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Deadline Approaching for Gay Married Retired Military to Enroll In Survivor Benefit Plan

Retired and active military are entitled to designate their surviving spouse to receive the pension upon the veteran’s death.  This is called the ‘survivor benefit plan.’ This benefit plan provides up to 55% of the veteran’s pension and helps many widows and widowers avoid financial hardship.  As a result of the United States Supreme Court’s…

Medicare Rehabilitation Standard Finally Revised

The long awaited update for Medicare rehabilitative services coverage is finally here. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finally updated its Medicare manual regarding coverage for patients receiving rehabilitative services.  This necessary change will help patients and their families advocate for additional Medicare covered services. Under traditional Medicare, the first twenty (20)…

The Affordable Care Act Benefits the LGBTQ Community

HOW THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BENEFITS THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY During his two terms in office President Obama has supported the LGBTQ community in a myriad of ways including: the Patient Visitation Act, repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in the military, and supporting the repeal of DOMA.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) click here which debuts January…

Rights For LGBTQ Individuals Continue To Advance

On Monday December 23, 2013, a federal judge in Ohio ruled that the state must recognize gay marriages by identifying the surviving spouse on a death certificate. The ruling was based on two lawsuits filed in July 2013 by two surviving gay spouses. Ohio does not recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. When the U.S. Supreme…

2014: New Rules; New New Year’s Resolutions!

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2014 2013 introduced significant legal and social developments in our country such as: the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Windsor resulting in federal rights being available to married same sex couples individuals delaying their retirement age due to increased life expectancies, weakened retirement systems and poor financial planning and states like…

Pet Trusts

Your Beloved Pet Deserves a Pet Trust Recently, more people are including their pets in their estate plan. In 2012 a Tennessee resident died and provided for the future care of his two casts in his Last Will & Testament. He has left $250,000.00 and his home to Frisco and Jake. The monies that remain after…

Lessons I Learned from my Father

My father, Howard Schneider, died on November 16, 2013.  When I graduated law school my father told me that the experience would serve me well and he was right. My father’s legacy is his work ethic, the importance of one’s character and credibility, and the bravery he exhibited living with Parkinson’s. I am grateful for his legacy as it…

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