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Report: US Agency Erred On United Pension Values
SalonDecember 1, 2011

The agency took over the pension plans in 2004 and 2005 after United filed for bankruptcy court protection in December 2002. When the PBGC takes over plans, it pays promised benefits to retirees up to certain limits. ...more »

Law enforcement learns to 'like' Facebook
Anderson Independent MailDecember 1, 2011

In September the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Center for Social Media released the results of a survey involving 800 law enforcement agencies from 49 states. A total of 88.1 percent of these agencies reported that they were now using ...more »

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Asset Protection
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Slow remedies fail to ease pain of Madoff fraud
Financial TimesDecember 11, 2011

Mr Simon gives Mr Picard some credit for his efforts. “Picard did a fairly reasonable job in going after everyone,” Mr Simon says. “It's just that he's been thwarted by a lot of bad decisions.” Yet like Ms Ambrosino, Mr Simon has little confidence in ...more »

Guardianship & Conservatorship
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Man killed in cemetery had prior contacts with law enforcement
The Record-CourierDecember 8, 2011

Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini said the deputy involved in the shooting would be on paid leave until the conclusion of criminal and internal investigations. “We're going to make sure all procedures were followed and the officer acted appropriately ...more »

Charitable Trusts
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Marin Estate Planning Attorney Publishes New Year Estate Plan Checklist
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)December 7, 2011

Philanthropy can also help reduce 2011 tax liabilities. Wald's online checklist includes reviewing existing estate planning documents to ensure they are up-to-date, establishing or modifying living trusts, verifying that assets are properly titled for ...more »

Judge sentences mom to life in prison for fire that killed her two children
CBS NewsDecember 1, 2011

Jones said she hopes that while in prison, Hinojosa hears her children asking, "What did we do to you? to deserve an awful death." Attorney Ira Harris read a statement on behalf of Anthony's grandparents and said, "Even wild animals would go to great ...more »

Living Trusts
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Rafferty announces run for attorney general
Reading EagleDecember 1, 2011

John C. Rafferty Jr. - an attorney with experience in criminal and civil cases - said he has been known as a go-to guy when changes are needed in state law. Now, he wants to be the take-charge guy as state attorney general. ...more »

Estate Administration
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People in Action
Inside Tucson BusinessDecember 1, 2011

Nelson graduated magna cum laude graduate of the Texas Tech School of Law. He also holds a bachelor of science from Northern Arizona University. Bogutz & Gordon, PC, a Tucson-based law firm specializing in estate planning, elder law, and probate and ...more »

Power Of Attorney
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Three face charges in bilking Emmaus woman of $260000
Allentown Morning CallDecember 20, 2011

Louis Ciocco, the son-in-law, told Hersh she might lose her home of more than 50 years. "I think we have a problem here," Ciocco testified he told Hersh after reading the foreclosure notice. The first day of testimony at a preliminary hearing for the ...more »

Alabama ethics commission asked to explain ruling on gifts students can give ...
The RepublicDecember 10, 2011

A state senator has asked the Alabama Ethics Commission to reconsider its recent opinion concerning whether teachers can receive gifts at Christmas time from their students. The commission said under Alabama's new ethics law, teachers may receive items ...more »

Revocable & Irrevocable Trusts
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Brandywine Realty Trust Announces 224426 Square Feet of Additional Leasing in ...
Sacramento BeeDecember 9, 2011

Reed Smith was represented by Josh Sloan and Ron Cariola of Jones Lang LaSalle and Brandywine Realty Trust was represented internally by Steve Rush. Reed Smith is a global relationship law firm with more than 1600 lawyers in 23 offices throughout the ...more »

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