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San Diego Family Law Attorney Andy Cook to Run for a Seat on the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Board of Directors

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 10, 2013

Local San Diego family law attorney Andy Cook has announced his candidacy for a Board of Directors position with the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA), an organization he has been actively involved in for nearly 20 years. He currently sits on three committees and holds three section memberships in the SDCBA, and is currently a Co-Organizer of the Judges Orientation Program. Andy also currently serves on the Arbitration Panel for the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Fee Dispute Program offered through the bar association.

Attorney Andy Cook is a certified family law specialist, with certification from the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. In addition to his private practice representing clients in divorce, child custody disputes and paternity matters, Andy serves as a temporary judge in the Superior Courts of San Diego and Los Angeles counties. He has received three Outstanding Service Citations from the San Diego County Superior Court and has twice received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services.

Andy has submitted his candidacy for the SDCBA Board position with a clear focus and vision for his role. “My goals are to increase membership, help the new lawyers and others in this difficult job environment, and to build on an already great continuing education program,” says Andy on his candidate page at the SDCBA website. Andy has gathered an impressive list of endorsements in support of his candidacy for the Board of Directors, including three local legal organizations, five retired members of the judiciary, 13 former SDCBA Board Members (including six past presidents), and 72 fellow attorneys.

Online voting for the Board of Directors positions begins October 15th. Members can vote online by logging in to the SDCBA website. Members needing assistance logging in or wishing to request a paper ballot are urged to contact Katie Doherty at (619) 321-4118.

About Andy Cook

Andy Cook, principal of the Law Offices of Andy Cook, has extensively advocated for individual, parental and family rights and responsibilities in San Diego, Chula Vista, Escondido, Oceanside and throughout Southern California.

Andy can be contacted at:

Law Offices of Andy Cook

1901 First Avenue San Diego, CA 92101-0309

Tel: 619-515-9900


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Broward County Church Van Crash

(PRWEB) October 15, 2013

A rollover accident involving a church van claimed the life of a passenger and left many others injured on Saturday, September 14, 2013. The van’s back left tire blew out, which caused the vehicle to swerve and roll across the highway. Many passengers were ejected from the van while it was rolling according to NBC News.

Personal injury lawyer, Michael Steinger states, “We can help address and clarify with respect to victims rights after an incident like this occurs.”

20-year-old passenger Nostra Damas passed away at the scene, while two other victims suffered critical injuries as NBC news stated.

According to a report from NBC News (9.14.13), the accident happened near Corkscrew Road on Interstate 75 in Lee County. It was not determined whether any of the passengers were wearing seat belts during the accident.

“It is unfortunate that we do not know if anyone was wearing a seat belt during the accident,” Steinger states. “Finding the truth is necessary after any tragic accident and the help of a personal injury lawyer can often help answer some of the questions remaining.”

The van belonged to Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lauderhill, Florida and was one of three vans on the way to Tampa, Florida. Neither of the other two vans were involved in the accident. I-75 was shut down for nearly three hours after the accident and this was the second vehicle to overturn on I-75 on September 14, according to NBC News (9.14.13).

“Questions are often asked after an accident like this one claims lives,” said Michael Steinger of Steinger, Iscoe and Greene.

About Steinger, Iscoe & Greene:

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is a proven legal team whose number one goal is to get South Florida injury victims every dollar they truly deserve. Since 1997, the firms lawyers have successfully handled cases that have included: auto accidents, bicycle accidents, birth injuries and medical malpractice. The entire legal team is committed to representing and fighting for injury victims best interests, giving each client insight into Florida law and their rights.

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is a legal team with more than 30 lawyers and 130 legal professionals. Offices are located in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Fort Myers, Tampa and Orlando. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene also offers the No Fee Guarantee

Seasoned DUI Attorney In Orange County California Further Helps Clients by Launching a New DMV Hearing Page

Orange, CA (PRWEB) September 18, 2013

There are a number of DUI arrests that take place every day in Orange County California, so the popular DUI attorney Chris Koch has launched an all-new DMV hearing Orange County page to defend those in need, properly and successfully. The criminal defense lawyer has explained various steps on this page through which a person can get proper legal defense effectively and quickly. The goal is first to get their driving privileges back, and then plead the case in the court of law. These privileges could be granted by the DMV or Department of Motor Vehicles if it is contacted within 10 days of the arrest. The fact that every criminal case is different, those facing a drunk driving arrest should consult with a criminal defense attorney to weigh their legal options. To speak with an attorney to discuss an arrest call 877-227-9128.

In Orange County more than thousands of vehicles are screened every day to track down DUI alcohol suspects. Out of the suspected persons, some are arrested on charges of DUI or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and their drivers license is confiscated by the officer on duty. These are a daily occurrence in almost every major city of California making a large number of people spending the night behind bars. These individuals and their families become quite distressed following an arrest because they know it is very difficult to remedy the situation even if they hire the most expensive of criminal defense lawyers from their city.

