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Tailoring a Will and Power of Attorney for Multiple States

If you own property — whether houses- bank accounts- or vehicles — in more than one state- do you need estate planning documents for each state? The answer is probably…

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Maximizing Social Security Survivor’s Benefits

Social Security survivor’s benefits provide a safety net to widows and widowers. But to get the most out of the benefit- you need to know the right time to claim….

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Medicare Now Covers Outpatient Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Recognizing the huge problems caused by opioid addiction in the United States, Medicare is adding a new outpatient opioid treatment benefit, paying for methadone and related treatment in certain facilities….

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Single? You Still Need an Estate Plan

Many people believe that if they are single, they don’t need a will or other estate planning documents. But estate planning is just as important for single people as it is…

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Medicaid’s Home Care Waivers Can Help You Avoid a Nursing Home, But the Line May Be Long

Medicaid long-term care benefits traditionally pay mainly for nursing home care, but the federal government can grant “waivers” to states allowing them to expand Medicaid to include home and community-based…

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A Wrinkle in (Appellate) Time: Briefing Before the Record Is Transmitted

Since I recently wrote about the Record (sort of; time is relative), I wanted to piggy-back on that topic to explain a wrinkle in the appellate practice/rules dynamic. The Wrinkle…

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How Late is Too Late to Raise the Bona Fide Error Defense?

On March 22, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland addressed whether a debt collector can raise the bona fide error (“BFE”) defense for the first…

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DOL New Overtime Rule to Go into Effect July 1

On July 1, 2024, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new federal overtime rule will go into effect. The new rule increases the salary threshold for employees who are exempt from…

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Social Security Wage Base for 2019

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that the social security wage limitation for 2019 will be $132,900, up from $128,400 in 2018. Employees and employers each pay the social…