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Atlanta Divorce Lawyers Suggest Divorce Rates Down, Spike on the Horizon



Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 2, 2009

Noted divorce lawyers throughout Atlanta are reporting a recent dip in divorce cases, confirming a study conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers that showed 37 percent of attorneys reported a drop in filings.

But many Atlanta divorce lawyers insist that any correlation between the weakened economy and the drop in divorce rates is far from established, arguing against the commonly-held assumption that tough economic times compel couples to stay together. A strained pocketbook may mean couples cannot afford an immediate divorce, they explain, but the long-term consequences of stressed and often unhappy relationships are less than clear.

Atlanta divorce lawyer Michael Rothenberg explains: “Our practice has certainly seen a drop in divorce filings, but we’re also experiencing a parallel increase in pre-divorce consultations. It suggests that individuals are postponing, not changing, their plans to file for divorce.”

Harvard-educated divorce attorney Seth Woodard Persily echoed these sentiments. His Atlanta practice, Persily Family Law (www.persilylaw.com), routinely counsels clients on pre-divorce legal strategies, such as locking down an individual’s assets long before they file divorce paperwork. “What interests me is not the recent dip in divorce filings. That’s to be expected. What interests me are the less tangible data that these studies don’t show but that professionals in the field see every day – rising intra-family arguments, stress levels, and emotional exhaustion. All of it foreshadows a hefty spike in divorce rates on the horizon.”

The idea was highlighted in a recent Forbes article, “Divorce During Recession,” in which University of Chicago economist Gary Becker pointed out that “recession has always been a factor raising divorce rates.” His studies, published in the Journal of Political Economy, concluded that “couples that experience any sudden significant and unexpected change in income – positive or negative – are at risk of divorce.”

While there can be several explanations as to how and why money impacts the rate of divorce, Attorney Rothenberg points out that financial disagreements are already the primary cause of divorce in the United States. When you compound routine marital disagreements over money with declining home values and the loss of jobs, it becomes the “perfect storm” of issues that many marriages are unable to overcome.

Surprisingly, however, Census Bureau figures show that over the past 25 years, economic downturns have only had a negligible effect on the rate of divorce, which has been slowly declining since the early 1980s after 20 years of steadily rising. According to the Associated Press, the divorce rate in 2005 was .036%, the lowest rate since 1970, and down from .042% in 2000 and .047% in 1990. The peak was at .053% in 1981. The numbers suggest the possibility that in the long-term, economic upturns and downturns may have a significantly smaller impact on long-term familial stability than once thought.

All in all, Mr. Persily argues that it is too early to understand the full impact the recession will have on American family dynamics. But he warns that in light of the fact that the current recession may be graver than previous ones, “The mixture of elevated marital anxiety levels, little means for couples to effectively cope with their problems, and an economic climate that promises to remain bleak for an indefinite period of time all portend a worrisome increase in divorces in the near future.”

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A good costume for “getting down to business” theme party?


by Eversheds LLP

Question by Huh?: A good costume for “getting down to business” theme party?
I have a party that’s coming up. The theme is “Getting Down to Business” where you dress up in job attires from construction worker, business man, marine, and yes, professional stripper. However, I want to be creative and be a job thats unique and not your typical lawyer/doctor deal. This is a sexy party, so anything that can be made dirty is more than welcome. I’m a guy, so guy costume ideas are wanted. Girl costume ideas are good too, since my friend needs one.

Best answer:

Answer by Doodlebug
Maybe a Mobster? That would count as a job in my book. lol, try party city, or doing a google search.

Or how about a maid, or playboy bunny?

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New York City Cracks Down on Pedicabs



New York (PRWEB) December 8, 2009

The streets of Manhattan are now safer according to New York City personal injury lawyer David Perecman, making reference to the city’s crackdown on unlicensed pedicabs.

“The fact that there were so many operators driving with no accountability on safety issues and without insurance made the city more unsafe. Few would know that better than a New York personal injury lawyer,” said Perecman, who has had a law firm in Manhattan for over 30 years.

Before the crackdown, up to 1,000 pedicabs were on the streets at one time. To regulate the industry, the city added rules that require pedicab drivers to have headlights, seat belts and working brakes. Prices must also be displayed.

There have been no known fatal pedicab accidents in Manhattan, but passengers and drivers have been injured in collisions with cars, taxis, and buses.

“Thankfully the city is not waiting for a fatal accident to occur before they really enforce the rules. I believe I speak for many New York personal injury lawyers when I say that,” said Perecman.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury lawyers, auto accident, construction accident, and medical malpractice lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have championed all types of cases for personal injury accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, is a Board Director and the past Secretary and Treasurer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee. Mr. Perecman’s achievements have brought him recognition as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s “The Best Lawyers in America” and The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition” for the years 2007-2010.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a million verdict* for a construction accident, a .35 million dollar verdict** for an automobile accident, and a million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice.

