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Contested guardianships becoming more common

You’ve filed a petition to have your client appointed as guardian and conservator for his 87-year-old mother, who he has been “looking after” for the last few years. A few days later, you receive an answer in the mail, filed ...

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How to protect a child’s SSI benefits into adulthood

Many parents do not realize that their children may be at risk for losing Supplemental Security Income benefits upon turning 18. It is important that attorneys advise their clients of this fact so as to avoid a termination of SSI ...

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A primer on Special Needs Trusts and their use

Special needs trusts (SNT) may be created when a beneficiary is unable to manage funds due to a mental or physical incapacity, and/or where a beneficiary requires or may require government benefits, the qualification of which may be threatened by ...

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Communication with Third Parties in an Elder Law Practice

It is very common for elderly clients to enlist a family member, friend or caregiver to assist them in making and attending appointments with their attorney. Third parties can facilitate communication and logistics and often want to help the client ...

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What ‘Windsor’ means for Virginia’s same-sex couples

Same-sex couples want to be able to live wherever they choose and have their relationships recognized in the same manner as heterosexual couples. They and their supporters have carried this fight to statehouses and federal courts around the country. Currently ...

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Feds restore fees for court-appointed lawyers (access required)

The hourly pay rates for lawyers who represent indigent defendants in federal criminal cases have been restored — and boosted — effective March 1, according to the U.S. Courts Administrative Office. The rates were reduced by $15 per hour last August, ...

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Lawyer says online post led to firing (access required)

A Richmond federal court has dismissed a civil rights suit filed by a staffer for former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who says she was forced to resign in retaliation for an online post that called the AG an “egomaniac” who ...

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No Claim for Promotion & Training Denial (access required)

The Department of Defense Contract Audit Agency wins summary judgment in the Alexandria U.S. District Court in a race discrimination suit filed by an African-American agency manager who alleges he was unfairly denied a promotion and various training opportunities, and ...

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