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Grandparent Visitation Rights Upheld In Arizona Court Case

JANUARY 1, 2001 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 27 In June of 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of Troxel v. Granville, concerning the rights of grandparents to secure court-ordered visitation with their grandchildren. In the wake of that case many observers predicted that no such right could survive. Arizona’s Court of Appeals last week …

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State Medicaid Program Must Pay For Woman’s Knee Surgery

DECEMBER 25, 2000 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 26 Indiana resident Petricia Day seemed to be caught in a bureaucratic Catch-22. She needed help paying for her medical treatment. Her problem: Indiana’s interpretation of federal Medicaid rules prevented her from getting the treatment because it might be successful. Medicaid is a federal program partially paid for and …

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Tube Feedings May Not Help Emaciated, Bed-Ridden Patient

DECEMBER 18, 2000 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 25 Frail, demented nursing home patients can eventually lose the ability to take food and fluids by mouth. When that process begins to occur tube feedings may be started. Doctors and family members may believe that such feedings prolong life and improve the ability to fight bedsores and disease. …

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Beneficiary designation

Retirement Plan Beneficiary Designation Controls Despite Will Provisions

DECEMBER 11, 2000 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 24 “Estate planning” means more than just preparing and signing a will. The families of Donald and Mary Perkins learned that even when a will is in place, there still may be problems. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins had both been married before. Each of them had three children from …

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Medicaid “Transfer” Is Incomplete Until Joint Owners Withdraw Funds

NOVEMBER 27, 2000 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 22 Dora Steinberg was 76 years old when her husband died. She decided that she should put her children’s names on her account. Right after her husband’s death in 1983 she opened a stock brokerage account with Dean Witter Reynolds with about $120,000. The account was titled in three …

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Medicare HMOs Continue To Cut Programs Across Country

NOVEMBER 20, 2000 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 21 Three short years ago Congress was pushing for increased use of “managed care” plans as one way to stave off a looming financial crisis for the federal Medicare program. Today the promise of managed care continues to be unmet—largely because of Congress’ own actions. The federal government picks …

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Unlike Arizona, Oregon Power of Attorney Effective for Gifts

NOVEMBER 13, 2000 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 20 Suzanne C. Pruitt died in 1994 from complications related to her Alzheimer’s disease. At the time of her death her estate was worth over $1.4 million. The IRS argued that it should have been $120,000 more than that, and that the estate should pay just under $50,000 more …

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Purchase At Tucson Estate Sale Generates $574,730 Profit

NOVEMBER 6, 2000 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 19 “Estate sales” are a popular American pastime. After the owner’s death or disability, personal effects may be offered for sale to the public, and bargain hunters love to poke through the merchandise. Some shoppers are hoping to find a perfect match for their own dishes, some are looking …

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Same-Sex Couples Can Face Higher Estate Tax Liability

OCTOBER 30, 2000 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 18 Gay and lesbian couples need to take special steps to make sure that their wishes are carried out at death. The law makes some assumptions about the intentions of married couples—that they usually intend to leave their property to one another, for example. There are also tax rules …

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