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Will Austin Ban Use of Cell Phones While Driving?

A lot of momentum seems to be developing for the idea that Austin will ban drivers from using hand-held devices while driving.  In February, the Austin City Council appointed a Distracted Driving Study Group to look at the problem of distracted driving.  On Monday, the study group released a memo recommending that the city council outlaw the use of handheld devices while driving.  There seem to... 

Navigating intestacy for surviving spouses in California

When someone dies without a valid will, his or her condition is called “intestacy.” Each state has its own laws for determining how the deceased’s estate is divided in cases of intestacy. When the deceased’s spouse is still living, all community property (meaning property acquired during the marriage) automatically goes to the spouse, while separate property (meaning property acquired... 

Owner of Florida pill mill sentenced to 15 years in prison

The owner of three Florida pill mills that made millions of dollars has received a 15-year prison sentence. Zachary Timothy Rose pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and was facing up to 30 years in prison, but he received a reduced sentence after he testified against doctors who worked with him and employees of the clinics he owned. The three Jacksonville pain clinics brought in approximately $9.5... 

Michigan Bicyclist Struck and Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver

A Michigan man was arrested July 9 on suspicion of driving under the influence, after his SUV struck a bicyclist in Ada Township, east of Grand Rapids. The bicyclist, a Grand Rapids man of 52, was cycling up a hill on Egypt Valley Avenue when the SUV hit him from behind. Authorities said he died upon impact and that attempts to revive him using CPR were unsuccessful. Steven Frederick Jones, 61, was... 

Critical Care Riders Can Help With Long-Term Care Costs

Americans’ life expectancies have risen considerably. A male who has reached age 65 is now expected to live to age 86.6, and a 65-year-old female is expected to reach age 88.8. With more people living longer, there is more time to enjoy the golden years — but also a greater possibility that the elderly will need long-term care and the danger that they will outlive their retirement savings. Insurers... 

Should You Start Taking Social Security Retirement Benefits Early?

People approaching retirement age have a choice to make regarding Social Security retirement benefits. Many people choose to start receiving retirement benefits early, which is possible starting at age 62. However, the earlier a person begins receiving benefits, the less he or she gets — up to 30 percent less than the amount the person would receive if he or she waited until full retirement age... 

Top Money Mistakes To Avoid In Your Divorce!

In any divorce, each party has to be smart and also realistic in terms of what the new reality of their life will be post-separation and post-divorce.  The money that was spent on a life together is now being split to maintain 2 separate lifestyles.  Before you sign your marital settlement agreement, consider these potential mistakes that you will want to avoid: Settling for less in the division... 

4 Ways to Communicate Effectively with Your Partner During a Divorce

When two people decide to part ways, they may not be on speaking terms with each other, but may still want an amicable settlement that can be done efficiently and quickly without the intrusion of lawyers fighting a costly battle for the rights of their clients. Whatever your issues are with each other, you need to put them aside prior to coming to the table and proceeding with divorce mediation in... 

How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?

This is a common question we hear, and it’s hard to give a great answer because the potential span is so large depending on a number of factors.  For instance, we might resolve some cases within a few months of opening the case, and we might resolve some several years after opening the case.  But the timing is all dependent on the various factors in the case. The first big factor is how long it... 

Habitat for Humanity Western Wayne County

Habitat for Humanity Western Wayne County has a home available for a veteran. If you are interested in seeing if you qualify, please contact HFH at (734) 459-7744. The next orientation will be at the Habitat office, 638 Starkweather, Plymouth, MI, at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 6.  The orientation is mandatory in order to apply. Thank you for your service. Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC fights for... 
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