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State or Federal Court? That is the Question.

Defendants in consumer protection cases filed in Virginia state courts usually have a choice to make about where to defend the case:  state or federal court.  Most consumer plaintiffs seek…

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Long-Term Care Benefits for Veterans and Surviving Spouses

Long-term care costs can add up quickly. For veterans and the surviving spouses of veterans who need in-home care or are in a nursing home, help may be available. The…

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You Can Now Compare Nursing Homes on Staff Turnover Rates and Weekend Help

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will add data on staff turnover rates and weekend staffing levels to its Care Compare website, giving consumers another tool when…

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A Guidebook to Planning for Old Age

Millions of Americans are facing old age essentially alone. One in three baby boomers is single or no longer part of a couple due to divorce or death. Others may…

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Report Ranks States on Nursing Home Quality and Shows Families’ Conflicted Views

A new report that combines nursing home quality data with a survey of family members ranks the best and worst states for care and paints a picture of how Americans…

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Virginia CLE Advanced Elder Law Seminar

Shawn Majette will speak at the Virginia CLE Advanced Elder Law Seminar on September 12, 2019.

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Estate Planning for a Vacation Home

If you are lucky enough to own a vacation home- then you need to figure out what will happen to it after you are gone. Many parents hope to keep…

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Have you applied for your adoption tax credit yet?

It’s tax time again, and if you are an adoptive parent, there is a credit out there that you should be aware of – the adoption tax credit.  Generally, you…

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Termination Upon Return From Protected Leave

A federal appeals court recently found that an employer’s decision to terminate an employee the day she returned from maternity leave was not discriminatory.  During her leave, the employer discovered…

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Medicare Now Covers Conversations About End-of-Life Care

Medicare beneficiaries may now discuss options for care at the end of life with their health care providers. Beneficiaries of course were already free to talk about advance care planning…