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New Study Reveals Medical Dangers of Isolation

[Originally published in the NAELA eBulletin] Those who are socially isolated are over 40% more likely to have a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke, than those who were socially integrated, new research has shown.  The German study, presented May 23, 2020 at the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Virtual Congress, found…

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TAX CONSIDERATIONS IN PLANNING FOR LONG-TERM CARE

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA [Article originally published in Straight Word]  Long-term care in New Jersey is expensive. According to Genworth, in 2017 monthly costs of care in New Jersey were as follows: homemaker services – $4,195, home health aide – $4,385, assisted living facility $5,811, semi-private room in nursing home – $10,038, and…

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PARENTS’ ESTATE PLANNING FOR PERSONAL INJURY VICTIMS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA  Personal injury victims frequently receive means-tested public benefits. They often establish Self-Settled Special Needs Trusts (SSSNTs) to hold the personal injury settlement, so that the settlement does not interfere with public benefits eligibility. However, it is important that parents not leave these children with disabilities monies as part of…

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The Future of the Practice of Law

By Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA A Virginia State Bar Association appointed a study committee on the future of the practice of law. Perhaps New Jersey should do the same. A draft copy of the final report is interesting reading. The committee identified a number of external forces affecting the practice of law: Advances in…

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