into the role of caregiver. “While having to assess and meet the care needs of elderly […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2013 – When landowners enter into a lease with an oil and gas company, they should include a clause that the company cannot deduct costs from their royalties. “To protect your royalties, a lease should clearly provide that the driller cannot make deductions based on the costs of processing, transporting or marketing the oil or natural gas,” said Gregory Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney. “There are numerous examples of provisions that were intended to accomplish this result that have been held in case law to not quite cut it,” notes Jordan. […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2013 – Seniors in Texas are at high risk from Internet scams and financial elder abuse. According to the FBI’s 2012 Internet Crime Report, Texas ranked third in the nation in the number of complaints received about Internet fraud. This type of scam is just one way that thieves can take advantage of seniors. Older people are also at risk for in-person and telephone scams and for theft and fraud by caregivers and other service providers. “It is very important to be aware of the various ways that financial elder abuse can be […]


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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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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2013 – Too many seniors are being given colonoscopies too often, a new study states. A recent study in the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine stated that many seniors report “a strong moral obligation” when it comes to undergoing medical testing, even in their advanced years. But many medical professionals are advising them that the risks that come with screenings such as colonoscopies and other medical procedures may not be worth it. Though all Americans are urged by multiple advocacy groups to begin colorectal cancer screening at age 50, little public […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2013 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will expedite decisions on claims more than one year old. In a news release, the VA said that effective immediately, the agency’s claims raters would begin making provisional decisions on the oldest backlogged benefits claims. After a provisional rating has been given to a claim, the veteran will have one year to submit additional evidence before a final decision is issued. “Too many veterans endure very long waits to receive desperately-needed disability benefits,” commented veteran’s attorney Andrew Hook. “Hopefully this initiative will […]


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Law firms and attorneys wanting to figure out how Google Penguin 2.0 is going to effect their search engine marketing must pick up the June issue of the Bigger Law Firm magazine. Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2013 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, looks at Google’s tools and how that continues to affect marketing efforts, how a shared language helps site designers and attorneys work together, untangling seemingly inscrutable web statistics, and the latest in mobile personal assistants. This month’s feature, “Plus, Rank and Authorship: Three Google Tools Your Marketing Needs […]


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Palm Coast, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2013 – Richard D. Zasada, a Palm Coast and Jacksonville attorney who practices divorce and disability law, has launched a new website at www.zasadalaw.com. “We at Richard D. Zasada, LLC are excited about the new website,” said Zasada. “This is an opportunity to expand our online presence and reach out to potential clients.” Zasada has been a trial attorney for 20 years, building a reputation as a tenacious litigator who cares deeply about his clients. He has taken hundreds of cases to trial, including as an Assistant State Attorney and in civil […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2013 – Central Texas’ largest assemblage of plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers, has elected a new president. “I’m honored to have been elected as president of CATLA,” said Brooks Schuelke, a plaintiff’s Austin personal injury lawyer. “The attorneys in this group are driven every single day to ensure their clients are not taken advantage of by corporate wrongdoers or insurance companies. Justice is not just a concept to them. It is a personal mission.” CATLA’s dedicated mission is to work together to effectively represent clients injured by the negligence of others, and to make […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2013 – Even though some bikers think helmets are a nuisance, statistically, they save lives. “There is a new report just out that indicates if Michigan had not dumped their mandatory helmet law, 26 bikers would still be alive today,” pointed out Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. The research findings were presented by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Unit, and they revealed an 18 percent increase in fatal motorcycle accidents between 2011 and 2012. During that time frame, the study then separated out […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2013 – A new study indicates that a cancer drug may be used to treat Alzheimer’s. Researchers at the Georgetown University Medical Center administered the drug nilotinib to mice in very low doses. They theorized that the drug, which causes cancer cells to self-destruct, might have a similar effect on aberrant brain cells at low doses. “Alzheimer’s and similar diseases affect some 5 million people in America alone, and planning for their needs is a challenge for families and communities” said elder law attorney Andrew Hook. The researchers began by finding a […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) June 3, 2013 – The man that died in this incident was sat on by eleven police officers. “This was one of the most horrendous cases I have ever read about,” indicated Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer, who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law in Georgia. “It was just beyond comprehension that if the complete details of this man’s death were true, that eleven law enforcement officers would sit on someone and asphyxiate them.” The incident happened in 2007 when a young man appeared in a store, telling the clerk there were people […]


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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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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2012 – The Begley Law Group is hosting a free seminar open to the public in which the issues of planning for a child with disabilities will be discussed. Begley Law Group attorney Ethan Ordog will give a presentation on topics such as guardianship and special needs trusts. “One of the most pressing issues the parent of a child with disabilities will face is how to approach estate planning, guardianship and special needs trust issues in order to prepare for the child’s safe and secure future,” stated New Jersey estate planning attorney Thomas […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2013 – Some Texas seniors have been targeted by identity thieves. Individuals posing as Medicare program employees have been targeting seniors in Texas, state officials say. Medicare recipients in the state have reported that they have received calls from someone identifying themselves as employees of Medicare. The supposed employee informs the victims that the federal program is in the process of updating Medicare identification cards and requests additional identifying information to issue a new card. The victim is informed that the new card will be needed to continue to receive Medicare benefits. Information […]


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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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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2013 – A bill that would make it more difficult to sue nursing homes passed a Florida Senate committee. SB 1384, sponsored by Senator Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 7-2 vote. The bill would affect plaintiffs seeking to recover punitive damages from nursing homes. They would have to establish at an evidentiary hearing that the nursing home breached its legal duty, resulting in actual injury, loss, or damage. “While some lawsuits brought against nursing homes, as in any field of practice, may be frivolous or unfounded, […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2013 – The prosecution of a high-profile case of elder financial abuse is the exception, not the rule. The New York appellate court recently upheld the majority of a 2009 conviction against the son of the late philanthropist Brooke Astor. Anthony D. Marshall had been charged with financially defrauding Ms. Astor, his mother, in part by forging her name on a will. Marshall, scheduled to go to jail for one to three years, was convicted of stealing his mother’s fortune when she was no longer physically or mentally competent. His lawyers unsuccessfully […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2013 – A Maine-based group is helping local seniors pay off debt. A nonprofit group based in Maine, Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE), has announced that it has formed a Consumer Debt Unit within its organization to help clients pay off outstanding debt. As of 2009, LSE noted an increase of more than 25 percent of elderly clients who were struggling to manage their debt burden, a majority of whom used to be able to meet their bills every month and now cannot. “The truth is, older Americans who depend on […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2012 – On May 11, Begley Law Group attorney Kristen Behrens is speaking at a public seminar about estate planning, guardianship and special needs trusts. Ms. Behrens has extensive expertise in the areas of special needs trusts, estates and trust planning. The event is hosted by Special Parents of Exceptional Children (SPEC), a group founded and run by parents of children with special needs. SPEC meets monthly throughout the school year to provide support and information, and welcomes parents and caregivers of children of all ages and types of needs. Newcomers are always […]


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