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Estate Planning Changes for 2015

Estate Planning Changes for 2015 By Erica Fitzgerald, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”), enacted in January 2013, made changes to the laws governing Federal estate and gift taxes. Specifically, the Federal estate and gift tax exemption amount was set at $5,000,000, and provides for annual increases to account for inflation. As a result, as few as 1% of... 

Estate Planning Changes for 2015

By Erica Fitzgerald, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”), enacted in January 2013, made changes to the laws governing Federal estate and gift taxes. Specifically, the Federal estate and gift tax exemption amount was set at $5,000,000, and provides for annual increases to account for inflation. As a result, […]  Read More →

Don’t Be Wronged Twice. Protect the Value of Your Wrongful Death Lawsuit with Litigation Funding

There are no words to describe the loss of a loved one, especially due to the careless actions or negligence of someone else. Any act of negligence resulting in death, whether an auto accident, medical malpractice, or other, is a potential wrongful death lawsuit. Not only does it take a terrible emotional toll on those left behind, the wrongful death of a loved one can also create significant financial... 

The Most Appropriate Time to Get Divorced

The decision to get divorced is one of the hardest for couples to take. Most divorces are known to leave a bitter mark on each of the spouses that are involved in the process. While the decision to get divorced is difficult enough, another decision that is equally important is the timing of the divorce. The timing of a divorce is important because of a number of factors. In this blog, we’ll look... 

Vietnam Veteran Dies Following Do Not Resuscitate Error

A Vietnam veteran died at the Sacramento VA Medical Center in October. A “do not resuscitate” (DNR) armband was incorrectly placed on the patient, but the Veterans Administration (VA) said that the error did not contribute to the death. Family members stated that the patient was Roland Mayo, 65. Mayo was a Vietnam veteran and a former Riverside County deputy sheriff and marshal. According to... 

10 Tips to Keep Your Kids Out of Your Divorce

When it comes to kids, almost all parents are protective and want to ensure that their kids are left without the greatest worries in the world. Taking that into perspective, when parents decide to go through a divorce, parents want their children to stay immune from the effects of the divorce. This is vital, because one of the parties that is heavily affected by divorce proceedings are the children.... 

Older bikers do not have the same reflexes as they did when they were younger

Statistics on motorcycle deaths are beginning to show an increase in the number of older riders meeting their deaths while biking. Daily, more than 12 people die in motorcycle accidents. A constantly growing portion of those killed are from the baby boomer generation. It’s not that they don’t have the experience. They do. However, their reflexes are not what they once were – a simple, yet frustrating... 

Auto Accident: New Study Shows Stoned Drivers Are Safer Than Drunk Drivers

A new National Highway Transportation Safety Administration study has found that driving while drunk is more dangerous than driving under the influence of other drugs.    Under the data, positive test results for several types of drugs found only small increases in the risk of a crash, but being under the influence of alcohol caused an almost 600% increase in the risk of being in a wreck. The study... 

What documents do I need for divorce mediation?

You may have heard that you need to prepare a mountain of paperwork in order to begin your divorce.  This probably sounds like an overwhelming task. The good news is that divorce mediation simplifies the paperwork process.  Instead of having two attorneys who want to examine every possible document from the marriage for litigation purposes, a divorce mediator asks a series of questions to determine... 

Study finds that stricter limits on medical malpractice lawsuits do not reduce healthcare costs

Proponents of limits on medical malpractice lawsuits have long argued that lawsuits drive up the cost of care, in part because doctors order expensive and unnecessary tests in order to protect themselves from legal liability. According to the theory, wasteful “defensive medicine” could be reduced if doctors were in less danger of being sued. Now, a Rand Corporation study has examined the data and... 
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