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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2017 – Plan While You Can is a campaign designed by the TxDOT to encourage drivers to plan a sober ride home. Although it is aimed at the holiday season, the message resonates year round. The inspiration for this campaign comes from the death of a 9-year-old girl who was killed by a drunk driver while she was on her way home from her birthday party, three years ago. Every day since then, her family has been reliving the devastating loss. The man responsible for the fatal crash was arrested, charged and jailed […]


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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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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 6, 2016 – The suicide of a 76-year-old veteran in the parking lot of a New York hospital run by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has brought new scrutiny to the federal agency. Peter A. Kaisen fatally shot himself outside the nursing home section of the Northport VA Medical Center. Authorities from the Suffolk County Police Department said the Navy veteran had been a patient at the Long Island facility. Kaisen had allegedly been denied care at the hospital. “A veteran felt compelled to end his life because he thought he had exhausted […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2016 – In families with adopted children or stepchildren who have not been formally adopted, there can be some estate planning challenges. More attention must be given to estate planning involving a family that consists of an unmarried couple in which one member has children, either biological or adopted, who are not also the children of the other member of the couple. In such a scenario, the couple should have a thorough understanding of their estate planning options. In most cases, adopted children are treated in the same manner as biological children […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2016 – Whether a car accident is a single rollover due to an inebriated driver or two vehicles were involved in a collision in which one or both drivers were intoxicated, the incident is not a victimless crime. Drinking and driving is a crime. It is illegal. It kills and maims. It sends people to jail. It ruins people’s lives. Everyone knows they should not do it, and yet they still do, thinking nothing will happen to them and that they will not get caught. In Texas in 2015, DPS troopers arrested 270 […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2016 – The $25 million wrongful death lawsuit filed in this case was the result of 32-year-old Jesse Jacobs dying in custody after being denied his medications. Jacobs’ parents filed the wrongful death lawsuit after their son died in the Galveston County jail while serving a 30-day sentence for drunk driving. On admission early in March 2015, he presented his list of required medications along with a note from his physician that indicated he must continue taking them as prescribed. By March 9, 2015, Jacobs told his parents he had not been given […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL(Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2016 – Liza E. Lima, Esq., an attorney at Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A., has recently joined the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), an international organization involved in the maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide. Her involvement in the organization’s Florida chapter began in September, 2015. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to become a member within the ranks of such a notable group of women. I look forward to the prospect to further the objectives of the organization by working on initiatives that empower women in the […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2016 – Last fall, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law an End of Life Option Act, which has not yet taken effect. Brown said he decided to sign the bill after he envisioned himself with a terminal illness. It is unknown when the new law will become effective. Reports have stated that it could take effect by April 2016, or by March 1, 2017. As a result of California’s passage of the bill, it has been predicted that eventually, one in 10 Americans will reside in a state that has a right-to-die […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2016 – Anthony Anania, out drinking in Austin at 2 a.m., ran a red light, slamming into two cars. He killed one person and seriously injured another. It was just another night out for 21-year-old Anania, a good time with friends, talking, laughing, drinking, drinking to excess. On his way home, he admittedly ran a red light at the intersection of Slaughter Lane and MoPac. One man died. Another was badly injured. It was Austin’s 81st fatal car crash of 2015. “The gentleman who died was relatively well known in Austin for his […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2016 – A breach of contract lawsuit has been filed by a Texas energy company, alleging that two defendants misrepresented the ownership of real estate. The lawsuit was filed Oct. 26 by Cogent Energy Solutions in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The defendants are Granite Peak Development LB and CLH LLC. The suit claims that Cogent, which develops assets to store and transport crude oil, relied on defendants’ claims that they owned property in Wyoming, and borrowed millions of dollars in order to build an oil rail […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2015 – Veteran business aviation attorneys Stewart H. Lapayowker and Scott Burgess announced the formation of Lapayowker Burgess LLP. The combined firm will continue to focus on serving the legal needs of the business aviation community. “Scott and I have a unique, shared experience in business