Senate Bill 3270 has been introduced to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to consider the resources of individuals applying for non-service disability pension that were recently disposed of by the individuals for less than fair market value when determining the eligibility of such...

Attorney & Counselor at LawAlthough the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives the fundamental right to own a firearm, the National Firearms Act of 1936 regulates NFA firearms including, but not limited to, all fully automatic and select fire weapons, short-barreled rifles, shotguns and sound suppressors (silencers). If permitted under state law, you can own an NFA firearm. However, you have to pay a $200 tax on each firearm and you have to register them with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Furthermore, unless you acquire them through a trust or other entity, you have to obtain the consent of your chief of police (which some may be reluctant to do). Failure to do so could result in criminal prosecution, a fine and the confiscation of the firearm(s).

To assist with the costs of care if their medical expenses are high, wartime veterans or their surviving spouses often apply for non-service connected disability improved pension benefits (commonly referred to as “Aid & Attendance” although that is only a portion of the benefit) assuming all eligibility requirements are met. Various types of annuities are often used in the planning process so that eligibility can be obtained for Veterans Benefits. However, Medicaid benefits are often greater (especially for nursing home care) and the eligibility rules (and planning) are significantly different. On the other hand, VA benefits can be used anywhere (home, assisted living, nursing home, etc.) whereas very few assisted living facilities accept any Medicaid program.

Here's a follow up to our previous post http://dallaselderlawyer.com/infamous-dallas-swiss-avenue-elder-abuse-defendant-goes-to-trial-on-attempted-theft/ Mark McCay, who was convicted by a Dallas jury on June 21 of attempted theft by getting 88 year old former model Mary Ellen Bendtsen to sign a new will (which was thrown out by the probate court)...