Renowned Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick Megaro wins post-conviction relief for client

Patrick Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney

Patrick Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney

Website of Patrick Megaro, Defense Lawyer

Website of Patrick Megaro, Defense Lawyer

Video of Appeals Attorney Patrick Megaro YouTube Video

Video of Appeals Attorney Patrick Megaro YouTube Video

The defense law firm of Halscott Megaro PA announced that attorney Patrick Megaro has won a Post-Conviction Relief Petition for his client Altariq Coursey.

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[Defendant's] prior attorney committed several … errors, that had they been corrected at the time of the trial … the result of the proceeding [likely] would have been different.”

— Patrick Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The criminal defense law firm of Halscott Megaro PA announced that attorney Patrick Megaro has won a Post-Conviction Relief Petition for his client Altariq Coursey. Mr. Coursey was charged on September 24, 2012, by an Essex County grand jury and was convicted after a jury trial and sentenced to 22 years with 11 of those years’ ineligibility for parole.

Once Mr. Coursey was sentenced, Patrick Megaro, Esq. field an appeal on his client’s behalf. However, the New Jersey Appellate Division affirmed the conviction, but noted that Mr. Coursey could challenge his conviction with a Petition for Post-Conviction Relief on the grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel.

Mr. Megaro filed a Petition for Post-Conviction Relief in the Essex County Superior Court in 2016. Mr. Megaro reviewed the case and stated “Mr. Coursey’s prior attorney committed several unprofessional errors, that had they been corrected at the time of the trial there is reasonable probability, that the result of the proceeding would have been different.”

On June 4, 2016, the Essex County Superior Court granted post-conviction relief, and ordered the State to give Altariq Coursey a new trial, tossing out his convictions.

Mr. Megaro went on to add, “we are very pleased with the decision from the Superior Court of New Jersey. They considered our petition for Post-Conviction Relief and it was GRANTED."

The term Post-Conviction Relief refers to a law or court rule that allows a collateral challenge to a judgment of conviction which has otherwise become final in the normal appellate review process. Post-conviction relief is governed by federal and state laws, which vary by state, and may be used to preclude state or federal habeas corpus.

Attorney Patrick Megaro received both his Bachelor's Degree and Law Degree from Hofstra University. He is also the recipient of the Leon Stern Award (2002). Mr. Megaro has had several articles published and has made numerous appearances on national media such as the “Today Show” and “Happening Now” on the Fox News Channel. – The underlying case can be found at https://law.justia.com/cases/new-jersey/appellate-division-unpublished/2015/a2624-13.html. A press release from the Essex County, New Jersey, Prosecutor's Office can be found at http://www.njecpo.org/?p=1879.

Patrick Megaro
Halscott Megaro, P.A.
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Game changing “Real Estate Commissions and Title Insurance Services for a Flat Fee” are beginning in Illinois

William B. Blanchard, Real Estate Attorney

William B. Blanchard, Real Estate Attorney

Website of Gaia Title, William B. Blanchard, General Counsel

Website of Gaia Title, William B. Blanchard, General Counsel

William Blanchard, Attorney Listing on www.Lawyer.com

William Blanchard, Attorney Listing on www.Lawyer.com

William B. Blanchard, real estate attorney, spoke about "flat fees," a game-changing development of great significance to Realtors® and title agents in Illinois

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… [T]his is a game changer for Illinois residents, real estate agents and title agencies because Home Bay’s fees are significantly below prevailing rates in our market …”

— William B. Blanchard, Real Estate Attorney

ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In light of Real Estate Commissions and Title Insurance Services for a Flat Fee that are beginning in Illinois, real estate attorney William B. Blanchard spoke about this game-changing development that will affect Realtors® and title agents in Illinois.

Home Bay, a California real estate technology company is expanding its operation to seven additional states including Illinois. Home Bay has been successful in the California real estate market by offering discounted flat fee brokerage commissions in the range of $2,500 to $3,000.

Home Bay announced this week that its getting into the title insurance and settlement services business by acquiring OnTitle, a full-service title insurance and settlement company. Mr. Blanchard stated, “this is a game changer for Illinois residents, real estate agents and title agencies because Home Bay’s fees are significantly below prevailing rates in our market. OnTitle is registered to provide title and closing services in 31 states including Illinois.” Home Bay’s spokesman says, “the flat fee platform will allow the company to become a one-stop-technology-shop for brokerage, title and escrow.” He went on to add, “the recent addition to our portfolio permits us to streamline the sales and settlement process.”

The question becomes, will Home Bay with the recent acquisition of OnTitle bring real savings to consumers, and Mr. Blanchard believes it will. “There is no doubt that consumers working with Home Bay in its current markets have realized lower commissions and settlement fees.” added Mr. Blanchard.

