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A Modest Social Security Increase for 2021

The Social Security Administration has announced a 1.3 percent rise in benefits in 2021, an increase even smaller than last year’s. Cost-of-living increases are tied to the consumer price index,…

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Promissory Notes and Medicaid

A promissory note is normally given in return for a loan and it is simply a promise to repay the amount. Classifying asset transfers as loans rather than gifts can…

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Court Approves Use of Short-Term Annuities for Medicaid Planning

Immediate annuities are among the tools elder law attorneys use to help married nursing home residents qualify for Medicaid coverage while protecting the standard of living of the healthy spouse…

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7 ThompsonMcMullan Attorneys  Named to 2018 Best Lawyers® List

August 16, 2017 — ThompsonMcMullan, P.C. is pleased to announce that 7 lawyers have been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect…

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Saying Medicaid Estate Recovery Keeps Families in Poverty, Advocacy Groups Call for Abolishing It

To qualify for Medicaid coverage of long-term care, you must satisfy very complicated financial eligibility rules—rules that often can be traps for the unwary. One of the most significant traps…

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Billy Tunner to serve as panelist at VADA Spring Sections Seminar

The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA) is hosting its annual Spring Sections Seminar in Charlottesville, VA May 4-6, 2022. The seminar will consist of special litigation sections training with…

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The Basics of Business Succession Planning: Understanding the Process, Key Elements, and Importance

If you own a business, planning for the future is an essential step. One of the most important strategies for doing so is having a strong succession plan in place,…

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Exploitation of the Elderly

This article strives to identify a manageable bit of a broad topic: the presumption of fraud in typical civil cases arising from criminal prosecution for financial exploitation against the elderly….

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Passing on Assets Outside of Probate: PODs and TODs

For a variety of reasons- people sometimes want some or all of their assets to pass directly to specific individuals upon their deaths- outside of probate.  One way to accomplish…

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Trustees as Debt Collectors

Does a trustee foreclosing on a property pursuant to deed of trust qualify as a debt collector under the FDCPA?  Recently the U.S. District Court for the Western District of…