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The Government Benefits Team at Victoria Collier’s firm prepares, files, and follows up on all VA and Medicaid applications. Though I can say that the majority of our applications are processed from submission to approval in a fairly straightforward manner, that is not always the case. As an introduction to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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In response to an inquiry from Karen B. McIntyre of Veterans Information Services, Inc. regarding the proposed VA rulemaking AO73, Net Worth, Asset Transfers, and Income Exclusions, the following email was issued to extend – yet again – the date for possible publication of the final rule to April 2017.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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When planning for a VA client, practitioners often spend the bulk of their time considering the claimant’s eligibility in terms of their net worth and income. And these are very important things to consider for VA non-service-connected disability pensions, particularly because the bulk of your clients are probably not initially... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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Among the benefits that veterans may access through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is life insurance. Considering the often-hazardous duty that veterans have encountered and survived, the VA’s life insurance programs are meant to offer a measure of financial security to the family for little or no cost.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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The latest version of the Lawyers with Purpose Client-Centered Software (LWP-CCS) was recently released and can be downloaded by using the link emailed to all qualifying members. Instructions on how to install the update are included. Please contact Member Services if you have not received an email. Updates were made... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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When I was in high school, I took Latin for two years as my foreign language elective. “What a waste,” I thought, until a few weeks ago, when I took my family to Italy. The trip was actually a business trip to brainstorm with colleagues in Florence. Time away from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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Executive Order (EO) 13658 “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors” was signed by President Obama on February 12, 2014 to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for all federally contracted workers. The intent of this EO was “to promote economy and efficiency in procurement by contracting with sources who adequately... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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When I was growing up, my parents never talked about money. The bills would come in and be stacked up on the arm of the couch until my mother paid them on Sunday nights, after the kids were in bed. There were only three things I knew about my parents’... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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Receiving mail from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be a source of excitement for some folks, particularly when they are waiting for news of an initial VA decision. However, once a claimant is getting the correct monthly benefit, correspondence from the VA is generally not good news. Unfortunately,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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If you had asked me a few months ago where you should mail your VA non-service-connected (NSC) disability pension claims, I would have answered with conviction . . . it depends! I’m not trying to be funny, it’s just that it literally depended on the state where the claimant resides.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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You may be aware that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be implementing a proposed three-year lookback period for asset transfers sometime in 2016. Until this rule becomes final, veterans and their surviving spouses can continue to transfer assets out of their name and become almost immediately eligible for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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Chances are you or someone you love has been touched by Alzheimer’s Disease. We’ve sent you communication before about how it has rocked our own families. Now, this June, we are collectively doing something about it as a community – and we invite you to participate or sponsor us as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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Congressmen Tom Rooney (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) introduced the “Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2016” on March 2. Rooney, an Army veteran, is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs. Rep. Rooney asserts that veterans in his district have brought to his attention that individuals... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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Given how much the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has been in the news for unnecessary wait times and inappropriate scheduling practices that have negatively impacted many veterans, you may not see any value in educating your clients regarding potential VA health benefits. However, VA health benefits might offer more economical... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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As the Veterans Administration plans to implement new laws that would impose a three-year look back for gifts, creating penalties of up to 10 years for both transfers of assets and purchase of annuities, lawyers frequently ask me, “Are we going to be able to do any planning and help... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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On the second day of the Lawyers with Purpose Tri-Annual Practice Enhancement Retreat in Orlando, there was a focus session on the Infrastructure Track called “Bridging the Generation Gap,” presented by Susan Hunter. My presence there was mandatory, as I had been assigned to administrative duties as an employee of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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House Bill 4351 should be stopped! For the past several years, bills have been introduced for Congressional approval that would impose a three-year look back, and penalties up to 10 years, for veterans and their spouses who give away their assets and then apply for a pension program designed for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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For all you high Fact-finder/Follow through Kolbe types, don’t panic if the VA form 21-8049 number means nothing to you. It shouldn’t necessarily. If you file non-service-connected pension claims with the VA, you may never have had occasion to use this form, which is formally called a “Request for Details... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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Purpose of the 21-0779 The VA form 21-0779 “Request for Nursing Home Information In Connection With Claim for Aid and Attendance” is used only for certain non-service-connected pension claims, and its primary purpose is to document the level of care required by a claimant or a claimant’s dependent. The VA... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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E L James is the author of the extremely popular erotic romance trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey," released in May of 2011 and followed by the movie of the same title on February 13, 2015. This was the author's first novel, but she clearly hit a home run! Maybe that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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Over two years, Congress introduced legislation to protect veterans from “pension poachers” by actually penalizing veterans for making transfers of assets. Those bills were S. 3270/H.R. 6171 (112th Congress) and S. 748/H.R. 2341 (113th Congress). Both bills died in Congress. The Veterans Administration drafted and issued proposed law changes, without... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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The best way to illustrate the topic of this post is with the following joke: A man is flying in a hot air balloon when he realizes he is lost. He reduces his altitude and spots a man in a field below. He lowers the balloon toward the man and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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I was walking to the park with my daughter when she asked me to hold her hand. There is no feeling like my child’s hand in my own. But I was confused when, as we were holding hands, my daughter said, “No, Mommy, hold my hand.” I thought I was.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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A few months ago, I arranged a lunch meeting with another attorney whose office was close to mine and whose practice area complemented mine. I had researched her on the Internet and was impressed with her resume and her “look.” When we met at lunch, I thought I had researched... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose
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Some of you have probably already made - and broken - your New Year’s resolutions for 2016, to include common personal ones like losing weight, doing more exercise, eating better, and quitting bad habits. However, consider making and sticking with some work-related resolutions as well as personal ones to keep... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Lawyers With Purpose