Legal Planning and Elder Law: Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and How to Plan for Your Future

»Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Elder Law, personal planning | 0 comments

Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult condition to contend with. As a type of dementia, it progressively destroys a patient’s memory and other mental faculties. This makes even the most simple of tasks a challenge to accomplish as time goes by. Eventually, Alzheimer’s patients will also start to forget basic facts about their own lives and undergo significant changes in their personality. According to data from the Alzheimer’s Association, over 5 million Americans are currently living with this progressive disease today.

The nature of Alzheimer’s disease makes it necessary for patient to plan as much as they can for their future while still in the early stages of their illness. The National Institute for Aging emphasizes how important it is for people recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to begin examining their financial and health care directives, and make necessary updates that would help secure their future.

Legal planning for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can easily become overwhelming, so it’s important to communicate and consult with trusted family members throughout the whole process. For the most part, legal planning in this specific situation should entail gathering all of your existing legal documents and making every necessary adjustment to all of them, as well as deciding on your medical care preferences and late-stage or end-of-life arrangements. It’s also important to decide on your medical proxy or the person who will be responsible for making medical decisions on your behalf once your illness has progressed to the point where you can no longer make them on your own.

Through this process, it would be best to seek out legal counsel and work closely with a lawyer with experience working with patients suffering from dementia. Look for a qualified elder law attorney working in your state to begin planning for your future. Those in Illinois can look to a Chicago elder law attorney from Peck Ritchey, LLC for more information.

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Balayage 101: What Is It, How Is It Done, and Why Should I Go for It?

»Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There’s nothing new about balayage highlights. While this hair coloring technique has been around for a while, it’s only been recently experiencing its time in the spotlight thanks to the likes of Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, Olivia Wilde, and Gisele Bundchen.
What exactly is balayage?

Balayage borrows its name from the French word meaning “to sweep”. As a hair coloring technique, it refers to freehanding the color onto the hair. Unlike the traditional foiling technique for coloring hair, balayage requires that highlights be painted on so that strands won’t become too saturated with dye. This result in softer, more natural-looking highlights that, according to hair experts of Therapy Hair Studio, is said to mimic the way that sun touch the hair.

What are the benefits of getting balayage highlights?

One advantage to balayage highlights is that it can work with a variety of different hair types and textures, as well as hair color. Another thing that attracts plenty of women to this trend is how low maintenance it can be. Usually, getting your hair dyed requires periodic touch-ups that require frequent trips to the salon. There’s little need for that with balayage. Since color is applied on the hair in a way that’s meant to look natural, balayage highlights can go for up to 12 weeks without needing to get retouched. Also, if you’re someone who’s hesitant to try artificial coloring because of how much it could damage your hair, you can rest easy knowing that balayage doesn’t use as much product as other coloring techniques do.

Plenty of women are interesting in trying out balayage because it results in versatile, natural-looking highlights that require little maintenance. Even as it rules the red carpet, the balayage technique is perfect for women on the go looking to change up their style.

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The Alarming Connection between Power Morcellators and Uterine Cancer

»Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Morcellators | 0 comments

Uterine fibroids refer to noncancerous tumors that grow in the uterus and can cause symptoms like bloating, heavier and more painful menstruation, cramping in the lower back and pelvic area, frequent urination, painful intercourse, and even fertility problems. It is a common medical problem for women in their reproductive age and, thanks to advances in pharmaceutical technology, can be easily solved through non-invasive surgery.

The surgical tool that allows doctors to cut down and shred uterine fibroids through a small incision is called a power morcellator. Through a process called morcellation, these surgical tools work by using fast-spinning blades to slice up fibroid tissues, which then allows doctors to extract the shredded fibroids laparoscopically. While it may work effective for extracting benign tumors from the uterus, the problem with this method becomes evident when a patient turns out to have undetected cancerous growth. In such situations, morcellation causes the cancer to spread and advances the patient’s illness.

This is exactly what happened to a Philadelphia doctor last 2013. Dr. Amy Reed was supposed to go through a routine fibroid removal. What ended up happening after she’d gone through the surgery was her undetected cancerous growths were broken down and spread by morcellation. It’s because of Dr. Reed and women like her that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have attached significant risk to the use of morcellators.

