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A Chilling Story of Fraud Targeting an Elderly Victim

JUNE 17, 2013 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 23 Last week a colleague told us a story that we think needs to be shared. Patricia Sitchler, a nationally-known San Antonio lawyer with the prominent Texas firm Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan, P.C., described her client’s eye-opening experience with a fraudulent attempt to access her bank account. We asked …

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Privacy and Medical Records: A Few Words About HIPAA

JUNE 3, 2013 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 22 A delightful, intelligent and witty client of ours (nearly all our clients are delightful, intelligent and witty) visited her podiatrist’s office. Our client has always battled problems with her weight, so when an assistant insisted that she step onto an office scale she declined. I’m pretty sure, she …

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Trust Administration Dispute Ends Up Costly for Complainant

MAY 20, 2013 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 20 One of the reasons people create living trusts is to reduce the likelihood of disputes among family members. In fact, any well-written estate plan — whether it involves a living trust or not — should focus at least partly on that worthwhile goal. Most estates do get settled …

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Court Avoids Deciding Fate of Unnecessary Special Needs Trust

MAY 13, 2013 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 19 We read an interesting appellate court case this week involving an Indiana special needs trust. The court’s resolution of the case was actually not all that interesting — it was dismissed on technical grounds. But the story was an interesting one, and involved a problem that we see …

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Bypass Trusts, Disclaimer Trusts and Portability in Estate Planning

MAY 6, 2013 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 18 Last week we wrote about questions we often hear from our clients in the wake of big changes to the federal estate tax structure. Almost immediately we heard from a reader asking about portability and disclaimer trusts; our reader suggested we try to explain the two concepts and …

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Court Ruling on Special Needs Trust Does Not Resolve Medicaid Eligibility

APRIL 22, 2013 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 16 This week we bring you a story that is simultaneously simple yet profound. It involves an arcane corner of law — the intersection of trust administration and Medicaid eligibility. Its simplicity is obvious: it results in a court determination that Medicaid eligibility is determined by the state Medicaid …

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