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Check Your Voting Location – It May Have Changed!

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has issued a directive to all county Board of Elections to move voting locations where seniors reside due to COVID-19 concerns.  There are 36 Cuyahoga County voting locations changing as listed on the Board of Elections site.  If the change affects you, you should receive a postcard from the Board of Elections letting you know your new voting location.

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Keep in mind that you must register or update your voter registration no later than 30 days prior to an election. Unfortunately, it’s too late to register for the primary election on March 17th, 2020, but here are the upcoming voter registration deadlines::

  • February 18, 2020 for the March 17, 2020 Primary Election (You’ve missed this deadline)
  • July 6, 2020 for the August 4, 2020 Special Election
  • October 5, 2020 for the November 3, 2020 General Election

Looking for an absentee ballot to vote from the comfort of your own home? Click here.

 

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No Privacy – the Brave New World of Social Media, Technology, and the Law

There’s no question that technology is changing our lives. Driverless cars, facial recognition, and medical breakthroughs are making the world a vastly different place than it was even 10 years ago. But how is technology changing the world of law? More to the point, what is the impact of technological developments on lawsuits, on the courts, and on the way that lawyers and clients alike argue and provide their points?

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Cancer patients often need help accessing full Medicare benefits for new treatments

A Favorable Ruling that Medicare Will Pay for a Needed Cancer Treatment

Recent advances in modern medicine mean that a surprise diagnosis of advanced lung cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence. But when Medicare providers refuse to pay the cost of cutting-edge medicines, they prevent patients from receiving life-saving treatments and condemn them to the same fate. Attorney Janet Lowder and I just made it a little harder for Medicare Part D providers to do that.

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Sonjas Suggestions

Sonja’s Suggestions: Enjoy the Last Days of Summer

Where did the summer go?! August has come and gone in a blink of an eye. Most of my conversations with our clients and visitors have been centered on the fact that Old Man Winter is looming around the corner – a thought that many of us find disconcerting. Didn’t we just put away our boots and shovels? Well, until it’s time to dig them out again, I think we need to enjoy what we have left of the summer. We still have plenty of nice, warm days ahead, so here are my suggestions for making the most of them:

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Sonja’s Suggestions: Caregiving

My heart goes out to caregivers. It is an emotionally exhausting role, often causing family members to constantly worry about their loved one. Will they be okay? Did they eat enough? Did they take their medicine? Did I do this or that correctly? It doesn’t stop. And then there is the paperwork … the never-ending paperwork that always seems to be there and a challenge to complete. Yikes! How do they do it?!  It can be very overwhelming for them.

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International Sexual Predator Met Through Online Game

Do you play games on a smart phone or a tablet, using a gaming system, like a Wii or PlayStation, through Facebook, or via a computer?   It is amazing to live in today’s society. We can play games with people through any of the above devices anytime, anywhere, and in any place – all we need is an Internet connection. The other gamers can live down the street, in a neighboring county, somewhere in another state, and even in other countries. Given that, how many of us intimately know or even casually know the people with whom we are playing games?

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Sonja’s Suggestions: Grocery Delivery

Sonja Kraljevic frequently speaks with clients about everything from the weather to their family histories.  During these conversations, she often hears about challenges they are facing, as well.  Over time, she has noticed that people often have similar needs and concerns, so she decided to start a new monthly column with simple suggestions based on the topics trending in the reception area of our Cleveland office.

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Be the Fuel … Or Be the Generator (It Doesn’t Really Matter Which)

We bailed, bucket by bucket, trudging up and down the stairs, led only by the light of a small flashlight for nearly an hour.  Finally, exhausted, we reluctantly admitted that “it” was winning, that we needed to put down the buckets and change our strategy. We began moving as much as our arms could carry up the stairs and into the garage.  “It” was the water rapidly rising in the concrete well in our basement where our reliable old sump pump, under normal circumstances, unquestionably handles whatever it’s given.

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How to Keep from Navel-Gazing: The Value of Donating Your Time

We all get flyers and letters in the mail throughout the year asking us to donate money to charities.  The mailings seem to get most intense towards the end of the year, with organizations incentivizing donors to give using the end-of-the-year deadline for charitable tax deductions on personal income tax returns.  My husband and I do make monetary donations throughout the year to a few charities, but I find that giving my time brings me a greater “return” than any kind of tax savings we realize from those monetary donations. 

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Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympics are about to start and I for one can’t wait.  I will spend the next two weeks glued to the action from the time I get home until I leave my house in the morning.  I will voluntarily deprive myself of sleep (which normally starts for me at 9:00 pm) just so I can catch all of the action and the commentary.  I love the Olympics, the drama, the competition and especially the stories about the athletes.  I always find them inspirational.

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