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Happy 4th of July

This week we honor the founding of this great nation, a beacon calling to those throughout the world. And we honor one of this nation’s newest citizens, our very own Jean Claude Razac. Congratulations, JC, on this first 4th of July as a fellow citizen. America is blessed to have you!

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Happy Thanksgiving

As we all prepare to take a moment to gather with our families and express our thanks to God for all that we have received, we at The Alvarez Firm are doing the same.

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Insurance Recovery Attorney David A. Shaneyfelt In Current Issue of California Business News

"It's a lot easier to spend money when it isn't yours." Companies paying their worker's compensation insurance companies under large deductible programs should be wary of claims settlement costs and practices.

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The Homestead Exemption by Sean M. Finerty

The Homestead Exemption - not to be confused with the Homeowner's Exemption¹ - allows a homeowner to protect a significant portion of their home's equity from creditors. The amount of the exemption varies based on certain factors:

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We Are All Negotiators by Paul M. DiPietro

We are all negotiators. Whether it’s over our rent, a new car, a salary, getting out of a ticket, or deciding what movie to see, we negotiate almost every day.

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Christopher P. Young to Speak at NBI Continuing Legal Ed Seminar on "Estate Planning from A to Z"

Mr. Young is set to give a lecture on "Planning for Disability, Incapacity, and End-of-Life Decisions" for the Nation Business Institute's seminar, Estate Planning from A to Z.

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Insurance Recovery Attorney David A. Shaneyfelt To Speak at National Constitution Conference

For the seventh straight year, Alvarez attorney David A. Shaneyfelt has been selected to speak at a webinar on March 29 sponsored by the National Constitution Conferences on “The Insurer’s Reservation of Rights Letter: Responding to the Threat of Denied Coverage.” For more information on the webinar, see here.

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Insurance Recovery Attorney David A. Shaneyfelt Featured On Bridgeport CE Programs

Alvarez attorney David A. Shaneyfelt has been a featured speaker at two recent events hosted by the Bridgeport Continuing Education company. In December, he spoke at Bridgeport’s annual 2016 Wage & Hour Litigation and Management Conference in Los Angeles on “Insurance Coverage Issues for Wage and Hour Class Actions.” In March, 2017, he led a Bridgeport webinar program on "Employment Practices Liability Insurance: Preserving, Defending, and Pressing Your Rights To Coverage." For more information, contact him at

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Tiffany's Trip to the Philippines & Visit to the Barte Medical Clinic

This past summer, twenty members of my mom’s side of the family travelled back to the provincial coastal town my parents grew up in – Albuera, Leyte in the Philippines. It had been over fifteen years since my last visit to the Philippines. Some of my fondest memories of that trip have been providing meals to kids of the town and participating in the family-sponsored Barte Medical Clinic. Now that many of us are older and can contribute, we wanted to host another medical clinic to give back to the town that our parents call “home.”

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