Tax Law Expert Rob Wood “Can You Form A QSF For A Judgement?”

December 17, 2010 by Arizona Law Channel  
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QSF - 02-16-09 Qualified settlement funds (QSFs) are tremendously
flexible vehicles for resolving litigation. Yet as
their name suggests, they seem to be used nearly
universally in settlements, not after a case has gone to
final judgment. QSFs may also be used after judgment,
and there is no abuse in employing them in that way.


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Longevity Planning—Dr Mark Lachs

December 17, 2010 by Arizona Law Channel  
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Part 2 of ANN's interview with Dr. Mark Lachs

A must-have manual for anyone 40+ to take control of their health in a broken health-care system.
Too often our culture defines the aging process negatively, instead of embracing it as a natural part of life. Nowhere is this problem more pronounced than in our health-care system, where "ageist" medicine often serves to worsen our medical issues instead of helping us figure out how to address or avoid them. Whether we're forty or eighty, what we need is an insider's guide to staying healthy despite the system.
Renowned geriatrician Mark Lachs takes readers on a grand tour of adult medicine, showing how we can navigate a complex and confusing system to make the best choices for ourselves and our loved ones. With gentle humor and great wisdom, Lachs explains how being proactive and making smart decisions can lay the groundwork for a satisfying, active lifestyle that lasts well into later life. You'll find out:
*How to identify the right primary care doctor, specialist, or care facility
*Why the hospital is no place for sick people
*How to make home improvements that will keep the nursing home at bay
*Why small life changes in your forties can lead to an extra decade of good health *What to think about when planning financially for your future health

Mark S. Lachs, M.,D., M.P.H. is Professor of Medicine and Co-Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at Weill Medical College. He is also director of Cornell's Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care and Director of Geriatrics for the New York-Presbyterian Health System. Dr. Lachs' research, teaching, and clinical experience center on elder abuse and improving the quality of life for older adults.

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Fixed Index Annuity IMO – Shurwest Financial Group

December 15, 2010 by Arizona Law Channel  
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Where do you get your fixed index annuities?  As a top marketing organization, Shurwest Financial Group, provides you with the retirement income strategies and marketing you support you need to grow your business.

Diana Mercer—Making Divorce Work

December 13, 2010 by Arizona Law Channel  
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MakingDivorceWork-200x300This was a big year for big money, big celebrity divorces from Tiger and Elin to LeAnn Rimes, Sandra Bullock, Christina Aguilera, and now what looks like Eva Longoria and Tony Parker. And of course there was John and Kate plus 8 and all there hate. So, divorce attorney and expert Diana Mercer, founder of Los Angeles Peace Talks and author of ‘Making Divorce Work: 8 Essential Keys to Resolving Conflict and Rebuilding Your Life,’ has found a way for people to get divorce help without spending a fortune on therapy and lawyers, read her book. Her book gives practical advice to all on dealing with the legal and emotional issues, ending marriages harmoniously, ways to resolve conflict even if one spouse won’t cooperate, and most importantly staying sane. After 20 years of practicing divorce law, this lady knows what’s up. The book hit stores December 7th.

Surrogacy Lawyer Theresa Erickson–Dec 2 Voice America

December 8, 2010 by Arizona Law Channel  
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press_release_distribution_0162808_27995 The Surrogacy Lawyer invites you to join her for an enlightening discussion on The Surrogacy Lawyer: Your Guide to IVF and Third Party Family Building on Thursday, December 3rd at 11 AM PST/2 PM EST where she will interview advocates Regina Townsend, founder of The Broken Brown Egg and Eloise Drane, owner of Family Acuity. Both women are united in their passion to educate the African-American community about infertility awareness and reproductive health. During the radio program, they will be discussing some of the key issues and challenges, including myths and misconceptions, facing African-Americans who are having trouble conceiving and need infertility treatment, as well as what organizations like The Broken Brown Egg and Family Acuity are doing to change the conversation. In addition, they will talk about the role of social media in disseminating information. “Regina and Eloise are pioneers in infertility and reproductive health advocacy for African-Americans,” says attorney Erickson. “In making a difference for minority couples and singles, they also are bringing issues to the forefront that affects the entire infertility community. I applaud their efforts and looks forward to our discussion.”

