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Exxon Wants Texas Supreme Court to End Oil and Gas Royalty Dispute

Exxon Mobil Corporation has filed a brief with the Texas Supreme Court seeking to end a long-running dispute with royalty owners. The owners allege that they were misled into selling their gas and oil interests for a reduced price; the company argues that the royalty owners should not get a new trial after a previous appeal resulted in the loss of a $21 million judgment in their favor. The royalty... 

VA Findings Expand Service-Connected Illnesses

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) linked five more illnesses to traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The good news for veterans suffering from these illnesses, as well as TBI, is that they will have an easier time getting much-needed additional disability benefits.  The five conditions linked to moderate to severe TBI were: Parkinson’s disease, certain types of dementia, depression, unprovoked... 

Public Benefit and Tax Numbers Adjusted Annually – 2014

There are a great many public benefit numbers and tax numbers that are adjusted on an annual basis.  This chapter is designed to make these numbers readily available to Elder Law practitioners.  The following are current numbers for 2014. I.          2014 FIGURES             A.         Medicaid $2,163             Income Cap[1] $117,240         Maximum... 

Face Lifts, Dementia, and Elder Financial Abus

It takes a lot for the California medical board to take any action against a physician. They recently revoked a concord, California plastic surgeon’s license when he went too far. He performed a face lift – a “lifestyle lift” – on an 82 year old gentleman with dementia and many other chronic illnesses. A two week stay in extensive care was needed to save the patient’s life. While it... 

The Role of Executor of an Estate May Call for an Attorney’s Help

It is usually considered an honor to be asked to assume the role of the executor of an estate for a relative or friend. Still, the challenges of the position, particularly those of more complex estate situations, can sometimes overwhelm an executor. In such circumstances, the services of an experienced attorney can provide excellent support. For many executors (or personal representatives, as they... 

Government Pushes for Better Car Safety Systems

The federal government is pushing for automobile safety systems that are expected to aid in the prevention of car accidents. The systems include seat belt interlocks, collision avoidance systems and alcohol detection devices. Collision avoidance systems — which warn drivers when they are about to strike another vehicle and can automatically apply the brakes — are already available in some high-end... 

Exclusive Life Insurance Leads Are Best Purchased From a Lead Generation Company

There are a number of ways to generate your own exclusive life insurance leads, but ultimately, a lead generation company makes the most fiscal sense. Even though radio and television advertising is popular, not everyone has the budget for a Super Bowl ad. Moreover, most such ads are designed to build long-term brand recognition, not to make instant sales. Instead, invest your marketing dollars in... 

For Sales Success, Pursue Quality Health Insurance Leads

Why waste time following questionable leads when you could be buying top-quality ones from a reputable lead generation company? Insurance agents have all had some experience with lousy leads. These leads are so chewed up by the time they reach the agency that there is no sense in even calling the contact. Shared health insurance leads can be an agent’s nightmare; who would want to call an exhausted... 

Gifting a 529 Plan: Ways You Can Donate Money to Someone Else’s College Savings Plan

The college savings plans known as 529 plans are a way for parents to invest money for their children’s college education while taking advantage of significant tax breaks. Now there are also ways for friends and family members to more easily contribute to the savings plans, which is becoming a popular graduation or birthday gift option. Several companies operate websites that allow you to... 

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Fatal Crash of Stolen Police Car

The son of a woman killed in a collision with a stolen police car has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The suit is being filed by Reginald Quarles, who claims that his mother, Maxsimillion Quarles, was killed after Ricky Raper stole a police car and crashed into her vehicle. According to the complaint, the incident occurred on October 3, 2012 after Raper attempted to board a bus at about 8:15 a.m. but... 
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