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Qualified Settlement Funds

By Thomas D. Begley, Jr. WHAT IS A QUALIFIED SETTLEMENT FUND? 468B of the Internal Revenue Code[1] authorizes the establishment of Designated Settlement Funds or Qualified Settlement Funds. These funds are usually collectively referred to as Qualified Settlement Funds (QSFs). These funds are also sometimes called 468B Trusts. The purpose of these funds is to permit a defendant in certain types of... 

Report: Florida Motorcycle Deaths Rose 23 Percent in 2015

New data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) reveals that motorcycle fatalities spiked by nearly a full quarter last year, from 449 deaths in 2014 to 554 deaths in 2015. That’s a 23 percent increase, according to the state’s preliminary data. Motorcyclists account for almost 20 percent of all auto accident deaths in Florida, even though they only account... 

Medication mistakes in nursing homes can cause patients to be hospitalized

According to knowledge acquired by NBC 5 Investigates through a search of public records, medication errors committed in Illinois nursing homes are causing patients to be hospitalized for such conditions as critically low blood sugar, visual hallucinations and difficult breathing. Since 2011, state health inspectors confirmed that there were 384 medication errors committed in nursing homes. Statistics... 

Autism Speaks Teams Up with Major League Baseball

Autism Speaks Teams Up with Major League Baseball  By Stacy M. Sadove, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP As school is closing and summer is starting, many parents are looking to find ways to integrate their children in community events and activities for summer. Americans consider baseball a national pastime.  Children of all ages look forward to attending a ball game with friends and family to root on... 

Autism Speaks Teams Up with Major League Baseball

 By Stacy M. Sadove, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP As school is closing and summer is starting, many parents are looking to find ways to integrate their children in community events and activities for summer. Americans consider baseball a national pastime.  Children of all ages look forward to attending a ball game with friends and family to root on their favorite team.  Yet for children with disabilities,... 

Seniors & Mental Health: Is it Mental Illness or Aging?

Seniors & Mental Health: Is it Mental Illness or Aging? Seniors are more at risk for mental illness than the general population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 20 percent of people age 55 and older experience some kind of mental health concern. Not only are more seniors affected by mental illness, nearly one in three affected older adults does not receive... 

Semi Truck Accident in Florida Kills 1, Injures 10

A woman in South Florida is dead and 10 others are injured after a fiery, multiple-vehicle accident reportedly caused when a semi tractor-trailer stopped suddenly ahead of slowed traffic.  The Florida Highway Patrol is reporting one person died in the truck accident, a 38-year-old visiting from Iowa. Two others suffered critical injuries and eight others suffered moderate to minor injuries. In addition,... 

Lapayowker Jet Counsel, P.A. Moving to New Office Space in June

On June 10, 2016, Lapayowker Jet Counsel, P.A. will be relocating from Fort Lauderdale to newer, larger office space, at Lakeside Office Center, 600 N. Pine Island Road, Plantation, Florida.  Family and community involvement continue to be important ingredients to our culture and our move will provide attorneys and staff with additional opportunities for personal and professional growth, and provide... 

Father and son charged with fraud over tribal bonds

A father and son are facing criminal and securities charges over allegedly fraudulent investments in Native American tribal bonds. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced criminal charges against Jason and John Galanis and five other individuals. In a parallel action, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged the same individuals with fraud, alleging that they used false tribal bonds... 

Women file birth injury lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories over Depakote

Some parents allege that their children suffered birth injuries because the mothers took the medication Depakote while they were pregnant. The parents filed the lawsuit on March 21, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against defendants Abbott Laboratories Inc. and AbbVie Inc. The complaint states that the children were born between 1996 and 2008, and alleges that... 
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