On April 28, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2015 cap, including H-1B petitions seeking an exemption from the fiscal year cap for individuals who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher.  USCIS provides premium... 
Laying hardwood floor does not mean just putting it down and leaving it. Beware of cupping and buckling. Many DIY homeowners feel they can install their own flooring, and many do a fine job. However, when it comes to hardwood, there are a few extra things to be aware of; buckling and cupping are two of them. A warping... 
Some publications call it the “Grandparent Scam.” The phone rings, and the frantic, young voice on the line asks its grandparents for help. Typically, the caller claims to be trapped in jail and desperately in need of bail money. The voice is ashamed and scared; it begs its grandparents to keep the bail and the... 
Begley Law Group’s Tom Begley Jr. will be one of two people honored during the 25th anniversary celebration of Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey. A founding member of the Begley Law Group and the Special Needs Alliance, Begley will be presented with the PLAN NJ Legal Champion Award for a 40-year... 
A Nigerian oil company has filed a lawsuit in Texas state court, claiming that competing companies spread false information to derail a $1 billion lease offer the company made to Chevron. Brittania-U Nigeria Ltd. said that after its bids had been accepted by Chevron, Belema Oil Producing Ltd., Amni International Petroleum... 
Do You Have Your Health Insurance Yet?: In 2014, everyone who has not previously held health insurance is required by law to obtain it through a health c… http://p.ost.im/8xxad9  Read More →
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“The rich are not like you and me.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald As a trial lawyer, I need to be able to predict which jurors will treat my clients fairly and which ones will not. Our country is becoming more polarized.  There are fewer middle class jurors, more wealthy jurors, and many more poor jurors.  I have learned... 
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In Los Angeles, an off-duty police officer was involved in a crash with another vehicle while riding his motorcycle with his 11-year-old daughter as a passenger. Thanks to a nurse’s quick thinking, the detective made it to the hospital alive and will recover to see his daughter grow up. The officer lost a portion... 
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Brighton’s only Certified Elder Law Attorney As the only Certified Elder Law Attorney in Brighton, Michigan, I’m excited to be at the Livingston County Caregiver Fair on Saturday April 5th, 2014.  The Livingston County Caregiver Fair will be held at Brighton High School, 7878 Brighton Rd., Brighton, MI 48116. The... 
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A federal jury in Texas has heard opening arguments from a defunct steel distributor claiming that it was run out of business by a group of suppliers and manufacturers, including Nucor Corp. and Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. During opening arguments of the antitrust lawsuit, MM Steel LP’s attorney said that the... 
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Another Dog Attack

// Apr 4th, 2014
Today, there was another horrific dog bite attack.  This time, the dog attack happened in League City, when Chelsi Camp and her two year old daughter were attacked by a pit bull owned by Ms. Camp’s boyfriend. This is another reminder that these types of cases are terrible.  The injuries are often severe, and these... 
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Common Group Disability Misconceptions: Many workplaces offer group disability coverage, but not many workers understand just what that coverage means fo… http://p.ost.im/8mrNAp  Read More →
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Many Americans have group long-term disability insurance available to them through work, but many more do not understand what it can offer them. Many do not even know what disability insurance is or what it means. Simply put, a disability insurance policy insures one’s ability to work and earn a wage. Most people... 
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Florida Highway Patrol troopers made an arrest in the Florida driving case that went viral this week.  News stations, morning news shows, and Facebook were all showing the video of a driver allegedly tailgating another vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle in front of the pickup truck recorded the incident on their... 
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The Special Needs Alliance and The Arc collaborate on issues of mutual interest. The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. The Bureau of Justice Statistics... 
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Vision Plans

// Mar 23rd, 2014
Many Americans assume that vision health insurance is a standard component of a good health insurance plan (just as many assume that dental health coverage is typically included). In some cases, this may be true, but it is not always so. Never buy a health insurance policy until you check your potential coverage (and... 
