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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2015 – When a parent becomes incapacitated and is no longer able to manage his or her own finances, a child or other caregiver needs to step in to pay bills and manage money and costs. Taking over a parent’s finances can be difficult, especially in the midst of the other challenges that families face during a loved one’s illness. “If you are taking over your parent’s finances, a systematic, structured approach to gathering information is a great starting point,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2015 – MSNBC has released a report revealing that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) denied medical malpractice claims from more than 60 veterans even after admitting that it had wrongly exposed them to life-threatening infections. Legal professionals and veterans alike say that the report is unsurprising. “VA denies meritorious claims on a regular basis, and this is a striking example of that practice,” commented Jim Fausone, a veterans disability attorney not involved with any of the infection claims. Fausone is a leading member of the Michigan law firm Legal Help for […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2015 – Whether at a slow or a fast rate, Alzheimer’s disease inevitably progresses, and patients lose their functional capacity. As this process occurs, caregivers are faced with a number of difficult decisions. “Alzheimer’s caregivers are faced with ensuring care for their loved one while also preserving his or her independence and quality of life as much as possible,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, with offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. One choice that often comes up relatively early is whether or not […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2015 – According to Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia estate planning attorney with Hook Law Center, having estate planning documents in place can help prevent problems from occurring as a person ages and after they pass away. “The goal of estate planning is to make sure that your wishes are followed if you become incapacitated or after your death,” said Hook. “A will, trust, power of attorney and advance health care directive are all important to have in place.” Hook said that a will is perhaps the most essential estate planning document. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2015 – Charges against the head of a Phoenix hospital came amid swirl of reports on poor care for vets. When Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald fired Sharon Helman from her duties as the director of VA’s healthcare system in Phoenix in late November, charges that Helman was involved with the falsification of the hospital’s waiting lists for care were cited as the reason for the dismissal. But a federal administrative judge has now ruled that Helman’s acceptance of gifts from a healthcare industry consultant and other ethical violations, not the earlier […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 3, 2015 – As medical technology advances, people with serious illnesses or advancing age are faced with a wide range of challenging decisions. Should mechanical ventilation be used to keep the patient breathing? Should a feeding tube be used to maintain nutrition? When should life-sustaining treatments be withdrawn? How aggressive should treatment attempts be? “With more than six million Americans living with chronic illness, and the number set to grow in coming years, palliative care plays an ever increasing role in maintaining the quality of life of people with chronic diseases, particularly older […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2015 – Conservation easements played a major role in the estate planning of Mellon family parcels for sale. Several key pieces of real estate were among the marquee items in the estate of the late Listerine heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, who died in March 2014 at the age of 103. One of them, a 100-acre estate in Nantucket, Massachusetts, sold for $21.5 million on December 18. As in the case of the Virginian’s other properties for sale, estate-planning-relevant conservation restrictions were attached to the island property. The Bunny Mellon property made headlines in […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2015 – ]With a baby on the way, new parents should prioritize making a basic estate plan. An estate plan is one of the most important building blocks for a growing family. “In the midst of all the other changes associated with becoming a new parent, an estate plan is essential to protect your children in case anything should happen to you,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia estate planning attorney with Hook Law Center, which has offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. An estate plan can ensure that children will […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – Multi-billionaire Harold Hamm is making the case that passive factors led to the acquisition of wealth during his former marriage — and that his ex-wife is therefore entitled to less of the oil fortune than originally determined. In November, one of the largest divorce cases in U.S. history seemingly concluded when an Oklahoma court ordered oil kingpin Harold Hamm to pay his ex-wife nearly $1 billion. At the time, Hamm, who was estimated to have a personal fortune of $19 billion, called the ruling “fair and equitable” and declared himself happy […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – Permanent life insurance policies can be used not just to guarantee income for one’s heirs in the case of untimely death, but to fund retirement. Policyholders can withdraw from the policy’s cash reserve in certain circumstances. “Using life insurance to fund retirement is not for everyone, but it can be a valuable strategy for people who have maxed out other retirement accounts and who can afford a policy,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, which has offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. Life […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2015 – Veterans who need assistance performing activities