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Automatic Restraining Orders: What You Need to Know

Temporary restraining orders are well-documented and those in need move heaven and earth to make sure they get them to protect themselves and their children from potentially abusive situations involving their estranged spouse during a divorce. However,  there are also other restraining orders applied to both partners, in some states, as part of the normal process even in the absence of any abuse or... 

Managing a Difficult Spouse During Divorce Mediation

Divorce is a challenging time even for otherwise calm individuals, but when you throw a challenging partner into the mix, it can be a nightmare. If you’re going through a divorce with a difficult spouse, there are some time-tested techniques that should see you through the mediation process. Lay ground rules Use your first few sessions to work out the details of how you will manage things durign... 

Why Do Some Divorces Become So Expensive?

Divorce should be a fairly straightforward process if both spouses have mutually agreed to part ways. Yet, even in the most amicable of splits, the divorce itself can sometimes run into the thousands. So what is it that’s costing couples so much? And is there some way to cut back on your expenses at this difficult time? The price of going to court If you go the route of a trial to decide the outcome... 

Gilfix & La Poll attorneys speak at NAELA Summi

Attorneys Michael Gilfix and Mark R. Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates appeared as featured speakers at two sessions during the 2016 National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Summit in Newport Beach, California, on January 28 and 29. Michael Gilfix is one of NAELA’s original founding members. They addressed audiences of more than 100 elder law attorneys from around the country. Each three-hour... 

Man Dies After Becoming Entangled in an Auger

Steven Garcia became entangled in an auger in a blasting room while working on the premises of The Modern Group and/or Dragon Products and succumbed to his severe injuries. Garcia’s father filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging his son experienced pain and anguish from his severe injuries prior to his death. The lawsuit seeks exemplary damages to $6 million, and actual, punitive and consequential... 

Many Texas drivers know about cell phone restrictions, but do not obey them

Phones today may be smart. Those who use phones while driving however are not so smart. The number of deaths resulting from texting while driving, or distracted driving, are horrific. What does it take to stop distracted driving? Some say law enforcement needs to crack down on e-mobile device usage. The difficulty is that it is hard to enforce something that cannot be seen, like drunk driving. If a... 

DO WE STILL NEED TO WORRY ABOUT MEDICARE SET-ASIDE ARRANGEMENTS?

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA For many years a debate has raged as to whether Medicare’s interests must be considered with respect to future medical payments in the context of a third party liability settlement (“TPLS”). The issue is simple. If a plaintiff in a TPLS receives money to pay for future medical care, is he free to pocket that money and send the bill for the future medical care to... 

Spousal Support Modifications: How Long Does it Take?

Sometimes, long after a divorce settlement has been arrived at, and many months of alimony paid out, there may come a need for changing the amount or terms of the spousal support. But how long does this kind of change take? And what are the things you need to have ready to ensure things move along smoothly? Time taken for pre-divorce spousal support judgments vs. modifications Spousal support modification... 

The Main Reasons Why Divorce Mediation Is Better Than Litigation

The labyrinth of law processes can always be a little daunting and unfortunate. The terminology and basic functions of any process could be a very time consuming and tedious process that could take a lot of your time, leaving you to be an unproductive worker at your place of work. This could devolve into a situation that could trouble you a lot further. In the case of divorce, there are various types... 

Florida pill mill shut down, 11 arrested

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that an alleged Florida pill mill has been shut down. The closing of Swain Medical Center followed a multi-year investigation by authorities. Eleven people were arrested in connection with the case, and one remains at large. According to authorities, the pill mill filled fraudulent prescriptions for over one million doses of pain medication, including oxycodone... 
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