aviation law and have worked together on common clients and on the opposite sides of complex business aviation transactions for years,” said Lapayowker. “Merging the two successful practices made perfect sense. Combining our experience in cross-border aviation transactions and aviation-related litigation with Stewart’s existing national and […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2015 – Graduate students Kristen Glasgow and Nefertiti Takla are suing the University of California, Los Angeles Board of Regents for not taking action against a professor that allegedly sexually harassed and assaulted them repeatedly. “UCLA insists it has a harassment/discrimination-free environment, but two students have stepped up not only disagreeing with that statement but are filing a lawsuit for their lack of action against history professor Gabriel Piterberg who allegedly sexually assaulted and harassed them,” said noted sexual harassment attorney, Deborah Barron of the Barron Law Corporation, in Sacramento, California. Both plaintiffs […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2015 – Summer is a popular season for spending time outdoors in and on bodies of water, and it is common to see people out on their jet skis or boats. However, these activities may become dangerous, as many watercraft drivers do not have proper training or are under the influence while out on the water. “Jet skiing can be deadly,” said Austin, T.X. personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober & Reyna. “If you do not know how to drive one, have no [or limited] experience handling them or are under […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 29, 2015 – Truckers are required to obtain permits when hauling an oversized load. The driver in this case did not get a permit. Lares Trucking, a smaller trucking firm, primarily hauls lumber, logs, building materials, poles and other general freight. A two-truck outfit, the rig involved in this accident hit the overhead bridge support beam on I-35, causing the deadly accident near mile marker 286 Salado, roughly 40 miles north of Austin. The bridge was under construction at the time. The trucker and his company neglected to acquire the necessary permit for his […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2015 – Divorce is notably less prevalent now than it was 20 to 30 years ago. The percentage of lasting marriages has been rising in the general population of the United States, particularly among couples who have wed since the 1990s. And on March 4, the Defense Department announced that military divorces, too, have become less common. In 2014, the number of such breakups dropped to their lowest point since 2005. The Pentagon reported that 3.1 percent of married officers and enlisted service members had divorced by the end of 2014 – a […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) Janury 28, 2015 – Elder abuse is not just committed by strangers. Family members may be guilty of it. Abuse is not just manifested in physically slapping, hitting or punching someone. It also may involve, but not be limited to: sexual abuse, emotional, mental, psychological and physical abuse. Additionally, abuse can involve what may be referred to as silent exploitation, by neglecting a senior’s needs, financially or materially exploiting them, abandoning them to their own devices, or imposing involuntary seclusion on elder patients. Although many of these forms of abuse occur within the four […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2014 – As the population ages and the cost of hiring in-home care booms, many Americans are stepping into roles as caregivers for loved ones who are aging or have chronic illnesses. However, caregivers should recognize that caring for an older loved one themselves also has costs. “Because the cost of providing care on your own does not appear on a single bill, it is easy to underestimate the real financial impact of caregiving,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia attorney who specializes in the needs of seniors. A growing number of Americans […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2014 – Many Texans still feel that Ethan Couch should have gone to jail for killing four people and paralyzing another. “As many recall, Couch was a young Texas teen who killed four and paralyzed one after causing an while driving under the influence. He is currently in a rehab program which costs $438,000 a year. “Affluenza” took on a new meaning in this case. Taxpayers are now sustaining the affluenza epidemic, footing the bill for 17-year-old Couch’s stay in the North Texas State Hospital,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury lawyer […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2014 – Avoiding surprises may be the most important step in minimizing inheritance disputes among family members. Dealing with the passing of a family member can be a stressful experience – one which does not always bring out the best in survivors. When money (in the form of asset inheritance) is added to the mix, bitter conflicts sometimes rise up between family members dealing with difficult emotions. Probate attorney O. Reginald Osenton says that when heirs are taken by surprise at how the decedent’s assets are to be distributed, they are more likely […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2014 – After more than 13 years of efforts from lawmakers and patent officials, the United States is on the verge of becoming a member nation of the Hague Agreement. The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs, also known as the “Hague system,” allows for the registration of industrial designs in all participating nations with a single application and a single set of fees. Los Angeles patent attorney Pejman Yedidsion said he looked forward to the change. “The Hague Agreement has been working very well in its member nations […]


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