According to uterine cancer lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher, top manufacturers of power morcellators have already gone ahead and pulled some of their products off the market. There’s also been some effort to reduce the risk of morcellation through the use of a containment bag that could prevent the spread of cancerous fragments. Still, these efforts come a little too late for many women that are already suffering due to the dangerous connection between morcellators and uterine cancer.

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Restore Your Natural-looking Smile In No Time At All

»Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Dental | 0 comments

The eyes are the windows of the soul, but it is still our smile that lights up our face. Your smile is part of the first impression you make and how extra wonderful it will be if your smile is “backed up” by a set of healthy and bright white teeth.

Not only are healthy, white teeth the best accessory you can wear; these also create in you a youthful appearance. The positive effects of having white teeth, however, have caused in many an obsession to having their teeth become as white as possible. Thus, when the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry made a survey on what people liked most to improve about their smile, the top reply was whiter teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists says the same after studies show that almost about 90% of dental patients have asked for the same service: tooth whitening.

Before getting obsessed with having sparkling white teeth, however, the initial question should be, if the set of teeth that you want to be whitened is still complete. Unfortunately for some people suffering from tooth loss due to decay or other natural causes, they will require other types of dental treatment that will put teeth whitening at the bottom of the list.

Tooth decay, gum disease, root canal complications, mouth trauma, and wear and tear are the most common causes of loss of a tooth or multiple teeth in many individuals. Our teeth are covered in enamel, the hardest substance produced by animals, including man, which is also relatively resistant to chemicals and to wear. As we age, however, our teeth get subjected to various factors which damage the enamel surface, resulting to different oral problems, the most common of which is tooth loss.

Though a person may suffer loss of a tooth or multiple teeth through activities with heavy physical contact (as concussion lawyer Ali Mokaram states in his website) there are now ways available to replace virtually any missing tooth in a way that will keep these replacements looking completely natural: through dental implants. Not only are dental implants a long-term, restorative solution, but these can also improve one’s dental health and hygiene. Additionally, dental implants will allow recipients to eat the food they enjoy without any difficulty chewing and without other complications, and help quickly regain a person’s natural-looking smile in no time at all.

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Have You Undergone Morcellation Treatment?

»Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Medical Injury | 0 comments

On April 17, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert that warned doctors from the continued use of power morcellators in laparoscopic surgery. The first to respond to this FDA safety communication notice was Ethicon, the power morcellator manufacturing unit of Johnson & Johnson. Ethicon suspended its national and global promotion, sales and distribution of its highly-engineered power morcellators, the Gynecare X-Tract Tissue Morcellator, the Morcellex Sigma Tissue Morcellator System, and the Gynecare Morcellex Tissue Morcellator; it also recallied from the market and requested doctors and hospitals to return their power morcellators to the giant manufacturing firm.

A morcellator is a medical device used in laparoscopic or minimally invasive, surgeries. It is designed to cut the uterus and other larger tissues into tiny pieces to enable these (pieces) to pass through a tube that is inserted into the body through a 0.5-1cm incision. This device was made available in the early 1990s to enable doctors to perform hysterectomies faster, with lesser blood loss and pain, and with minimum chances of infection. Despite requiring (four) incisions, these tiny surgical wounds made by the device still healed much faster compared to the 5 – 7 inches abdominal cut necessitated in traditional hysterectomy procedures, which took a long time to heal. Since the 1990s the FDA has approved the use of about two dozen laparoscopic power morcellation devices and, unfortunately, despite the safety warning it issued in 2014, many doctors continued to use the device.

Hysterectomy, which is the second most common surgery performed on women (the first is caesarean section), is the surgical procedure that removes the uterus. It is usually required to treat various conditions, including: ovarian cancer; pelvic cancer or cancer of the uterus; uterine fibroids or myomas; pelvic inflammatory diseases; chronic pelvic pains; uncontrollable vaginal bleeding; growth of uterine fibroids or benign tumors in the uterus; uterine prolapse (a condition wherein the womb or the uterus drops halfway from the cervix to the vagina or birth canal); adenomyosis; and, endometriosis.

As explained by a Morcellator lawsuit attorney, morcellators are particularly well-suited to remove certain noncancerous growths during a laparoscopic surgical procedure, as these devices can help break down non-cancerous tumors and tissues into smaller pieces. However, if a patient does have cancerous tumors or growths (specifically, uterine sarcoma, which are almost undetectable), morcellators can spread these cancerous tissues too. As such, the unintended consequences associated with the use of morcellators can be devastating and may include cancer growth, particularly metastatic leiomyosarcoma, uterine cancer, uterine sarcoma, endometrial stromal sarcoma, the abnormal growth of tissue and/or direct harm to healthy tissues.

