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ARAG Study Reports Seven Out of 10 Employees Suffer Personal Legal Woes

Des Moines, Iowa (PRWEB) April 1, 2008

An alarming number of U.S. employees spend valuable time during their work days dealing with more than just regular job duties. For many workers, their family, financial, home or automobile legal woes compete for time and attention – resulting in lower job performance, productivity and morale.

“Workplace effectiveness often drops when employees are preoccupied with legal and financial concerns,” says Cameron Sutton, President and Chief Executive Officer, ARAG (http://ARAGgroup.com)]. “The impact, the frequency and the complexity of legal woes can adversely affect employees and the organizations for which they work.”

A recent ARAG-commissioned study measured the impact of employee legal woes, the use of legal services and employee attitude toward legal services. The study, entitled “Measuring the Effects of Employee Financial & Legal Woes,” was conducted by Russell Research, which interviewed more than 1,000 full-time employees, representing a nationwide, demographically-dispersed base.

Among the key results of the ARAG Legal Woes study:

Seven out of 10 surveyed employees experienced one or more legal woes during a 12-month period.

They spent, on average, 57 hours while at work, dealing with legal woes.

Four of 10 employees said legal woes had a negative impact on work performance (focus, stress, efficiency or effectiveness on the job).

The most common legal woes involved issues of family care, credit trouble, child custody, consumer fraud, home or automobile purchase or repair and estate planning.

According to Sutton, “People have traditionally invested in life, health, automobile and home insurance to achieve security and peace of mind. They are becoming increasingly aware of the risks that legal woes represent in their personal and work lives.”

The Legal Woes Study indicated that one out of eight employees worked for an employer that offers legal plans at work while seven out of 10 said they believe legal plans would be useful in resolving personal legal needs.

Because legal woes take a heavy toll on workplace productivity and can affect business profitability, Sutton stated that concerned employers are looking for effective ways to address this issue and many are considering the addition of legal plans to their benefit packages.

For further information about the ARAG study on “Measuring the Effects of Employee Financial & Legal Woes,” contact Media(at)ARAGgroup.com. ARAG is a global leader of legal insurance. The company has an international premium base of more than $ 1.75 billion and protects 15 million individuals and their families – worldwide. ARAG offers comprehensive legal plans that provide a clear path for resolving legal issues. This enables people to protect their families, finances and futures.

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The New Administration and the Judiciary, the Housing Crisis and the Law, Racism and the Legal System Explored at ABA Midyear Meeting Programs

Chicago, IL (Vocus) February 3, 2009

The housing crisis and the role of lawyers in securing housing justice; examining the psychology of prejudice; and insights into the new administration, Congress and the federal judiciary are among issues to be discussed in programs featured at the 2009 American Bar Association Midyear Meeting, Feb. 11 – 17 in Boston.

In addition to the more than 900 events at this premier gathering of legal professionals, the ABA House of Delegates will consider policies affecting the legal rights of military personnel, immigrants and the elderly; the criminal justice system treatment of juvenile sex offenders; habeas corpus petitions of detainees at the Guantanamo Navel Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and measures that would reduce harm and litigation after catastrophes. The House meets Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. at the Hynes Convention Center, ballroom, level 3.

Also during the House meeting on Feb. 16, Presidents’ Day, will be a presentation by Walter Dellinger, Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law, Duke University, on “Abraham Lincoln as a Lawyer.”

Click here to see the full Midyear Meeting program agenda.

Among program highlights are:

“Obtaining and Retaining a Diverse Judiciary”

Issues of a lack of diversity within the judiciary, how the public perceives the judiciary based on that deficiency, and how false and unfair attacks against the judiciary have jeopardized its diversity will be discussed by panelists and audience members in an effort to develop strategies to reverse this trend.

Feb. 11, 2 p.m., Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Av., Cambridge

“Foreclosing on the American Dream: The Housing Crisis and the Role of Lawyers and Laws in Securing Housing Justice”

Families are losing their homes, often with no place to go. Innocent tenants paying their rent on time every month are being evicted on short notice when their landlords go through foreclosure. These are just some of the fallout of the housing crisis. This interactive program will focus on a hypothetical family in crisis and explore how lawyers can assist those facing such turmoil as well as ways to bolster efforts to create new affordable housing options.

