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Author Archives: The Germany Law Firm

DIY vs. Professional

One of our concerns as elder law attorneys is making sure our clients have well-drafted legally enforceable documents to help them through difficult stages in life, when they can no longer make their own decisions about health care, end of life decisions or financial well-being. It is so very important for people to not only […]

“Born to Be Wild”

“Born to Be Wild” doesn’t mean being unprepared-having a will and disability planning documents like powers of attorney are important!  Be prepared! You worked hard for that bike and all your fun toys in life–make sure you protect what you have! Accidents unfortunately happen–long-term care insurance and a good estate plan are crucial-don’t “ride bitch” […]

TIPS FOR THE CAREGIVER

By: Rachel Wallace  After my mother had a stroke, I longed to take care of her.  I was sure I was up to the challenge.  After all, how hard could it be?  I moved her in to live with me and was her primary caregiver for more than five years.  I learned it was harder […]

Newest member of the team

The newest member of The Germany Law Firm staff is a 16 week old Guide Dog for the Blind puppy named Tuppence, who comes to the office on a part-time basis.  Her puppy raiser, Cathy, is a Legal Assistant in the office and part-time puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind in California.  Tuppence […]

Stay at Home Daughter

It was with love and uncertainty that we welcomed Mom to Colorado.  She had suffered a stroke and we were told that she would not be able to walk again or take care of herself without assistance.  My husband, Michael, suggested that Mom come to live with us and that we work with caregivers to […]

HIPAA Information

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act which was signed into law in August 1996. HIPAA was originally intended to support the portability of health insurance and to improve fraud and abuse protections, but provisions were added to improve administrative efficiency, reduce paperwork, and ensure confidentiality and privacy of electronic information. The purpose […]

Recommended Article: 5 ways to plan a secure future for your child with special needs

We highly recommend this read from Terry Savage https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-201505011930–tms–savagectnts-a20150503-20150503-column.html

Changes To Come In Same Sex Domestic Relations Law

Please take time to read this well written article by Ryann Peyton of the Harris Law Firm regarding Changes To Come In Same Sex Domestic Relations Law.  https://www.lawweekonline.com/2015/01/changes-to-come-in-same-sex-domestic-relations-law/

News Release: The ABLE Act

January 5, 2015 News Release: The ABLE Act Congress recently passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act which establishes a new type of tax advantaged saving plan for certain people with disabilities.  From a tax perspective, these accounts are similar to Roth IRAs and 529 education savings plans in that, while contributions are […]

CONGRESS PASSES ABLE ACT: MAJOR VICTORY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES

From email from National Disabilities Institute 12/17/14   CONGRESS PASSES ABLE ACT: MAJOR VICTORY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES For first time in nation’s history, federal government recognizes added costs associated to living with a disability   (Washington, D.C. – Dec. 17, 2014) – Last night, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Achieving […]

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