Changes to VA Benefits in VA Budget for 2016 Last month President Obama announced a proposed $168.8 billion budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2016, representing a 7.5 percent increase in discretionary spending. Among many other veterans benefits, the additional funding will focus on electronic medical... 
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As a Michigan elder law attorney, I continue to see clients come in debating whether to put together a will or a living trust for their heirs. The decision on this is sometimes complicated, though it ultimately comes down to how fast you want your heirs to have access to your finances when you die, become ill, or incapacitated.... 
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by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA This article continues the discussion of special problems for the elderly.  (Here is a link to Part 1.) Long-Term Care. About 70% of Americans will require some form of long-term care be it home care at $22 to $25 per hour, assisted living at $4,500 to $8,500 per month, or nursing... 
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A wrongful death lawsuit has taken a decade to wend its way through the legal system, ultimately ending up in the Connecticut Supreme Court. On Feb 8, 2005, William McDermott stopped on the sidewalk to watching the progress of tree trimming performed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. McDermott, 77,... 
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When marriages start to turn sour with a lack of love and trust, people start to feel trapped and suffocated. In such cases, people yearn to be free – free from the stress, the constant fighting, and the endless arguments. They want a better, more peaceful future for themselves without their spouses. This future... 
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Divorce is one of the hardest decisions for couples to take since it involves ending the relation that they had originally created to last a lifetime. Considering this, it is perhaps not surprising that Orange County divorce proceedings in courts are one of the most emotionally charged events. With emotions running... 
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Avoid being dull. To that end you need to have zippy content that is relevant to your readers. You notice the word relevant comes up a lot when discussing marketing of any kind. That’s because if you send out something that has no relevance to your audience, your credibility tanks. So stick to the things people... 
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A number of companies, such as Life Care Funding, will purchase a senior’s life insurance policy from him or her. In exchange, the company provides a portion of the face value of the policy to individuals facing high long-term care costs. These “life settlement” companies purchase the policy from the policyholder,... 
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In 2015, Social Security recipients will see a 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase in benefits. This small increase comes on the heels of several years of other small to non-existent increases: in 2014, Social Security recipients received a 1.5 percent increase, and no increase at all was given in 2010 or 2011. Although any... 
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A pipeline worker’s widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her husband’s employer. During Robert McDannell’s attempt to rotate an unsecured, 128-foot-long load with slings attached, a 7,000-pound pipe crashed through the window of his heavy loader,. McDannell, who worked for Precision Pipeline LLC of Louisiana,... 
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