Zephyrhills social security attorney | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2012 – The Florida Legislature failed to act on highly controversial alimony reform bills this season. The bills would have changed alimony law and given rigid structure to how alimony is allocated in the Sunshine State. Florida’s state house was poised to take on alimony reform in the footsteps of Massachusetts, which passed sweeping reform last year. But in a short session with other priorities like cutting the budget and redrawing the legislative districts, the lawmakers let alimony reform on the table this year. “The bills were not going to be workable as […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2012 – The Social Security Administration is making its most popular online services available in Spanish. Beginning late last year, the agency launched Spanish-language versions of the forms for extra help with Medicare prescription drug costs and applications for retirement, according to a release. The applications in Spanish are as easy to use for Spanish speakers in their language as the English versions are for English speakers, said Michael J. Astrue, the Commissioner of Social Security. The agency has begun to make other applications and services available in Spanish including online retirement benefit […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2012 – It is no secret that raising a special-needs child can be a strain on a family and many marriages do not survive. The divorce rates among parents of special-needs children have been estimated as high as 85 percent. The medical challenges children face are as diverse as the children themselves. From attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or autism spectrum disorder to cerebral palsy or epilepsy, children’s health care can be a big strain on a marriage. “We see a lot of clients with special-needs children and they usually know coming in the door […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2012 – Family law attorneys across Florida are keeping a close eye on Tallahassee this season as two alimony reform bills work their way through the state legislature. If passed, either new state law would dramatically change the way alimony is determined in the Sunshine State and likely would end the practice of awarding lifetime alimony. Reform advocates are pushing for many factors to be considered as alimony is determined including the length of the marriage, the financial stability of each partner and the consequences of cohabitation. Opponents of the proposed rule changes […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2012 – With a New Year comes resolutions and for many divorced parents there can be no more important decision than to resolve to spend more time with their children. An adjustment to a time sharing agreement can be an easy thing to do if the parents agree to the changes. If the adjustment is permanent, the parties should file a modified agreement with the court, to ensure that the new agreement replaces the old agreement. Modifying a time sharing agreement can be more difficult if one of the parents fights the changes, […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2012 – It is well-known in family law circles that January is the busiest month for divorce filings, but some are expecting January 2012 will be busier than the past few years because of the economy. “As the economy has begun to turn around and the jobless rate has fallen a little, there may be more couples who can now afford to get the divorce they may have wanted some time ago,” said Zephyrhills divorce attorney Marcie Baker. Januarys are often busy months for divorce filings because many couples delay the decision until […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2011 – The Florida Legislature may look at two bills in 2012 that could potentially reshape the Sunshine State’s alimony laws. State Rep. Ritch Workman of Melbourne and State Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla of Miami, both Republicans, have introduced bills into the State House and State Senate that would dramatically decrease the amount of alimony some Floridians would have to pay, according to Florida Alimony Reform. This is yet another change in an ongoing attempt to limit alimony. There were several changes made in the last two legislative sessions, which reveal […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 9, 2011 – A November Florida Supreme Court decision may pave the way for the court to strike down caps on pain and suffering damages. The court is expected to hear a case in February that directly addresses the state law capping damages. The February case deals with a woman who died after childbirth in 2006. The mother lost too much blood and the woman’s family filed suit in federal court because the incident happened in an Air Force clinic. The court awarded the family $2 million in damages, but then limited it to […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2011 – The Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City recently opened Phase I of its expanded and remodeled emergency room. The new ER brings top-quality emergency care closer to the people of Pasco County. The ER remodel adds 8,400 square feet, including an imaging suite, new exam rooms, a triage area and a patient/guest lounge, according to the PRMC. “These improvements are good news for Pasco County,” said Zephyrhills personal injury lawyer Robert Alston. “This community deserves a quality, local ER and accident victims with serious injuries will benefit from the quality […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2011 – An article in the Sept. 26 issue of Time Magazine reports that the challenging housing market is leading to a trend among divorcing couples who let the children stay in the house while they rotate who stays with them. This trend is not without its challenges, but it highlights the lengths many divorcing parents are willing to go in order to do what is best for their children. “Every family is unique and needs to work through the challenges of divorcing parents differently,” said Zephyrhills family lawyer Marcie Baker. “A division […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2011 – A recent court case shows that unmarried child custody cases can be complex. A father from Florida is now in court after his casual love interest gave birth to their child and she put the child up for adoption. He filed with Florida’s Putative Father Registry shortly after she got pregnant and refused to authorize the adoption. Unfortunately, the mother moved to Utah before she gave birth, and there is a question as to whether or not he timely filed with their registry. He is now fighting in the Utah courts […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 11, 2011 – Social Security recently added 12 new compassionate allowances to their fast-track disability process. These allowances are now incorporated into the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability benefits standards. Individuals who have the following can now receive a fast-track decision: • aortic atresia • Eisenmenger Syndrome • mitral valve atresia • endomyocardial fibrosis • primary cardiac amyloidosis • hypoplastic left heart syndrome • tricuspid atresia • single ventricle • pulmonary atresia • left ventricular assist devices • heart transplant graft failure • heart transplant wait list – 1A/1B “These new conditions will allow […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2011 – As baby boomers grow older, more divorce attorneys are being contacted to help them end their 30 to 40-year-plus marriage. The increase in divorces for this group is due to the baby boom generation seeking fulfillment, freedom, and self-identity as they live longer, psychologists say. An AARP study showed that people from 40 to 79-years-old feel less stigma getting divorced than before. After children are grown and leave, many “empty nesters” realize they have grown apart and want different lifestyles. Coupled with changes in their personal values, and there is often […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2011 – Red light cameras at traffic signals are getting a lot of attention in the greater Tampa Bay area. At least 15 intersections will have them installed soon and violators will receive a $158 ticket when at fault. In the Tampa Bay area, more than 1,200 auto accidents happen because of drivers running red lights. Serious injuries and even death occur due to red light runners. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that half of the accidents involve pedestrians nationwide. “Pedestrians and other drivers will benefit from these cameras,” said […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2011 – The changes to the alimony laws via Senate Bill 1978 were nixed during Florida Senate sessions earlier this summer. However, a separate bill was passed, HB1111, and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott in late May. The bill is important as it further promotes Florida’s Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) to enforce support orders from foreign countries that recognize the Maintenance Convention. “Many individuals get very concerned when an ex moves to a foreign country and yet still owes monthly child support to help with all the needs of […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2011 – The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles latest crash statistics show that Pasco County had 5,780 auto accidents and 79 fatalities in 2009. Most of injuries came from a vehicle rear-ending another vehicle. After that, vehicles hitting at an angle caused the worst injuries. Intersections and exit ramps were the site of the most accidents. “Auto accidents can be extremely frustrating and leave you with injuries, insurance issues, and car repairs,” said Zephyrhills auto accident attorney Robert Alston. “You need someone to look out for your best interests as […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2011 – Playgrounds are a fun activity for children, especially in the summertime. But for younger children, they can pose a big risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that children under 14 years old can be at risk for severe injuries and even death. Every year, an estimated 200,000 children visit the emergency room due to playground injuries. Specifically, children ages five to nine years old experience the most harm. At school and public playgrounds, most of the injuries happen on climbing equipment. At home, the leading peril is the […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2011 – With the number of children born out-of-wedlock increasing, sometimes it takes effort to determine who a child’s biological father really is. Legally, if the mother is not married at the time of having a child and the boyfriend and her do not mutually agree that he is the father, the child does not have a legal father and the mother is considered the sole legal parent. “Establishing paternity is essential to ensure the child receives numerous benefits, such as insurance, child support and in many cases Social Security benefits,” said Zephyrhills […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2011 – Hurricane season is quickly approaching, so homeowners need to be aware of property concerns. Even if an owner’s property is not subject to flooding, winds can do damage. Many people have trees on their property, and in the eyes of legal and insurance experts, trees can be a huge liability. Some properties have withstood heavy rains and winds for decades only to sustain serious damage due to falling branches or trees. In the eyes of the law, a property owner must maintain his or her premises in a safe, hazard-free way. […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2011 – As Father’s Day is just around the corner, Alston & Baker, P.A. wants to give kudos to fathers who are raising their children solo and keeping the family happy and healthy. Dads can be fantastic providers and role models for their children. Yet oftentimes the stressors of a divorce can bring out the worst emotions and actions as the two adults untangle their lives. Parents should focus on what’s best for their children, not hatred of their ex. “A divorce can have long-term negative effects on children if a parent isn’t […]


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