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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2017 – A team from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, led by Theodore B. Olson, the former Solicitor General of the United States, will represent Mandana D. Farhang and M.A. Mobile Ltd. in the Supreme Court of the United States in opposition to a petition for a writ of certiorari recently filed by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IITK). This case, filed in the Northern District of California, alleges that IITK fraudulently obtained technology developed in the United States by a United States entrepreneur, Mandana Farhang, and improperly disseminated that technology […]


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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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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2016 – A former letter carrier who worked at the Sausalito, California, branch of the United States Postal Service (USPS) for over two decades filed a lawsuit alleging disability discrimination and retaliation. The USPS was also accused of improperly disclosing his confidential medical records, according to the complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Plaintiff Kian McCarthy was fired in January 2011 for alleged unsafe driving and unauthorized use of overtime. McCarthy suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and various related mental disabilities including obsessive compulsive disorder, […]


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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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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2016 – J&Y is beginning the academic year with a burst of creative energy. Their brand new website presents this well-established firm of superb personal injury attorneys in a crisp new setting. In just under a decade, the practice has become one of the leading professional law corporations in both northern and southern California, so it seems only fitting that they repackage themselves to showcase the talents and impressive credentials of Jason Javaheri and Yosi Yahoudai. The legal team of J&Y has over 50 years of combined experience recovering tens of millions […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2016 – A new estate planning law that went into effect on January 1 seeks to help California homeowners avoid the costly, time-consuming process of probate when leaving property to heirs. Bill AB139 was signed into law in September 2015 after previous efforts to pass the legislation failed for almost a decade. It introduces the Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (TOD) which allows individuals to transfer property to a beneficiary upon their passing without the need to set up a revocable living trust or sort out matters in probate court. Such deeds […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates, in partnership with Trusts and Estates Magazine, will present an informative seminar titled “The Benefits of Multigenerational Planning” on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 2 p.m. ET and 11 a.m. PT. The webinar is free and is available nationwide. The seminar will cover key issues for lawyers engaged in the practice of multigenerational planning. Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix will share their experience as a father-son team of estate planning attorneys. Multigenerational planning provides an innovative way for parents, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 3, 2016 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine puts a spotlight on law and technology. In the cover story, Ryan Conley analyzes the recent legal battle in which the FBI tried to compel Apple to create software that would bypass iPhone encryption. The case centers on an iPhone owned by one of the people responsible for the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Before the court could rule on the request, the FBI claimed that it had broken the encryption with the help of a third party, and no longer […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2016 – A former employee of Ferguson Enterprises sued the plumbing distribution company for disability discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation among seven causes of action. Eric Padayhag was diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy, commonly known as a pinched nerve, after a car accident in 2005. The disability prevented him from straining his neck during his employment. He began working in Ferguson’s distribution warehouse in Stockton, California, in early 2012. Padayhag’s primary job duty was driving the order picker, a type of forklift, to pick up products off shelves. Due to his neck injury, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2016 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Florida state court against Lyft by the widow of a car crash victim, claiming that the ride-sharing company failed to provide adequate training to the driver involved in the accident. Loinier Perez was killed on Oct. 31 while riding his motorcycle, when he was struck by a Lyft driver carrying two passengers. The Lyft driver allegedly made an improper left turn. Poliana Perez, the widow of the victim, filed the wrongful death lawsuit. “When someone is killed as the result of someone else’s […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2015 – In September, the Senate approved legislation that would allow disabled individuals to create special needs trusts for themselves. Known as the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, the bill corrects the assumption that all people with disabilities lack the mental capacity to create their own trusts. Under the current law, special needs trusts can only be established by a disabled individual’s legal guardian, parent, grandparent or a court, even if the beneficiary is mentally competent. Those who do not have a family member or guardian are forced to petition the court, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 9, 2015 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine features an article about attorneys making the switch from Windows to Mac and Linux. Ryan Conley explains that Mac and Linux offer alternative operating systems that are viable for attorneys. He shares the many solutions that allow Windows software to run on Mac OS or Linux, and gives examples of cloud software that can be operated on any web browser. Conley further describes the distinct advantages that Mac and Linux have over Windows. Each provides ease of use, security and privacy. Moreover, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2015 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine offers insight into how vector graphics can be implemented to enhance the performance of your law firm’s website. In an article titled “Rethinking Graphics on the Internet,” Justin Torres offers tips on using vector-based graphics to reduce load times for webpages. According to Torres, web developers should prioritize the optimization of webpages so that they are both attractive and as lightweight as possible when opened on a user’s browser. He cites the pertinent example of CNN.com to illustrate the importance of responsive […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2015 – The last issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine helps attorneys and law firms learn how to ensure their websites are not only user-friendly but search-engine-friendly as well. In an article titled “Technical SEO Audits Demystified,” writer Brendan Conley provides an in-depth look at the importance of search engine optimization against the backdrop of the ever-changing landscape of online marketing. Conley encourages firms that are hoping to boost their position in Google’s rankings to look beyond the design and content of their website. Through a step-by-step guide to performing an SEO […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2015 – An article in the latest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine offers an inside look at how attorneys and law firms should be using social networks for marketing purposes. In the magazine’s Get Social feature, law firm marketing expert Ryan Conley explains how social networks are not just for young people and techies, but have become essential for marketing, visibility, professional networking and staying current with the times. There are a lot of social networks vying for users’ attention, and ebbing and flowing in popularity. Attorneys and law firm marketers […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2015 – The Bigger Law Firm magazine, volume 35, discusses the advantages of using EagleEye Agreement Checker, software that automates the review of legal documents and contracts by recognizing and resolving problems, including ambiguity, accuracy and discrepancies. Using EagleEye can help attorneys reduce the time spent manually checking documents, allowing them to concentrate more time on the production of quality legal content and provide clients with faster turnaround. Initially introduced in 2012, this program helps lawyers draft more precise contracts by providing more accurate references, punctuation and review of defined terms. The […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2015 – The Social Security disability fund is running out of money and faces a nearly 20 percent cut to benefits at the end of 2016, according to a Social Security trustees report released on July 22. Nearly 60 million people currently receive Social Security benefits. The Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs are vital sources of income for special needs children. The budget cuts would immediately affect around 11 million people receiving disability benefits as of 2014. Other beneficiaries could see reduced or interrupted payments in the […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2015 – In San Diego, California, attorney Michael Gilfix presented a program on Preventing Elder Financial Abuse on July 16 at a national Symposium. It was the annual conference of Wealth Counsel, a leading estate planning organization that is nationally known and respected. His session was titled “Our Population is Aging: Is Your Practice Prepared?” It addressed two crucial areas. The first part of the program was about marketing to the Boomer population. In the second part, Gilfix spoke about how to give the Boomer population what they want — independence and […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2015 – Attorneys Michael Gilfix and Mark R. Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates have co-authored an article about estate planning and taxation in the September 2015 issue of the prestigious Trusts & Estates magazine. In the feature titled “A New Paradigm: Truly Multigenerational Planning,” they present a novel and innovative approach for estate planning with the aim to “help families achieve a diversity of shared goals.” The article suggests a new paradigm in which multiple generations of a family actively participate in planning. The essentials of estate planning — including […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2015 – With the Supreme Court’s landmark June 26 ruling legalizing gay marriage throughout the United States, same-sex couples should consider what the decision means for their financial and estate planning strategies for the future. Married same-sex couples will now be able to take advantage of all the financial benefits that have been available to other married couples for years, such as health insurance, Social Security and retirement. “The Supreme Court’s decision is life-changing for same-sex couples as it has leveled the playing field for all married couples when it comes to […]


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