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Greenlight Apparel and Warrior Tours Bring San Francisco Marathon to Persian Gulf

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 27, 2010

More than 150 runners who crossed the finish line of the San Francisco Marathon on Sunday werent within 7,500 miles of the Golden Gate Bridge. They were part of The Warrior Tours program Americas Races Salute the Troops, running a mirror-image race in the Persian Gulf.

Greenlight Apparel, an eco-clothing company with the mission of eradicating child labor worldwide, donated $ 5,000 worth of support including the official race jerseys for the event, which along with digital timing tags, professional race announcers and Armed Forces Entertainment performers collectively created a side-by-side marathon event in an undisclosed Iraqi location coinciding with the San Francisco race.

I promised those sailors serving over in the Persian Gulf that Wave 3 would give a big shout out to our men and women participating in the San Francisco Marathon over there, bellowed race announcer Rob Powers before the several thousand stateside runners assembled for their 5:42 a.m. (PST) start time. Powers has long been the voice of the San Francisco Marathon and is the founder of The Warrior Tours, an organization that brings entertainment fitness activities to US military bases.

Participating in this event was the Marine Corp Security Force assigned to protecting the Al Basrah Oil Terminal (ABOT), Iraqs main oil port and the primary supporter of the countrys economy. NATO Lieutenant Commander Lisa Thomsen-Rayner of the Royal Navy led the on-site production of the marathon, one of thirty races paired with popular domestic marathons and coordinated with the militarys semi-annul Armed Forces Physical Fitness Test to provide a fun way for troops to fulfil testing requirements.

Alcatraz has nothing on our ABOT service members and The San Francisco Marathon! said Powers, Special thanks to The Warrior Tours and Greenlight Apparel for helping make it happen… in the City by the Bay…and a million miles away!

This is a small token of gratitude to the men and women keeping us safe, said Monika Gill, executive director of Greenlight Apparel. And on another level, theyre also working to stabilize the kind of developing country where child labor could surface. In that way, theyre fighting the same fight we are.

Greenlight Apparel sponsored a similar event in Afghanistan in March of this year. The company has been aggressively targeting large races, seeking to affect a critical problem with a simple solution: to put fair-trade tees on the backs of the estimated 16 million competitive runners who might otherwise be donning sweatshop-crafted garments. It has thus far helped rescue and free over 600 children from forced child labor, avoided over 37,000 sweat shop hours.

For more information, updates and video see The Warrior Tours on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheWarriorTours

About Greenlight Apparel: Greenlight Apparel is an activist outfitter of active people, producing high-quality casual and technical apparel for large sporting, entertainment and corporate events. Not just sweatshop free, our mission is to aggressively work to eradicate illegal child labor and human trafficking. Our company dedicates 10% of each sale to humanitarian partner charities working to expose illegal manufacturing practices, build schools and create awareness of the world child labor crisis. All Greenlight Apparel merchandise is made with 100% recycled or organic fibers.

About The Warrior Tours: The Warrior Tours, a pending 501(C)(3) nonprofit, connects the men and women of the US Armed Forces with the American people through physical fitness by teaming up stateside events with The Warrior Tours events at US military bases worldwide. While supporting the troops in their fitness programs, The Warrior Tours connects US service men and women with their friends and families through video, text, and images that are posted on The Warrior Tours website and broadcast at domestic sporting events. Please visit http://www.thewarriortours.com.

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San Francisco Family Lawyers at Heath-Newton Say to Follow the Three Rules of Prenuptial Agreements


San Francisco, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 04, 2011

When entering a partnership, making a concrete financial plan allows for a couple to protect loved ones and their assets, while strengthening their vows and commitment to each other. More than ever couples are opting for cohabitation over marriage and many need a solid financial plan to secure their mutual assets. The prenuptial agreement helps relieve present and future potential property disputes, while bringing the focus to the partnership and not the payment.

