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    Discharge Student Loan Debt—-Stop Garnishment of Wages

    If you attended a trade/ technical school or “For Profit” school and have outstanding Federal student loan debt, SLG may be able to help assist you in discharging those debts and stopping the garnishment of your wages. SLG has been battling “For Profit” schools for many years. SLG was involved in the Government action that shut down Marinello School of Beauty. Many of these Trade or “For Profit” schools entice students to enroll with false promises of job placement, graduation rates, high employment rates and good paying jobs after graduation. These schools utilize the Federal Student Loan System and assist [...]

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    $11 MILLION SETTLEMENT IN WHISTLEBLOWER LAWSUIT AGAINST MARINELLO SCHOOL OF BEAUTY.

    NEWS RELEASE August 15, 2016 COTCHETT, PITRE & McCARTHY, LLP SKAPIK LAW GROUP $11 MILLION SETTLEMENT IN WHISTLEBLOWER LAWSUIT AGAINST BEAUTY SCHOOL CHAIN Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP and Skapik Law Group today announced the $11 million settlement of a case against Marinello Schools of Beauty. The case is a “false claims” action filed in 2013 on behalf of the United States by six whistleblowers, former employees of Marinello. Based on overlapping allegations, on February 1st of this year, the United States Department of Education denied Marinello’s application to requalify its campuses to receive federal student loan funds, forcing Marinello [...]

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    New Wealth Advisors Club Lawsuit

    Skapik Law Group has commenced a class action lawsuit against New Wealth Advisors Club (NWAC). This organization posts ads on Craigslist, or places signs on street and light posts, “seeking students” who want to work in the real estate field, want to learn how to “flip” houses, or learn how to make money in the “short sale market.” The lawsuit alleges that once the “prospective student” calls, they are invited to a “free seminar.” The students NWAC seeks to attract include the desperate, young and the elderly. If a student answers the ad, the student is lured to a “free [...]

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    West Coast University-Nursing Lawsuit Update

    Skapik Law Group has been litigating this class action matter for over 2 years. The matter is currently in arbitration as the Superior and Appellate Courts have determined that the arbitration clause in the Enrollment Agreement (EA) or Retail Installment Contract (RIC) requires this case to be litigated in Arbitration instead of in a court of law with a judge and jury. The arbitration clause is buried in the language in the EA and the RIC. The lawsuit alleges that the school misrepresented passage rates, employment rates, graduation rates and other aspects of the school’s education to prospective and enrolled [...]

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    Special Needs Trusts in San Bernadino

    The benefits of a forming trust in San Bernadino are many. For more information on living trusts, please click here.  However, a living trust is not for every San Bernadino resident and in some instances, a special needs trust might be the best trust for you and/or your family, especially if you have a sick or disabled family member. If this is the case for you, speak with your San Bernadino wills and trust lawyer about a special needs trust. Used to hold assets for a person with a physical or mental disability or with chronic illness, the goal of [...]

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    Premises Liability for Halloween Parties and Trick or Treating

    Boo! Halloween is almost here and many San Bernadino residents are planning their costumes and preparing for trick-or-treaters. It is also important that as a property renter or owner, you prepare your premises for a fun, safe experience for visitors. Halloween celebrations, whether they be adult parties or children trick-or-treating, are typically a good-time for all involved. However, both can lead to potential liability if a person is injured while on your property. Read on to learn more about how to protect yourself and your family from a premises liability lawsuit in San Bernadino. In California, home premises liability generally [...]

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    Should I Create a Living Trust?

    Many San Bernadino residents don’t like to talk or think about it, but planning for your family after your death is an important issue. If you want to protect your possessions, including your money, during your lifetime and after it and make sure that each person you care about gets exactly what you want them to, you need to consider speaking with a San Bernadino estate planning lawyer. There are several options for protecting your family’s finances and property during and after your lifetime, and those include a will or a trust. A trust is an arrangement under which one [...]

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    Criminal Records as a Reason to Discriminate

    Many hard-working San Bernadino residents have been arrested and/or convicted of crimes at one point in their lives. Maybe they were young and reckless, or they were arrested for a crime they did not commit. Perhaps the arrest was a wake up call for them to change their lives. No matter the reason for the arrest and/or conviction, it is unfair if these transgressions are held against them for the rest of their lives, especially during the job search. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,your CA employer cannot use your criminal record as part of a reason to discriminate [...]

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    How to Contest a Will in San Bernadino

    When a loved one or family member passes away, those left behind often have serious doubts about the validity of the deceased’s will.  Sometimes this is because they believe they were supposed to receive something, or more than what they did, and they believe that a third person cheated them out of what was supposed to be theirs. If you are interested in challenging the validity of a person’s last will and testament know that it is not easy, as the California courts want to make sure that the deceased’s wishes are honored and that a greedy family member is [...]

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    Claims Your Insurance Company Must Pay in San Bernadino

    Have you been arguing with your California insurance company about a claim brought against you, but to no effect?  Should your insurance provider be paying out more than they are offering? If yes, there is good news: California law is on your side. A San Bernadino, California insurance company must act in good faith when dealing with you, one of its customers.  Good faith is the honest attempt to work with you without trying to defraud you. An experienced insurance bad faith lawyer in San Bernadino discuss what constitutes good faith and bad faith behavior with you in more detail. [...]