William B. Blanchard is General Counsel for Gaia Title, Inc. and a real estate attorney representing clients in the Western suburbs of Chicago in all types of real estate transactions including real estate closings, short sales, and real estate tax appeals. As General Counsel, Mr. Blanchard provides title insurance examinations, commitment and policy reviews, supervises closing activities and regulatory compliance issues. Mr. Blanchard's LinkedIn Profile is at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-blanchard-080a48b/

Mr. Blanchard received his Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1972, and was admitted to the practice of law in Illinois in 1973.

William B. Blanchard, Attorney at Law
Gaia Title, Inc.
(630) 560-4940
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You Can Sue Your Employer if They Don't Have Workers' Compensation Insurance

Both PA and NJ are no-fault states for workers’ compensation. Attorney Craig A. Altman outlines PA and NJ workers' compensation law.

If you work for an uninsured employer, you are allowed to file a lawsuit against them.”

— Craig A. Altman

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, June 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Employers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are required to have workers’ compensation insurance. Those requirements don’t necessarily make it so in all cases. If you get injured on the job and find out your employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance that will compensate you for your medical bills and lost wages during recuperation, you may be able to sue the company.

In New Jersey, failure to carry insurance is actually a disorderly person’s offense. If you’ve suffered an injury while working in Philadelphia, PA, Cherry Hill, NJ, or any surrounding counties, talk with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Firm of Craig A. Altman who can determine if you have a lawsuit and, if so, will help you file suit against your employer.

WHEN CAN YOU SUE YOUR EMPLOYER FOR A WORK-RELATED INJURY IN PENNSYLVANIA OR NEW JERSEY?

Under NJ and PA workers’ compensation law, you are typically not allowed to sue your employer for negligence. This is because no-fault coverage works both ways. You are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of your own culpability in the accident that caused your injuries. The flip side of this is that in exchange for your employer providing you with coverage for injuries caused on the job, you agree not to sue your employer for negligence — regardless of whether the injuries were permanent or temporary.

As a result of the nature of workers’ compensation law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, workers’ comp is usually the only option available for injured workers. If you work for an uninsured employer, you are allowed to file a lawsuit against them. Additionally, there are a few other exceptions to the “no-fault” law prohibiting employees from suing employers when they are injured. These include:

Intentional Acts – Although workers’ comp generally prohibits you from filing a negligence claim against your employer, there is an exception if your employer intentionally caused your injury. For example, you may be able to sue your employer if they removed safety guards on heavy machinery. This small exception exists for public policy reasons; employers must make every effort to keep workers safe on the job.

Products Liability – Another major exception exists when an employee is injured due to a defective product. In a products liability case, an injured worker may be entitled to compensation far beyond workers’ compensation benefits.

“Off the Job” Accidents – Additionally, if you were not “on the job” when you suffered your injury, you may be able to sue your employer in a civil action. Sometimes employers argue that the employee was not covered by workers’ compensation because he or she was hurt while driving to work. However, this may expose the employer to third-party liability for negligence.

Sexual Harassment and Defamation Cases – You can also potentially sue your employer in sexual harassment and defamation cases.

Retaliation – You may also sue your employer if they fire you for filing a workers’ comp claim. This is because workers’ compensation law explicitly protects employees against retaliation for filing claims.

EVEN IF YOUR EMPLOYER IS UNINSURED, YOU MAY STILL BE ABLE TO RECOVER WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS IN NEW JERSEY

If you’ve been injured while working for an employer who failed to provide workmans’ comp insurance coverage, you can still potentially receive compensation through the New Jersey Uninsured Employer’s Fund (UEF). The UEF provides temporary disability benefits and medical expenses to workers injured on the job. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help you explore your options and navigate this complicated process.

CAN I FILE CLAIMS AGAINST THIRD PARTIES WHO CAUSE WORK-RELATED INJURIES?

Although workers’ compensation typically prevents you from suing your employer, you may have a personal injury claim against a third party, such as a manufacturer, property owner, or subcontractor. Importantly, you can potentially seek compensation for pain and suffering through claims against third parties, which means that the compensation may be greater. You may have a viable claim against a third party in certain instances:

Defective products – You may have a products liability claim against the manufacturer of a defective product that caused your injury.

Slip & Fall accidents – If the accident was caused by a negligent property owner, you might have a valid premises liability claim.

Motor vehicle accidents – If you were injured by a negligent motorist while driving to or from your place of employment, you may have a valid claim against the negligent driver.

Violent assaults – In some circumstances, you may be able to sue a co-worker who assaulted you if the assault stemmed from a personal matter.

REQUEST YOUR FREE CONSULTATION WITH AN EXPERIENCED SOUTH JERSEY & PA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER

The experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman are here for you. We’ve been fighting for the rights of injured workers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for many years. We focus a large part of our practice on workers’ compensation and personal injury law, so we know how to maximize your potential recovery. If you’ve been injured while working, contact one of our skilled attorneys today, or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment.

