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Mark Shalloway Attends Alzheimer Community Care Session with U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh

(West Palm Beach, Florida) July 21, 2021

Mark Shalloway, president of West Palm Beach elder law firm Shalloway and Shalloway, is pleased to announce his attendance at the Alzheimer Community Care Panel featuring U.S. Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh. Along with Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Walsh participated in a discussion on home health care for both patients and working families. Health care workers explained their frustration with hardly being able to make ends meet doing the difficult job they are passionate about. With the average aid only making $10 an hour, many can’t afford their own health care and are forced to take on second jobs.

Mark Shalloway with U.S. Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh and Rep. Lois Frankel

“It’s a real joy,” one woman said. “I love what I do. I don’t think we should be working so hard and getting paid so little.”

The price to care for an elderly loved one in need is difficult onh the families as well. According to SeniorLiving.org, adult daycare costs an average of $74, home healthcare aids cost $150 a day, assisted living facilities cost $141 a day, and semi-private rooms cost $255. No matter which option, that is tends of thousands of dollars a year. This leads many to not get the help they need and shoulder the burden of caring for their loved one themselves.

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“Most of us in middle class cannot afford that,” President Mark Shalloway says. “Elder care lawyers look into these problems to find ways to benefit others. That is the heart and soul of elder law.”

The panel ended on an optimistic note. After hearing all that caretakers and family-members had to say about caring for an elder in need, especially one with Alzheimer’s, the labor secretary insisted it “reaffirms what needs to be said in legislation.”

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Mark Shalloway and his staff at Shalloway and Shalloway work diligently to ensure each and every one of their clients get the support they need. Whether a client needs assistance with Medicaid Planning, asset protection, guardianship, or any of the other areas of practice that fall under elder law, this West Palm Beach elder law firm can help. There are a dozen of topics the firm can assist its clients with.

Shalloway has spearheaded major elder law associations from National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) to the Board of Directors of Alzheimer’s Community Care, proving his passion for his work. He doesn’t stop advocating for the people once he gets his paycheck– he pushes on to ensure everyone receives the education about elder law that they need. Clients can educate themselves a number of ways with Shalloway and Shalloway. Whether reading the newsletter and blog posts, or joining Shalloway’s free, monthly virtual seminars, clients can enter the world of elder law fully prepared.

“We get involved in multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s communities to gain insight in order to better serve them,” Mark Shalloway says. “We learn and listen to what they go through, and teach what they need so we can advocate better for legislatures and congresses.”

To learn more about the firm and its services, call 561-686-6200, or fill out this contact form.

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Hanna & Hanna Reporting Announces Guide to Houston

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(Houston, Texas) May 19, 2021

Hanna & Hanna Reporting is pleased to announce their guide to Houston. As one of the largest cities in the United States, finding the information one needs on the city can be overwhelming. Here, readers can garner both information on the Houston legal scene, as well as on the top restaurants and hotels in the bustling city of Houston. The page serves as a great resource not only for attorneys visiting the area on work, but those in the area who want a concise list to return to.

Hanna & Hanna’s dedicated Houston court reporters always provide their clients the latest and greatest in legal resources. The firm’s website is filled with a number of legal resources for attorneys and other professionals to turn to and widen their knowledge. If one wishes to learn more about the court reporting profession, they are welcome to the court reporter FAQ. If they are curious about video synchronization or preparing for a remote deposition, they can find out more by reading the easy-to-follow pages on the topic. There is always something new for clients to learn about

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Whatever clients need within the world of litigation support, they can turn to Hanna & Hanna Reporting. As a full-service litigation support firm, Hanna & Hanna has their clients’ backs. Whether they require assistance with a remote deposition, legal video support, or any other service, these Houston litigation support professionals can deliver. Their commitment to their clients is what has kept them in business for over 30 years.

For more information, email info@hannareporting.com, call (713)840-8484, or visit their office.

8582 Katy Freeway, Suite 105, Houston, Texas 77024

The Importance of Customer Focus

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Finding a court reporting firm an attorney can rely on for each and every one of their cases is an invaluable discovery. The firm begins to anticipate attorneys needs before they even arise, making for a partnership that garners the best results. A loyal client base is what makes the greatest difference in the success of a company.

“Clientele loyalty is crucial to the life of a court reporting firm,” Leo Snetsinger, an expert from Big Lake, Minnesota, says. “When attorneys find a court reporting firm that they mesh with, it makes all the difference.”

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That is part of the reason how the Miami court reporters at Laws Reporting have managed to find success in The Magic City for 45 years. The firm has established themselves as a leader in the business with their dedication to their craft as well as the needs of their clients. This has resulted in cultivating strong bonds with attorneys that last years.

