Probate | Law Firm Newswire - Part 11

Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2013 – A new study shows that exercise may ward off dementia. The latest aging statistics indicate that as many as one in eight adults over the age of 65 is affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Now a new study released by the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that exercise in middle-age may be an effective tool in warding off later life dementia. “Alzheimer’s continues to be a major health concern for many people as they age,” commented Dallas elder law attorney John Hale. Researchers examined data from a patient visitor database, The Cooper […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2013 – The Begley Law Group’s continued commitment to the rights of their clients includes attending and presenting at professional seminars. The attorneys at Begley Law Group recently attended two significant outreach efforts as part of their ongoing support of clients, including individuals with special needs and their families, and the elderly. On April 15-16, 2013, Kristen L. Behrens and Tom Begley, Jr., of Begley Law Group attended the Special Needs Alliance Spring Meeting in Washington, DC, where they heard speakers from the Social Security Administration and Easter Seals on Affordable Care Act […]


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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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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2013 – The looming sequester has special education advocates concerned. Nationally, sequestration looks to eliminate federal funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2013 by as much as $1 billion. That would leave as many as 7,200 special education educators without covered salaries. The cuts would also bump the amount of money the federal government contributes toward special education back to what it was in 2005. “States across the county are looking at huge cuts,” notes Palo Alto estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix. It is estimated that Minnesota would […]


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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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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2013 – Estate planning is not a one-time project; it is an ongoing process. For estate planning to be successful, assets and other forms of ownership should be revisited at regular intervals. During career planning, after the birth of children, while setting up college funds, when contemplating future retirement, after acquiring items with titles, prior to marriage or after divorce, and to secure future needs in case of disability or incapacitation – estate planning should be part of every one of these milestones. “When considering what a client might want to address […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2013 – Some retirees with government pensions will get less social security than they may expect. About one million Americans are affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which affects government workers on the local, state or federal level who were hired prior to 1984 and are eligible for a government pension. “Retirees who are affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision need to be aware of what their Social Security benefits will be so that they can plan properly for their retirement,” said John Hale, a Dallas elder law attorney and estate planning […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP, will be a featured guest on “Today’s Verdict” on BronxNet. BronxNet is a not-for-profit cable television station for residents of the Bronx. Mr. Krooks will discuss how to protect the rights of a child with autism on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM. He will review the resources and support services that a child with autism in New York State is entitled to receive. Mr. Krooks will also talk about the importance of planning for the future of […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2013 – Michigan state legislators are working on the 2014 budget for the state. There is increased pressure from elder care advocates for legislators to include Medicaid expansion funds in the budget, as outlined by Gov. Rick Snyder in his proposal. “The expansion of Medicaid would allow for health coverage to increase, covering roughly 75,000 seniors in Michigan,” stated Michigan elder law attorney Christopher Berry. “While there seems to be more to examine about cost to taxpayers and the ensuring burden, all of our state’s seniors need the security and safety of […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2013 – Green tea extract has been found to interfere with the formation of damaging plaque which leads to Alzheimer’s. A new research study through the University of Michigan indicates that green tea may help battle Alzheimer’s disease. A molecule found in the tea appears to prevent damage to proteins in the brain associated with the neurodegenerative disease. “The findings are a glimmer of hope for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” stated Christopher J. Berry, a Michigan elder law attorney. The development of the damaging proteinsm known as metal-associated amyloids, have […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2013 – Begley Law Group is hosting free elder care seminars on Wednesday April 3rd and Thursday April 4th in the Stone Harbor area. The seminars will cover what individuals and their families can do to keep nursing home costs from wiping out their savings, including how Medicaid or Veteran’s Benefits can pay for these costs. “It is possible to qualify for Medicaid and still protect your legacy,” said New Jersey elder law attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr. “It is never too late to plan, even if you’re already in a nursing home.” […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2013 – Average life expectancies in the U.S. rose in 2011, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Women’s life expectancy is now 81.1 years, and men’s expectancy is 76.3. That is a shift from 1975, when women had a life expectancy of 76.6 years and men had an expectancy of 68.8 years. While most people are happy to know they will potentially live longer, their savings may not be prepared. Financial experts are concerned that there is a growing cohort of elderly people without enough money to support their needs. […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2013 – There has been a renewed call for an examination of the country’s mental health system. Currently, according to a recent government report, there are approximately 7,500 psychiatrists working with mentally ill children and adolescents, but it is estimated that there is a need for closer to 20,000. Meanwhile, families are hard-pressed to get reimbursement from public or private insurers for short-term mental health services that are available. In a study released by the National Institute of Mental Health in 2005, researchers found that as much as 50 percent of chronic […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2013 – Begley Law Group is hosting free seminars throughout the Moorestown area in April to help individuals and their loved ones properly plan for long-term care. The team of New Jersey elder law attorneys is skilled in protecting assets and helping clients utilize government benefits, such as Medicaid and Veteran’s Aid and Attendance. “It is never too early to start strategizing about how to protect your savings and the legacy you want to leave to your family and relatives,” said New Jersey elder law attorney Dana E. Bookbinder. “Long-term care adds up […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2013 – Elder abuse is being aggressively addressed by one Bronx community center. Elder abuse – physical, financial, or emotional – is widely believed to be an underreported problem, and one that lacks the funds and resources badly needed to combat the issue. Now, one nursing home in New York City is trying to address elder abuse head on. The Hebrew Home at Riverdale and the Pace Women’s Justice Center in the Bronx created the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention in 2004. The center trains law enforcement personnel […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2013 – The Treasury Department is asking that all federal benefit recipients opt-in to receive their benefits electronically. Two years ago, the Treasury Department initiated a “green” campaign, urging people who receive federal benefits such as Social Security, Veterans Affairs, and Social Supplemental income in check form, to accept direct deposit instead. Officials estimated that they were sending out close to 11 million checks per month. The campaign included sending notices along with monthly checks inviting people to use direct deposit and releasing public service announcements and reminders via the AARP, banks, […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2013 – Estate planning updates are needed in the wake of the fiscal cliff crisis. Now that Congress has moved forward to avoid what has commonly been referred to as the “Fiscal Cliff,” the federal estate tax has been fixed at $5.25 million for 2013 per individual; the tax rate is 40 percent for the amounts that exceed that exemption. When an individual dies with less than $5.25 million (including real estate, other assets and financial holdings such as checking accounts, and life insurance), no federal estate tax will be due. While […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2013 – Many of the clients of Begley Law Group who receive personal injury settlements are receiving SSI and Medicaid. There are limitations on those funds. SSI is an income stream that pays an individual monies intended to be used for food and shelter. For 2013, the maximum federal benefit rate is $710. In New Jersey, there is a state supplement of $31.25. In Pennsylvania, the supplement is $27.40. Medicaid pays for medical and pharmaceutical services for Medicaid recipients. It covers services that private insurance will not provide, including and most importantly, home […]


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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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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2013 – The Medicaid system in Texas is overburdened; it is uncertain if that will change any time soon. The 2013 Texas Legislature is faced with deciding whether to take $100 billion in federal funding under the Affordable Care Act over the next 10 years to help provide Texans with enough Medicaid health care coverage. The Texas Health Care Association (THCA), urging the current Legislature to support more funding for the state’s Medicaid system, has found that approximately 60,000 elderly and disabled Texans living in nursing homes are dependent on Medicaid services. Caring […]


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