Premarital agreements are vital for couples who want to strengthen their relationships before marriage, said Heath-Newton, LLP managing partner Erik Newton. In this environment, family finances are more important than ever before, and a vast number of marriages end over financial issues. Proactive couples are keen to address these issues in advance by understanding their obligations to one another, and by discussing premarital agreements.

San Francisco Bay Area family law firm Heath-Newton, LLP recommends that all engaged couples sign a prenuptial agreement, but warns that a poorly done agreement can cause difficulties if it cannot be enforced. With the experience of over 400 family law cases, Heath-Newtons team of San Francisco divorce attorneys tells those interested in a useful prenuptial agreement to follow three basic rules.

First, both parties must be represented by an attorney, even if one of the parties is an attorney themselves. The case law has been quite clear on this score: when one party doesnt know what theyre getting into, the prenuptial agreement can be overturned.

Second, couples must give the process time. They must wait seven days between delivering the final draft of the agreement to each other and the signing of that draft. Also, its best to begin negotiations before the wedding invitations go out.

Third, full disclosure of each spouses financial picture is vital. When in doubt, one should over-disclose. Each person needs to know what she/he is getting into if the couple wants the agreement to be fair and enforceable.

Some couples sign prenuptial agreements that include terms they know arent enforceable. They do this because they wish to memorialize agreements in writing, whether or not California courts will uphold those agreements. Other couples care mostly about protecting assets in case of a future breakup, and so enforcement is a top priority.

I retained Mr. Erik Newton’s services after being surprised by a prenuptial agreement presented by my husband several weeks before our wedding date, said Heath-Newton, LLP client Deborah J. I spoke to several other lawyers before choosing Erik, who presented a wonderful, distinctive balance of personal concern, consideration for my spouse, and sharp expertise in the field. He helped me navigate through the scary legal jargon, and connect with my husband on the issues that mattered to usI’d highly recommend Erik for others seeking an attorney in prenuptial law.

Heath-Newton attorneys focus on all areas of family law and estate planning. What sets Heath-Newton, LLP apart from other law firms is that clients are shown how every choice affects their bottom line and every person in their family. Their straightforward process allows Heath-Newton attorneys to assess the issues, goals, and risks of a clients situation and then create a legal plan with which to move forward.

For more information about prenuptial agreements or any of Heath-Newton, LLPs services, please contact Heath-Newton, LLP by calling (415) 992-5038, visit their website at http://www.heathnewton-sf.com, or drop by their office located at 240 Stockton Street, Suite 400 in San Francisco, California.

About Heath-Newton, LLP

Heath-Newton, LLP is a San Francisco family law practice focused on families. Their attorneys pride themselves on working with clients from all backgrounds and lifestyles. Heath-Newton, LLP specializes in premarital agreements (prenups), same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships, divorce, child support, spousal support, adoption, and child custody in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

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Project Night Night and San Francisco Giants Families Gather Together to Help Homeless Children in the Bay Area


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 25, 2011

On July 22, 2011 Project Night Night along with family members of the San Francisco Giants players, coaches and staff gathered together to assemble and deliver over 229 Night Night Packages to local homeless children in San Francisco. The group delivered the assembled Night Night Packages to Clara House, Child Protective Services, and Homeless Prenatal. San Francisco Giants pitcher, Matt Cain distributed many of the Night Night packages and met with the homeless children at Clara House. Night Night packages include a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal — all nestled inside a canvas tote bag.

Project Night Night is dedicated to providing children with the physical goods they need to be safe, secure, and ready to learn, said Kendra Stitt Robins, Founder and Executive Director of Project Night Night. We rely on the community to help us further the cause of caring for the children of the homeless community and were delighted that Mr. Cain, Mrs. Sabean, Mrs. Bochy and other family members of the San Francisco Giants have partnered with us to help us provide our Night Night Packages to more than 25,000 homeless children this year.