Lawsuits have already been filed by a number of women already diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, the most common type of cancer in women who have gone through morcellation treatment. There are many more women who may still not be aware of the possible effects of power morcellators or who may not know what legal steps to pursue to attain justice if ever they too are victims of the cancerous effects of the device. Contacting a morcellator lawsuit attorney immediately to find out their medical condition and for guidance on the best legal option to take will be a wise thing to do.

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DUI: Still a Major Traffic Problem in all US States

»Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Alcohol Related Accidents | 0 comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers caused the deaths of 10,322 individuals in 2012. Two years prior to this, more than 1.4 million drivers were arrested after they were found intoxicated by alcohol and/or illegal drugs.

Driving under the influence (DUI), whether of alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs, continues to be the cause of thousands of fatal accidents in the U.S. Despite learning even during childhood that drinking and driving is a very dangerous combination, so many rather choose to act irresponsibly on the road.

As mentioned by Dr. Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD, in his book, “One for the Road,” love of drinking and love of driving of Americans are both implanted in the nation’s culture. This is probably why, despite stricter laws, harsher punishments and heavier fines, so many Americans, especially young drivers, continue to drive while under the influence.

The current blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers in all US states is 0.08%, while for drivers below the age of 21, a “No Tolerance” policy is in effect (this policy mandates that no trace of alcohol should be found in the blood system of those under 21 while they are driving as the leading cause of death among teens is traffic accident, with about a third of it being due to alcohol or drug intoxication).

The law considers drunk driving as a grave act of negligence, much more so if someone gets injured or killed. Drivers who will be found intoxicated while driving will be charged with DUI, or driving under the influence, a serious crime in all US states. Depending on the BAC level or if anyone is hurt in the accident, the punishments become heavier and the fines, more expensive; there are also the possibilities of the court ordering the guilty driver to have an ignition interlock be installed inside his or her vehicle and that he or she carry an SR-22 filing.

According to a Danville car accident lawyer, alcohol decreases coordination as well as delays reaction speed. When combined with a vehicle weighing thousands of pounds and traveling at high rates of speed, it is no wonder it can kill or cause very serious injuries.

Some of the effects of alcohol, as mentioned in the Sampson Law Firm website are severely lowered reaction times, blurred vision, reduced depth perception, lack of concentration and reduced coordination. Clearly, these effects only create a more dangerous driving environment for everyone on the road. Driving a motor vehicle requires the utmost in concentration and coordination, both of which are impeded by the effects of drinking alcohol.

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What to Do if You Get Arrested While Vacationing in Another State

»Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Arrests | 0 comments

Spring break means vacation – time for great fun in a most desirable spring break destination. It has been customary, especially for the young, to skip out of town and spend time of fun and adventure in a state, where laws on driving, drinking, mere possession of alcohol or illegal drugs, and DUI are unknown to them. One thing is sure, however: what is considered to be a crime in one state is also a crime in another.

The most common problem with minors vacationing in another state, like in Destin, Florida for example, is their careless way of having fun. Packed with alcohol and, sometimes illegal drugs, many become unmindful of their raucous behavior and the disturbance they cause which, often, result to injuries to themselves and/or others.

While getting arrested for possession of alcohol and causing injury to someone while intoxicated can result to serious punishment, mere possession of alcohol alone can already put them in trouble.

States differ in treating or in punishing illegal acts, like DUI or minor in possession (MIP) of alcohol. Those caught possessing alcohol, for instance, can be charged with possession of alcohol under the legal age (PAULA) or minor in possession (MIP). PAULA or MIP is a violation of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, a federal mandate that was passed in 1984. This law forbids minors, who are below 21 years old, to possess or purchase alcoholic beverages in public (except under certain conditions).

The usual punishment for those charged with PAULA or MIP for the first time (so long as the offense does not involve public intoxication or DUI/DWI) is a fine not less than $100 but not more than $200. Repeat offenders, however, can be required by the court to render community service or participate in an alcohol education program or DUI school besides paying a fine. Other states also suspend offenders’ driving privileges.

