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Executor Duties and Errors

The duties of the executor of an estate are well known by industry professionals, but not always well known by the laypersons who are appointed as executors. This leads to those executors making common mistakes that would be easily avoidable had they… Read More
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Attorney Indicted for Social Security Disability Fraud

A notorious attorney who called himself "Mr. Social Security" has been indicted for fraud. This is good news for families of children with special needs and for seniors. Kentucky attorney Eric Conn built one of the largest Social Security D… Read More
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Frank Zappa's Family Argues over Music and Trust

In the first decade after the death of musician Frank Zappa his estate plan appeared to have worked smoothly. More recently, however, issues have arisen that have Zappa's children fighting between themselves. After Frank Zappa passed away in 199… Read More
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How Much Are Nursing Home Costs Rising?

The cost of nursing home care continues to rise. Seniors should plan for continued increases. A new study released by the Lincoln Financial Group reveals that on average the cost of semi-private and private nursing home care in the U.S. increased by… Read More
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Does the Minimum Wage Affect Seniors?

At first glance it might not seem that the battle over raising the minimum wage is of pressing importance to retired people, but if one advocacy group is correct it might be a vital concern for seniors in nursing homes. The current political battle o… Read More
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Hospices May Be Overcharging Medicare

Medicare has always been plagued by fraud that investigators have had to sort out. A new report suggests that hospices are now a large source of that suspected fraud. A new study conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services has revealed t… Read More
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Hospice Director Charged with Murder

Hospices are supposed to provide humane end of life care. Most do. However, one hospice in Texas shows why we should always be vigilant in protecting against abuse of the elderly. Monica Patterson was the director of a hospice in Edinburg, Texas. It… Read More
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New Nursing Home Quality Measurements

The federal government has announced six new measurements for its system of comparing the quality of care patients receive at nursing homes. Anyone interested in information about the quality of a nursing home can go to Medicare's website and us… Read More
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Nursing Homes Abandoning Residents

Under federal law if a nursing home patient goes to a hospital and the nursing home subsequently refuses to readmit the resident, the resident is entitled to an administrative hearing conducted by state government. However, even when residents win th… Read More
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Should Dave Ramsey Be Regulated?

The Department of Labor's pending regulation concerning financial planners who handle retirement accounts has caused some concern that popular media figures like Dave Ramsey might be censored. Elder law advocates have long been concerned that pe… Read More
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