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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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Funding Long Term Care

Many people don’t think about their potential long term care needs until they’re faced with the need for long term care.  When faced with the emotional and physical turmoil of a loved one’s long term care needs, families quickly learn … Continue reading

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Do You Have an Inheritance “Right”

Ever seen the bumper sticker that says “I’m spending my children’s inheritance”?  You may have laughed about it when you saw it, but would you still be laughing if it were true? Most children believe they will receive some form … Continue reading

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My Parents Were Unprepared for a Health Crisis (But Fortunately, Four Pillars Was There to Help)

In September of 2011, I dropped by my parents’ house for quick overnight visit.  I had been there less than a month earlier, and at that time, our Dad exhibited some of the forgetfulness one expects with an aging parent.  … Continue reading

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Retirement: How to Cut Healthcare Costs

As mentioned in my prior blog, even Medicare recipients are being impacted by the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) implementation.  According to a recent AARP report, Medicare beneficiaries spent on average $3,324 out-of-pocket annually on healthcare in 2010. With that said, … Continue reading

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Medicare No Longer Requires “Improvement Standard” for Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the program manuals used by Medicare contractors in order to “clarify” that coverage of skilled nursing and skilled therapy services does not depend on a beneficiary’s potential for improvement but rather … Continue reading

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Medicare Part B Premium to Remain the Same in 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has announced the Medicare premiums, deductibles, and coinsurances for 2014. The big news is that thanks to what the administration says are the effects of its health reform efforts, the standard Medicare Part B … Continue reading

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“Obamacare” Should Be of No Concern to Medicare Beneficiaries, Although Scammers May Tell You Otherwise

As of October 1, 2013, people who lack health insurance can start signing up for coverage through the new Internet-based health insurance marketplaces set up under the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare.” Most of those who don’t already have insurance … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Laws Extending to Cover Home Care Aides

The Obama Administration has announced that it will extend the U.S. minimum wage and overtime laws, created under the Fair Labor Standards Act, to cover home care aides who assist the elderly and disabled, allowing them to remain in their … Continue reading

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Four Pillars Attorneys Attend NAELA UnProgram

Since Kelly is in the proverbial “driver’s seat” of Four Pillars Law Firm, it only makes sense that she serves on a Steering Committee.  (Sorry, we couldn’t resist!).   Early this month, Kelly and Matt drove down the highway to Pawley’s … Continue reading

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