*later settled while on appeal for .940 million

** later settled for .5 million

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Atlanta Car Accident Attorney Applauds Georgia State Patrol’s Efforts to Crack Down on Drunk Driving in December

Atlanta Car Accident Attorney Applauds Georgia State Patrol’s Efforts to Crack Down on Drunk Driving in December
Icy roads and holiday parties can be a lethal combination at this time of year, says Atlanta car accident lawyer Bruce Millar of the personal injury law firm of Millar & Mixon, LLC, Injury Attorneys. (PRWeb December 16, 2010) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/atlanta-car-wreck-lawyer/drunk-driving-accidents/prweb4902954.htm
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Ohio Law Firm Announces Addition of Divorce Law Division
Patituce and Associates, an Ohio law firm, has announced the addition of a divorce law specialization to its legal practice. The announcement was made by Joseph C. Patituce, owner and Managing Partner.
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Tort reform group crowns Cook County fifth worst in nation
A national tort-reform watchdog group calls Cook County fifth worst in the nation for “unfair and unbalanced” awards to plaintiffs in civil cases. But noted Chicago personal injury lawyer Thomas Demetrio spoke only partially tongue in cheek when he called the ranking by The American Tort Reform Association “a badge of honor” for Cook County Circuit Court.
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CHP Officers and Deputies Will Be Cracking Down on Drunk Driving

Carlsbad, CA (PRWEB) August 23, 2007

As Labor Day approaches, Deputies and CHP Officers in San Diego and San Bernardino Counties say they plan to get tough on drunk drivers. The California Highway Patrol also announced on Monday that they will double their traffic safety endeavors over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The announcement may have something to do with the 18 people that died on California roadways over a 24 hour period over the recent Fourth of July weekend.

This crackdown is evident by the 14 arrests and 96 citations that were issued at a sobriety checkpoint last Saturday night on Mariposa Road in Victorville. The checkpoint was conducted by a task force including all 25 law enforcement agencies in San Bernardino County.

San Diego drunk driving offenses also go up over holiday weekends, especially along the beaches, so the police are preparing to step up their forces over the upcoming weekend. Statistics from the San Diego Police Department about last year’s Labor Day weekend reveal that 13 DUI arrests were made on Mission Beach and Pacific beach alone, which are two of the most popular beaches in the county.

While holidays such as Labor Day are times to celebrate, they are also times when a lot of mistakes are made. When people make dangerous mistakes on the roadways, there are often legal consequences. Many people will likely be using the services of San Diego DUI lawyers after the upcoming weekend. San Diego DUI lawyers are knowledgeable about these sorts of cases, which tend to occur far more often on summer holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

For more information about San Diego DUI lawyers and drunk driving cases, go to www.aggressiveduilawyer.info.

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Mike Cheslar

www.aggressiveduilawyer.info

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FTC Cracks Down On ?Pennies On The Dollar? Tax Firms




Greensboro, NC (Vocus) October 8, 2010

There is big trouble brewing in the tax resolution world. And it all boils down to semantics.

According to independent Web site easyIRS.com, a coalition of tax debt relief industry leaders is scrambling to come up with a response to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) actions against deceptive advertising practices.

easyIRS.com has obtained e-mail evidence that some tax debt firms are joining forces to lobby Congress to spare their industry from the FTC’s wrath. They will base their case on a potential loophole in the law—and argue that the rules don’t apply to them.

The FTC telemarketing regulations that take full effect later this month point to firms dealing in the relief of “unsecured debt,” such as credit card, medical, or tax debt. The FTC released a consumer alert Wednesday further clarifying its intent to include “companies that sell debt relief services on the phone—including promoters of tax relief and settlement services.”

This alert sent the tax debt industry scrambling. In an e-mail announcement Wednesday, the National Policy Group, a lobbying firm that is representing some tax debt relief companies, explained its take on the word “secure.”

“It is our understanding that tax debt is considered ‘secured’… We understand that the inclusion of tax debts in the TSR was erroneous,” NPG representative Kallie Guimond explained in the e-mail.

Either way, the FTC began its sweep Wednesday by shutting down American Tax Relief for alleged deceptive practices and false claims in advertising.

Roni Deutch, a California-based tax debt firm, is also facing a million dollar lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Jerry Brown. The state contends that Deutch advertises a success rate for IRS settlements of up to 99%, yet successfully reduces the amount of money her clients owe in taxes in just 10% of cases.

Tax industry insider Jim Buttonow, CPA and 19-year IRS veteran, said he isn’t surprised the FTC took action or that the industry is searching for a way out. “This is a long-shot position that the FTC does not appear to support,” he said.

Buttonow views the FTC ruling as good for consumers. He says “customers will more likely work directly with the IRS, without professional representation, or work with local tax practitioners.” This is also good news for the emerging Web-based tax software sector. Several new companies provide low-cost, Web-based software to fix IRS problems.

“Dealing with the IRS shouldn’t be a mysterious process,” said Alan Neely, cofounder of easyIRS.com. “Our business model automates the other side of the IRS’s enforcement processes. People don’t need representation to work with the IRS. It’s just a matter of math and forms—not slick negotiating,” he said.

The idea that dealing with the IRS can be cut and dry, rather than nuanced and negotiated, is not the message Americans are used to. Neely said that by providing Web-based problem analysis, math, and paperwork customization, his company’s software helps consumers solve their own IRS problems—intending to do for tax problem solving what Intuit’s TurboTax™ has done for tax filing.

In the end, the same FTC rules that rein in deceptive tax resolution firms may open new doors for consumers to take control of their personal IRS problems.

New River Innovation company profile

New River Innovation, Inc. is a company based in North Carolina and backed by a leading venture capital firm, Intersouth Partners. We are staffed by IRS and tax experts, as well as professionals experienced in high-security applications, Web technology, and intellectual property.

Using the Web, New River Innovation applies years of experience solving tax problems into easy-to-use software applications.

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Judge who struck down Prop. 8 to retire

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