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AG announces possible reduction in drug-crime sentences

Prisoners and defense attorneys in Florida and across the nation are watching as the Obama administration considers a reduction in penalties for nonviolent drug offenders and doing away with mandatory prison sentences. Benefits would include a reduction in the prison population and a savings of billions of dollars. On Aug. 12, the attorney general observed that people end up spending excessive amounts of time in prison for crimes such as drug possession.

Nevada estate planning important despite new tax rules

Some people in Nevada believe that since the change in the estate tax exemption occurred earlier this year, they have no reason to begin to plan for the distribution of their assets when they die. This, one recent report says, is not the case. In fact, limiting the amount of tax owed is just one of the reasons that estate planning should occur.

Nevada estate planning can reduce the chance of future litigation

Blended families are becoming more and more common, as many readers in Nevada know well. What they may not be aware of is that this has led to an increase in the number of contests of estate planning documents in probate courts across the land. However, there are ways to protect against such actions, says one recent report.

Guilty pleas entered in Florida auto insurance fraud case

Four men who participated in an insurance fraud ring that has allegedly orchestrated numerous instances of theft by fraud since 2006 entered guilty pleas in a Florida court according to the U.S. Attorney working on the case. The charges were brought as a result of the fraud investigation that federal officials have dubbed Operation Sledgehammer.

Nevada estate plan can include avoidance of probate

One of the goals of people who enter into the estate planning process is to avoid probate. Often this is the case due t the fact that probate can extend the time that it takes for heirs and beneficiaries to receive assets left to them in an estate plan. However, for some people, a recent report notes, probate may be the best choice.

Florida caregiver accused of stealing from elderly client

The caregiver of an elderly Florida man was held by police on allegations that she took his blank checks and made them out to herself for a total of almost $14,000. Criminal charges the woman was facing included grand theft, petit theft and uttering a false instrument. The accused woman reportedly told police that she had used the money to fuel a gambling addiction.

Pot cultivator receives 5 years in prison, 5 years probation

On Aug. 5, a Florida businessman entered into a guilty plea of possession of marijuana with intent that stipulates he will spend five years in custody followed by five years on supervised release. The Superior Court judge agreed to the plea, ordered the prison term and emphasized strict requirements when he is released. The district attorney felt that the sentence for the drug offenses was appropriate and liked the combination of time in custody with community supervision. In addition, the 51-year-old man can no longer hold a position of trust in a business due to his felony conviction. Other charges in the indictment will be dismissed pursuant to the plea agreement.

Nevada estate planning can include interesting will clauses

Readers in Nevada are used to hearing about interesting cases from celebrities and other unique individuals. In our state it is common to hear about Elvis-themed weddings and extreme funerals. Now, one report indicates that many people also leave unique clauses in their estate planning documents.

Nevada considers Soprano star's estate planning

Estate planning in Nevada means that people have sought to create a plan that helps their heirs and beneficiaries distribute assets in a way that both complies with the wishes of the deceased individual and protects from issues such as taxes. This is the goal of many individuals, including celebrities. However, when estate planning is incomplete, or has not been reviewed in many years, such goals can fail to be achieved.

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