February 12, 2014 in

Veterans Affairs Invests Another $600 Million to End Vet Homelessness

There are several reasons a veteran may become homeless, including poverty, lack of family support, substance use, or mental health challenges incurred while serving. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to ending veteran homelessness by 2015. Since 2009, when President Barack Obama announced his goal of ending veteran homelessness, the...
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February 10, 2014 in

How much money do war contractors make? Apparently not enough!

One such contractor, Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc (KBR) is being sued by a whistleblower and the Department of Justice for defrauding the government.  The lawsuit says two Kuwaiti firms, La Nouvelle General Trading & Contracting Company and First Kuwaiti Trading Company both were using a kickback scheme along with overbilling to rip...
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February 6, 2014 in

8 Reasons Why Your Social Security Claim May Be Denied

When applying for Social Security disability benefits it is important to think about the possible reasons your case may be denied. Most people are shocked when they receive a denial letter. You have worked hard all your life and have paid into the system, so why was your case denied? Here are the most...
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February 4, 2014 in

Congratulations! You’ve Won Your Disability Claim…Now What?

  Finally, after all of the paperwork, appointments and waiting you have received your approval for Social Security disability benefits. You know that approval means you will begin to receive a monthly check, but what else does it mean? #1. Monthly Check. Of course, the monthly check is the most important part of your...
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January 30, 2014 in

NYPD Officers Caught in Disability Benefits Fraud

More than 100 people, including 72 former NYC police officers and 8 former firefighters, were charged earlier this month with Social Security disability fraud. A total of $21.4 million in benefits was paid to people listed in the indictment. About half of the defendants falsely claimed psychiatric illness as a result of the September...
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January 29, 2014 in

In-Depth Look at Maritime Salvage

In our previous post discussing the basics of maritime salvage, we touched upon the fundamentals of the salvage award. The following information gives a more precise account of these points with emphasis on salvage awards, jurisdiction issues, maritime liens, and other relevant Florida statutes. The information provided here is quite technical and can be...
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January 27, 2014 in

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ends Early Due to Illness

It has happened again: the cruise industry takes yet another hit. Royal Caribbean just ended a ship’s 10-day trip due to hundreds of passengers and crew members becoming sick. On Sunday, the Explorer of the Seas was boarded by officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate reports of...
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January 24, 2014 in

Marine Salvage Basics

It is the well-entrenched admiralty law of the United States that, as set forth by former Chief Justice Marshall of the United States Supreme Court, if property is exposed to peril or hazard at sea and is “saved by the voluntary exertion of any persons whatsoever,…a very ample award will be bestowed in the...
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January 22, 2014 in

Expanding Benefits for Traumatic Brain Injury

The office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs announced on December 16, 2013, that they will be expanding benefits for veterans who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This new regulation went into effect last week (January 15, 2014). The regulation was expanded because of a report created by the National Academy of...
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January 22, 2014 in

Why Drafting a Health Care Advanced Directive Should Be A Priority

Legal issues in the estate planning field are as diverse and complex as the clients whose lives are impacted by them. For this reason, I highly suggest to clients that they put forth a plan for the unforeseen circumstances that life can often throw our way when we’re not expecting it. One situation that...
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