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Craig A. Altman
The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman
(215) 569-4488
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Malpractice Lawyer Outlines What to do if Your Breast Cancer is Misdiagnosed

Alvin F. de Levie & Associates - Personal Injury Attorneys

Alvin F. de Levie & Associates

The misdiagnosis of a serious illness can bring great consequences. Attorney Alvin de Levie outlines what to do if you experience a breast cancer misdiagnosis.

Unfortunately, despite growing awareness, many medical providers fail to properly diagnose breast cancer. More than 90,000 women have received breast cancer misdiagnoses.”

— Alvin de Levie, Esq.

PHILADELPHIA, PA, UNITED STATES, June 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Breast cancer is a serious problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2014 (the most recent numbers available), almost 237,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States and over 41,000 of those women died from breast cancer. We have all seen the pink ribbons from organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation on bumper-stickers and t-shirts to raise awareness of breast cancer. Efforts that spread awareness of breast cancer are important, as the American Cancer Society notes those who begin receiving breast cancer treatment early have the highest survival rates.

Unfortunately, despite growing awareness in both the medical community and among the public, many medical providers fail to properly diagnose breast cancer. In this instance, it's important to hire a medical malpractice lawyer. According to a study of breast cancer survivors performed by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, more than 90,000 women received incorrect breast cancer diagnoses. Sometimes, a doctor may misread the patient’s symptoms and diagnose the patient with another medical problem, resulting in a misdiagnosis of breast cancer. Other times, the doctor may miss the symptoms entirely and incorrectly give the patient a clean bill of health, resulting in a failure to diagnose breast cancer. Because early intervention is so important to increase a breast cancer victim’s chances of survival, the failure to make a prompt and proper diagnosis wastes valuable time during which cancer can spread.

What Are The Symptoms Of Breast Cancer?

Symptoms of breast cancer vary from person to person. According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, symptoms of breast cancer include:

-Skin changes, such as redness, swelling or noticeable differences in one or both breasts;
-An unexplained increase in size or shape of the breast;
-Nipple discharges (not including breast milk);
-Pain in or on any part of the breast;
-Lumps or nodes that can be felt on or inside of the breast;
-Changes in the appearance of one or both nipples (such as inverted nipples or swollen nipples).

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America also notes several symptoms of more invasive stages of breast cancer, including:

-Change in breast color;
-Peeling or flaking of the skin around the nipple;
-A breast lump or thickening of the breast; and
-Irritated or itchy breasts.

According to the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, women should get yearly mammograms starting at age 40 to detect early signs of breast cancer. Regardless of whether you have reached the age where annual screening is recommended, the American Cancer Society recommends that all women of any age be vigilant and report any changes in how their breasts look or feel to their health care provider immediately.

What Kinds Of Failures Lead To A Misdiagnosis Of Breast Cancer?

There are many kinds of negligence that leads either the misdiagnosis of breast cancer or the complete failure to diagnose breast cancer, including:

Breakdowns in Communication Between Doctor and Patient: Women with a family history of breast cancer are often are a higher risk than those without such a history. Medical providers sometimes fail to obtain a proper and thorough medical history that includes whether any relatives have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This can make a medical provider less diligent in examining the client for symptoms of breast cancer. Medical providers may also fail to follow up with their clients when they do report potential symptoms of breast cancer to ensure additional symptoms have not developed.

Breakdowns in Communication Between Medical Providers: The diagnosis and management of breast cancer often involves a chain of many different medical providers. Your doctor, radiologists, specialists and outside testing facilities all need to work as a team to ensure the proper screening and tests are performed and that the results of those tests get to the right medical providers in time. A breakdown in communication between these providers can result in several errors that can lead to misdiagnosis, such as failing to order the right test or a failure to promptly report adverse findings.

Incorrect Readings and interpretations of Diagnostic Tests: Many times, a misdiagnosis may be due to the simple fact the radiologist or doctor misreads diagnostic tests. The medical provider may miss a lump or node that appears on a mammogram or ultrasound and incorrectly tell the patient there is nothing to worry about. Other times, the medical provider reviewing the test results may interpret the results incorrectly, leading the provider to incorrectly decide that what is in fact breast cancer is merely inflammation or another kind of medical problem.

In either case, these failures prevent breast cancer from being discovered early and rob patients of their ability to increase their chance of survival by recognizing and treating their breast cancer early.

What Should I Do If My Doctor Has Misdiagnosed Breast Cancer?

First, you should seek treatment immediately. The key to surviving breast cancer is often early intervention. Seeking the proper treatment immediately after you suspect or are diagnosed with breast cancer greatly increases survival rates.

Second, contact an experienced attorney. DO NOT DELAY! Misdiagnosed breast cancer is generally due to medical malpractice or medical negligence. There is a Statute of Limitations in Pennsylvania that generally requires any medical malpractice lawsuit to be started within two (2) years of the medical malpractice or medical negligence which has caused your injuries. If you do not bring a lawsuit within the applicable two-year period, any claim that you may have will be forever barred. There are certain situations where the Statute of Limitations will be extended, but determining whether your case meet the requirements for an extension is extremely complicated. You will need an experienced attorney to review your case to see if it qualifies.

