Good News For Veterans!

The Office of Management and Budget recently approved a six-page claim form that veterans can use to apply for disability benefits, replacing a very complex 23-page application.  The new form can be found here.

Veterans and widow(er)s of veterans may be entitled to financial assistance from the VA to help pay for the cost of home health care, assisted living care, and nursing home care.  If you would like a FREE consultation to determine if you are eligible for these benefits, please contact Wiggen Law Group today at (919) 680-0000.

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Texas Billionaire’s Legacy: Death, But No Taxes

The family of a Texas billionaire, Dan Duncan, will benefit from this year’s estate tax repeal.  Although Mr. Duncan’s estate is estimated to be $9 billion, no estate tax will be due.  Remember, the repeal only lasts this year.  If the law does not change before 2011, the estate tax will come back and estates over $1,000,000 will be subject to a federal tax of 55%!  If your estate (including the death value of all life insurance policies) is $1,000,000 or more, make sure to speak to an experienced estate planning attorney about how you can minimize estate taxes.  Call Wiggen Law Group today to schedule your FREE estate planning consultation.

Read more about Dan Duncan’s estate here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37588278/ns/business-the_new_york_times/

Older Adults Get to Speak with President Obama About Health Care Reform

This just in from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA):
Next Tuesday, June 8, at 11:15 a.m. EDT, President Obama and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, will host a “tele-town hall” event with older adults in Wheaton, MD.  The purpose of the event is to answer questions from older adults in person and by phone about how the Affordable Care Act will affect Medicare. NAELA is co-sponsoring the event along with other national organizations which represent older adults.
Individuals interested in viewing the town hall may do so through the White House website or at a regional viewing events.  The town hall will also likely be broadcast on C-SPAN. Obama Administration officials will be present at some of the regional viewing events in order to answer questions from participants.  The list of regional events includes some private events highlighted in yellow.  The rest of the events on the list are open to the public and include the location and contact information for the person organizing the event.
Individuals interested in asking a question of President Obama or Secretary Sebelius can call in during Tuesday’s town hall at 1-800-837-1935, pass code: 80272058.
Also, see this brochure from CMS about health care reform and Medicare.