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Do I Need a Will?

In social settings when the inevitable question arises “What do you do for a living?” and I respond “I am an attorney,” the conversation then usually goes one of two ways: Sometimes, although not very often, there is an awkward reaction and the conversation topic is abruptly changed, perhaps to something the other person feels

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As the Pope replaces the former Archbishop of Guam (who faces a canonical trial for child sex abuse) survivors can now seek justice under Guam’s new law

Our co-counsel in Hawaii, Randall Rosenberg, whom we have teamed with to successfully obtain justice for many survivors of sexual abuse, sent us this article linked below. Pope Francis has named Bishop Michael Jude Byrnes as the new leader of the Guam archdiocese. Byrnes succeeds the former Archbishop, Anthony Apuron, who currently faces a canonical trial

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Why was a convicted pedophile who was recently released from prison sent into a home as a “home teacher” by the Mormon Church where he sexually abused a 10-year-old girl?

Per this article, pedophile Gillen, in approximately 1999, was caught doing disgusting things to children when he was manager of a skating rink in Colorado. Then, he was convicted in 2002 of a different sexual assault on another child.   He was sentenced to eight years in prison. After being released from prison, pedophile Gillen ended

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Interest in Controversial Mormon Indian Placement Program Surges

Two recent articles discuss the controversial Mormon Indian Placement Program as well as the pending sexual abuse lawsuits. These lawsuits are on hold pending a ruling from a federal judge in Utah. Both articles discuss heart wrenching stories of courageous survivors of childhood sexual abuse in addition to discussing the pros and cons of this program. Read

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Why Do Child Sex Abuse Victims Sue Churches?

Over the past fifteen years or so, our society has become painfully aware of the extensive existence of child sexual abuse, both in the United States and throughout the world. In some circumstances, children are abused by a relative or close family friend; in others, they are abused by a mentor such as a priest, a

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Lawsuit Challenges British Petroleum’s Pensions

April 13, 2016: Employees filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against BP for their company’s retirement plan and the disparity found in benefits, alleging that the company misled employees about cash balance plans. Fox 26 news- Employees file class action lawsuit against BP http://www.fox26houston.com/news/122101254-story   See articles here: http://www.texaslawyer.com/id=1202754850881/Class-Action-Filed-Against-BP-Retirement-Plan?slreturn=20160314115140 http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/BP-sued-over-pension-plan-7247055.php http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2016/04/14/bp-employees-file-suit-over-pensions.html http://www.chron.com/business/article/BP-sued-over-pension-plan-7246637.php http://www.houstonpress.com/news/lawsuit-claims-bp-misled-workers-before-pension-benefits-tanked-8325534 https://www.law360.com/classaction/articles/784225/bp-hit-with-100m-class-action-over-retirement-plan

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Improving the Public’s Perception of Lawyers

In the Advocate March/April 2016 edition, the Idaho State bar official publication ran an article on “Improving the Public’s Perception of Lawyers”. In this article, by Trudy Hanson Fouser (president of the Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners), writes about James, Vernon & Weeks attorney, Leander James: “And up north I think of Lee James,

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The Mennonite World Review

The Mennonite World Review recently published an article written by Tim Huber titled, “Suit accuses Holdeman Church of not reporting sexual abuse”.  The article discusses a lawsuit filed by James, Vernon & Weeks.  Craig Vernon, who filed the lawsuit, hopes that others who have suffered in silence because of similar abuse understand that help is

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