Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn W. Colvin recently announced that 25 new Compassionate Allowances conditions will be added to the existing list of conditions, bringing it up to 225 in total. The Compassionate Allowances program aims to ensure that Americans with the most serious disabilities are able to secure their benefit decisions in a matter of days, rather than months or years.
HoganWillig is honored to congratulate Judge J. Michael Kelleher on the announcement of his retirement as Town Justice in the Town of Lancaster. After 38 years of commitment and public service in the justice system, Judge Kelleher will be leaving the bench to focus on his private practice at HoganWillig.
HoganWillig is pleased to announce that associates Allison M. Bozinski, Bryan J. Daniels and Lauren M. Silverstein have been admitted to the New York State Bar.
Medicaid is a joint federal-state Social Security program. The laws governing Medicaid vary depending on whether the applicant is single or married, receiving services in the community or in a nursing home, and under or over the age of 65. Disabled individuals of any age, and medically needy individuals over the age of 65 are eligible for Medicaid as long as they meet the financial criteria.
Homeowners should be aware of the important regulations regarding flood insurance. Any loan that is federally guaranteed for a residential property located within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) must have flood insurance coverage.
HoganWillig has learned that the New York State Unified Court System and local courts have received inquiries regarding email notices to appear in court proceedings.
Using a hand held mobile device while driving (phone, text, email), the penalty for a first offense still involves a maximum fine of a $150 fine plus surcharges. The point violation increases from three to five points for offenses committed on or after June 1, 2013.
As 2013 comes to a close, have you made your New Year’s resolution yet? For many of us, estate planning is something we realize we should do, but somehow manage to keep postponing. With this in mind, you consider what estate planning is really all about. In essence, estate planning is about managing and protecting your assets during your lifetime and controlling distribution following your death so you may leave a legacy for your loved ones.
Who is required to participate? All taxpayers must enroll themselves and dependents with “minimum essential coverage” by January 1, 2014 or pay a penalty.
The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare,” has caused a great deal of confusion since enacted on March 23, 2010. We have put together the following information in an effort to relieve some of the uncertainty surrounding this health care reform, and to hopefully ease the inevitable anxiety many of our clients will face in the coming months.