After several reports on the horrendous customer service of the Department of Veterans Affairs toward veterans in 2014, the VA is now celebrating some “good news” on that front for 2015: VA officials have settled on a single map of the United States. Pop the Champagne for bureaucratic progress! It should be noted,... 
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What is a Living Will?

// Feb 9th, 2015
A living will, known also as a health care directive or advance directive, is an important consideration for seniors and their families. A study published in 2014 by the Journal of American Geriatrics Society shows that in 2010, 72% of seniors had a living will. That’s a record number that indicates elders are no... 
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by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA Studies show that 70% of Americans will require some form of long-term care be it nursing home, assisted living or home care. The cost of this care can range from $20 per hour or more for home care to $12,000 per month for nursing home care. If a single person applies for Medicaid... 
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A lawsuit can negatively impact a plaintiff’s financial situation especially if faced with injuries and unable to work. When the powerful defendants purposely cause delays in a lawsuit or drag out a legal claim, it can be devastating for the plaintiff. Lawsuit funding can remove the financial pressures, help plaintiffs... 
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The Houston Business Journal reports that top economists believe Houston is headed for a recession as a result of declining oil prices.  The report cites the last major drop in oil prices in 1986 which led to a regional recession in Texas.   Read the full article here. >> By Mary Ellis LaGarde  Read More →
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Four hundred and nineteen lottery players joined an existing lawsuit filed by 520 plaintiffs against GTECH Corporation.  In their First Amended Petition filed on January 23rd, the lottery players sued to collect their winnings from the controversial Texas Lottery’s Fun 5’s scratch-off game.  The suit alleges... 
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According to a brain injury lawsuit filed by a Florida woman, inadequate safety measures caused her headfirst fall from a ride at Dollywood. Tedi Brown, a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, suffered severe injuries and a permanent disability after she fell from the Waltzing Swinger ride at the theme park in December... 
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[This article was originally printed in the Straight Word, a publication of the Burlington County Bar Association.] by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA Individuals with disabilities are often able to travel and take vacations. A special needs trust can pay for vacations, but there are different rules that apply to third-party... 
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A wrongful death case involving the death of a man in a wave pool with his two young daughters occurred during a 2011 holiday. A wave struck 44-year-old Patrick Page while riding in an inner tube, and the force of the impact knocked him out of the tube. Although Page was only in three feet of water in the Wisconsin... 
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For months the media have doggedly generated headlines from the case of Ethan Couch. In December 2013, the Texas teen pled guilty to drinking and driving, and killing four people, using the affluenza defense of being swaddled into not being responsible for any of his actions during his upbringing. Texas lawmakers disagree... 
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