Like all medical malpractice cases, cases of misdiagnosed breast cancer are often much more complicated than other kinds of personal injury cases. Your attorney will often have to gather thousands of pages of medical records and have them reviewed by experts to determine whether the provider that misdiagnosed your cancer is guilty of medical malpractice or medical negligence. You need an experienced attorney with access to the right experts who can review the facts of your case to determine what kinds of claims you may make. Second, medical malpractice cases are often high-stakes cases that are heavily litigated and notoriously expensive. You need an attorney with the resources and perseverance to take your case all the way to trial if necessary.

At the Law Office of Alvin F. de Levie, Esq., our team has years of experience handling complex cases for those who have suffered from medical malpractice and medical negligence. If you or a loved one have suffered injury due to misdiagnosed breast cancer, please call our firm– 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – at 844-777-2529 (Toll-Free) for a consultation.

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Alvin de Levie, Esq.
Law Offices of Alvin F. de Levie
844-777-2529
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Filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Could Be a Very Good or Very Bad Decision

Philadelphia Bankruptcy Lawyers

Philadelphia bankruptcy lawyer Mike Cibik of Cibik & Cataldo talks about the advantages and disadvantages of filing for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is when you are unable to pay your debts. You may feel that you are alone and that it is shameful to have to declare Chapter 7. You shouldn’t feel this way.”

— Michael A. Cibik, Partner

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, June 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In today’s economy, it is very easy to get into financial trouble. You can have a business venture fail or a divorce that causes bills to pile up. There many forms of bankruptcy which are called chapters. In this blog, we will focus on Chapter 7 by looking at the advantages and disadvantages of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is when you are unable to pay your debts. Your assets are liquidated, and the proceeds go to the creditors to settle the debts. This should be seen as a last resort and is primarily used for business owners. You may feel that you are alone and that it is shameful to have to declare chapter 7. You shouldn’t feel this way. There are plenty of famous people who have filed for bankruptcy such as Walt Disney, Henry Ford, and Donald Trump. There are plenty of businesses that have filed as well, such as Toys ‘R’ Us, Blockbuster, and Macy’s.

To declare Chapter 7, you must be sure that you are not eligible for Chapter 13, where you can pay back some of the money owed to creditors. The whole point of Chapter 7 is to give the debtor a new start. You must meet certain criteria to file for Chapter 7:

-Your income must be equal to or below the median income in your state.
-If your income is above, you will have to take a “means test,” which is a calculation used to prevent those who have high incomes from filing Chapter 7 instead of Chapter 13. It is a way to determine your monthly disposable income over six months prior to filing. If you don’t pass the means test, you’ll have to file Chapter 13, where you will be required to make payments to creditors over a five-year period.
-You must attend credit counseling prior to filing. If you failed to attend, then you cannot file.

How Chapter 7 Works

According to uscourts.gov, you must file for bankruptcy in an area where you live or where your business is located. You must file with the court:

-Schedule of Assets and Liabilities
-Statement of Financial Affairs
-Schedule of Income and Expenditures
-Schedule of Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases
-You must also provide tax returns or transcripts of tax returns before and during the bankruptcy process. There is a cost to file. The amount depends on how you are filing – a business owner, a single person or as a couple. This cost is usually more for a business owner since the case is more complicated.

Once you have filed, you will be appointed a trustee. This person will also determine if Chapter 7 is applicable to your case. The trustee can revoke the Chapter 7 based on fraud or an error in the paperwork. It is important to note that not all debts will be cleared. Debts not discharged include:

-Alimony
-Child Support
-Student Loans
-Certain Taxes
-Debts for Death & Personal lnjury (e.g. DUI)
-Post-petition HOA fees
-Debts for crime restitution orders

You can reaffirm a debt, meaning you can make a payment arrangement with a creditor.

The Negatives of Chapter 7

Although the main idea in filing Chapter 7 is to help the debtor financially start over again, there are negatives to filing:

-This is not for business owners who want to remain in business. When you declare bankruptcy, the business will be closed.
-It won’t allow you to make past due payments like Chapter 13.
-Your property could be subject to liens and mortgages that could go to the creditors.
-You must reaffirm a debt before filing bankruptcy for it be not included in the bankruptcy.
-Remains on your credit report for 10 years.
-Loss of all credit cards.
-Can’t file Chapter 7 bankruptcy for another six years.
-It won’t get rid of student loans.
-The court can convert the Chapter 7 to a Chapter 13.