According to the Fort Walton Beach arrest attorneys from the Flaherty Defense Firm, the influx of young people in Florida’s popular beaches and vacation destinations have sometimes resulted to arrests due to violation of the state’s law on illegal possession of alcohol. An arrest, however, will definitely be a cause of great inconvenience to an out-of-state visitor who will have to worry about how he or she will be able to be consistently present in court.

As pointed out in the website of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, however, there are times when the overzealousness of police officers result to wrongful arrest. A wrongful arrest or not, a criminal charge is always a threat to one’s future as this can affect his or her personal and professional life. A person who has been arrested and charged of committing a crime will definitely need the most convincing defense from a seasoned criminal defense attorney to help ensure the safety of his or her future.

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Slip and Fall Accidents: A Major Cause of Injury in the U.S.

»Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

There may have been a time when news about someone sustaining a severe injury due to a simple case of slip and fall sounded absurd and unbelievable. Today, however, with records from the U.S. National Safety Council (NSC) Injury Facts which say that more than 8 million slip and fall accidents occur every year and that this accident is one of the top causes of serious injuries in the U.S. and one of the most common basis of civil lawsuits, one can no longer dismiss claims that a slip and fall accident can, indeed, result to serious harm.

A slip and fall accident can happen not only in public places (such as hospitals, churches, malls, restaurants, and swimming pool areas), but also in private residences and work environments. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slipping or tripping is actually the second most common cause of workplace injury.

A slip and fall accident can be due to various different factors: wet floor, tripping hazards, absence of warning signs on wet surfaces, unnecessary clutter, exposed wires, uneven floor or walkway, moss-covered floor, inadequate lighting along walkways, unstable surfaces, absence of railings or guardrails, and so forth. Its most common cause, however, is negligence – failure or neglect of workers or property owners to make sure that a place is free of accident-causing elements.

Some of the most serious effects of slip and fall accidents are hip fracture, torn muscle or torn ligament, knee injury, broken bones (wrist and/or elbow), and spinal column injury. Though a slip and fall accident is usually considered a fault of the victims themselves, under the law, it is still the owner of the firm or establishment who has the greater responsibility over the cause of the accident.

In the website of the law firm Hach and Rose, it is explained how slip and fall accidents can be very frustrating, especially in work environments, like construction sites, because these can actually be prevented simply through the implementation of adequate safety procedures. Thus, when property owners and general contractors fail to provide important safety equipment or maintain a safe environment, they may be held financially liable for the ensuing harm that comes to workers.

The case is the same when it comes to other forms of businesses, stores, or other people’s homes, according to a Champaign injury attorney with Spiros Law, P.C. Visitors naturally expect that the property owner has taken the proper precautions to ensure the safety and security of anyone who enters establishment or property. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Even though it is the legal responsibility of the property owner to keep any guests safe, some negligent owners or management ignore common safety standards and endanger the lives of those who enter the property.

Again, this act of negligence holds property owners as ensuing accidents are mainly due to their failure to notify visitors of potential risks and take whatever steps necessary to reduce the danger. While it is the right of injured victims to pursue a legal action against a property owner, it is the latter’s duty to compensate victims for whatever losses and damages their injuries will entail.

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Where to go to for the Best Writing Services

»Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Content Writing | 0 comments

The continuous increase of demand for copywriting jobs has been seen by many individuals as an opportunity to earn money and, by firms, as an opportunity for business extension and/or further growth. With the talent or flair to write plus the needed equipment and tools, reaching out to people, anywhere in the world, who are in need of writing services has become an instant source of income and profit.

Due to said demand, thousands of individuals now call themselves freelance writers, while many others, ghostwriters. Firms, of course, have not logged behind the competition. These, rather, have moved to hire qualified applicants to build a pool of writers who are keen to details, can be expected to produce carefully researched, optimized and high-quality writing jobs and who, at the same time can be relied upon and made accountable for their finished writing, copywriting, or ghostwriting jobs.

Copywriting is written content communicated through print materials and online media. It is mainly used as an advertising or marketing material that is intended to persuade and raise awareness. Copywriting most commonly contained in billboards, brochures, catalogs, white papers, jingle lyrics, tag lines, scripts for radio and television ads, postcards, sales letters, press releases, catalogs, websites, emails, and other media pages for marketing communications. Ghostwriting, on the other hand, is writing for someone in exchange for monetary compensation. The usual products of ghostwriting are books, e-books, online articles, manuscripts, blog posts, academic papers, novels, essays, speeches, theses, dissertations, admission papers, resume, application paper, business plans, research works, reports or other texts that are officially credited to another person instead of to the writer himself or herself.