Amanda Sabean, wife of San Francisco Giants General Manager Brian Sabean, found out about Project Night Night while searching for local charities to support. She was so inspired and moved by the organization that it was very easy to convince her fellow SF Giants wives and their families to get involved.

In addition to Mrs. Sabean, Kim Bochy, wife of San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, Aimee Groeschner, wife of head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner, Pitcher Matt Cain and his wife Chelsea, and Ashley Fontenot, wife of infielder Mike Fontenot delivered the Night Night Packages. Project Night Night offers a valuable service to the community by ensuring that homeless children are made to feel valued and comfortable during their homelessness, explained Mrs. Sabean.

Project Night Night is an innovative not-for-profit organization that annually equips 25,000 homeless children across the country with the basic nighttime essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued. While meeting the immediate needs of disadvantaged children, Project Night Night also sets a foundation for lasting change by providing meaningful, hands-on volunteer opportunities to thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations each year.

Help homeless children in your area by sponsoring a Night Night package http://www.projectnightnight.org/TypesofDonations.html, making a monetary donation http://www.projectnightnight.org/TypesofDonations.html, or volunteering http://www.projectnightnight.org/GetInvolved.html. Visit http://www.projectnightnight.org to learn more about getting involved with Project Night Night. Join us on Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/projectnightnight Follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/projectnightx2

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San Francisco Bay Area Tax Attorney Releases “Buying U.S. Real Estate When Your Child Studies In America” Guide for Non Resident Aliens


(PRWEB) August 30, 2011

Silicon Valley estate planning and probate lawyer Janet Brewer has released a new guide, “Buying U.S. Real Estate When Your Child Studies In America.” The free 14 page guide is available at calprobate.com/NRA.

If you are a non-citizen putting a title in your name, it makes sense to have a qualified advisor help you avoid tax traps, says Brewer. Otherwise, if something were to happen, you would only be entitled to a $ 60,000 exemption from U.S. gift and estate taxes. Non-resident aliens (NRAs) pay a much higher rate of gift and estate taxes than U.S. citizens. The good news is that with a smart investment in good counsel, you can protect both your loved ones and your assets.

Real-World Examples Illustrate Key International Estate Planning Issues

Brewer gives examples of nonresident aliens from several countries to illustrate key questions, issues and choices such families often face. The examples are made up, she explains, but if your situation is anything like those in my examples, you need the help of an experienced international estate planning attorney.


Example #1: The Sasakis Learn the Risks of Online Legal Forms: If something happened to Emiko and Dai Sasaki of Tokyo, their son Hiro, a student at Stanford, could face a tax bill of $ 143,000. Learn how Dai hires an attorney and creates a tax-saving plan.

Example #2: The Francos Coordinate Estate Planning Between Countries: Genevieve Franco of Paris studies at USF and lives in the Francos’ second home in Burlingame. Learn why the Francos urgently need an attorney’s help to coordinate estate planning between the U.S. and France.

Example #3: The Laus Benefit From Proper Healthcare Authorizations: Kim Lau of Hong Kong, a student at California University of Management and Technology, gets injured one day. Learn which documents on file authorize his doctors to share health information with his parents.

Example #4: The Patels Fire Their Prepaid Legal Plan: The Patels of Bangalore, whose daughter Kali is entering Menlo College, try a prepaid legal plan for international estate planning. Learn why they soon switch to working with a highly regarded attorney instead.

Example #5: The Vogels Pass On Both Values and Valuables: Peter Vogel of Frankfurt owns a Pacific Heights home. Learn how he structures his estate plan to express his values to his daughter Iris, who is entering law school at Hastings, and to future grandchildren.

Trend: More NRAs Purchasing in College Areas

The United States has long been a desirable place to own property. A recent survey by the National Association of Realtors as part of its 2011 Profile of International Home Buying Activity found that the number of foreign exchange students at U.S. colleges and universities has increased the demand for real estate by foreign buyers. Many foreign families purchase U.S. properties in college areas so their child has a place to live and to take advantage of what appears to be a buyers market.