Feb. 13, 8:30 a.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 308, level 3

“Mindbugs: The Psychology of Ordinary Prejudice”

Panelists will discuss how human interactions are greatly affected by implicit and unconscious biases. These biases have significant implications for all members of the legal profession, particularly women and minorities, as they impact decisions with respect to hiring, assignments, evaluations, promotions and layoffs.

Feb. 13, 10 a.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 312, level 3

“The New Administration, the New Congress and the Federal Judiciary – Judicial Appointments, Compensation, and Judicial Relations”

Join veteran Potomac insiders for key insights into what can be expected–both at the White House and in the Senate–concerning federal judicial appointments, as well as issues of judicial compensation, court-stripping, cameras in the courtroom and ethics reform.

Feb. 13, 1 p.m., Sheraton Boston, Liberty Ballroom B, 2nd level

“The Assumption of Justice: A Dialogue on Color, Ethnicity and the Courts”

Expert panelists will provide an understanding of institutional racism and the reality of disparities in the charging and sentencing of minorities in the courts. Attendees will consider ways to develop solutions within their communities.

Feb. 13, 10 a.m., Fairmont Copley Plaza, Forum Room, lower lobby level

“Health Care for Immigration Detainees: What Should be the Standard?”

Issues of detainee medical care and the adequacy, implementation and enforceability of medical standards will be addressed by panelists. Also explored will be the critical role the health care profession plays in ensuring successful service delivery, and the detainee health care system lawyers need to understand to more effectively assist their individual or institutional clients.

Feb. 13, 2 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 208, level 2

Implementing Health Care Reform: The Massachusetts Example”

When Massachusetts enacted an act providing access to affordable, quality, accountable health care in 2006, it undertook a comprehensive and visible effort to reform health insurance and health care practices. This panel will explore the Massachusetts experience in implementing the universal coverage mandate and the areas in which the state’s experience may or may not provide a useful model for the nation.

Feb. 13, 1:45 p.m., Fairmont Copley Plaza, State Ste. A, lower lobby level

“HIV and the Rule of Law: A Legal Roadmap for a New Administration”

Much has been done in the last eight years to address the global HIV/AIDS crisis. Yet a crisis it remains, and while billions of dollars have rightly been allocated to address the pandemic abroad, federal funds for the domestic epidemic have been flat or even cut, with potentially devastating consequences. This program will examine the domestic and international legal dimensions of HIV/AIDS and the key legal elements that must be part of the new administration’s approach. Feb. 14, 2:30 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 309, level 3

“Spirit of Excellence Awards”

The Spirit of Excellence Award celebrates the achievements of diverse lawyers who contribute to the legal profession and society. Awards are presented to lawyers who excel in their professional settings; who personify excellence on the national, state or local level; and who have demonstrated a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession. This year’s recipients include Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Richard A. Soden, of counsel, Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston; Julius L. Chambers, civil rights lawyer and educator, Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham and Sumter P.A., Charlotte, N.C.; Sen. Colleen Hanabusa, Senate president, Hawaii State Legislature, Honolulu; Joan Mei Haratani, partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, San Francisco; Chief Justice Daniel Sosa Jr. (Ret.), Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico, Las Cruces, N.M.; and William A. Von Hoene Jr., executive vice president and general counsel, Exelon Corporation, Chicago.

Feb. 14, noon, Sheraton Boston, Grand/Independence Ballrooms, 2nd level

“Renewed Hope: Human Rights and the New Administration”

John Shattuck, CEO, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor under President Bill Clinton, will address how President Barack Obama can work to address concerns around the world of this nation’s commitment to human rights and the rule of law.

Feb. 16, noon, Sheraton Boston Hotel, Back Bay Ballroom D

Other programs include:

“Judicial Clerkship Program”

Feb. 12, 1 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 302/304, level 3

“Managing the Bailout: Execution and Oversight of the Federal Response to the Financial Crisis”

Feb. 12, 4 p.m., Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., room 285

“Recent Developments in Communications Law: Fox v. FCC”

Feb. 13, 10:45 a.m., Fairmont Copley Plaza, State Ste. B, lower lobby level

“Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiatives: Lasting Model or Historical Artifact?”

