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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2016 – A new estate planning law that went into effect on January 1 seeks to help California homeowners avoid the costly, time-consuming process of probate when leaving property to heirs. Bill AB139 was signed into law in September 2015 after previous efforts to pass the legislation failed for almost a decade. It introduces the Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (TOD) which allows individuals to transfer property to a beneficiary upon their passing without the need to set up a revocable living trust or sort out matters in probate court. Such deeds […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2016 – Estate planning clients often ask about the most effective methods of protecting assets from creditors. It is always best to transfer assets prior to the time at which any claims arise. It is too late to make any transfers after there is a creditor issue. If such a transfer is made, it will be considered a fraudulent transfer. Other factors to consider are the following. If the grantor makes a gift to keep an asset from current creditors, but the grantor maintains control over the gift, then the gift may […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2016 – A lawsuit filed in November 2015 alleged that the California Department of Health and Human Services has deliberately failed to prevent the illegal practice of nursing homes “dumping” Medi-Cal residents into the hospital system. Nonprofit organization California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) filed the lawsuit in San Francisco, California, on behalf of three nursing home residents covered by Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. They alleged nursing homes refuse to readmit Medi-Cal patients after temporary hospitalization in order to make room for more private pay and Medicare patients. “Many individuals […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates, in partnership with Trusts and Estates Magazine, will present an informative seminar titled “The Benefits of Multigenerational Planning” on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 2 p.m. ET and 11 a.m. PT. The webinar is free and is available nationwide. The seminar will cover key issues for lawyers engaged in the practice of multigenerational planning. Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix will share their experience as a father-son team of estate planning attorneys. Multigenerational planning provides an innovative way for parents, […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2016 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has relaxed its regulations for new accounts that will permit people with disabilities to save money without risking loss of their government benefits. In 2015, the IRS proposed rules governing how accounts created under the Achieve a Better Life Experience (ABLE) would function. However, the agency met with a considerable amount of opposition from disability advocates and state officials who stated that the proposed rules would be unduly onerous. In response, the IRS has issued preliminary guidelines pending release of the final regulations that include less […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2016 – The majority of individuals who purchase life insurance wish to replace their income should they die prematurely. They can choose a term plan that ends upon retirement. Another option is to pay for retirement by using a permanent life insurance policy, and withdrawing funds from the plan’s cash reserve. However, there are possible drawbacks when using this strategy. According to experts, whole life insurance may not be an appropriate investment vehicle because it is costly and not liquid. “When considering retirement planning, it is important to obtain sound investment advice […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2016 – When creating a trust fund, parents can select a trustee to be in charge of the funds for as long as the parents wish. One way of structuring inheritance is to have the trustee distribute the funds in three separate amounts. For example, the trustee could give the child one sum upon graduation from college, or at age 22, the second a few years later, and the last at around age 30. The main reason cited by parents for releasing the funds in stages rather than all at once is […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2016 – Although it is highly unusual for one to serve as health care proxy for one’s boss, that is exactly what will occur in the case of 92-year-old Sumner Redstone, the executive chairman of Viacom Inc. Redstone has designated his Chief Executive Officer, Philippe Dauman, to be his health fiduciary in the event he can no longer make health care decisions for himself. Dauman’s control over Redstone’s health care includes the right to determine whether he should be given food or water if he is unable to make such decisions. Dauman speaks […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2016 – Many veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), but some of them are not being properly diagnosed because of the use of a test by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Consider the case of Army Captain Charles Gatlin, who served as a platoon leader in Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2006. A car bomb detonated in close proximity and he was knocked to the ground by the explosion and struck by flying debris. He was evacuated and later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2016 – While most people would like to live a long life, not everyone is financially prepared for it, especially if long-term care is needed. According to personal finance experts, within each person’s budget, money should be allocated toward a long-term care plan. In this way, an individual can develop a strategy to assist with daily living activities in the event of becoming infirm. Each day ten thousand baby boomers reach the age of 65, and approximately 70 percent of Americans will ultimately require long-term care services. There are important factors to […]