Why Putting Off Estate Planning Is Especially Risky for NRAs

Some people consider it bad luck to discuss death, acknowledges Brewer. But its important to set aside our emotions and consider a key fact: Federal estate and gift tax laws impose onerous restrictions on non-citizens – even if you have a green card. Consider:

Outright gifts during your lifetime to a non-U.S. citizen spouse including making him or her joint owner of certain assets can trigger gift tax problems immediately.

A non-resident non-citizen with no green card who bought a $ 1.5 million house with cash, intending to leave it to one of his children through a will or trust could trigger an estate tax of $ 495,000. With advice from the right expert, she could avoid that tax bill.

Likewise, gifts at death to a non-citizen spouse may not qualify for the unlimited marital deduction. Your unsuspecting widow or widower may be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in estate taxes shortly after your death.

If an investor buys a $ 1.5 million property in U.S. and dies owning it without ever having put it in a trust, the probate cost alone could be as much as $ 28,000. If that investor also happens to be a non-resident alien, the estate taxes could be $ 495,000.

The takeaway: Even if your estate is modest, the tax effects of poor planning on NRAs can be devastating.

Series of Guides Cover a Range of Perspectives

The guide released today is one in a series of estate planning and asset protection guides offered by Brewer at calprobate.com/resources:

Choosing Your Bay Area Estate Planning Attorney: 6 Point Checklist, 4 Examples, 15 FAQs, Typical Fees, and More (June 2011)

U.S. Gift Tax and Estate Tax Planning for Non-Residents and Non-Citizens (Feb 2011)

Year End Tax Law Update for Bay Area Families (2010)

Tax Law Update for San Francisco Bay Area CPAs Serving High Net Worth Clients (2010)

How to Choose Your Trustee in California (2010)

Brewer also publishes each week at the California Probate, Trusts, and Estate Law Blog and posts tips and links on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Those on Brewer’s mailing list get the earliest notice about new resources when they come available.

Examining Your Options Now

In my 20+ years as an estate planning attorney, I’ve found that most families and perhaps especially nonresident aliens (NRAs) want straight talk when it comes to legal and financial matters, Brewer says. Too many parents of children studying in America fly in the dark when it comes to securing their loved ones financial future. I have heard so many heart breaking stories of families having to pay dearly during painful times because they lacked an adequate estate plan. My team and I can set up documentation, write any complex agreements, and take other steps to help protect families. But only you can take the very first step: examining your options now.

About the Law Offices of Janet L. Brewer

If you’re like most people, you don’t want to think about what might happen to your loved ones after you’re gone — or to you if you were to become disabled. But for lasting peace of mind, effective estate planning is a necessity. It involves asking, What is truly important to me? Who should care for my minor children? How much money is “enough” to leave to my family? What should be my financial legacy?

We help guide you in addressing these issues, with legal services for wills, trusts & estates. We specialize in:

International estate planning for non resident aliens
Probate services for those in the Silicon Valley area
Asset protection for Bay Area families
California estate planning
Fiduciary counseling and estate administration

Ensure you get a responsive, straight-forward approach to estate planning from an experienced estate planning professional. Janet Brewer is a Palo Alto probate, trusts, and estate planning attorney with an advanced degree in tax law. She has practiced California estate planning, advanced gift-planning, and California probate law exclusively since 1991, and is Certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

Learn more at calprobate.com or call (650) 325-8276.

Serving Palo Alto, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Belmont, San Carlos, San Mateo, Burlingame, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Campbell, San Jose, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Alameda County, San Francisco County, Santa Cruz County, and Silicon Valley.