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As baby boomers enter their retirement years, their diverse interests are driving a boom in non-traditional retirement communities — including artist colonies. One group of Senior Artists Colonies has been designed in partnership with the nonprofit EngAge organization, which provides arts, health and financial programs... 
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An HRA offers people tax advantages that allow employers and workers to save money on the cost of medical care. HRA plans are funded by an employer. To fund the plan, an employer earmarks a certain amount of money, in pre-tax dollars, for workers to use to pay for medical care. HRA plans require that they be funded... 
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While it’s true that you can generate your own final expense leads, you can buy them from a reputable lead generation company with far greater efficiency and ease. For instance, Benepath.net offers insurance agents many different options for the delivery of qualified leads sent in real time. The business of death... 
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CP.Kazor’s  Civil War Battle Born now available on Nook
Tampa, Florida – January 14, 2014.  CP Kazor’s Civil War Battle Born a  historical fictional  novel based loosely on historical facts with two fictional characters, one charged with fanning the flames of war for the north and the other charged with finding funding for the South to maintain the war effort. Nevada,... 
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Nusurance Insurance Agency to use Kiosks to Expand Market
TAMPA, Fla., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Nusurance Corp (http://nusurance.com) based in Tampa is announcing today technology that will rock the way independent insurance agencies will conduct business in the future. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140311/MN77810) CEO, Christopher Kazor,... 
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Visa Bulletin For April 2014 Number 67 Volume IX Washington, D.C A. STATUTORY NUMBERS 1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during April.  Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship... 
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How will the Affordable Care Act change my Medicare coverage?: One major change has already been put into place — Preventive Care. Medicare started covering this type of serv… http://p.ost.im/8FhNN4  Read More →
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On March 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied writs of certiorari in two (2) municipal ordinance cases designed to limit the presence of persons in their city without legal status in the United States.  In the first case, the City of Farmers Branch, Texas sought to implement an ordinance requiring a city license... 
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Austin is a busy city, rapidly expanding to greet new people. As the population grows, the number of traffic accidents increases. The increasing number of accidents in Austin is related to the number of construction sites now actively expanding various highways, such as the project to add an express lane on MoPac.... 
A Nigerian oil company filed a lawsuit in Texas state court claiming that competing companies spread false information to derail a $1 billion lease offer the company made to Chevron. Brittania-U Nigeria Ltd. said that after its bids had been accepted by Chevron, Belema Oil Producing Ltd., Amni International Petroleum... 
The senior citizen population of the U.S. is expected to reach some 71.5 million by 2030. Fortunately, the “graying” U.S. population is is demonstrating a newly heightened awareness of long-term care planning. Long-term care has long been one of the ignored areas of estate planning. People tend to dislike... 
A man with two prior convictions for DWI was recently sent to jail for 99 years for killing a deputy while the deputy was directing traffic. At trial, the jury convicted the man of aggravated assault causing serious bodily harm to a public servant and murder. The driver’s blood alcohol content was more than twice... 
Historically, vehicle safety technology has focused almost exclusively on preventing or minimizing injury or death in the event of a collision. Technologies such as antilock brakes and electronic stability control allow vehicles to automatically adjust braking and throttle in order to help drivers maintain control... 
Recently, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the stability rating of the U.S. life insurance industry. Only time will determine if its upward trend can stay steady. Moody’s evaluated a number of changes before granting the improved rating. The nationwide shift towards overall economic stability has encouraged U.S,... 
Many seniors use reverse mortgages to tap into their home equity in order to maintain their standard of living during retirement. Those who do so need to make sure their heirs are aware of the mortgage, because when the borrower dies, they will have to decide on a course of action quickly. The heirs can keep the property,... 
Even as the U.S. economy begins to recover, life insurances purchase rates remain extremely low. The desire to delay is understandable, but now is the best time to put life insurance in place. Life insurance will provide coverage for your family if something should happen to you. Without life insurance, how would your... 
By Cindy S. Alvear, Esq. and Julian E. Gray, CELA The Special Needs Alliance and The Arc collaborate on issues of mutual interest. The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community... 
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