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Posted On 2/28/2013
A federal judge in Vermont has approved the settlement reached between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the one hand and the Center for Medicaid Advocacy (CMA) and Vermont Legal Aid on the other. As part of the settlement, CMS has agreed to clarify its policy guidance to say that it will not denying coverage of skilled nursing care necessary to "maintain" (or prevent deterioration of) a person's current health. This is a significant change from Medicare's informal traditional refusal to pay for skilled nursing care unless the individual receiving care is showing "improvement." Under the new policy guidance, individuals receiving skilled nursing care may be eligible for Medicare coverage for up to 100 days if the care is expected to prevent or slow the worsening of an individual's condition. For more information on the settlement, see the CMA website.
Posted On 2/28/2013
Last week, John Potter was appointed to sit on the Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association's Elder Law Section beginning in July 2013. The Elder Law Section's mission includes providing education and assistance to attorneys and the general public on issues related to the elderly population of North Carolina.
Posted On 1/7/2013In case you haven’t heard, the New Year brought a new law recently signed by the President. To avoid the country from falling off the “fiscal cliff,” the “American Taxpayer Relief Act” was approved on New Year’s Day.
Posted On 1/4/2013
John Potter has joined the Legislative Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association's Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section. The Legislative Committee reviews current North Carolina law in the area of estate planning and recommends changes to improve the way the law works in practice. Mr. Potter looks forward to assisting in the committee's important work.
Posted On 12/20/2012There are only a few days left before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st and the tax law changes. Or will it?
Posted On 6/29/2009
The sudden death of Michael Jackson serves as a reminder to everyone that, no matter your age, you need to have your estate planning in order. The pop superstar died on Thursday, June 25th at 50 years old. The media is speculating as to how his estate will be handled and the future of his young children. No public statement has been made in regard to his personal planning and the media and the nation will wait anxiously to see how this unfolds. If Michael Jackson prepared a Trust the public will most likely never know the details as it will be held private, however, if he had a Will it becomes part of public record. In the state of California, a Will needs to be presented within 30 days. Jackson's assets, royalties and the amount of debt he had accumulated most likely will lead to lengthy battles over his estate.
Posted On 1/29/2009
The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys was recommended in the January 2009 Consumer Reports Money Adviser newsletter. The article “How to Avoid Inheritance Feuds” focuses on techniques for avoiding conflict after a loved one passes away.
Posted On 12/26/2008
In the January 2009 issue of Money Magazine, Walecia Konrads article entitled "Keep It In The Family" focuses on making sure the wealth youve worked so hard to accumulate will go to the people you love.
Posted On 3/18/2008
Robert Armstrong, President of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, was interviewed by Money Magazine senior writer Penelope Wang for her article "A Midlife Money Checkup" in the March 2008 Issue.
Posted On 12/20/2007
The John Tesh Radio Show recommended the American Academy as a resource for finding an estate planning attorney. The segment focusing on money and finance originally aired in September 2007 and was repeated in December 2007.
Posted On 10/25/2007
The September issue of Money Magazine has an article entitled,"20 Timeless Money Rules." Rule 17, Exiting Gracefully, is particularly significant because it emphasizes the importance of putting together your estate plan. The recommendation of Money Magazine is that you search for a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys: "To find a lawyer, ask friends and colleagues for recommendations or get referrals online at the website of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (aaepa.com)."