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HTMLWho is “Disabled” under ABLE?
Leonard Weiser-Varon; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 25, 2015, previously published on January 19, 2015
The recently-enacted federal ABLE statute provides a long-awaited vehicle for tax-exempt investing to meet future disability-related expenses of disabled individuals. Although new Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code is now in effect, parents and others who wish to establish tax-advantaged...

 

HTMLDo Your Estate Plan Documents Address Digital Assets?
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on February 16, 2015
Facebook users: Consider designating someone as a "legacy contact." Until last week, Facebook would freeze the accounts of someone who passed away and family members couldn't access photos, post a memorial, etc. See this Wall Street Journal article for more information about designating a...

 

HTMLFive Things to Look For During Holiday Visits with Aging Loved Ones
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on December 12, 2014
'Tis the season for holiday celebrations and family gatherings. These gatherings offer the opportunity to surreptitiously keep an eye out for noticeable changes in behavior and living conditions of aging loved ones. It is important to be alert to changes because these may reveal health needs and...

 

HTMLMedicaid Planning Alert
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on March 16, 2015
Medicaid planning is undergoing dramatic changes in Michigan. Rules and standards relied on by Medicaid planners for many years are being interpreted in new ways. These new interpretations make it more challenging for applicants to qualify for benefits. One interpretation in particular is...

 

HTMLEstate Planning for Retirement Years
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on February 11, 2015
Retirement is highly anticipated as a reward for years of hard work and child rearing. The "golden years" are viewed as a special season to pursue hobbies and enjoy life. Interestingly, people will seek advice from a financial advisor to make sure they have enough money to retire, but...

 

HTMLElder Abuse: Overuse of Antipsychotic Medication in Nursing Homes
Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015
Unfortunately, the upsetting stereotype of the overmedicated and dazed nursing home resident is too often true for institutionalized elders across the nation. This can be caused by prescriptions for antipsychotic medications like Seroquil, Haldol, Thorazine, Abilify, Risperdal, Zyprexa and others,...

 

HTMLThree Big Differences Between SSI and SSDI
Ryan W. Barry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 24, 2015, previously published on December 2014
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are both federal programs that provide cash payments to people who meet the federal definition of "disabled." But the similarities between the two programs end there. Here are the three main differences...

 

HTMLABLE Act Passes Congress
Pessin Katz Law P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 16, 2015, previously published on December 29, 2014
On December 16, 2014, Congress passed the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014" (“TIPA”, or “the Act”), which consists of two Divisions—Division A (the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014") and Division B (the “Achieving a Better Life...

 

HTMLAccessing Digital Assets
Pessin Katz Law P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 29, 2015, previously published on December 26, 2014
For several years the Uniform Law Commission (the “ULC”), a non-partisan body that conceives model laws addressing legal issues of widespread importance, which legislatures are free to adopt fully or in modified form, has worked on the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act or...

 

HTMLSo Long Sole Benefit Trust?
David E. Waterstradt;
Legal Alert/Article
January 13, 2015
Michigan policy change alters the planning necessary for a married couple to qualify for nursing home Medicaid.

 


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