“Feb. 13, 10:45 a.m., Fairmont Copley Plaza, State Ste. A, lower lobby level

“Building a Bridge to Keeping Youth in School: Connecting Education and Legal Advocacy”

Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 309, level 3

“Meeting the Needs of Highly Mobile Students: The Education Rights of Homeless Children and Youth and Those in the Child Welfare System”

Feb. 13, 2 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 309, level 3

“Women Rainmakers: Linking Public Service and Business Development”

Feb. 13, 3 p.m., Boston Marriott Copley Place, Grand Salon F, 4th floor

“Students Rights: Free Expression and Beyond,”

Feb. 13, 3:30 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 309, level 3

“IP Privacy in the Digital World of the Internet”

Feb 14, 10:15 a.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 208, level 2

“IP Protection of Computer Software: The State of Copyright, Patent, and License Protection for Computer Programs”

Feb. 14, 1:45 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 208, level 2

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Iken Court Bundling Software Saves Cornwall Council’s Legal Team

Bristol, UK (PRWeb UK) April 20, 2009

21 April 2009 — Like most legal teams dealing with childcare and family law, the Cornwall Children and Adults team work reactively. Caseloads may vary enormously, but the need for fast and efficient processing leading to an early conclusion of proceedings is a consistent requirement. In order to support their work, the Cornwall Legal Services team selected Iken Case Management software with automated Time Tracking Software, which was implemented in 2007. Additional Court Bundling software and a range of Childcare workflows were integrated into the solution soon afterwards.

Stuart Cohen, Legal Officer at Cornwall explains: “In childcare cases in particular, speed is of the essence. The legal team needs to react quickly to deliver structured, evidence-rich documents in the first instance to progress the case quickly through court and minimise the impact on the child and families involved. With the Iken system we can see the case history straight away, and we’ve got immediate access to it.”

The team at Cornwall are also discovering the benefits of using Iken’s electronic Court Bundling software, which automates the indexing, sectioning and pagination of bundles to support child protection and other litigation. These bundles are created by Iken and may either be distributed electronically or printed out for more traditional paper-based distribution; they are now saving Cornwall Council over

L.A. Family Law Attorney Tamila Jensen Urges Governor to Sign Bill for Affordable Legal Service

Granada Hills, CA (PRWEB) October 8, 2009

Los Angeles County family law attorney Tamila C. Jensen has written a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger urging him to sign Assembly Bill 590, which will help the poor get access to domestic legal services. The governor has until midnight on October 11 to veto or sign AB 590.

Attorney Jensen is a strong advocate for equal access to legal representation. She is a proponent of Civil Gideon, inspired by the 1963 Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright. Writing for Valley Lawyer in April, Jensen explained that the Gideon ruling ordered the states to provide a lawyer for anyone facing a felony charge. However, Jensen noted, the 1981 Supreme Court ruled in the Lassiter case that “poor people do not have an absolute right to a publicly provided attorney when they face losing custody of a child to the state.”

“The main purpose of AB 590 is to fund and support collaborative efforts between the courts, legal services programs, local pro bono projects, and bar associations,” Jensen explained. The resulting pilot projects will improve and expand legal assistance for low-income members of the public in critical civil cases involving basic human needs, she said, such as family law and housing.

Jensen added that she is acutely aware of the legal struggles for low-income residents of Los Angeles County not only from her work as a family lawyer, but also as treasurer of Neighborhood Legal Services. “We have only 40 attorneys to serve one million eligible low income people,” Jensen said. “I want Governor Schwarzenegger to sign AB 590 into law so that we can begin the hard work of providing legal protection to those who need it most.”

About the Firm

Tamila C. Jensen is a native Californian who has practiced law for 34 years. She is also a law professor and published author on real estate law, as well as a variety of other legal topics. Jensen’s practice is currently focused on elder law, estate planning, real estate and family law, including child custody. She also provides a wide range of other legal services to small businesses and individuals. Jensen recently finished a term as president of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.


New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Warns School Nurses to Beware of Legal Consequences for Vaccinating Students Without Parental Consent

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 23, 2009

The legal terms assault and battery pop up in city tabloids and cops and robbers TV programs all the time. But lately these familiar phrases could just as easily apply to the actions of some New York City elementary schools, and their school nurses, in the wake of the current swine flu pandemic sweeping the country, according to Richard Gurfein, a New York medical malpractice attorney and senior partner in the New York personal injury law firm of Gurfein Douglas, LLP.

