Category Archives: Criminal Law

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Show Me the Money!

There are many misconceptions about gifts. In “Gift Tax? Hakuna Matata,” I explained why even moderately wealthy folks do not need to worry about the $14,000 per person per person limit on annual gifts. However there are gift reporting requirements that must be met for large gifts, particularly from foreign donors.   It is common knowledge that banks report all Read More


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Double Standard

To turn on the news this year has revealed a seemingly endless parade of sexual predators – actors, comedians, producers, directors, politicians and executives. Women and men have come forward to accuse people in positions of power of groping, harassing, threatening and raping them. While some of the predatory behavior has been recent, many victims have waited decades before going Read More


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Beneficiaries in Orange

On a “listserv” we both read, a colleague, Nathan Piwowarski, posted a helpful explanation about litigating SCRA cases. He also provides tips on how a trust should be drawn up to avoid claim of the Michigan Department of Corrections for reimbursement for the costs of imprisonment. His remarks build on my post: “Chains of Blood; Bars of Steel.” He has Read More


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Attorney Fee Hazards at Social Security Administration

A colleague posted a question on an elder law listserv about being paid to represent a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient who lost benefits due to assets in a special needs trust (SNT). The SSI program has a $2,000 asset limit and an SNT is designed to protect excess assets. The question was answered by a very knowing Social Security Read More