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Julie Luhrsen

The expansion of our firm into estate planning, got me thinking about how the practice of law has evolved. It now includes the growth of the do-it-yourself, online will-making and estate planning option. Unlike in injury law (where contingency fees reign and thereby any injured person, regardless of their finances, can hire a lawyer and […]

If you’ve ever come across a slow-moving car with its left turn signal on and in the fast lane only to find that a little old blue-haired person, you’ve probably thought to yourself that the driver has no %*/? business driving. There’s a chance you’re right … and fortunately, in Florida, where over 20% of […]

I’ve shared a glimpse at the background of Law Powered By Women®. But as with all good things, we’ve evolved. Christy and I always planned that as our practice grew, we would broaden the firm’s horizon.  As it happened, we did grow and thrive. And so a couple of years ago, we embarked on our […]

We didn’t start out as Law Powered By Women®. In fact, we serendipitously fell into it. It was about a year after Christy and I hung our shingle as Luhrsen Goldberg. We paused to consider that perhaps all those folks coincidentally marveling about how amazing it was that we were a female-run law firm might […]

At the risk of getting sidetracked by all the ways in which social media (SM) exasperates me but at the same time, draws me in, I’m going there anyway. Simply put, my ambivalence really reflects my love-hate relationship with SM. At times, I find myself annoyed by — and envious of — those who seemingly […]

It’s happened. You were in a car accident. You have an injury. It wasn’t your fault, but it also wasn’t catastrophic.  You decline treatment by the paramedics and skip the ambulance ride. A few hours later, though, your neck starts to bother you. Then your shoulder starts to ache, too.  The nagging injury pain doesn’t […]

After foot surgery this spring, I had to lay off my normal exercise “routine.” While I recovered, I turned to brisk walking instead. (Having just caught some of the Olympic 50km racewalkers — who can average a 6-7 minutes per mile pace — I can’t honestly call what I do speed walking, even if I […]

For as long as there have been cars, there have been distracted drivers. Traditionally, it involved things like a crying baby in the back seat, spilled coffee, fiddling with the radio, or putting on finishing makeup touches. Distracted driving is simply something that diverts the driver’s attention from his or her primary focus. While on […]

As a group, lawyers aren’t well-regarded (according to The Top Tens, lawyers rank just behind the top spot holders, politicians as the most hated).  Among attorneys, personal injury lawyers probably rank near the bottom. Perhaps it’s the personal injury lawyers on TV boasting about why you should hire them. Or the billboards proclaiming the millions […]

The short, quick and good news answer is that generally a personal injury settlement is not taxable to you!  That answer works for many personal injury settlement scenarios. But as lawyers are wont to do when answering a question, the more precise answer is that it depends. That’s because, as you might imagine, the IRS […]