Despite claims, Gurfein said, by city health officials stressing the safety of the H1N1 vaccine, and the rapidly growing spread of the disease in city schools (hospitalizations for H1N1 have tripled in New York State in the past three weeks) the law requires parental consent before a school is permitted to give the swine flu vaccine to a student.

According to recent media reports, school nurses mistakenly gave the swine flu vaccine to two students whose parents didnt sign up for it, including a Brooklyn girl with epilepsy who wound up in the hospital after getting the shot.

Any unlawful touching, Gurfein explained, or unauthorized administration of medical care not in an emergency situation is a battery, a legal term for an assault. A school district cannot unilaterally administer vaccinations without parental consent, in writing.

Gurfein explained that on the issue of liability, it wouldnt matter if the child got sick or not from the vaccination.

If there is a battery, Gurfein said (medicine given to a child without an emergency situation, or parental consent), by law the child is entitled to compensatory damages.

The measure of damages is another issue, he added. If there was no ill effect from the vaccination, the damages would be relatively small. If the child became ill, the amount of the damages would go up considerably. Sadly, if the child dies, that wrongful death case would have almost no value because of existing arcane laws in New York State that place little monetary value on the life of a child.

Gurfein said there are exceptions as to when schools are allowed to intervene. For example, in the event of an emergency, schools would be able to render medical care to the student since they are acting in loco parentis while a child is in their care.

But no court, he said, would ever accept the argument that vaccination without consent is an emergency, since the simple alternative is to refuse the child access to the school if parents dont comply with the schools wishes regarding vaccination.

Vaccinating a child without parental consent, Gurfein explained, is a tort that has a one-year statute of limitations. But because the school is part of the City, a parent only has 90 days from the time of the battery to file a Notice of Claim. He said, ninety days does not mean three months. It means ninety days.

Since a battery falls under the category of an intentional tort, Gurfein explained, it also cannot be insured against by the school, or the school nurse. In these situations, the nurse who gave the child the shot, and the school district as her employer assuming the nurse was acting within the course and scope of his or her employment would have to pay any judgment.

Gurfein advises parents to remember that municipalities and their school districts are heavily protected against lawsuits. He instructs parents of children who have been victims of a battery to contact a New York personal injury lawyer who is familiar with both negligence and medical malpractice claims.

Since a school, Gurfein said, is a department, or arm, of a municipality, a lawsuit must be commenced within a year and ninety days from the time of the battery, after having filed a timely Notice of Claim.

Such a lawsuit, he added, typically takes longer to pursue than an average auto case because the City of New York has so many lawsuits it just doesnt have the manpower to process all of them. As with any other personal injury claim, the damages would be determined by a jury. All costs to litigate the case are advanced by the lawyer, not the client. The lawyer only gets those costs reimbursed, and compensated for his, or her, services, if he or she wins the case.


Demetria Graves, Attorney and Legal Mentor, Discusses the Gore Divorce Case and How to Protect Yourself in a Long-Term Marriage

Glendale, CA (PRWEB) June 17, 2010

Al and Tipper Gore have been through a lot together. She was there when he moved into the White House as second-in-charge and when he won the Nobel Peace Prize. She was also there at his senior prom. After spending what many would call a lifetime together, the couple shocked the world by calling it quits after forty years of marriage, and they arent the only couple splitting so late in the game. Here to discuss divorce after a longstanding marriage and what spouses can do to protect themselves is Family Attorney at Law and Legal Mentor, Demetria Graves, who is based out of Los Angeles, California.

Divorce after a short marriage is not uncommon, and the proceedings for them tend to be well-known, at least on some basic level, by the general public. However, filing for divorce after a marriage of twenty, thirty, or forty years can be rather complex. Demetria Graves, a Family Law Attorney based out of Los Angeles, explains, After a marriage of such a long duration, there are not only entangled feelings, but entangled assets, debts, and belongings as well. Sifting through everything a couple has accumulated and shared over a lifetime can be, simply put, an arduous process.