Laws Reporting made an effort to keep their clients’ needs at the forefront of their mind throughout the global pandemic. When many businesses shut down, Laws turned their focus on services such as remote depositions and videoconferencing. This allowed attorneys to keep with the course of law without putting their clients, their families, or themselves at risk. Remote depositions in Miami have now become a standard of business that Laws Reporting will continue to implement.

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“Laws Reporting is our primary court reporting company,” one client says. “Our hearings, depositions, and trials are carefully handled by professional court reporters and transcripts timely delivered. We find Laws’ staff accommodating and friendly. Our IT requests to conduct virtual proceedings are efficiently addressed by Laws Reporting. We value their services and our relationship with them.”

But what happens when an attorney leaves the Miami-Dade area? Do they really have to go back into the trenches in search of a firm that delivers the high standards they now expect? With some court reporting firms, this would unfortunately be the case. With Laws Reporting, it isn’t. Laws Reporting has satellite offices across South Florida, giving attorneys the convenience of meeting with their favorite litigation support professionals as far south as Key West, and as far west as Naples.

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Even if a client leaves the state, they don’t have to go without Laws Reporting’s superior service. Laws Reporting is a proud partner of the National Network Reporting Company (NNRC), an international court reporting company that connects clients with firms across the world. These firms undergo a strict vetting process that assesses their quality of speed, accuracy, and customer service, allowing attorneys to book any NNRC partner with the utmost confidence.  If a Florida attorney must practice in another location for some time, Laws Reporting’s NNRC partnership gives them the ability to connect clients to quality court reporting firms anywhere.

No matter where in the world a client is or what service they require, they can count on Laws Reporting to provide litigation support attorneys have relied on for years. For more information on Laws Reporting, call (954) 581-4010 or email laws@lawsreporting.com.

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Shalloway & Shalloway Attends Social Worker Appreciation Luncheon

(West Palm Beach, Florida) May 11, 2021

Shalloway & Shalloway is pleased to announce the firm’s attendance at the Social Worker/Case Manager Appreciation Luncheons. Social workers and case managers are professionals who work what many call a thankless job. Put on by Eventing, Senior Living Guide and Mom’s Meals, the event was designed to spoil these hard workers for the day while others showed their appreciation. The event was not limited to those in the West Palm area. Social workers and case managers across the nation were, and continued to be, honored, from late April to early June.

Honoring the Social Workers and Case Managers

Social workers and case managers often work closely with many of Shalloway & Shalloway’s clientele. It is simply within the nature of the many areas of practice elder law covers– from special needs trusts, to asset protection, and so much more. As a result, the firm felt it prudent to show their appreciation for the work these professionals do.

In South Florida, Shalloway & Shalloway has carved its place as one of the leading elder law firms. The firm has garnered a reputation of honesty and care that comforts clients in what is often one of the most difficult parts of their lives. With these legal professionals, the clients’ needs always come first.

“We highly recommend the law firm of Shalloway & Shalloway, P.A. for any of your Medicaid Planning,” a satisfied client says. “We are fortunate enough to work with them for both of our parent’s needs. Our team at Shalloway & Shalloway has gone above and beyond more than once! Their client service is impeccable. We have found them to be extremely knowledgeable, especially when it comes to elder care.”

For more information on Shalloway & Shalloway, call 561-686-6200, or fill out this contact form.

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Shalloway & Shalloway Announces April Seminar Dates

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(West Palm Beach, Florida) April 4, 2021

Top Palm Beach County elder law firm, Shalloway & Shalloway, is pleased to announce the latest dates in their free, virtual seminar series. President Mark Shalloway is a firm believer that education is one of the most important parts of making a decision for one’s future, or the future of a loved one. Inspired by this, he hosts monthly seminars to inform the public on a variety of topics that surround elder law. At these two-hour seminars, attendees can learn about anything from avoiding probate, to protecting one’s assets, to applying for Medicaid.

The upcoming dates for the month of April are as followed: Tuesday, April 6 (2-4PM), Wednesday, April 7 (10AM-12PM), and Thursday, April 8 (2-4PM). Though totally free, audience members are encouraged to reserve their spots to get the most out of the seminar. This can be done by calling (561) 686-6200 during office hours, emailing semianrs@shalloway.com, or filling out this form. Attendees are entitled to one free, private estate planning session, so reserving one’s spot is essential.

