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HTMLChoosing a Trustee for a Special Needs Trust
Dana B. Perry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 14, 2014, previously published on August 2014
Choosing a trustee is one of the most important and difficult issues in creating a special needs trust (SNT). Trustees must have the necessary expertise to manage the trust, including making proper investments, paying bills, keeping accounts, and preparing tax returns. But the SNT trustee must also...

 

HTMLNew Yorker Cartoonist Lauds Elder Law Profession in Interviews About Her Book
Dana B. Perry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 2014
The popular New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast has created a graphic memoir of coping with her parents’ final years, titled Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? The book has received widespread attention and critical praise.

 

HTMLElder Abuse and Military Veterans
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 19, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014
Our veterans have been through so much for our country, you would think they would be honored and celebrated by every single U.S. citizen. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Many companies and individuals target elderly veterans for abuse and scams, rather than celebration.

 

HTMLSocial Security Disability Trust Fund Will Be Empty in Less Than Two Years
Ryan W. Barry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 11, 2014, previously published on June 2014
If Congress doesn't act, the trust fund that provides a significant portion of federal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits will run dry in 2016, according to testimony at a recent hearing of the Senate Finance Committee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy.

 

HTMLWhen Life Changes, the Social Security Administration Needs to Know
Ryan W. Barry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 11, 2014, previously published on June 2014
While the Social Security Administration (SSA) frequently conducts reviews to make sure that people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are still eligible for those programs, there are also times when a beneficiary is responsible for...

 

HTMLIs Your Special Needs Plan Due for a Tune-Up?
Ryan W. Barry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 11, 2014, previously published on June 2014
Doctors recommend visiting once every year for a physical, and dentists stress the importance of six-month checkups, but did you know that you should also take the time to review your special needs plan with your attorney at least once a year?

 

HTMLCost of Private Nursing Home Room Now Averaging $87,600
Leah M. McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 9, 2014, previously published on May 2014
The median cost of a private nursing home room in the United States has increased 4.4 percent to $87,600 a year, according to the 2014 edition of a Cost of Care survey that the insurer Genworth conducts each year. Genworth reports that the median cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home is...

 

HTMLAdvance Medical Directives? Now There's an App for That
Leah M. McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 9, 2014, previously published on May 2014
An advance directive gives instructions on the kind of medical care you would like to receive should you become unable to express your wishes yourself, and it often designates someone to make medical decisions for you. But an important document like this won’t be of much use in an emergency...

 

HTMLAdult Day Care: Providing a Break for Caregivers
Leah M. McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 9, 2014, previously published on May 2014
Caregiving is hard work and it is easy for caregivers to get burned out. Adult day care centers provide care and companionship in a group setting to seniors who need supervision during the day, allowing their caregivers to go to work or take a much-needed break.

 

HTMLCase Illustrates Dangers of Executing a Will Without Legal Assistance
Leah M. McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 9, 2014, previously published on May 2014
People sometimes try to save money by not consulting with a qualified attorney when executing their will, instead using a pre-printed form or online program. A recent court case offers yet another example of the hazards of doing this. Deciding the long-running case, the Florida Supreme Court has...

 


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