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Elder Law Attorneys Observe May as National Elder Law Month

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) has designated May the National Elder Law Month. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NAELA was formed in 1987 in response to the growing legal needs of older adults, people with special needs, and … Continue reading

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Today is the day to discuss your Healthcare Decisions with your loved ones

          Four Pillars Law Firm, PLLC, along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of … Continue reading

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Kelly M. Shovelin Appointed to NC NAELA Board of Directors

Four Pillars Law Firm is excited to announce that Kelly M. Shovelin has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys!

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Retirement Accounts: Creditor Protection vs. Portability

In a prior blog earlier this week, we mentioned that the U.S. Supreme Court has granted a petition to decide upon whether inherited “retirement funds” are protected from bankruptcy proceedings.  In a nutshell, if they are not deemed protected, then … Continue reading

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‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Brings Changes to Estate Taxes and IRAs

Congress finally came to an agreement to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” and the agreement includes some changes to federal estate taxes and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). The American Taxpayer Relief Act sets a permanent estate tax rate and provides a … Continue reading

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Healthcare Costs & Retirement Savings

With the passage of new healthcare legislation, more and more eyes are set upon the rising cost of healthcare and how best to contain it.  Due to the imminence of the situation, most eyes fall upon the cost of healthcare … Continue reading

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“Fiscal Cliff” Deal Pushes Long-Term Care Program Over the Edge

The final budget deal Congress passed to avert the “fiscal cliff” repeals a long-term care insurance program that would have helped keep the elderly and disabled out of nursing homes and off the Medicaid rolls. In its place, the budget … Continue reading

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We Wish You and Your Family a Happy & Healthy New Year!

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VA Pulls the Cord on UMEs in Senior or Independent Living Facilities

A new fast letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs clarifies what qualifies as unreimbursed medical expenses (UMEs) that may be deducted from income for pension purposes. Continue reading

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Just Because You’re Single, That Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Need an Estate Plan!

It is just important, if not more so, for singles to create a comprehensive estate plan.

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