Positives to Filing Chapter 7

It may sound odd, but there are some positives to filing:

-Bankruptcy process takes 3 – 6 months.
-You will be able to keep your wages and property purchased after filing for bankruptcy.
-You can get credit cards 1 – 3 years of filing. There are credit cards that strictly for people who have filed bankruptcy.
-You can always file for Chapter 13 after filing for a Chapter 7.
-Gives you some financial relief.
-Bankruptcy prevents lenders from aggressive collection actions.
-The number and amount of debts that a bankruptcy can relieve you of are numerous.
-There is no specified amount in order to file for relief.

The exemptions include:

-Equity in Your home (if you own it)
-Personal Property (i.e. clothing)
-Wages
-Pensions
-Insurance or Annuity Payments
-Public Benefits
-Wildcard
-Business Partnership Property

Cibik & Cataldo Can Help with Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

You don’t have to face creditors alone. At Cibik & Cataldo, we have over 35 years of experience in bankruptcy law serving Southeastern Pennsylvania. We are ABC certified and know the bankruptcy laws that affect consumers and businesses. We also know all the exemptions that can help protect more of your assets and help you pass the “means test.”

We offer a free consultation to help you understand the financial position you are in and if Chapter 7 is right for you. If you do need to file for Chapter 7, we will help you with each step of the process so you will know what to expect. We will make sure all of the paperwork is accounted for and filed properly. Our primary goal to make sure your case goes smoothly. We’ll also provide guidance on life after a bankruptcy.

Contact Us Today

At Cibik & Cataldo, we are the Philadelphia bankruptcy lawyers – it’s all we do. We are here to help you navigate through the Chapter 7 process. There is life after bankruptcy. Schedule your free consultation by calling us at 215-735-1060 or emailing us. We can set up a meeting that works with your work schedule. We also offer 24/7 support!

+++++ Disclaimer+++++ This press release is considered advertising and does not constitute any client-attorney privilege and does not offer any advice or opinion on any legal matter. This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC, a digital marketing, public relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Philadelphia, PA

Michael A. Cibik, Partner
Cibik & Cataldo P.C.
(215) 883-8585
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IP Lawyer Explains Intellectual Property and Why it is Important to Protect it

Trademark & IP Attorneys

Intellectual Property Attorneys

Alex R. Sluzas of Paul & Paul provides crucial insight into intellectual property protection. Consult an attorney today to help guide you through the process.

Note that not every idea is one of intellectual property. Only those ideas, products, or services on which the ownership rights have been established come under intellectual property.”

— Alex R. Sluzas, Esq.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, June 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — “Information wants to be expensive because it’s so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other” said Stewart Brand, a well-known American writer, in a Hackers conference.

Let’s look at the duality of this quote while understanding the relevance of intellectual property.

Intellectual property basics: On its face, the concept of intellectual property seems paradoxical. With advancement in information technology, the information becomes more crucial and valuable.

However, the very advancement in the technology enables people to share text, videos, and pictures on social media more freely. As putting control measures on illegal copying and dissemination of information on social platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter is difficult, the valuable information becomes readily available, leading to the devaluation of the information.

Note that not every idea is one of intellectual property. Only those ideas, products, or services on which the ownership rights have been established come under intellectual property.

Below are the four types of intellectual property:

Trademarks – Trademark refers to a design, word, symbol, or words which represent the products and services of a company. Some examples of popular brands that have strong brand identity include Apple, Nike, Coca-Cola, GE and McDonald’s. One can readily identify a brand with its trademark. A company can register its trademark if it’s available.

Patent – The idea of patenting is usually misunderstood. You would often hear people saying that “I am going to patent this idea or that product”. However, a patent doesn’t give you the right to use or make something. In fact, it gives you the right to exclude others from making your product. Some of the strange patents include a high-five machine. As per the law, nobody can make a high-five machine, but you need to make all the information about making the products available publicly. Once your patent expires, others can use this information to create their products.

Trade Secret – McDonald's is a good example of a trade secret. McDonald's was founded in 1955. If McDonald's had patented the recipe for its burgers, it would have been available for public use after the expiry of its patent. Thus McDonald's chose to keep the recipe as a trade secret. Anything unique to your business like marketing strategy, ideas, and sales methods can be kept as a trade secret. You must take the help of an intellectual property lawyer to help you maintain a trade secret as unlike a patent, a trade secret cannot be registered directly.

Copyrights – Copyright means exclusive right to print, publish, and record. It saves the work of artists or authors from potential infringements. Using a picture, song, or a movie clip without the required permission of the owner can be considered a copyright infringement.

Why does intellectual property matter?

Drive economic growth and market competition – Industries based on intellectual property account for over ⅓ of total U.S. GDP, whereas the overall impact of the intellectual property comes to 40% of US financial growth and employment. Thus, the significance of intellectual property for economic growth cannot be ignored.

Prevent the loss of your intellectual property – If you are working for a company and have been sharing your ideas or creative work, you must know who retains the ownership of that work, and what are the terms and conditions of the work you do. If the company holds the right to the creative work done by an employee, you would lose your intellectual property. Thus, it’s important that stay informed to avoid any such loss.