Both copywriting and ghostwriting (in certain ways) allow writers to apply their own writing style, use of words and favorite phrases, sentence patterns, type and level of vocabulary, etc. A ghostwriter, however, writes based on what the real author wishes to communicate; his or her skills will have to present the viewpoint of the author and turn the writing style to reflect the author’s personality.

Joining the pool of online content authors (as a freelance or as part of a copywriting service firm) for copywriting and/or ghostwriting jobs is both challenging and truly rewarding. For clients who need the services of a good writer, however, resorting to freelance service can take time and can be more risky. Besides screening applicant writers for the job through a bidding process, there is really no guarantee that the work will be of high-quality, on time and according to the client’s instructions. Allowing a copywriting service firm to do the job, however, can guarantee, at least three things: commitment to finish the job on time, high-quality work and accountability. The reputation that a hired firm needs to protect is a client’s assurance to getting the best results.

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The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program: An Opportunity for Russians and Other Foreign Investors to Live and Stay in the U.S.

»Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Immigration | 0 comments

Every year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the United States government grants 10,000 visas through the EB-5 program to foreign nationals who are willing to invest $500,000 or $1 million in the U.S. for the creation of new commercial enterprises which, in turn, will either preserve or create 10 full-time jobs for qualified American workers.

The EB-5 Program, also known as the employment fifth preference visa, was approved by the U.S. Congress in 1990. The purpose of its creation was to boost the growth of the nation’s economy through capital investment and job creation by foreign investors. Two years later, the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as the Regional Center Program, was also formed.

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is the easiest way for wealthy foreign nationals (and their families) to obtain a U.S. Green Card. The required amount of investment is $1 million for the creation of a new commercial enterprise and $500,000 if the investment is to be made in a Regional Center.

In accordance with USCIS definitions, a commercial enterprise refers to any type of “for-profit activity formed for the ongoing conduct of lawful business including, but not limited to:

  • A sole proprietorship;
  • Partnership (whether limited or general);
  • Holding company;
  • Joint venture;
  • Corporation;
  • Business trust or other entity, which may be publicly or privately owned;
  • A commercial enterprise consisting of a holding company and its wholly owned subsidiaries, provided that each such subsidiary is engaged in a for-profit activity formed for the ongoing conduct of a lawful business.”

An EB-5 Regional Center (RC), on the other hand, is a service agent organization which has been designated by the USCIS for the purpose helping EB-5 investors complete a project and meet the requirements mandated under the EB-5 Program. There are 1,203 EB-5 Regional Centers all across the U.S.; this includes the 851 regional centers approved by the USCIS this August 1, 2016.

For the first time since 2007, when only 700 EB-5 visas were issued by the USCIS, the 10,000 annual quota was reached both in 2014 and 2015, with more than 90% of those granted the visa coming from China.

Besides China, another country, from which the U.S. has welcomed a steady flow of immigrants, is Russia. Wealthy Russians immigrating to the U.S. began to increase in the early 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union and after realizing that their country will not be able to provide a suitable investment environment where they can protect their wealth. The plummeting of the Russian stock market and the Russian ruble in March of 2014, however, has had unfavorable effects on those planning on investing in the U.S. as it made the $500,000 EB-5 investment now cost up to about 50% more in rubles than it did just a few years past. Fortunately, a lot of wealthy Russians who would qualify under the EB-5 program have dollar and/or Euro currency accounts outside of Russia.

Before 2014, economists predicated that the Crimean crisis will eventually tip the Russian economy into a recession – obviously an accurate prediction. This economic uncertainty is also considered by many economist to be a major factor that will push potential Russian EB-5 Investors to make their investment sooner.

There is no faster way for Russian foreigners, who can make the investment, to obtain a Green Card for themselves and their families than via the EB-5 program. An EB-5 will save applicants lengthy delays and wait times, as well as the possible rejection of their application as is the case in other employment-based visa programs due to many applicants’ failure to meet qualifications and requirements. However, due to the big amount involved in making the investment, it will be wise to seek assistance from an experienced legal team that will not only help applicants determine if the EB-5 program is really right for them, but also help applicants pursue and monitor their application.

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