Furthermore, Spousal Support requirements can make the process an expensive one if awarded, which it often is. According to Family Law Attorney Demetria Graves, In California, if you have been married for less than ten years, Spousal Support generally lasts for half of the duration of the marriage. She goes on to state that this is not the case for marriages in California that last longer than ten years, which are generally awarded long duration Spousal Support. Graves explains, Long duration support is issued indefinitely unless both parties agree to a specific end date. So, if we assume that Al Gore earns more than his wife does, a California court would require he pay her Spousal Support for the foreseeable future. That could get pretty expensive for Al Gore, who was on track to become the worlds first carbon billionaire, according to John Broder of the New York Times.

The Gore divorce case carries a high emotional price tag as well. Even though Al and Tipper Gores children are all adults and are in their late twenties and thirties and thus are no longer dependents, there is still concern regardless of their age, says Attorney Demetria Graves. Graves states that emotional bonds are hard to break and that this is especially evident in long-term marriages or when children have seen their parents get along for so long.

When asked about what the Gores or any spouses can do to protect themselves in long term marriages, Attorney at Law, Demetria Graves, suggested reviewing their history. Be clear on what you own. Did either party have debt or assets before the marriage? If so, is there proof to support it? Looks like the Gores will be in for the long haul, in terms of court dates that is.

Demetria L. Graves, Esq. is a family law attorney who opened her own firm to provide clients with the exceptional personal service and legal mentoring that is not always available at a larger firm. Demetria Graves is an outstanding attorney, with memberships in the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and the Pasadena Bar Association. She has also been a Professor of Family Law at West Law College in Los Angeles. In addition, Demetria Graves is an active member of the Step Up Womens Network, a nonprofit targeting the development of business skills in women and underprivileged teens.

Ms. Graves, Esq., handles all aspects of California family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, modifications, paternity, visitation rights, guardianship and related legal issues. The Law Offices of Demetria L. Graves represents clients throughout Los Angeles County, including Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, L.A., West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Arcadia, Alhambra and communities throughout the Los Angeles metro area.


Breastfeeding in Public Causes Controversial Public Opinions and Legal Implications

Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) July 20, 2010

Breastfeeding in public is causing a spark of concern for many Americans. Many people both male and female are delicate to the sight of a nursing breast. Mothers are outraged and those on the opposite end of the spectrum are offended. Lorie McCoy, co-founder of Amazing Births and Beyond advocates for mothers and their legal entitlement to nurse publicly. Amazing Births and Beyond is South Florida’s Leading provider of complimentary, integrative care for fertility, conception, pregnancy and birth, offering safe and effective professional services.

Recently,Baby Talk a parenting magazine, was attacked for displaying a giant breast nursing on an August front cover. However, magazine covers arent the only incidents causing public opinion. Kim Kardashian tweeted about a woman breastfeeding in public and stated “EWW Im at lunch, the woman at the table next to me is breast feeding her baby with no cover-up. Many mothers were upset at this comment. McCoy, of Amazing Births and Beyond says Breastfeeding in public is legal in every state. A mother does not need to cover up or go somewhere more private.

Forty-four states have laws with language specifically allowing women to breastfeed in any public or private location. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, health professionals and public health officials promote breastfeeding to improve infant health. According to The Department of Health and Human Services, benefits of breastfeeding have been reported for both child and mother.

In addition to providing essential nutrients to infants, the study conducted reports decreases in gastroenteritis, lower risk of obesity, and lower risk of asthma in the children. Also, benefits for the mother that were noted included, greater weight loss postpartum compared with mothers who bottle-fed, decreased incidence of premenopausal breast cancer and decreased incidence of ovarian cancer.

However, even with support from Big Brother, that has not stopped many businesses from asking nursing mothers to be more private. One Starbucks location asked a mother to use the restroom to feed her child. This ensued the wrath of mothers who imposed a nurse-in. Nurse-ins, similar to sit-ins, has mothers rally together, to nurse their children, to protest against being asked to retreat somewhere more private to nurse.

What many people do not realize is that many infants have a difficult time eating while covered up,

especially in Florida where it is so warm. I think it is terrible to make a nursing mother feel embarrassed or uncomfortable for simply feeding her child, said McCoy.

At Amazing Births and Beyond their goal is to provide both the nurturing and educational support that women need to achieve the birthing/mothering experience that they envision for themselves. We stand behind the AAP which encourages health care professionals to promote breastfeeding as a cultural norm and encourage family and societal support for breastfeeding, said McCoy. Scientifically, babies are born to be breastfed.