of daily living (ADLs) may qualify for a Veterans Administration (VA) pension benefit called Aid and Attendance, which can cover the cost of in-home care or residence in a nursing home. Aid and Attendance is available to veterans who served for a minimum of 90 days, at least one of which occurred during wartime. Veterans or surviving spouses may be eligible if they require the aid of another person to perform ADLs such as using the restroom, eating or bathing. Individuals who are blind or […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2015 – It is often necessary for individuals to cut down on their expenses once they retire. Planning to reduce or cut out certain expenses can be an important part of a retirement plan, improving a person’s financial security without requiring them to cut out vital resources. “Many times, expenses that were reasonable while one was working do not make sense after retirement,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia estate planning attorney with Hook Law Center, which has offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. Many people can save on transportation and […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2015 – As parents age, a wide range of challenging subjects arise, including the need to care for a parent with ailing health. The difficulty associated with these subjects and the changing nature of the relationship between older parents and their adult children can make communication a challenge. Learning how to talk to older loved ones about difficult subjects can help ensure that important issues are addressed and conflict is minimized. “How families approach these challenging subjects plays a big role in whether or not a resolution is found,” said Andrew H. […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2015 – Emotions can play a substantial role in making decisions about long-term care. Planning after seeing a loved one decline in health may drive some people to seek long-term care insurance, but they should also consider their finances rationally. “Planning for long-term care means accepting that your health may decline to the point that you can no longer care for yourself,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center. Often, people avoid thinking about long-term care because they would like to believe that they will never […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – The U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan comes to an end this month, but the fight continues for a huge number of veterans, according to a new report in the National Journal. A major new study has found that more than one in six post-9/11 veterans may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study, which included the participation of 60,000 veterans, was sponsored by the Veteran’s Administration (VA). Untreated PTSD can cause a broad range of physical, mental, social and financial problems, and it has been linked to the high suicide […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Ex-mayor of Buena Park, Calif., caught falsifying driver’s license documentation. Buena Park, Calif., is perhaps most famous as the location of Knott’s Berry Farm, a theme park popular with families. But as of November 19, it has gained notice for another child-centric, though less family-friendly matter: its former mayor, Sangjin Miller Oh, received a sentence of six months in jail and three years probation for lying to the Department of Motor Vehicles in an attempt to avoid paying child support. An Orange County jury found Oh guilty in May of five […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2014 – Assisted living facilities are designed to provide residents with help with daily activities while allowing them to retain their independence as much as possible. As a person considers moving to an assisted living facility, he or she should thoroughly research the options in order to choose a facility that best meets all needs. “One of the most important things to consider is what kind of assistance you will need. Cooking, using the restroom, bathing, dressing, and managing medications are common areas of assistance,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia elder law […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2014 – As individuals age and live with chronic illnesses, their medical and personal care needs can become complex. Geriatric care management services help older adults and their loved ones coordinate all aspects of care. “Geriatric care managers have extensive knowledge of elder issues and the resources in the community. They can help seniors and their loved ones find and access needed services,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, which has offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. Broadly speaking, a Geriatric Care Manager’s (GCM) role […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2014 – Researchers at Boston University have published a new study exploring the links between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and unemployment. The researchers found that 45 percent of the 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans diagnosed with TBI were unemployed. That rate far exceeds both the national unemployment rate and the general unemployment rate among veterans. “This study makes it clear that we need to work harder to ensure that every veteran with TBI gets proper treatment and support,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans disability attorney. “TBI causes a range of physical and psychological […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Army officer gets discharge and indictment upon discovery of simultaneous marriages. Bigamy, while not the most common cause of marital disputes ending up in criminal court, landed former Army Sgt. Courtney Brown an indictment in late October. A Cumberland County, North Carolina, grand jury handed down the indictment against Brown, 30, who was not prosecuted explicitly for bigamy while serving in the military. Instead, after months of congressional inquiries as well as military and civilian investigations, the Army discharged Brown for fraud, forgery and adultery in early October. Brown’s fourth wife, […]


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