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General Discovery Objections Do Not Pass Muster in Federal Court

In a recent opinion, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond Division) reiterated that the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provide for liberal discovery and…

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26 Attorneys Named to Virginia Business Magazine’s 2020 “Legal Elite”

Virginia Business Magazine released their 21st annual list of “Legal Elite” today, and we are pleased to announce that 26 ThompsonMcMullan attorneys were recognized on the list. Begun in 2000…

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Price of Long-Term Care Insurance Policy Drops, At Least for 55-Year-Old Males

A healthy 55-year-old man can expect to pay $925 annually for $164,000 in current long-term care insurance benefits, according to the 2014 Long-Term Care Insurance Price Index, an annual report…

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Can You Be Buried With Your Pet?

Pets are often regarded as a part of the family and increasingly their needs are accounted for in planning decisions.  There is health insurance for pets- and most states- including…

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Last Chance to Use File and Suspend Strategy for Claiming Social Security Benefits

  Time is running out to potentially use a very lucrative Social Security benefits-claiming strategy. Spouses will no longer be able to use the “file and suspend” strategy after April 29-…

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Relief From Medicare’s Part B Late-Enrollment Penalty Offered to Some

Medicare is offering relief from penalties for certain Medicare beneficiaries who enrolled in Medicare Part A and had coverage through the individual marketplace. For a short time- these individuals will…

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Planning for Mental Illness Flare-Ups

Shawn Majette recently authored this article for the Special Needs Alliance. Special needs planning for a loved one with mental illness is complicated. Symptoms tend to wax and wane. This…

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A Final Retirement Account Distribution Must Still Be Made After Death

Federal law requires that beginning on April 1 of the year after you reach age 70 1/2- you must begin withdrawing a minimum amount from your non-Roth individual retirement account (IRA)…

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How Does Medicaid Treat Income?

The basic Medicaid rule for nursing home residents is that they must pay all of their income, minus certain deductions, to the nursing home. The deductions include a $60-a-month personal…

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How to Fix a Required Minimum Distribution Mistake

The rules around required minimum distributions from retirement accounts are confusing, and it’s easy to slip up. Fortunately, if you do make a mistake, there are steps you can take…