Avoid potential infringement – Using someone’s intellectual property unknowingly can lead to you pay heavy fines or penalties. Some common examples of Intellectual property infringement include using copyrighted novels, movies, songs, videos, and pictures.

Encourage innovation – As owners know that their information is protected, intellectual property rights facilitate the flow of the information.

The attorneys at Paul & Paul have over 170 years of experience in intellectual property litigation. The process to trademark a logo can be complicated, but our attorneys can assist you in the process and answer any questions you may have about trademarking. Please contact us today at 866-975-7231 for a consultation.

+++++ Disclaimer+++++ This press release is considered advertising and does not constitute any client-attorney privilege and does not offer any advice or opinion on any legal matter. This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC a digital marketing, Public Relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Philadelphia, PA

Alex R. Sluzas, Esq.
Paul & Paul Intellectual Property Attorneys
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Nebraska Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Urges a Public Utility Worker with Mesothelioma in Nebraska Or Their Family to Call for Instant Access to The Nation's Top Lawyers for Much Better Compensation

Please do not fall for Internet ads that suggest 'no lawsuit needed,' or that 'mesothelioma compensation is a result of submitting a claim form”

— Nebraska Mesothelioma Victims Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, June 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Nebraska Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "We are appealing to a person with mesothelioma in Nebraska who had exposure to asbestos at a public utility, water/sewer district, or any type of power generating facility to call us anytime at 800-714-0303 to make certain they are talking directly to the nation's most skilled mesothelioma attorneys.

"While the best possible mesothelioma compensation might be deserved, a person with this rare cancer or their family will need to hire one of the nation's most skilled and experienced mesothelioma lawyers to earn a top client financial compensation settlement result. Please do not fall for Internet ads that suggest 'no lawsuit needed,' or that 'mesothelioma compensation is a result of submitting a claim form.' These suggestions are all total nonsense as we would like to discuss anytime at 800-714-0303." http://Nebraska.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Nebraska Mesothelioma Victims Center fears most public utility workers in the nation with mesothelioma will underestimate the value of their financial compensation claim. Typically, a mesothelioma financial compensation claim for a public utility worker with this rare cancer could start at about $500,000. However, if the diagnosed person does not hire one of the nation's most skilled mesothelioma lawyers and their legal team-the diagnosed person probably will not receive the very best possible financial compensation results.

"Before you hire a lawyer to assist a public utility worker in Nebraska with mesothelioma please call us anytime at 800-714-0303 for direct access to some of the nation's leading mesothelioma lawyers who will get the top compensation results for you or your loved one." http://Nebraska.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Nebraska the Nebraska Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly recommends the following three heath care facilities with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at each hospital. Creighton University Medical Center Omaha, Nebraska: http://www.creighton.edu/CancerCenter/, University of Nebraska Medical Center Eppley Cancer Center Omaha, Nebraska: http://www.unmc.edu/cancercenter/

Individuals in the state of Nebraska with mesothelioma could have been exposed to asbestos while serving in the US Navy or while working at a power plant, as a plumber, a boiler technician, as an auto repairman, as an electrician, or in the construction industry. In most cases, the exposure to asbestos took place in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s. Mesothelioma typically takes three to five decades to develop. http://Nebraska.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The states with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, West Virginia, Florida, Wyoming, and Washington. However, mesothelioma does happen in Nebraska as the Nebraska Mesothelioma Victims Center would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303.

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mesothelioma.html

Michael Thomas
Nebraska Mesothelioma Victims Center
800-714-0303
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Marketing to Law Firms: How to Boost Conversions On Your Website

Law Firm Marketing Agency

Building a website is only half the battle. Without Optimizing the new site it will never be found. SEO is what makes the search see the website.

Building a website is only half the battle. Without Optimizing the new site it will never be found. SEO is what makes the search see the website.”

— Mary Ann Fasanella, CEO

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, June 28, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — +

Marketing to Law Firms: How to Boost Conversions On Your Website

Conversions are the top priority for your website. Building the site is the one-half of the battle; the other half is getting people to visit it. When you hire a marketing consulting agency, you are getting SEO and content marketing expert who will create or revise a website that will engage visitors and convert them into clients.

Conversions are the top priority for your website. Building the site is the one-half of the battle; the other half is getting people to visit it. If you are marketing to law firms, you want to make sure you find an SEO and content marketing expert who will revise a website that will engage visitors and convert them into clients.

Get More Conversions with a Digital Marketing Agency

For some, the idea of hiring a digital marketing agency is like admitting defeat. They figure that can do the marketing themselves. They think they just need a website that has a contact form and that’s it. It’s not. Building the site is the one-half of the battle; the other half is getting people to visit it. This means spending a great deal of time that they don’t have to create a website that engages a visitor enough to make them want to hire the law firm.

