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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 3, 2013 – President Obama proposed a budget that would grant significant increases to VA funding. The President’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2014, beginning October, 2013, allocates $152.7 billion to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an increase of 10.2 percent over current spending levels. The budget includes $86.1 billion in mandatory spending, which is mostly disability benefits and pensions, and $66.5 billion in discretionary spending, which goes mainly toward health care. “This is welcome news for our nation’s veterans and their families,” commented veterans attorney Andrew Hook. “This funding increase for the […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2013 – A new report says wait times and claims backlogs for veterans filing for disability are growing. The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has released a report detailing the findings of a lengthy review of internal documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The report shows that delays encountered by first-time applicants for veterans disability benefits are much longer than the VA has previously acknowledged. Virginia veteran’s attorney Andrew Hook commented, “We owe it to our veterans to ensure they get the benefits they deserve and were promised, and in […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2013 – The FDA plans to ease the rules governing approval of new Alzheimer’s treatments. Under the proposal, drug companies would no longer be required to demonstrate in clinical trials that their products improved a patient’s life. Instead, approval could be granted based on test subjects in the early stages of Alzheimer’s showing small improvements in reasoning and memory in controlled tests. The proposed change addresses a problem inherent in the agency’s existing policy. Medications are most likely to be useful to Alzheimer’s patients in the earliest stages of the disease. But […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2013 – The Virginia General Assembly should expand Medicaid coverage, a major Richmond employer warned. The Virginia Commonwealth University Health System’s CEO, Dr. Sheldon M. Retchin, recently spoke before a House Appropriations subcommittee, saying the hospital cannot withstand proposed cuts to payments for their care of uninsured Virginians unless the state covers those patients under an expanded Medicaid program. Elder law attorney Andrew Hook commented, “Beneficiaries of government health benefits are among the most vulnerable segments of the population. It is crucial for the federal government, state government, and our hospitals to […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2013 – Beneficiary forms can derail your carefully-laid estate plans. On a wide variety of investment vehicles, people have the option of directly naming beneficiaries for those assets. The advantage is that when the owner dies, the assets go directly to the beneficiaries, bypassing probate, which can be time-consuming and expensive. The disadvantage is that designating a beneficiary overrides your will. Elder law attorney Andrew Hook commented, “Naming beneficiaries for your investments certainly has a place in estate planning. But it is important to manage those designations carefully and incorporate them into […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2013 – Leaving a secure future in place for a special needs child can be a daunting task. One of the hardest things for the parents of a special needs child to face, experts say, is the thought that they will someday not be able to care for that child. For many parents, having a simple will which leaves assets to surviving children is enough. But, when a parent has a special needs child, a straightforward will simply isn’t enough. A minor child or adult child with special needs who requires outside […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2013 – As the U.S population continues to age, the demand for elder care services will only increase. A recent report released by a Cleveland-based marketing firm, The Freedonia Group, cautions that federal and state spending for elder care should continue to increase in order to care for the growing elderly population, regardless of other spending restrictions that may be made. “Skilled nursing home services, in-home health care services, and stays in assisted living facilities are all expected to increase at least 5 percent each year for several years,” stated Virginia elder […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2013 – Leaving a secure future in place for a special needs child can be a daunting task. One of the hardest things for the parents of a special needs child to face, experts say, is the thought that they will someday not be able to care for that child. For many parents, having a simple will which leaves assets to surviving children is enough. But, when a parent has a special needs child, a straightforward will simply is not enough. A minor child or adult child with special needs who requires […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 18, 2013 – As the U.S population continues to age, the demand for elder care services will only increase. A recent report released by a Cleveland-based marketing firm, The Freedonia Group, cautions that federal and state spending for elder care should continue to increase in order to care for the growing elderly population, regardless of other spending restrictions. “Skilled nursing home services, in-home health care services, and stays in assisted living facilities are all expected to increase at least 5 percent each year for several years,” stated Virginia elder law attorney Andrew Hook. […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 3, 2012 – An adult child of an indigent, or financially overburdened parent, may be on the hook for their extraordinary debt. Though not many individuals are aware of this fact, at least 29 states, as well as Puerto Rico, have laws granting long-term care providers the authority to seek payment from the adult children of a parent to whom a provider renders care. Katherine Pearson, Professor of Law at the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University, states that care providers in Pennsylvania and South Dakota are actively pursuing payment from […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2012 – Hook Law Center (formerly Oast & Hook) has many professionals who have family members serving in the armed forces; working with military families to plan for retirement and understanding what benefits are available to veterans is of utmost importance to everyone at Hook Law Center.  According to a recent study from The First Command Financial Behaviors Index, some 36 percent of military families considered “middle-class” (which means senior NCOs as well as commissioned officers in pay grades E-6 and above who have household incomes of $50,000 or more)  are either […]


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