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“We highly recommend the law firm of Shalloway & Shalloway, P.A. for any of your Medicaid Planning,” one client says. “We are fortunate enough to work with them for both of our parent’s needs. Our team at Shalloway & Shalloway has gone above and beyond more than once! Their client service is impeccable. We have found them to be extremely knowledgeable, especially when it comes to elder care.”

Shalloway & Shalloway has been the go-to elder law firm in Palm Beach County for the past thirty years. Shalloway and his staff are praised for speaking to their clients in a straightforward, plain-English fashion. Clients never have to guess what to expect– with Shalloway’s staff, they know they are getting the best of the best.

For more information on the West Palm Beach elder law firm and their services, call 561-686-6200, or fill out this contact form.

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Beovich, Walter & Friend Announces Areas of Practice

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(Portland, Oregon) March 17, 2021

Beovich, Walter & Friend (BWF) is pleased to announce their covered areas of practice. With a 60-year history of excellence, it is no surprise that the firm employs court reporting professionals who specialize in a variety of branches of law. On the areas of practice page, attorneys can easily access which areas of practice the firm covers and book a litigation service tailored specifically for them. All potential and returning clients have to do is select the page from the header to find the list of legal fields that Beovich, Walter & Friend cover.

The Portland court reporters at BWF are dedicated to providing their clients the most comprehensive services possible. They understand that the client’s needs are what helps keep the company in business. They work tirelessly to ensure each and every one of their clients, no matter how large or small the service.

“I have worked with Beovich, Walter & Friend for several years,” one satisfied client says. “They are professional, efficient, reliable, very accommodating and detail oriented. They have assisted me on cases ranging from simple to very complex without fail. I highly recommend their services.”

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Even 60 years after opening their doors, BWF continues to be one of the most well-respected firms in the Portland area. The proof is in their talented reporters, open billing, quality customer service, and use of the most cutting-edge technology. They have managed to gain and keep the trust of law firms not only across the state of Oregon, but the entire country. This is what makes them such a successful business.

To contact Beovich, Walter, & Friend, call (503) 228-7201 or email info@bwfreporters.com.

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1660 Portland, OR  97205

West Palm Beach Estate Planning Attorney Announces Free Virtual Seminars

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(West Palm Beach, Florida) March 9, 2021

Mark Shalloway, top West Palm Beach estate planning attorney, is pleased to announce his firm’s free, virtual seminars. Many think elder law is just wills & trusts, when in actuality the area of practice encompasses topics from Medicaid planning, estate planning, veterans benefits, and so much more. Always a proponent for education, Mark Shalloway knew he had to help the general public better understand the diverse area of practice so that when they finally require an elder law attorney, they know exactly what one can provide them. Thus, Shalloway’s free, virtual elder law seminars were born.

Each month, Shalloway & Shalloway hosts a series of seminars that encompass the world of elder law. These seminars used to occur across Palm Beach County, but with the need to limit gatherings, they have transferred to a virtual format. Now, anyone anywhere in the world can join Shalloway’s informative seminars. For the month of March, the dates that follow are: Tuesday, March 9th (2pm – 4pm); Wednesday, March 10th (10am – 12pm); and Thursday, March 11th (2pm – 4pm).

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Audience members are encouraged to reserve their spots to get the most out of the seminar. This can be done by calling 561-686-6200, emailing seminars@shalloway.com, or filling out this contact form. Those who attend are entitled to one free, private virtual estate planning strategy session by phone or video call. Don’t miss out on the great opportunity.

“The time you took out of your busy schedule was most appreciated,” one satisfied client says. “We all learned something new and valuable. Thank you for a very eye-opening session.”

For more information on Shalloway & Shalloway and their services, call 561-686-6200, or fill out this contact form.

1400 Centrepark Blvd. Suite #600, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Planning for Your Future: Elder Care in the 21st Century

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At some point in nearly everyone’s life, we must step up to care for our elderly parents. It is a notion that has grown to be a social standard for hundreds of years. In spite of that, the idea of what takes to properly care for one’s elders has vastly changed over the past 200 years. It was only in 1823 that the first home for the elderly opened in the United States, yet they didn’t become popular until the 20th century. Alzheimer’s, a disease we now know to impacts many elderly persons, was only coined in 1906. The increase of nursing homes and hospice care only happened after 1965, when Medicare and Medicaid were instituted

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Aging wasn’t actively studied until the 20th century. Due to the Baby Boom, which occurred roughly between 1945 and 1960, the United States’ population of seniors is at an all-time high, with thousands more joining the ranks every day. Traditional forms of geriatric care don’t cut it any longer. Some elders need constant monitoring and can no longer cook or clean. Some elders only need moderate assistance getting around the house.