When you hire a marketing consulting agency, you are getting SEO and content marketing expert who will create a website (or revise it) that will not only engage visitors but convert them into clients. The agency will also handle the design because it is just as important as the content. Have you ever seen a website that didn’t have colors, buttons, boxes, videos or images? I thought so. If you did, you probably didn’t spend much time on it because it was boring and you wouldn’t get an idea of the company.

Getting conversions is the top priority for your legal website. After all, you want to build your client book. The other priorities are to introduce your firm and let the visitor know what your firm is all about. If a person is visiting your website, they have a legal problem they (or someone they know) needs to be solved in a timely manner and at an affordable rate. Before you even speak a word to a potential client, your website makes the first impression.

Easy Ways to Earn Conversions
As we have stated, your law firm’s website is more than you think. It is a number of pieces that work together to expand your marketing reach, introduce your brand and get conversions. The website should be easy to navigate and start a conversation with the visitor.

Concise Copy – The content should be concise and in layman’s terms. You cannot assume everyone speaks legalese. The more simple the text is, the easier the visitor will understand, especially in your practice areas and blogs. We also want the text to tell a story about your law firm and how you have helped your clients. Testimonials are key here since people consider them a trusted source. The content should be compelling – you are trying to convince a potential client that you can solve their legal problem while creating a comforting environment. The word choice is equally important. Using actionable words, such as proven, benefit and free, will get the visitor’s attention.

CTA (Call to Action) – This relates to word choice. You want to tell people what to do, such as “click here to learn more” or “contact us today.” The CTA can be a button or a link. Either way, you want it to be easily seen.

Videos – It’s beneficial to have an introductory video on your website. It can be a few minutes long and it’s a personal way to introduce you and your law firm to the visitor. It should not be treated as a commercial. You want to put the person at ease and assure him or her that you the expertise to resolve their legal problem. You can also have a video of you or one of your staff giving tips, such as what to do after a car accident.

Related Content – You should have links to related content to keep the visitor engaged, such as a study on workman’s comp injuries in the past five years.

Chat Tool – Chat tools have become very popular over the past few years. They provide instant answers to visitors. Just be sure the chat box isn’t intrusive on the website.

Social Media Proof – Include social media proof to reduce the risk of losing the visitor. The proof can be case studies, testimonials, media mentions…etc.

Landing Page – If you have a landing page, it is important that it leads to your contact page, not your home page. We want the visitor to fill out the contact form, so they will be a lead and possibly a new client. Also, it should be relevant to the content in your PPC ad.

Leave the Marketing to Us
At Advisory Concept Evolvers, our top goal is to help law firms make money. This may be revamping their website for a better conversion rate, creating stronger SEO or reducing time on medical record retrieval. We also offer legal research to help you win cases. We have a proven track record of helping our clients reach their goals with an internet marketing plan that utilizes the latest tools and practices. Call (215) 510-2167 or email us today to schedule a free consultation.

Mary Ann Fasanella, CEO
Advisory Concept Evolvers
215-510-2167
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Based on Supreme Court Case in Pereira v. Sessions, Immigration Attorney recommends affected persons seek legal advice

Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Lawyer in Florida

Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Lawyer in Florida

Website Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Attorney in Florida

Website Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Attorney in Florida

Office of Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Attorney in Florida

Office of Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Attorney in Florida

The Supreme Court announced Pereira v Sessions regarding the stop-time rule. Attorney Magdalena Cuprys recommends that affected persons seek legal advice.

Serving Immigrants, Inc. (N/A:N/A)

… the Supreme Court made the correct decision … [but] … if you have a Notice to Appear and it does not have the date and location of the hearing, you may want to speak with an attorney …”

— Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Lawyer

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, June 28, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — On June 21, 2018 the United States Supreme Court announced the decision in Pereira v Sessions regarding the stop-time rule. In simple terms, the “stop-time rule” defines when continuous residence or continuous physical presence of a non-citizen ends. See INA § 240A(d). According to INA § 240A(d), continuous residence ends when either the non-citizen commits a criminal offense, or is served with a “Notice to Appear” (“NTA”) placing him/her in removal (deportation) proceedings. See INA § 240A(d)(1)(A)-(B). In this important decision, the Supreme Court pondered whether the stop-time rule is triggered when the government serves a non-citizen with a document that is labeled “Notice to Appear” but fails to specify either the time or place of the removal proceedings.

Pereira v. Sessions is about Wescley Fonseca Pereira, a Brazilian citizen, who overstayed his visa in the United States. The visa expired on December 21, 2000. In May 2006, Pereira was served with a Notice to Appear by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). While the notice ordered Pereira to appear before an immigration judge, the problem with the order was that no specific time or place regarding the hearing was on the Notice. To further complicate matters, the immigration court mailed Pereira a notice that scheduled his hearing for October 31, 2007, but they failed to mail the notice to his designated post office box. Therefore Pereira never received the Notice. After Pereira failed to show up in court, the court ordered Pereira to be removed (deported).

