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Garnishment of Social Security Benefits Illegal

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The Social Security Administration’s Inspector General concludes in a recent report that many banks are violating federal law by garnishing accounts that receive electronic deposits of Social Security benefits. The practice could imperil millions of low-income seniors and people with disabilities who rely on Social Security.

Exciting New Developments in Buy-Sell Planning

No Comments Estate Planning

This article examines exciting new developments in business succession planning – specifically, the use of LLCs or partnerships to own life insurance for buy-sell planning purposes.  Such a structure obtains the advantages of cross-purchase and stock redemption buy-sell agreements without many of the disadvantages of either traditional structure.  This development is significant to all wealth […]

Bill Would End Nursing Home Practice of Mandatory Arbitration

No Comments Elder Law

Two U.S. senators have introduced legislation that would end the practice of nursing home residents signing away their right to a trial before any actual dispute with the facility has arisen.

Attorney Suspended for Assisting Direct Mail Estate Planning Marketer

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The Supreme Court of Ohio suspends an attorney for two years for preparing estate planning documents for clients solicited by a company that uses direct-mailings to market estate planning services in Ohio and other states. Ohio State Bar Assn. v. Jackel (2008-Ohio-1981, May 1, 2008).

Nursing Home Call Girls?

No Comments Elder Law

A male resident at the Kildegaarden nursing home in Denmark recently made an indecent sexual proposal to a member of the staff. In a U.S. nursing home, this behavior would have been ignored or rebuked. But at Kildegaarden, the response of the facility’s director, Inger Marie Kristensen, was to tell a nurse to telephone for […]

10 Tips for Helping Families with Special Needs

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This article examines the unique planning requirements of families with children, grandchildren or other family members (such as parents) with special needs. There are many misconceptions in this area that result in costly mistakes in planning for these special needs beneficiaries. It is therefore incumbent upon us – the client’s advisors – to ensure that […]

Non-Spouse Beneficiaries of Retirement Plans May Convert to Roth

No Comments Estate Planning

A recent IRS notice seems to permit beneficiaries of inherited retirement plans and IRA’s to convett those inherited accounts to a Roth IRA.  Notice 2008-30 provides guidance about the distribution provisions of the Pension Protection ACt of 2006.  Prior to this Notice, only spousal beneficiaries had this option, via the spousal IRA rollover privilege.  Non-spouses […]

Trustee Allowed to Create SNT After Death of Testator

No Comments Special Needs

A New York trial court recently approved a trustee’s petition to reform his deceased father’s trust in order to protect his disabled sister’s Medicaid benefits. In Matter of Newman (2008 NY Slip Op 50127, Jan. 22, 2008). When he died in 1988, William Newman established a trust in his will for his disabled daughter. The […]

Deficient Nursing Homes Listed

No Comments Elder Law

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the complete list of U.S. nursing homes that have failed to meet safety and quality standards for care. The list, which identifies 131 "Special Focus Facilities" that require additional oversight, follows the release in November 2007 of a list of 54 such facilities. At […]

Planning for the New “Zero Percent” Tax Bracket

No Comments Estate Planning

This article addresses a law change that is important to all wealth planning professionals and their clients. Beginning January 1, 2008 and continuing through at least 2010, a zero tax rate may apply to long-term capital gain and dividend income that would otherwise be taxed at the regular 15% and/or 10% rates. The new zero […]

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