Actress, Julie Brown, was quoted saying, I think it is truly bizarre that people would find a photo of a mother breast feeding shocking and offensive. Referring to the picture of her breastfeeding twins being banned on The View. Although many Americans are still squeamish at the site of a nursing breast, breastfeeding is gaining greater support from the government and medical community.

Amazing Births and Beyond offer many classes and offer assistance to mothers breastfeeding and the benefits that your baby will receive from it. After being educated, some women will still choose not to breastfeed. However, we always want to be assures that she is making that decision after being educated. For moms that are choosing not to breastfeed for any duration, we will still encourage them to nurse their newborn for the first few days after birth so that their baby gets antibody-rich colostrum will protect them from infection.

About Amazing Births and Beyond:

At Amazing Births and Beyond we focus on women and their ability to birth normally and with ease. At Amazing Births and Beyond they understand the importance of support and guidance in making birth a positive lifetime memory. Please visit http://www.amazingbirthsandbeyond.com there you will find an array of helpful articles as well as information on Fertility, Chiropractic, HypnoBirthing, and Doula services they provide.

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Wisselman, Harounian and Associates, P.C., a Long Island Family Law Firm Announces Four Upcoming Events & Discusses Successful Legal Workshop

Great Neck, NY (PRWEB) July 26, 2010

The Law Firm of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. conducted their ninth annual legal workshop for approximately 185 mental health professionals addressing WHAT EVERY MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CUSTODY & VISITATION AND IMPORTANT SOCIAL ISSUES AFFECTING CHILDREN. The workshop aims to assist these professionals when counseling patients marital and family law issues. Many mental health professionals come year after year to these presentations and we appreciate their support. We were also pleased to see many new faces this year, as we reached a record high attendance. Each year, attendees have been able to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the mental health professional organizations for their participation. Our workshops are held at the Port Washington Yacht Club.

This years presentation was about the process of reaching a custody and visitation agreement and also addressed the very important issue of bullying in the schools and on the Internet. Also discussed were mediation, litigation and collaborative law, and the pros and cons of each approach. Dealing with custody & visitation issues can be a very difficult process. The importance of good communication during this negotiation is critical, and we addressed how mental health professionals can help their patients deal with these challenges, including:

Managing anger to facilitate reaching agreements
Handling an impasse in negotiating an agreement, and finally
Proceeding with litigation when an agreement cannot be negotiated.

We examined an actual Custody and Visitation Stipulation, and reviewed the components of a comprehensive agreement that protects both the parents and children, starting with a summary of the types of custody (joint vs. sole custody). Special provisions to an agreement were discussed, including spheres of influence and delegation of decision-making responsibilities, religion, corporal punishment, relocation, and how unique circumstances, i.e., drug abuse, and same-sex relationships are dealt with in an agreement.

The important and current topic of bullying in the school and on the Internet was also addressed including its impact on the child and the family, and what legal recourse is available for victims of this abuse.

The workshop presenters were attorneys from our firm: Jerome Wisselman, Jacqueline Harounian, Lloyd Rosen, Eyal Talassazan and Lauren Chartan. We were pleased to have a guest speaker, Betty Gross, from CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services) who spoke about school bully prevention programs for children, parents and professionals.

The law firm of Wisselman, Harounian and Associates, P.C. was established in 1976 and is dedicated to serving Long Island, Queens and Metro New York clients and the community on legal matters that arise during the course of raising a family and growing a business. It is the firms goal to develop long-term client relationships, to help protect clients legal interests throughout the many phases of their family lives. This can include handling matrimonial or family law concerns, buying or selling a home, running a business, and estate planning. http://www.lawjaw.com

Those seeking information on matrimonial and divorce issues: The Law Firm of Wisselman, Harounian and Associates, P.C. has scheduled complimentary events to provide information and answer all questions. The events are Separation thru Divorce Legal Clinics, Fathers’ Rights and Divorce, How to Have a Smart Divorce.

Separation thru Divorce Legal Clinic:

TIME: Thursday August 5th & Thursday August 19th at 6:00 7:30 PM (Regularly held on the first and third Thursday of each month).

TOPICS: Designed to provide information and answer legal questions for people contemplating separation and divorce, or for those who have been told their spouse is considering one.

Fathers’ Rights and Divorce:

TIME: Wednesday August 4th at 6:00pm.

