• Medicaid Update: Special Needs Trusts

    Medicaid Update: Special Needs Trusts

    Medicaid Special Needs Trusts have just received needed legislative attention from the United States Congress and President of the United States. HR 34 was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016. Title 5, Section 5007 of HR 34 is entitled “Fairness In Medicaid Supplemental Needs Trusts” and contains exactly two sentences designed to correct a 23 year old omission made in the Social Security Act....

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  • The ABLE ACT – Achieving a Better Life Experience

    The ABLE ACT – Achieving a Better Life Experience

    The Stephen Beck, Jr. ABLE Act (Achieving a Better Life Experience) was conceived and championed by Stephen Beck, Jr., a Virginia father of a daughter with Down’s Syndrome, who thought up a new way to allow disabled people to save money without impacting their qualification for Medicaid and SSI benefits. The Act was signed into law by President Obama on December 19, 2014. This Act’s purpose is to provide a new a...

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  • “Brangelina” and the Problem with Abuse Allegations in a Divorce

    “Brangelina” and the Problem with Abuse Allegations in a Divorce

    Upon hearing the news of the breakup of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, I was saddened and surprised; however, neither of those emotions were for the reasons one would expect.  Personally, I was a member of “Team Aniston” long before many of millennials were even born.  I have nothing invested in the Brangelina union, and from the perspective of divorces in Hollywood, this is just another couple of stars w...

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