What is Special Needs Law?

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What is Special Needs Law?Special Needs Law is the practice of law dedicated to helping persons with disabilities (“special needs”) and their families by navigating their government benefits and estate planning options. What is a “special needs” trust?“Special Needs” is just a term to describe any trust intended to provide …

No Will? State may decide

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The problem: My father is 86, my mother, 84. My father doesn’t think he needs a will because my mother will inherit everything when he dies. We’re concerned that he does need a will to ensure that everything goes smoothly upon his passing. Is there a way to spell out …

Caregiving: A growing field

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Usually one family member is the primary caregiver. Women make up 75% and are either a spouse or an adult daughter. Nearly two-thirds of caregivers are working full or part-time. Spouses, on average, provide 40-60 hours of care per week and adult children provide 15-30 hours of care per week. …

Deficit Reduction Act Update: Democrats Demand Hearing, Zeigler Fights On

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Continuing efforts to achieve a legislative solution to the controversy surrounding enactment of the Deficit Reduction Ace of 2005 (DRA), three Democrats on the House Administration Committee have sent a letter to Committee Vernon Ehlers requesting an oversight hearing on the constitutional and procedural problems with the measure. The letter …

Update on the New Medicaid Law

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A mistake on “The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005″ which was purportedly signed into law by President George W. Bush on February 8, 2006, could mean that it is not technically a law. But, congressional Republicans said that they have no plans to try to fix the problem, even though …

New Law Passed!

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On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (S. 1932) by a vote of 216 to 214. The Senate has already passed the bill by a vote of 51 to 50, with the Vice President breaking the tie. The bill will now be sent …

Medicaid Management: 2006 Figures

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has informed the Department that due to an increase in the consumer price index, the federal maximum community spouse resource allowance (CSRA) increases to $99,540 effective January 1, 2006. The State’s minimum CSRA will remain unchanged at $74,820. Therefore, in determining the …

Social Security Announces 4.1 Percent Benefit Increase for 2006

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Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 52 million Americans will increase 4.1 percent in 2006, the Social Security Administration announced today. Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits increase automatically each year based on the rise in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index …