TOPICS: To help Dads protect their legal family rights and the right to be with their children. Family law attorney, Lloyd Rosen, will provide information about visitation, support, fighting for custody, modification of child support and responding to reports of domestic violence. All your questions will be addressed.

How to Have a Smart Divorce:

TIME: Wednesday August 11th at 6:00pm.

TOPICS: Presentation by family law attorney, Lloyd Rosen is designed for people in all stages of divorce from not yet separated through those with interest in modifying divorce agreements. Bring your questions for a livelier discussion.

All meetings are held at:

Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C.

1010 Northern Blvd., Suite 300 (just west of Community Drive)

Great Neck, New York 11021

RSVP: call Sharyn at 516-773-8300 or http://www.lawjaw.com


Sharyn OMara, PR Director


Alldredge Joins CWBA’s Legal Services Committee

Denver, CO (PRWEB) November 6, 2010

Jennifer Alldredge, a domestic relations attorney with Denver-based Robinson Waters & ODorisio, P.C., has joined the Legal Services Committee of the Colorado Womens Bar Association (CWBA).

Alldredges practice focuses on dissolution of marriage, legal separation, paternity actions, adoptions, child support, contempt, high conflict matters, high asset cases and modification of orders and agreements as well as mediation.

Alldredge obtained her bachelors degree from the University of Florida and her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

The CWBA was founded in 1978 and for the past 32 years, has been committed to improving the status of women in the legal profession, and the interest of all women. Through the CWBAs legal services committee, attorneys help victims of domestic violence obtain protective orders, help staff KUSA-TV Channel 9s LawLine9 program, and assist the community through a variety of events, including the CWBA Clothing Drive to Benefit Center for Workplace Education and Employment and the Holiday Toys for Girls and Boys toy drive.

Robinson Waters & ODorisio, P.C. was founded in 1976. The firm has 30 lawyers serving clients throughout the Rocky Mountain region and is engaged in a comprehensive legal practice heavily based in litigation, commercial transactions, real estate, gaming, franchise and family law.

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Take Legal Steps To Avoid Costly Summer Moves, New Orleans Attorney Informs Divorced Parents

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) May 15, 2012

As a divorced parent considering relocating, it can be difficult when a child custody agreement is keeping a parent tied to their spouse after a divorce. Due to busy schedules during the school year, divorced parents are sometimes stuck with summer moves, when the cost to do so is the highest. Local New Orleans divorce attorney, Will Beaumont, advises divorced parents to research rules applying to moving out of the state of Louisiana with children so they can save on relocation expenses.

The summer months are rapidly approaching. According to the American Moving & Storage Association, June, July, and August are the most costly months to move, due to high demand. With the advice of an experienced attorney, a divorced parent can plan ahead and secure lower rates, without breaking any legal agreements.

First, to relocate, a parent may be legally obligated to comply with the relocation statute. There are two steps to this process. As primary custodian of the child, a parent must give their former spouse formal notice of the proposed relocation. (It is possible that relocation will then be discussed in a court hearing to present the petition for legal authorization to move.) This notice must be sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested at least 60 days before the proposed relocation.

Although this seems like a reasonable legal process, many parents who are not the primary custodian or have joint custody will oppose the process in court, says Beaumont. This may change the current custody agreement indefinitely. It is helpful to understand the laws that guide this process, which a New Orleans divorce lawyer will likely be able to provide.

If a court grants relocation, the court may also order that further information will have to be provided. This may include the moving partys intended residence, and, if known, the specific address of residence, and then also the date of relocation. A New Orleans divorce lawyer will likely also be able to draft a statement explaining the reasons for relocation along with a newly proposed visitation schedule.

Legal processes are more efficient and effective with a New Orleans divorce attorney, says Beaumont. With help, you can ensure that youre complying with all the laws that protect parental rights.

The above is informational only, not legal advice.

Attorney William H. Beaumont is a family attorney in New Orleans, La. He provides clients with extensive knowledge of Louisianas family and divorce law. He works to educate his clients on their rights and work as a legal advocate on their behalf through proceedings.

To learn more about Will Beaumonts legal services as a New Orleans divorce lawyer, parents can visit http://www.beaumontdivorce.com or contact the offices at Beaumont Divorce: 3801 Canal St #207, New Orleans, LA 70119. For an appointment call (504) 483-8008.