However, those attorneys who have had a chance of defending successful cases of a drunk driving arrest in the past, know that it is very much possible to minimize legal trouble. Seasoned attorneys get to work right away following a DUI arrest, and also work to restore the individuals drivers license suspension. This has been explained by the renowned DUI attorney from Orange County in his newly developed DMV hearings Orange County page. The page contains general information regarding DUI charges and specific information regarding the DMV. This is basically the Department of Motor Vehicles that a person has to contact within 10 days following a DUI arrest to get driving privileges back at least for a temporary time period.

It is highly advisable to get in touch with a seasoned DUI lawyer right after being arrested on DUI charges so that he or she would be able to act on the behalf of the arrested. The lawyer is then responsible to schedule a meeting with the DMV and if the department is unable to give a hearing date, the case can go in favor of the arrested. He or she could then be able to get driving privileges back for a short time period till the case gets completely settled down in the court.The newly developed page contains adequate information on DMV hearing, what to expect on this meeting, and how to be successful. Many cases get settled with the department without having to approach the courthouse altogether.

The attorneys at the firm work with the top SEO professional to promote their services. The local office for the firm wants residents to know the importance of speaking with an experienced lawyer in Orange County CA if someone has been arrested. The firm continues its online presence by offering no cost consultations and information on criminal defense on the firms blog and social media pages. The criminal defense lawyers use the top local SEO service to promote no cost consultations online. The firm believes this will attract more local residents looking for legal representation. To learn more about the law firm visit the company DUI attorney Orange County Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/DuiAttorneyOrangeCounty

About Christopher Koch: Graduate of University of San Diego School of Law Admitted to practice law November 2001. The law office is experienced in criminal defense, very well respected and locally connected in San Bernardino, San Diego and Orange Counties. As a local attorney in these jurisdictions he has the ability to get the best possible outcome for clients. For more information about a free consultation or to speak with best immigration attorney Orange County CA has to offer contact the firm directly.

Contact: Chris Koch


Phone: 877-227-9128

Norfolk County District Attorney's program to reward designated drivers

Norfolk County District Attorney's program to reward designated drivers
Ten Dedham establishments have agreed to participate in the Hero Campaign, a program where businesses give designated drivers a free non-alcoholic beverage to reduce drunk driving. “It's good to be a part of that from the community perspective,” Todd …
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Soldier devotes his weekends to preventing DUIs
But because he believes that's where he can do the most good, Rodrigues spends every Friday and Saturday night giving rides for Soldiers Against Drunk Driving, a rapidly expanding program that shuttles intoxicated soldiers home, no questions asked, …
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Wall police cracking down on drunken driving
2, is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched across the U.S. in 1999, the program works to …
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New Program Aims to Help Repeat DUI Offenders in Windsor County
We all know the dangers of drinking and driving – and that its possible outcome can be deadly, so to help repeat offenders, there's a new option in court. The voluntary program is for anyone in Windsor County with three or more DUI's, or those with two …
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Suffolk County Divorce Lawyer At The Badanes Law Office Shares Insight Into How The Recent Same Sex Ruling Effects Divorcing Couples

Northport, NY (PRWEB) July 17, 2013

On June 26, 2013, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was declared unconstitutional, giving same sex couples equal treatment in terms of receiving the same federal benefits as opposite sex couples. By upholding same sex marriage federally, the Supreme Court has in effect also upheld federal standards for same sex couples seeking a divorce. Experienced Suffolk County Divorce Attorney, David P. Badanes, weighs in on the issue in a newly released article on his law offices online blog. In the article, How The Same Sex Ruling Will Effect Divorcing Couples, Badanes clarifies what same sex couples looking to split up should now expect from a federal standpoint.

Since its enactment, DOMA prevented divorcing same sex couples the ability to receive federal benefits that opposite sex couples have. This includes items such as social security, tax liability, health insurance, and maintenance (alimony). As an authority in divorce law, David P. Badanes claims Keeping up with the changes that will come about because of this repeal is extremely important to take note of. At the Badanes Law Office we can ensure that our clients needs relating to this topic will be effectively met since we are always up to date with current issues relating to divorce law. As an experienced Suffolk County Divorce Lawyer, Badanes explains that regardless of whether the divorce is with a same sex couple or an opposite sex couple, that each divorce case is different and each case requires different, specialized skills.

In the article, Badanes goes into greater detail about each benefit that divorcing same sex couples will now get to receive on a federal level. Most importantly, not only does Badanes provide succinct and helpful information on this topic, but his entire legal blog is a great resource for the latest news in the field of divorce law. Badanes says, If you need an attorney who is up-to-date on the legal landscape and you want to hire an experienced Divorce Attorney, call David Badanes at the Badanes Law Office.

To read the full article on How The Same Sex Ruling Effects Divorcing Couples, please visit: http://www.dbnylaw.com/articles/how-the-same-sex-ruling-effects-divorcing-couples/

About Badanes Law Office: David P. Badanes is an experienced Long Island Divorce Lawyer and Criminal Defense Attorney with offices in Northport, NY and Garden City, NY. Clients throughout Suffolk County, Nassau County and New York City rely on attorney David Badanes for several different legal needs. Contact their offices at (631) 239-1702, email at david@dbnylaw.com or visit their website: http://www.dbnylaw.com to get in contact with a law office that can truly make a difference.

