SCAM ALERT: Paying for Copies of Deeds

The notice comes in an official looking envelope.  In bold, all capital letters, the envelope reads: “IMPORTANT PROPERTY INFORMATION    RESPOND PROMPTLY”.  A warning is printed regarding obstructing the delivery of the letter.  All of it looks very official.  Then off to the side, and in some cases in smaller print it reads “This is not…

Fraud Alert – Medicare Cards

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, requires Medicare to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. The new cards will have a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing and for checking your eligibility and claim status. This will happen automatically. You…

New Legislation Passed for Special Needs Trusts

Yesterday, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act.  This includes a subsection known as the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act. Effective immediately, disabled persons with capacity can now establish and sign their own special needs trust. Previously, the law only allowed a parent, grandparent, guardian or court could establish a first party special needs…