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Suspect Who Allegedly Stole Puppy from San Francisco SPCA Now in Police Custody


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 03, 2011

One of the two suspects who allegedly stole a puppy, James, from the San Francisco SPCA on November 8 is now in custody and may face felony charges. A surveillance camera inside the Adoption Center captured photographs of the suspects, a couple accompanied by a young child. Shortly after the crime was committed, the SF SPCA released the photographs to the media, and a California parole officer recognized the male suspect as one of his parolees.

“We hope this case serves as a lesson to anyone who considers committing such a crime in the future,” said SF SPCA co-president Jason Walthall. “Abducting an animal is a serious crime that can result in felony charges.”

James, a mixed breed puppy, was 8 weeks old when he was abducted from the SF SPCA. He had already been adopted and was scheduled to go home with his new family just hours after he was stolen. The following day, he was returned unharmed by a woman claiming to have purchased him outside a grocery store.

James and the family who rightfully adopted him were reunited the day that he was returned. He’s healthy, happy, and enjoying life at his new home.

The San Francisco Police Department is handling this case. The SFPD police report number is 110-902-526.

About the San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is a community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions.

Support the San Francisco SPCA by adopting, donating, volunteering and becoming a client of the state-of-the-art SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center. SF SPCA has San Francisco volunteer opportunities to care for shelter dogs and cats, conduct adoption counseling, assist clients and veterinary staff at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center, provide foster care, help with the Feral Cat Program, and enrich the lives of people in the community through animal-assisted therapy.

For more information about San Francisco pet adoption and veterinary services, call the San Francisco SPCA at (415) 912-1742 or visit sfspca.org.

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VirtualPiggy and Xsolla to Speak at Game Developers Conference 2012 in San Francisco


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 28, 2012

Dr. Jo Webber, Chair and Founder of Virtual Piggy, Inc. (OTCBB: VPIG), an innovator in safe online youth purchasing, and Pradeep Ittycheria, Co-Founder, today announced that they would join Albert Donahue, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Xsolla (an in-game payment solutions company specializing in online games) in a panel discussion at the 2012 Game Developers Conference. The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world’s largest professionals-only game industry event.

The panel, titled Like, OMG: Reaching Tweens & Teens (Presented by Xsolla), will provide attendees with insight in to how to effectively reach tweens and teens in games, and how to gain parents’ trust in the process. The Under 18 audience has an estimated $ 50 billion in spending power and Virtual Piggys innovative technological solutions will help bridge the gap between children, parents and game publishers.

Virtual Piggy is a tool designed to provide a secure mechanism so children can initiate purchases online that are parent-approved. VirtualPiggy enables youth (without credit cards) to purchase virtual goods to use within their favorite games. The technology enhances the game experience by providing an instant, parent ‘pre-approved’ in-game transaction.

VirtualPiggy is breaking the barrier between children, parents and gaming publishers by helping parents to teach their children how to safely buy virtual goods online. With VirtualPiggy, children no longer have to continually ask their parents for their credit card – the parent(s) can quickly and conveniently set up an account for their child and designate an amount for them to be able to spend online, which teaches children financial responsibility. It’s a win-win situation for all parties, and we are proud to be a part of this process, bringing children, parents and gaming publishers together in a safe environment, stated Albert Donahue, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Xsolla.

To attend this informative panel discussion, visit Room 2020, West Hall, 2nd Floor of the Moscone Center in San Francisco on Thursday, March 8 from 2:00- 2:30 p.m., or stop by Booth 415 at GDC to meet with VirtualPiggy executives to learn more. Please visit http://www.reachtweensandteens.eventbrite.com to RSVP for the panel discussion; Attendees must have a GDC All-Access or Main Conference pass to attend.

