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How new options can help Ohio employers reduce their workers' compensation...
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

Over the past year, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) has focused its attention on creating more program options for employers that encourage the correct behaviors and rewards them for achieving performance outcomes that reduce lost work ...more »

Ind. guv praises delay of federal pollution rule
Chicago TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday approved a request by electric power companies, states and other parties seeking to delay the rules until litigation over the regulation plays out. Daniels praised the court's ruling Saturday in a ...more »

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Asset Protection
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California Adds Death-Benefit Law as U.S. Seeks Disclosures
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 3, 2012

3 (Bloomberg) -- California, the most populous US state, enacted a law this week to protect life-insurance beneficiaries as the federal government seeks to boost disclosures for survivors of its employees. Insurers must obtain written declarations from ...more »

Guardianship & Conservatorship
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Senior Notes
Cape Cod Times (subscription)January 1, 2012

... veterans benefits, Mass Health, Medicare, consumer issues, public benefits, unemployment, foreclosure, guardianship, power of attorney, bankruptcy, evictions, landlord/tenant issues, utilities, family law and nursing home issues. ...more »

Charitable Trusts
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Charitable giving should be a component of estate plan
Insurance News Net (press release)January 3, 2012

In 2010, when there was no estate tax, the heirs could have received the entire $6 million . Under 2009 law, heirs would've received only $3.5 million , charity $2.5 million . Unless changes are made before then, the estate tax exemption is set to ...more »

Tom Benn: Explosive New Manchester Novelist
Manchester ConfidentialJanuary 8, 2012

Hail the ultimate Wythenshawe anti-hero, Henry Bane, and his bruising dark night of the soul in the aftermath of the 1996 IRA bombing. Expect gut-wrenching casual violence, slaughtered prostitutes and socialites, human trafficking and raw sexual ...more »

Living Trusts
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About Real Estate: Foreclosures, short sales can sometimes trigger huge income...
Chicago Daily HeraldJanuary 6, 2012

How do we deal with this when we begin filling out our 2011 tax return? One friend says the Internal Revenue Service will consider the $75000 in forgiven debt as “income” to us and that we'll have to pay taxes on the amount (even though we didn't earn ...more »

Estate Administration
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BoyneClarke names three new partners
TheChronicleHerald.caJanuary 3, 2012

BoyneClarke LLP has named three new partners to its law practice, the Dartmouth-based firm said Tuesday. Former associates George Ash, Robert Miedema and Joshua Santimaw became partners Jan. 1. Ash, who practises wills and trusts, estate administration ...more »

Power Of Attorney
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Bills passed in the Ohio House, Senate this session:
Wooster Daily RecordJanuary 5, 2012

... which are currently housed in the Department of Development. Additional legislation will be required in coming months to complete the transition. -- House Bill 5: Various law changes related to judicial fees and the Ohio Judicial Conference, ...more »

Value of Gableman's legal services disputed
Milwaukee Journal SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

One of those 4-3 cases all but eliminated collective bargaining for public employees, and on Friday Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne asked the state Supreme Court to reopen the case because McLeod and others at Michael Best worked on the ...more »

Revocable & Irrevocable Trusts
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Keane's Legal Claimant Services Division Adds Estate Litigation Experts
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

NEW YORK, Jan 04, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Keane, the country's only comprehensive provider of unclaimed property consulting, unclaimed property reporting, and communication solutions, today announced that it is expanding its Legal Claimant Services ...more »


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