Bush Tax Cuts/Dream Act Debate

December 6, 2010 by Arizona Law Channel  
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Point/Counterpoint Part 1

Part 2

bush_taxcuts_onpage’s Neil Rosekrans and LBN correspondent Sean Carter have a lively discussion on the Bush Tax Cuts, Unemployment Benefits and the Dream Act.

Professor Sumit Ghosh—Cybercrimes, A Multidisciplinary Analysis

December 6, 2010 by Arizona Law Channel  
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Scott Drake interviews professor Sumit Ghosh.

Sumit Ghosh presently serves as the chair of the Computer Science Department at The University of Texas at Tyler.

13546-0 Ghosh.indd Designed to serve as a reference work for practitioners, academics and scholars worldwide, this book is the first of its kind to explain complex cybercrimes from the perspectives of multiple disciplines (computer science, law, economics, psychology, etc.) and scientifically analyze their impact on individuals, society, and nations holistically and comprehensively. In particular, the book shows - How multiple disciplines concurrently bring out the complex, subtle, and elusive nature of cybercrimes; - How cybercrimes will affect every human endeavor, at the level of individuals, societies, and nations; - How to legislate proactive cyberlaws, building on a fundamental grasp of computers and networking, and stop reacting to every new cyberattack; - How conventional laws and traditional thinking fall short in protecting us from cybercrimes; - How we may be able to transform the destructive potential of cybercrimes into amazing innovations in cyberspace that can lead to explosive technological growth and prosperity.

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Danny Davis—Arizona Legal Headline News

December 3, 2010 by Arizona Law Channel  
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Surrogacy Lawyer Theresa Erickson and Parenting Columnist Sam Trego

November 24, 2010 by Arizona Law Channel  
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Interview with Sam Trego, Parenting Columnist for San Diego LGBT Weekly - Straight Talk on Gay Parenting (Voice America)

The Surrogacy Lawyer interviews Sam Trego about his new column, his life as the father of an active four-year-old and his journey to become a single gay dad. Parents everywhere seek the advice of their more experienced peers on subjects ranging from potty training to picking a pre-school, always hoping they are choosing good role models. But where do gay parents and want-to-be parents turn when they have questions about same sex parenting? Sam is here to help answer those questions on this week’s show. In San Diego, gay moms and dads can now count on the advice of Sam Trego, the new parenting columnist for the San Diego LGBT Weekly. In his Raising Alek….Straight Talk on Gay Parenting column, he hopes to provide education, support and connection for the gay parenting community, filling a void he know exists based on his own experience. “I applaud Sam for taking the lead in providing invaluable information and support for other gay parents,” says attorney Erickson.

Tax Law Expert Robert Wood–Wrongful Imprisonment Tax Ruling Stirs Controversy

November 24, 2010 by Arizona Law Channel  
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(Forbes) As a tax lawyer, I believe exonerated prisoners who receive damages for wrongful imprisonment should not have to pay tax on their awards.  See Tax On Wrongful Imprisonment Needs Reform.  Perhaps for that reason, people have been gleefully emailing me the IRS’s latest: IRS Chief Counsel Advice 201045023.  Everyone seems to be reading it by the headline the tax press is (inappropriately) giving it, proclaiming “wrongful conviction recoveries are now tax free!”

Since I’ve long argued for this view, I hate to be a killjoy.  Unfortunately, that’s not what it says—not by a long shot.  In fact, this IRS ruling says only that a victim of wrongful imprisonment who “suffered physical injuries and physical sickness while incarcerated” can exclude his recovery from taxes and can structure it just like other physical injury victims.  We already knew that.

After all, the debate over these recoveries has focused (probably incorrectly) on the factual question whether the wrongfully jailed person experienced physical injuries or physical sickness while unlawfully incarcerated.  If so, the damages are tax free, just like more garden variety personal physical injury recoveries.  If not . . . well, we don’t like to talk about that one.


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