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Medicaid Reform: Are Block Grants Coming?

Medicaid, the single largest source of health coverage in the United States, provides health coverage to almost 75 million Americans, including children, pregnant women, parents, seniors and individuals with disabilities.

 

Medicaid is a federal program, but it is administered by the states. To participate in Medicaid, federal law requires states to […]

Are You Eligible for VA Disability Compensation?

If you were injured or became seriously ill while serving in the military, you may be eligible for VA disability compensation. In 2017, eligible veterans can receive up to $3,458 per month tax-free, depending on the level of disability and number of dependents.

According to the VA’s website, disability compensation is […]

VA disability benefits

The Veterans Administration provides an important benefit program for veterans who have service-connected disability. The program is called “Compensation” and is different from the non-service-connected “Pension” program that elder law attorneys often discuss with wartime veteran clients or their surviving spouses. Like the pension program, VA compensation comes in the […]

Most Individuals Will Face At Least a Temporary Disability

Study after study confirms that nearly everyone will face at least a temporary disability sometime during their lifetime. More specifically, one in three Americans will face at least a 90-day disability before reaching age 65 and, according to the definitive study in this area, depending upon their ages, up to […]

New Policy allows upgrading Navy and Marine Discharges

Sailors and Marines facing administrative separation for any reason will have mental health issues taken into account when officials determine their discharge characterization and disability evaluation status under a new policy rolled out by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in June, 2016.

Starting immediately, diagnosed mental health conditions will take precedence over […]

Trusts and Reportable Income

As a general rule, income earned by an estate or trust is taxed only once, and in the same manner as it would be taxed to an individual. See IRC Section 641. However, estates and trusts may deduct charitable contributions without any limitation based on adjusted gross income, and may take exemptions that are not pro-rated for shorter tax years or phased out based on income thresholds. The exemption available to an estate is $600, while simple trusts may take a $300 exemption and complex trusts may take a $100 exemption....

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