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Special Needs Require Special Planning

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If you’re a parent who has taken the time and energy to create a Revocable Living Trust ("RLT") or Will, you should be commended for your initiative and perseverance for ensuring your children and grandchildren are properly cared for when you are gone. If you have not yet created an estate plan, doing so could […]

Spousal Rights to Social Security Benefits

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    To qualify for divorced spouse benefits, the couple must have been married at least ten (10) years. Further, the divorced spouse must not remarry and be at least sixty-two (62) years old. The divorced spouse is eligible to receive half of that worker’s primary insurance amount. The primary insurance amount is the monthly […]

Attorney Liable for Aiding Fiduciary Breach

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A Texas appellate court finds that an attorney breached his fiduciary duty to a trust beneficiary when he knowingly aided and abetted the trustees in breaching their fiduciary duty. Parenti v. Moberg (Tex.App. [4th Dist.] 5-30-2007) No. 04-06-00497-CV.

Special Needs Trust Income Available for Child Support

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A Pennsylvania appeals court rules that income from a father’s special needs trust is available to pay child support.  Mencer v. Ruch.  (PA.Super 182, 2007) No. 1902 WDA 2006.

Trust Denied Charitable Deduction

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit finds that the Internal Revenue Code prohibits an estate from claiming a charitable deduction when the proceeds of a single trust are distributed to both charitable and non-charitable beneficiaries. Galloway v. U.S. (3rd Cir. 6-21-2007), No. 06-3007.

Abusive Insurance Sales Tactics Uncovered

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A recent New York Times story reports on the misleading credentials and sales tactics of some unscrupulous financial advisors.  Mississippi’s own Secretary of State’s office was quoted in the article.  “If insurers would cut off these companies, this behavior would end tomorrow. Instead, they just close their eyes or say it’s not their fault when […]

VA Benefit

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 The VA disability pension program is more commonly known as the “Aid and Attendance” program. It is available to single veterans, to veteran households with one or more dependents, or to the surviving spouse and/or surviving dependent children of a veteran. In order to qualify for the benefit, a veteran must have served 90 days […]

Real Property Held by Revocable Living Trust held Exempt

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On certification of a question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the Kansas Supreme Court finds that a bankruptcy debtor may claim a homestead exception even when the real property has been transferred to a living trust prior to bankruptcy. Redmond v. Kester  (Kan., No. 97,627,  June 8, 2007).

Special Needs Trust Proceeds Available for Child Support

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A Pennsylvania appeals court rules that income from a father’s special needs trust is available to pay child support.  Mencer v. Ruch.  (PA.Super 182, 2007) No. 1902 WDA 2006. Heather Mencer instituted a support action against Gary Ruch, the father of her daughter. Due to a brain injury that occurred prior to the daughter’s birth, […]

Medicaid Planning

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What is Medicaid? Medicaid  is a federal government program that provides financial assistance to persons age 65 and over, or those under 65 who are disabled and who are in need of substantial medical assistance. Medicaid is a needs-based program a person must have a medical need for the assistance and must be of limited […]

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