About Virtual Piggy, Inc.:

Virtual Piggy, Inc. is the first e-commerce solution that enables kids to manage and spend money within a parent-controlled environment. The technology company delivers online security platforms designed for the Under 18 age group in the global online market, and also enables online businesses the ability to function in a manner consistent with the Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and similar international childrens privacy laws. Virtual Piggy enables the Under 18 audience to play, transact and socialize in a secure online environment guided by parental permission, oversight and control. The company is based in Philadelphia, PA and on the Web at: http://www.virtualpiggy.com

About Xsolla:

Xsolla specializes in online games, providing localized in-game payment solutions for global reach. Xsolla has been providing payment solutions with easy integration and high payment conversion rates for over 6 years. Xsolla’s headquarters are in Los Angeles, California, with offices in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Xsolla partners with over 300 payment service providers offering credit and prepaid cards, mobile payments, e-wallets, cash and e-cash, payment kiosks and offers- all within one platform- with no installation, currency exchange or chargeback fees. Xsolla partners with more than 300 game publishers worldwide, including many of the leading casual and social game companies such as Valve Corporation (Steam), Aeria Games, S2 Games, Gameforge, Bigpoint, Wargaming.net and more. For more information or a free proposal, please visit Xsolla online at http://www.xsolla.com.

Media Contact for VirtualPiggy:

Bender/Helper Impact

Melisa Gotto/Sabrina Khan

310-473-4147

melisa_gotto(at)bhimpact(dot)com

sabrina_khan(at)bhimpact(dot)com

Media Contact for Xsolla:

Heather Hudechek

818-435-6613, x. 1055

hh(at)xsolla(dot)com

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San Francisco Family Lawyer Sarah Haselup Honored for Pro Bono Asylum Work


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 14, 2012

Sarah Haselop, associate attorney at the San Francisco family law firm Heath-Newton LLP, was honored by the UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS) on Wednesday, April 10 for her pro bono work on the San Francisco Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR) asylum program.

For four years, Haselop has provided pro bono legal representation to individuals seeking refuge in the United States. She has provided direct representation in many cases involving gender-based violence against women in their country of origin.

The United States is, and always has been, a safe harbor for individuals who have found the strength and courage to leave everything behind their home countries to find a new and better life for themselves, says Haselop. It is my deep honor to help these brave people.

In addition to her counsel, Haselop has helped mentor fellow attorneys and conducted intake interviews for the LCCR. Due to the nature of her clients claims, Sarah has worked with the CGRS at UC Hastings College of Law, which has been instrumental in providing the resources to create legal argument and identify case precedents in asylum law.

According to the CGRS, thousands of migrants flee the violence and persecution of their native countries and seek refuge in the United States every year. Many of them cant read or write in English and come from countries that do not guarantee the right to due process.

Because of this, these victims are rendered virtually helpless when it comes to understanding the complex U.S. immigration and asylum laws and are unable to obtain sound legal advice. It is up to pro bono attorneys, organized and supported by groups such as the LCCR and the CGRS, to fill this gap.

About the UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

UC Hastings College of the Law was founded in 1878 as the first law department of the University of California. The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) provides legal expertise, training, and resources to attorneys representing asylum seekers, advocates for the protection of refugees and advancement of refugee law and policy, and uses domestic, regional, and international human rights mechanisms to address the root causes of persecution. For more information, visit uchastings.edu.

About the San Francisco Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights

For more than 40 years, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area has worked to advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, immigrants and refugees — with a specific focus on low-income communities and a long-standing commitment to African Americans. Lawyers’ Committee staff, working with hundreds of pro bono attorneys, provides free legal assistance and representation to individuals on civil legal matters through direct services, impact litigation and policy advocacy. For more information, visit lccr.com.

About Heath-Newton, LLP

Heath-Newton, LLP is a San Francisco family law practice focused on families. These San Francisco divorce attorneys pride themselves on working with clients from all backgrounds and lifestyles. Heath-Newton, LLP specializes in premarital agreements (prenups), same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships, divorce, child support, spousal support, adoption, and child custody in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

For more information about asylum laws, or any family law matters, please contact San Francisco divorce attorneys Heath-Newton, LLP by calling (415) 992-5038, visit http://www.heathnewton.com, or stop by their office located at 240 Stockton Street, Suite 300 in San Francisco, California.







