NEW DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA) RULES FOR NEEDS-BASED BENEFITS

On October 18, 2018, over three (3) years after the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) originally proposed them, new regulations to qualify for needs based benefits go into effect. The new regulations contain “net worth” limitations, look-back periods, penalties and definitions for those applying for benefits. The new regulations are a substantial change from current regulations which do not contain a prohibition on transferring assets prior to applying for benefits. Net Worth Limitations: An eligible applicant must have a net worth equal to or less than the prevailing maximum community spouse resource allowance (CSRA) for Medicaid ($123,600 in 2018). The term “net worth” amount includes both the applicant's assets and income and will increase annually at the same percentage as Social Security. The veteran's primary residence (even if the veteran lives in a nursing home) and the veteran's personal effects will not be….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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10 NYC personal injury attorneys named Super Lawyers and 3 named Rising Stars

10 of our Top New York Personal Injury Lawyers have been named Super Lawyers and 3 of them have been named Rising Stars. These lawyers are: Ben Rubinowitz named Super Lawyer every year since 2006 and listed in the top 100 New York Metro Super Lawyers Howard Hershenhorn named Super Lawyer every year since 2006 and listed in the top 100 New York Metro Super Lawyers Continue reading →.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Online Security Basics for the Busy Lawyer

Every lawyer that has a busy practice has a thousand things to worry about every day of the week. It is easy to let the day-to-day chaos of a law office over-shadow the importance of protecting the data in your servers from both accidental and intentional loss. But there are certain best practices that will […].. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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On the Value of Gap Years and Non-Legal Experience to Legal Employers (and Law Schools)

Reviewing the results of the Foundations for Practice survey conducted by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), I cannot help but note how the 24,000 responding attorneys ranked the helpfulness of various criteria for hiring beginning lawyers. (See here.) Just under 80 percent (78.3%, to be exact) identified “life experience […].. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Moroccan Law Criminalizes Forced Marriage And Sexual Violence

From BBC News: The law includes a ban on forced marriage, sexual harassment in public places, and tougher penalties for certain forms of violence. It has been criticised by Human Rights Watch for not explicitly criminalising marital rape and lacking….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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