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Santa Clara, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2015 – The Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) today announced that Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll, longtime experts in the field of special needs planning, will present an informative and timely seminar on January 25, 2016 at 6pm at the PACE School. The program is open to the community at large. Topics covered will include: – Update on the ABLE Act: a tax favored bank account to supplement Special Needs Trust planning – Five myths or misunderstandings about Special Needs Trusts and asset protection – The […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2015 – It is generally assumed that student loan debt is a problem faced only by the young. However, that is not always the case. Seniors are increasingly having a difficult time paying off their student loans, even to the point at which their Social Security benefits are offset when they are unable to make payments. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), in 2010, four percent of Americans ages 65 to 74 had federal student loan debt. This represents an increase of one percent from the year 2004. The collective amount […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2015 – When handling one’s estate planning, it is important to prepare the relevant documents and ensure that they can be accessed by trusted family members prior to one’s death. Such documents can include wills, health care directives, and lists containing passwords to online accounts. However, there are other less common items that some family members may need when their loved one dies. One such item is military discharge papers. John J. Scroggin, who manages a tax business and estate planning firm in Atlanta, knew that his father wished to be buried […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2015 – The Harrisburg Pennsylvania law firm, Hazen Elder Law is now Hazen Law Group; a law firm that focuses on long-term care planning, guardianships, estate planning, asset protection, special needs planning and public benefits. The firm was founded by Marielle F. Hazen, and is considered to be one of the best law firms in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The new name represents the firm’s growing portfolio of services that fall outside of “elder law” such as special needs planning and trusts and veterans’ benefits. Among the services they […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2015 – Retirement planning can be a very challenging process for couples, and even more so for singles. Several Americans will enter their retirement years on their own for various reasons, such as the death of a spouse, divorce and different lifestyles. According to the 2013 U.S. Census, 54 percent of women and 27 percent of men age 65 or over were unmarried. Financial advisers claim that the retirement planning needs of singles can be extremely different from those of married couples, and that many singles are unprepared. A study by Rand […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2015 – Littman Krooks LLP has been selected among the 2016 U.S.News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in the New York metropolitan area. The firm, with offices in New York and White Plains, received Tier 1 ranking in the area of Elder Law and Trusts & Estates Law. This prestigious ranking results from the firm’s combination of legal excellence and breadth of expertise. The U.S.News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2015 – A job change can be an opportunity to improve the state of one’s 401(k) plan, but it is important to avoid unnecessary fees and taxes during this process. With careful planning, many people are able to put their 401(k) into better mutual funds with lower costs after a job change. “A job change is a great time to research your investment options and decide which type of account is best for your particular situation,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia financial planning attorney with Hook Law Center, with offices in […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2015 – Many people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia eventually become unable to make informed decisions and to understand the consequences of their decisions, and a family member becomes responsible for making medical, financial and other decisions. This can often occur without court intervention, but legal guardianship may be necessary in cases where there is no power of attorney in place or when the elder refuses necessary care. Guardianship gives a person the legal right to make decisions on behalf of someone who is unable to make their own […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2015 – For people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, creating a legal plan can help ensure that their wishes are met as the disease progresses. “Over time, Alzheimer’s slowly renders patients unable to make their own legal decisions,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, with offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. “As soon as Alzheimer’s is diagnosed, individuals should take the time to initiate or update their legal planning.” For individuals with dementia, one of the most important aspects of legal planning […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2015 – Annuities are regular payments that insurance companies provide in return for contributions, typically to a life insurance policy. For some, annuities represent a valuable estate planning tool, providing a way for retired people to ensure a regular income even if they live a long life. “Annuities can be helpful in estate planning, but it is important to understand the differences between the types of annuities, as well as their limitations,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia estate planning attorney with Hook Law Center, with offices in Virginia Beach and northern […]


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