Super Moms Inspire Hope Through the San Francisco Team In Training


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2012

In honor of Mothers Day, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Societys (LLS) Team In Training (TNT) asked Honored Teammate Mom, Melissa Jabonero, to share her familys journey with LLS, TNT and their fight against blood cancer.

Melissas four-year-old daughter, Isabella, Izzy Faith, was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL) in June of 2010 and is currently undergoing treatment.

Izzy and her family have been such a source of inspiration for the TNT triathlon teams and community in general, says Heather Pace of LLS. We thought it would be helpful for other Moms to hear Melissas words of wisdom.

Melissa shared that like thousands of people, she heard about the program through the grape vine. Then, in June of last year, Melissa watched her husband complete his first triathlon with TNT in Maui and ever since then TNT has been a Jabonero family tradition.

Fighting a disease threatening to take the life of your child requires action, says Melissa. LLS and TNT have given us a way to fight back and they have been fantastic to us throughout our journey.

Melissa says she finds her strength to get through the various phases of her familys cancer journey in different places. Her friends, family, faith and TNT teammates have provided a support system that keeps her going. She also says that resources like LLSs patient services have been invaluable in their fight.

LLS has been amongst the top of our helpful resources, explains Melissa. When our daughter was first diagnosed, it was an emotional roller coaster that no one can prepare for. Without any questions, LLS even provided us with some money which was used towards our daughters treatment.

In situations like the Jabonero familys, it can be hard to find the right words to say. But Melissa offers the following words of advice for other mothers facing a similar health crisis in their family:

You may not be able to control the outcome but you can definitely control your outlook. Hope and faith are two powerful things. Also, never be afraid to ask for help. From laundry to a listening ear, people will always be willing and eager to help, she says. Take time out for yourself. It can get hectic, taking time to decompress with something as simple as a walk can do wonders. Last but not least, be the over opinionated, hand-holding, protective parent your child needs you to be. You know your child best and only you can be the voice for them.

Team In Training has a program for athletes of all skill levels. Theres a wide range of events including half and full marathons, hike adventures, triathlons, and cycling events. Visit http://www.teamintraining.org/sf or call 800.78.TRAIN to talk to a local Team Manager.

Stay up to date with Team In Training: like TNT SF Bay Area on Facebook, follow @TNT_SFBayArea on Twitter, or find them on Pinterest.

About Team In Training

Team In Training (TNT) San Francisco chapter offers marathon training, half-marathon training, and triathlon training. Individuals can also train for cycling events and adventure hikes. TNT began in 1988, when Bruce Cleland of Rye, NY formed a team that raised funds and trained to run the New York City Marathon in honor of Cleland’s daughter Georgia, a leukemia survivor.

The team of 38 runners raised $ 322,000 for LLS’s Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter. Because of the pioneering efforts of Cleland and the Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter, Team In Training was born and has grown into the world’s largest endurance sports training program. Cleland was honored by Runner’s World magazine in 2004 as one of their “Heroes of Running” for his role in establishing TNT.

Whether participants choose The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s traditional Team In Training program or TNT Flex, a flexible, customized online training option developed by TNT’s renowned coaches, they get all the support they need to cross the finish line at the marathon, half marathon, triathlon, century ride and hike adventure of their choice. Both offer a choice of world-class events, travel arrangements to an exciting destination, and a fabulous, activity-filled weekend once they’re there.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 68 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $ 814 million in blood cancer research.

For more information about blood cancer, visit http://www.LLS.org or call the LLS Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master’s level social workers, nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients and their families and caregivers. IRC information specialists are available at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.







San Francisco based Heath-Newton Describes the Benefits of a No Contest Divorce

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 04, 2012

The law firm explains that the end of a partnership or marriage does not always signal acrimony. For those who are separating without such feelings, a no contest divorce, or uncontested divorce offers a host of benefits among them are speed, cost, and flexibility, according to the firm spokesman.

