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Trusts in Medicaid and asset protection planning

The revocable living trust is a very useful and popular estate planning tool, recommended by most estate planning attorneys across the U.S. and used as the central estate planning document by millions of Americans. The primary benefit of the revocable ...

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Special needs planning: Transitioning to adulthood

Many elder law attorneys also practice special needs planning, which focuses on the needs of younger people with disabilities. Elder law and special needs planning fit together because some areas of law – such as public benefit programs and guardianship ...

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Making an elder law practice more efficient

The first and most important step in promoting efficiency is to know your practice areas well. A close second is to aggressively provide training for everyone in your office. Successful firms understand that they must invest in their people, their ...

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Why estate planning continues to matter

Early in January 2013, Congress enacted and the President signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, or the “2012 Tax Act,” and averted what many called “the fiscal cliff.” With the passage of the 2012 Tax Act, there are ...

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Elder Law: A special section

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to present “Elder Law,” a special supplement to the Feb. 18, 2013 paper. This 16-page B-Section is sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA). Here is the list of articles from the ...

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Principals in Virginia Tech lawsuit appeal to justices (access required)

(AP) Attorneys for the parents of two students who were killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre asked Tuesday for a Supreme Court hearing on their request to put Tech’s president on trial for negligence, while the state sought to ...

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Smithsonian parking-lot thefts in Virginia exceeded $1M (access required)

(AP) Authorities have determined that parking-lot employees stole more than $1.5 million from the Smithsonian at the museum’s Udvar-Hazy Air and Space annex in Chantilly, much more than first estimated. The new estimate came to light at a hearing Friday ...

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Senate passes bill on college group membership (access required)

(AP) The Virginia Senate has passed legislation that would allow religious or political organizations at public colleges to restrict membership to people who agree with their mission. Colleges would be prohibited from denying recognition to such groups. Opponents said Monday ...

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AG Cuccinelli announces settlement with book publisher (access required)

Virginia electronic books consumers will receive $680,000 under a nationwide settlement with a major book publisher over allegations of price fixing. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says Virginia’s share is part of a $20 million antitrust settlement with 32 attorneys general ...

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