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2019 COLA INCREASES FOR MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, TAX AND VETERANS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA There are a great many public benefit numbers and tax numbers that are adjusted on an annual basis.  This article is designed to make those numbers readily available. The following are current numbers for 2019. Medicaid Income Cap[1] $2,313 Maximum Community Spouse Resource Allowance (CSRA)[2] $126,420 Minimum CSRA[3] $25,284…

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ISSUES TO CONSIDER IN A NEW JERSEY WRONGFUL DEATH CASE

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA New Jersey wrongful death cases can be complex.  A number of issues arise and the statutes are not always clear.  This article will discuss several important considerations.  Cases under the Wrongful Death Act have two components.  One is the wrongful death component, and the other is the survival…

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PLANNING FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS PART 2

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA General This is the second part in a five-part series dealing with planning for individuals with special needs.  Part 1 discussed the reasons to establish a trust and some of the requirements for a Special Needs Trust (SNT).  This article will focus on when to use a Self-Settled Special…

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PLANNING FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS PART 1

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA General According to Annual Disability Statistics Compendium published by the federal government, in 2014 there were 39,674,679 individuals with disabilities living in the community, a prevalence rate of 12.6%. This number is increasing as disabilities, such as Autism and Alzheimer’s Disease, become more prevalent. Non-institutionalized civilians with disabilities age…

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