California is no-fault divorce state. That means that in California it doesnt matter who wants the divorce or why if either party wants a divorce, they can have it. Long gone are the days of proving infidelity to get a divorce. The upshot is that in California a no-contest divorce is simply a divorce in which the parties work out the terms of their divorce without appearing in court.

There are varying levels of agreement. Sometimes the parties know exactly how they want to divide assets and arrange child custody before they ever speak with an attorney. Other parties cant agree on anything at first, but with the help of their attorneys theyre able to work out a deal. Sometimes the process takes days; other times it takes months. Sometimes the parties mediate; sometimes they work it out at a coffee shop. Either way, in an uncontested divorce, the parties stay out of court.

Uncontested divorces are cheaper, according to a spokesman for Heath-Newton. “Youve heard the joke that the quickest way to get a million dollars is to start with $ 10 million, and get a divorce $ 8 Million goes to the attorneys, and you and your ex split the rest. Those numbers arent far from the mark. There are few things more expensive (and less satisfying) in this world than divorce litigation. Take our advice on this one: avoid divorce litigation if you can settle out of court! The quicker you can reach agreement with your ex, the less you will spend on the process,” the firm adds.

Speed, of course is the second benefit of a no contest divorce, according to the law firm. “There is nothing fast about the California court system, and the family courts are arguably the slowest of the bunch. Theyre underfunded, under-motivated, and overworked. They dont really care about your divorce, and they have no incentive to move quickly. If you want speedy resolution, dont litigate mediate. The divorce process can be done in as much time as it takes you to reach a deal with your spouse. Settlement is the best way to reach a quick and fair result,” states Heath-Newton.

Heath-Newton explains that the third main benefit of the no contest divorce is flexibility. “Judges dont know anything about your life so they cant make orders that truly benefit you. Courts follow the law the law is the opposite of flexible. Youre not going to get custom tailored divorce agreements from overworked judges. Youre going to get well meaning, but cookie cutter resolutions that follow the law to the letter. On the flip side, if you and your spouse reach an agreement on your own, the court is happy to turn your personal agreement into an order. Youll need to follow certain formalities, but those are the easy part pay a lawyer to handle those for your and youre saving a bundle as compared to the alternative. You can be as creative and flexible as you want with your personal agreement. You want to keep the coin collection and give her the shotguns? Go for it. Nobody cares how you divide your assets unless you take the issue to the court.,” adds the law firm.

According to Heath-Newton, a less frequently discussed benefit of the uncontested divorce process is that it allows parties to remain on healthier terms than litigation. The litigation process is emotionally draining and simply stated it makes people angry. A no contest divorce process can take any form a couple wants. Many couples include therapists in the process in order to ease the transition out of the relationship. Uncontested divorces are easier on the soul, according to the firm.

Heath-Newton says they help clients navigate uncontested divorces of every kind. They believe that its ultimately better for couples to avoid litigation, and so they support clients in that process.

About the company:

At Heath-Newton LLP, they specialize in family law, asset protection and estate planning services. Based in San Francisco, their boutique firm has earned a reputation for managing their clients cases well, reaching successful resolutions and minimizing costs and disruption to their clients lives.

They have handled a long list of family-law cases, including a broad range of issues facing new families (such as domestic partnerships, premarital agreements, adoption and more), as well as divorce, asset division, child custody and child and spouse support. They also have extensive experience in estate planning, wills, probate, mediation, living wills and trusts.

Collectively, their attorneys have thousands of hours of experience, allowing them to be both efficient and effective. They are guided by a practical approach that emphasizes avoiding litigation to minimize costs and disruption; however, they can and will be fierce litigators when all other strategies have proven ineffective. For more information visit their website at http://www.heathnewton.com. To discuss a situation with one of their attorneys, please call them at (415) 398-1290.