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New high-tech tools for senior safety

A growing number of high-tech devices could help keep seniors safe. These devices are increasingly advanced and unobtrusive, allowing family members, caregivers or emergency personnel to intervene promptly when seniors are in danger. Technology that monitors senior safety can increase independence for seniors suffering from dementia, while also relieving some of the caregiver strain associated with... 

Elderly Women Left With Broken Leg After Being Thrown out of Wheelchair

An elderly woman broke her leg after she was thrown out of her wheelchair when the van she was riding in suddenly stopped. Her caregiver did not call for medical assistance. Emily Springer, a retired teacher, was 95-years-old on the day she went for a ride with her caregiver, 23-year-old Aimi Salazar. They were driving in a handicap-equipped minivan that came to a sudden stop. Springer, who suffered... 

What you should know about Roth accounts and retirement planning

Roth IRAs and Roth 401(k)s allow individuals to make tax-free withdrawals in retirement by saving after-tax dollars. Rather than getting a tax break for saving the money, as with a traditional retirement account, Roth accounts result in tax savings later down the line during retirement. Having a Roth account can be especially beneficial for people who anticipate being in a higher tax bracket when... 

A Review Of Marriage Of Andrea Left And Andrew Left’s Family Law Appeal Case

In this blog, we are going to review the Orange County divorce case of “In re Marriage of Andrew and Andrea Left”. This case is a unique one.  The case concerned the question of whether a commitment ceremony of an ex-wife with her boyfriend should be considered as a re-marriage amounting to her spousal support being cut by her former husband. FACTS OF THE CASE The facts of the case are that... 

3 Stress Busters for Divorce Mediation

One thing that makes Orange County divorce mediation stand head and shoulders above the other divorce resolution methods is the reputation it has for being constructive. Divorce mediation is less emotionally taxing, allowing for less bitterness between the spouses throughout the process. Having said that, anyone who goes through divorce irrespective of whether it is through litigation or mediation... 

Do I need a lawyer for my criminal case? Can a criminal attorney do anything for me?

If you have been arrested, I offer a free office consultation.  There are many things an arrested person needs to know before they go to court including that you may have a defense to the crime you did not even know about! Unfortunately, I get many calls months AFTER the individual pled out and now it’s too late to help them.  Today, someone called asking me how much I charge to expunge a record. ... 

A Party to Thank our “Peace of Mind” Program Members

Gilfix & La Poll associates recently hosted a thank-you party in Palo Alto for members of our very popular trust maintenance program that we call “Peace of Mind.” Several hundred of our clients are members of the program, which makes it easy for them to stay in touch with us, to attend free seminars (and parties!), and to keep their estate plans up-to-date in a cost-effective way. As... 

Fun 5’s Update

We are reviewing over 9,000 pages of documents in preparation for the sworn deposition testimony we intend to take of employees of GTECH Corporation and the Texas Lottery Commission.  In the meantime, a confidential e-mail was sent to all Fun 5’s clients of Manfred Sternberg and Richard LaGarde on July 1, 2015.  If you did not receive the e-mail, please check your junk e-mail box.  If you... 

‘The happy song makes me happy,’ were a woman’s last words on Facebook

Texting while driving is never a good idea. Just seconds before a head-on collision, a woman posted to her Facebook account about how the happy song by Pharrell made her happy. The six words she used to express that sentiment were the last she ever texted. Courtney Sanford hit a recycling truck, after crossing the median. Taking her eyes off the road to text cost Sanford her life. Was it worth the... 

Final pill mill suspect arrested

The final suspect accused of crimes related to a now defunct pain clinic has been arrested by the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Presmil Masson Jr. was arrested June 1 on six counts of manslaughter and two counts of racketeering. Pam Bondi, the Attorney General of Florida, had announced previously that eight people had been charged in relation to the alleged pill mill operation that operated throughout... 
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