The United States Supreme Court now decided in an 8-1 decision that no, if a non-citizen is not informed of when and where to appear for removal proceedings, this does not trigger the stop-time rule.

Based on this Supreme Court case, Immigration Attorney Magdalena Cuprys recommends that affected persons seek legal advice. “While we believe the Supreme Court made the correct decision and they delivered a common sense ruling of the law, the issue I want to stress is that if you have a Notice to Appear and it does not have the date and location of the hearing, you may want to speak with an attorney ASAP.” Ms. Cuprys adds that “you need to see if you qualify for termination or may be eligible for relief for which you were not previously eligible.”

The Supreme Court opinion is at https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/17-459_1o13.pdf. — Ms. Magdalena Cuprys is the principal attorney of Serving Immigrants, a full-service immigration law firm with over a decade of experience. See www.servingimmigrants.com. Ms. Cuprys received her Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law in 2002 and has a blog where she writes about important immigration issues. You can find her blog at http://magdalenacuprysblog.blogspot.com/. Her profile is at https://solomonlawguild.com/magdalena-e-cuprys%2C-esq

Tiffany Ramirez
Cuprys and Associates, Serving Immigrants
305-924-1133
email us here

Video on Youtube about the case of Pereira v Sessions (provided by Breaking News 24/7).


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Todd Stockton From Colorado Explains The Zero Tolerance Policy On Immigration

SARASOTA, FL, UNITED STATES, June 28, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Before President Donald Trump arrived in Duluth, he signed a new executive order that would stop the heavily criticized family separation policy. This policy separated children from their parents when they cross the border illegally. Todd Stockton has taken a more in-depth look at the existence of this policy.

Todd Stockton From Colorado on the Nature of the Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy

He explains that this policy means that for those who are apprehended when crossing the border, they will automatically face prosecution by the Department of Justice, as they are charged with unlawful entry. This is a misdemeanor offense. This means that the maximum prison sentence is six months. However, in most cases, the sentence is a time served one.

Recent Changes to the Policy

Before April of this year, those caught illegally crossing the border who would claim asylum would not face criminal charges. Instead, they would be referred to the Department of Homeland Security who would determine whether they had a genuine claim for asylum. Should the individuals be a family unit, the children would remain in the care of at least one parent. Then, the entire unit would be processed and screened together. If their application would be deemed genuine, they would be released and made to wear an ankle bracelet until their official hearings.

What has changed is that parents became forcefully separated from their children and they would face criminal prosecution. The children, meanwhile, would be looked after by the Office for Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and then eventually, after several days or weeks, placed with a sponsor family. This law was first instated in 1996. However, President Trump's Administration is the first to actually decide to prosecute asylum seekers, including those who enter as a family.

According to Todd Stockton, child separation as a policy is completely exclusive and new and has never been done before the Trump Administration. Clearly, the law has long been in place but only the current administration has interpreted that as making it legal to separate children from their families. This is part of the 'zero tolerance policy', which means that anyone, irrespective of their circumstances, is treated exactly the same way.

What this also means is that anyone who crosses the border, whether as an asylum seeker, an economic migrant, someone who has already tried before, will be prosecuted. Before, the decision to prosecute was at the discretion of the administration. Unfortunately, it now also appears that the Trump Administration has separated children from their families for at least 12 months. It was only recently, according to Todd Stockton, that this has become public knowledge due to the fact that there has been such a focus on the zero-tolerance policy. This has caused a significant rise in the number of children being separated from their family, which in turn has led to increased national and international condemnation of the administration's policy.

Todd Stockton on the Obama Administration

Under the Obama Administration, it was standard practice to process families as a unit. That said, there were long-term detention problems during the Obama regime as well. In fact, they faced legal prosecution in relation to this. However, children would remain in the care of at least one parent while their applications were being processed or their removal proceedings were ongoing. Todd Stockton explains that a California judge reached a federal government settlement in 1997 that was in relation to the treatment of unaccompanied minors attempting to cross the border, which also related to children who had been apprehended and were kept in family detention. The result was that children were no longer allowed to remain in detention for more than 20 days, regardless of whether they are unaccompanied minors or whether they are there with their family.

President Trump has now signed an executive order that will end the separation of children from their parents and carers. However, it is possible that this order will modify the settlement that was reached under the Obama Administration. Essentially, the Attorney General may petition that the Flores Settlement, as it is known, will be modified so that children will be able to remain in detention for 20 days or more. Todd Stockton explains that this means that children could be in detention for an indefinite period of time, albeit together with their families. It is unclear whether this will receive further condemnation or whether people will feel that this new settlement would be acceptable both in terms of morals and ethics and in terms of the zero-tolerance policy that President Trump has put in place.

Eric Ash
Web Presence, LLC
941-266-8620
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