Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.

Gifts to a Special Needs Trust Can Be Larger Than You May Think

The federal gift tax system is one of the most misunderstood concepts in special needs planning, and for good reason: it's incredibly complicated. This complexity has resulted in the propagation of one of the most common estate…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Can Mike Huckabee Get an Amen! for his “Eye of the Tiger” Copyright Infringement Defense?

During his presidential campaign last September, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee made a well-publicized appearance at a rally for Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Senate Bill Would Strengthen Mandate That People With Disabilities Be Integrated in the Community

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) recently introduced the Disability Integration Act of 2015 (DIA) in the U.S. Senate. If passed, the bill would require states and health insurers to provide services to people with disabilities in…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Health, Insurance

What Is the ADA and Why Should You Care About It?

The Americans with Disabilities Act, commonly known as the ADA, is considered one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation for people with disabilities. Passed in 1990 and amended in 2008, the ADA attempts to…more
| Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Transportation

Proposed Changes to EEO-1 Reports Will Increase Burdens on Employers

This week, the EEOC proposed significant changes to the familiar EEO-1 reports. Under the EEOC’s proposal, employers with more than 100 employees ("large employers") will be required to report employee compensation and hours…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

'Compassionate Allowances' Process Speeds Up Disability Applications

Applicants for Social Security disability benefits often have to wait months, if not years, before they finally receive a check from the government, even if they are clearly eligible for benefits. However, in certain…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Whose Turn To Pay? New OIG Opinion Provides Clarity Regarding Payment of Radiology Transcription Fees

A new OIG opinion clarifies that providers are free to determine who will pay the transcription fees when separate parties perform the professional and technical components of a radiology exam. …more
| Health

How Your IRA Can Benefit Both Your Heirs and Charity

Do you want to use your IRA to help a charity, but also benefit your heirs? Instead of leaving your IRA directly to your children, you can leave it to a charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT) while still benefiting your children…more
| Finance & Banking, Nonprofit Law, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Should an Annuity Be Part of Your Retirement Planning?

Annuities can be valuable retirement and longevity planning tools, but they are complex financial products that can be misused. There are two kinds of annuities: variable and immediate. Variable annuities have gotten a bad…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Insurance

The Hardship Exception to the Medicaid Penalty Period: Rare But Possible

If you transfer assets within five years of applying for Medicaid, you will likely be subject to a period of ineligibility. There is an exception, however, if enforcing the penalty period would cause the applicant an "undue…more
| Health

Before Signing Anything on Behalf of Someone Else, Talk to Your Special Needs Planner

People lack the ability to sign documents for various reasons. In some cases, a person has suffered from a disability since birth and has never had the mental capacity to make decisions for himself. In other cases, an injury or…more
| Civil Procedure, Family Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Pooled Special Needs Trust Accused Of Overspending on Legal Fees

An Indiana-based pooled special needs trust has been accused of passing along some $2.4 million in legal fees to the trust beneficiaries without explaining what the fees were actually used for. A pooled special needs trust…more
| Business Torts, Nonprofit Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Simple Tricks to Determine the Type of Disability Benefits Your Loved One Receives

When a special needs planner meets with the family of a person with special needs, the planner will often ask the family what federal disability benefit their loved one receives. In many cases, the family will tell the planner…more
| Administrative Law

New Federal Budget Ends Two Spousal Social Security Claiming Strategies

The federal budget agreement that President Obama signed into law November 2, 2015, spells the end to two Social Security strategies that some spouses have used to maximize benefits. The strategies were worth tens of thousands…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

FINALLY… SEC Finalizes Crowdfunding Rules

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission ("SEC") adopted final rules which will allow companies to offer and sell equity and securities through a crowdfunding exemption in the Jumpstart Our Businesses Act…more
| Business Organizations, Communications & Media Law, Securities Law
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