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Will County DUI Arrests: July 6

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June 29 Audrey R. Miller, 18, 3825 Juniper, Joliet, arrested by the Joliet Police Department on June 29 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of drugs.
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Los Angeles County Criminal Defense Attorney Robert M. Helfend Wins

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Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Robert M. Helfend has successfully secured a reduced sentence for a client who was convicted of corporal injury to a spouse. Mr. Helfend sought a reduction in the sentence given to his client by the Riverside …
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Florida Attorneys Come Together To Fight For Patient Privacy
The bill allows for patient privacy to be violated by allowing third parties, like defense attorneys, to gain access to, what were previously protected, patient medical records. Complaints submitted by the group claim that the law is unconstitutional …
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Defense attorney grills detective about Harrisburg murder investigation
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Surf City USA Lawyers Supports Orange County Bar Association’s Someone Cares Soup Kitchen Donation Drive

Huntington Beach, CA (PRWEB) June 28, 2013

As a part of their continued efforts to support their local community, attorneys of Surf City Lawyers, located in Huntington Beach, gathered food items and delivered them to Someone Cares Soup Kitchen today. “We understand that so many families are experiencing hard times due to the current economy and we want to do our part to provide help and hope,” says bankruptcy attorney Christine Wilton.

Surf City Lawyers looks forward to participating each month, with local charitable organizations because “we are grateful to have a successful law practice group in Huntington Beach, which allows us to provide community outreach and support,” says attorney Anna Serrambana. Charities looking to be spotlighted by the firm should contact the firm’s administrator, Berta Wiegmann at: berta(at)a-rlawgroup.com

Attorneys Christine A. Wilton and Anna Serrambana are partners of Surf City Lawyers and members of the Orange County Bar Association. Members are encouraged to donate much-needed food items to Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, a nonprofit hunger relief program that serves 300-350 meals per day to the disadvantaged in Orange County. You can donate items directly at the Soup Kitchen, 720 W 19th Street in Costa Mesa.

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen (Soup Kitchen) provides a daily nutritional meal to homeless, unemployed, working poor families, senior citizens, the unemployed or under-employed, the mentally and physically challenged and most important . the children. We believe that no one should go to bed hungry on the street or otherwise. Therefore, the Soup Kitchen provides meals seven days per week. Meals are served Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and a breakfast is provided every Saturday and Sunday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 am.

About Surf City Lawyers

We are a community of Huntington Beach lawyers, Christine A. Wilton and Anna Serrambana who have joined forces for the benefit of their clients and their community. They work and live in Huntington Beach, California and practice what their grandmothers have taught them. Practice areas include Estate Planning, Business Law, Consumer Bankruptcy Debt Relief and Student Loan Law.

Bettina Yanez, Orange County Property Division Attorney at Yanez & Associates, Launched a Video Titled, Asset Division and Community Property in a California Divorce

Orange County, CA (PRWEB) June 12, 2013

Yanez & Associates Property Division attorney, Bettina Yanez, launched a video titled, Asset Division and Community Property in a California divorce. During the marriage or registered domestic partnership the assets and debts that are acquired during the marriage are considered community property.

Attorney Bettina Yanez produced a video explaining how Community Property (assets) is handled in a California divorce.

The attorney explains that throughout a marriage or registered domestic partnership the parties regularly obtain assets and debts.

The Assets and debts that are attained all through the marriage are considered community property. The California Family code calls for an even distribution of the community property. The participants are allowed to enter into an agreement that can then be filed with the family court. The agreement becomes the order of the court when the Judge signs the order. The participants can use debt to counterbalance assets split among the participants.

If the parties have a community property interest in a retirement plan or pension the parties will need to acquire a statement as of the date of separation. If the parties each have a retirement account and each is of similar value then each party may keep their own plan.

If the above is the case then it is not required that the participants expend money on a QDRO. A QDRO is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.

Moreover, if accumulated interests in their respective plans are about the same a QDRO is not necessary. However, if the community property interest is not equivalent then the retirement accounts will most likely need to be split by a QDRO.

Bettina Yanez recommends one should create a list of all assets. Once the list is complete the participants will need to establish the worth of each asset. These assets will be itemized on a form called Schedule of Assets and Debts. The Schedule of Assets and Debts will need to be signed under penalty of perjury; for this reason, one must be very prudent and truthful when completing the form.

The Schedule of Assets and Debts will then be exchanged among the partakers. If the parties agree that all community assets and debts have been disclosed the participants can then initiate the division of assets and debts.

Please note each case is different; therefore, one is encouraged to seek the advise of a knowledgeable family law attorney to see if there may be an exception in ones case.

For the Spanish speaking community the Orange County Property Division attorney has launched Divisi

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