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// Nov 26th, 2014
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On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced multiple administrative changes to the way in which his Administration will implement current U.S. immigration laws.  These far reaching changes provide Deferred Action for parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents for a 3 year period, expand eligibility for Deferred... 
Most Americans know about Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving, when shoppers hit the malls and online stores to pick up huge savings on their Christmas shopping. Fewer Americans are aware of Black Wednesday — the day before Thanksgiving. The term originated in the hospitality industry in reference to the... 
A brain injury expert from Boston University is speaking out for players he feels have been unfairly excluded from a settlement deal in the class action lawsuit against the NFL over the health effects of play-related brain injury. Robert Stern filed an affidavit with the court and then took his story to the press,... 
Families of people killed or injured in crashes involving General Motors cars that had a deadly ignition switch defect will have an extra month to submit claims for payment under G.M.’s victim compensation program.  The administrator of the compensation fund, Kenneth R. Feinberg, decided to extend the deadline... 
Texas state district court judge Stephen Yelenosky rejected a request by lottery watchdog Dawn Nettles to take the pre-suit deposition of representatives of the Texas Lottery Commission and lottery operator GTECH Corporation.  Nettles, holder of what she believes are multiple winning Fun 5’s scratch-off tickets,... 
The Chicago Park District must do more to publicize playground age restrictions if it wants them to be the basis of legal immunity, a state appeals panel has ruled. The First District Appellate Court, in an unpublished order decision by Justice Robert E. Gordon, found that signs must be posted at the park and that... 
Ugh… One of my pet peeves is when Michigan seniors are targeted with inappropriate investments–typically annuities and annuity scam schemes.  In other words, financial elder abuse.  I see it a bunch on the VA benefits side when a family is trying to help a veteran or surviving spouse qualify for the VA Benefit.... 
Older adults often give gifts to children or grandchildren. Unfortunately, these gifts can affect a person’s Medicaid eligibility, so it is important that older adults carefully plan their gift-giving if they may eventually need Medicaid long-term care benefits. Under federal law, people who transfer certain assets... 
As a popular culture would have us believe, breaking up is hard to do. With all the emotional and financial upheaval that is often involved with a nuptial parting of the ways, some on-the-rocks couples opt for what may seem to be the easier route of some form of separation. Despite the first-blush attractiveness of... 
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Many of my estate planning and elder law clients have questions revolving around their retirement accounts.  Sometimes it’s helpful to start at the basic level.  “What is the difference between an IRA and a 401k?” The term 401k and individual retirement account (IRA) are thrown around quite a bit when discussing... 
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The doctrine of respondeat superior typically applies wherever there is an employer/employee relationship. However, it does not apply to FedEx Ground drivers. They are not considered employees, but are instead classified as independent contractors. The company states that it does check its drivers before hiring them,... 
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In California, couples need to mark the date of their separation. The date is necessary to determine property and spousal support rights and interests. Property acquired after the date of separation is deemed to be separate to each party; property acquired before the date of separation is community property. The difficulty... 
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The Big Problem – Did You Realize That? 1. It is estimated that over 120,000,000 Americans do not have an up-to-date estate plan to protect themselves, and their families, making estate planning one of the most overlooked areas of personal financial management? Financial and estate planning is not just for the wealthy... 
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A customer of  Steam Whistle Beer. Danny B, asked if we review commercial sites – YES WE DO ! www.steamwhistle.ca is a commercial site run by Steam Whistle Brewing The Roundhouse – 255 Bremner Blvd Toronto, Canada, M5V 3M9 It is a well done site which or course promotes their but the one thing that I found... 
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It is said that entrepreneurs have a high divorce rate.  If this is true, it is because building a business can require years of dedication, effort and singular focus. And this is one reason that anyone who owns a business should consider divorce mediation before litigated divorce. As Crain’s Chicago Business noted... 
No one was able to explain why the cyclist was riding in the middle of Seven Mile Lane. A left turning pickup, coming off Hopper Road, hit him, dragging the elderly cyclist under the truck and into a ditch on the other side of the road. The truck and the cyclist came to an abrupt stop upon hitting a chain-link fence. When... 
Most parents who choose divorce mediation already understand that it is not the divorce itself, but the conflict surrounding divorce, that causes lasting trauma to children. But even parents who are making an effort to choose their words carefully when they talk about the other parent may not realize that another message... 

Campus Rape Crises

// Nov 25th, 2014
As the father of a high school girl, the statistics about campus rape and sexual assault rates that scare me to death.  But the stories behind the assaults are much more troubling than the mere numbers. This isn’t something that I would normally write about here, but it is something that is on my mind and something... 
Drowsy driving is a serious problem on our roadways. Unfortunately, drivers often underestimate this risk and overestimate their ability to combat drowsiness behind the wheel. When this happens, serious and fatal accidents can occur. If a family is faced with the death of a loved one, they may be able to seek compensation... 
Baseball has long been considered America’s pastime. But another team sport played with a bat and ball is appearing in increasing evidence on playing fields in the United States. Cricket is an older, more universally popular sport, and its growth in the United States can be attributed in large part to the larger... 
Social media is one of the best tools you can use to keep ahead of the competition. By setting yourself apart on social profiles, you and your agency won’t become an “also eligible” entity when a person is considering insurance agents. Get creative, and think along unusual lines to grab your audience’s... 
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