There is a wide variety of ways to provide assistance to aged loved ones care—full-time assisted living homes, monitoring systems, hourly care-providers, and more—and each of them have something in common: expense. West Palm Beach elder law attorney, Mark Shalloway, says that nursing homes can average up to $10,000 depending on state. It’s a hefty price to pay for anyone, but the wealthy can usually cover it. Low-income families often have these costs at least partially covered by welfare services.

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So, what happens to the middle-class families that don’t qualify for coverage, and can’t pay the fees out of pocket? A good elder law attorney can help find a solution.

“The middle-class people struggle paying for this added monthly cost—$3,000 to $10,000 a month—for dressing, bathing, helping,” Mark Shalloway says. “Since these people need an aid and not a doctor, it isn’t covered, and we have to look into how Medicaid can benefit these people…We can’t shelter every asset, but with planning we can work something out so they can qualify for Medicaid and nursing home care and not be broke.”

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Shalloway says elder law is different from many of the other practices of law, because the work they do is defined by the client, not the subject. Attorneys in this area of practice are looking to serve the elder community in any way possible. Clients can find assistance with more traditional aspects like wills and trusts, but also long-term care facilities and even taxes.

It’s through Medicaid planning that elder law attorneys can provide clients with the benefits they need to live out their golden years in comfort. Medicaid planning allows attorneys to find solutions to their clients’ struggle by helping them apply to plans that provide funds for elder care their loved ones (or themselves) the care they need. Through even covering just a fraction of the cost, elders are able to reap some of the benefits they not only need, but deserve.

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“Elder care lawyers look into these problems to find ways to benefit others,” Shalloway says. “That is the heart and soul of elder law.”

For more information about Mark Shalloway and his firm, call (561) 686-6200 or visit the Shalloway & Shalloway office.

1400 Centrepark Blvd, Suite #600, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

NNRC Announces New Remote Deposition Pages

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(Folsom, California) January 19, 2021

The National Network Reporting Company (NNRC) is pleased to announce the latest additions to their remote deposition database. Over the past year, remote depositions have become a crucial step to keep the course of law moving while keeping legal professionals and their clients safe and healthy. The NNRC’s partners have adapted their services to offer superior remote depositions attorneys can rely on. To streamline that search, the NNRC has created a database of firms for attorneys to choose from. To find a firm in their area that offers the service, all attorneys have to do is select the city nearest them from the list.

The latest additions to this database are San Francisco, California and Birmingham, Alabama. Firms are regularly added to the list, so if your specific area is not featured, consider checking the database again at a later date.

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For the better part of four decades, the NNRC has been one of the premiere litigation support resources across the United States. The firm’s  founders wanted to create a new standard for court reporting and litigation support legal professionals can rely on. Whether in South Florida or Northwestern Washington, attorneys can schedule a service through the NNRC and be confident that the firm will deliver. Each NNRC partner can guarantee fast and accurate court reporters who are dedicated to their clients’ needs.

Whether you require a court reporter, legal videographer, or any other litigation professional, turn to the NNRC for the best service. For more information on the NNRC, call (916) 451-9187, email debbe.dreher@nnrc.com, or fill out this contact form.

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Cady Reporting Announces the Basics of a Successful Deposition

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(Cleveland, Ohio) January 5, 2021

Cady Reporting is pleased to announce their page on the basics of a successful deposition. On this page, attorneys and other legal professionals can kind answers to three key questions many people may have about depositions. Readers can learn learn the definition of a deposition, why one is so beneficial to many attorney’s cases, and how they can be used to make one’s defense as solid as possible. Though not legally required by law, after reading this page, it becomes entirely apparent how depositions can make a major impact on one’s case.

When an attorney requires a court reporter for their deposition in the Cleveland area, the answer as to which firm to pick is clear. Cady Reporting has been a staple of the Cleveland court reporting scene for over 40 years. Clients have come to expect not only their high level of speed and accuracy, but customer service that sets them a part from so many firms in the area.

“I’ve used Cady Reporting for more than twenty years, and the quality of service has always been outstanding,” one client says. “From court reporters to process servers to video conferencing, I highly recommend this company. They answer all communications promptly, anticipate and solve problems before they happen, and simply provide the very best attention to every detail. Cady is accommodating, professional, thorough and committed to excellence.

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As a family-owned and operated court reporting firm, Cady Reporting prides themselves in treating each client like a new member o that extended family. No matter how large or small the case, they truly care about making a positive impact on it. Clients know their case is in good hands with Cady Reporting.

For more information on Cady Reporting, call (888) 624-2239 or email cadystaff@cadyreporting.com.

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