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Why repealing the estate tax is a bad idea

Congress

The Republican tax reform plans in Congress could reduce or end the estate tax. The House proposal would eliminate the tax, while the Senate version would reduce it. According to The Atlantic, the estate tax will only bring in about … Continue reading

Helping young disabled people transition into adulthood

A new program in the South Side of Chicago is helping young disabled students make the often-difficult transition into living independently as an adult. Politico Magazine describes it as sort of a community college for special education students. Southside Occupational … Continue reading

Article submission for The National Advocates

We hope you enjoy reading the news blogs on The National Advocates website, and the latest news on the legal profession in our social media feeds and in our newsletter, Advocacy for All. We are constantly striving to provide thoughtful, … Continue reading

How tax reform could affect the alimony deduction

Congress

A House-sponsored tax reform measure making its way through Congress proposes to end the tax deduction for alimony. That would eliminate a tax break for the ex-spouse who pays alimony, and the tax hit for the ex who receives it, … Continue reading

Podcast: Inside Trump’s immigration crackdown

Expedited removal is a law enforcement tool that allows for rapid deportations for undocumented immigrants who are arrested near the US border. The Trump administration wants to expand the program, but opponents say it would give too much power to … Continue reading

Register now for the 2018 Trial Lawyers Summit

As the 2018 Trial Lawyers Summit gets closer, rooms at the Loews Miami Beach are filling up fast, and discounts will be disappearing. With attendance limited to 1,000, act now to secure your reservation for the #1 legal conference of … Continue reading

How the undocumented are treated in federal prisons

A commentary at The Marshall Project claims that undocumented immigrants in the federal prison system aren’t given the same “work and self-improvement opportunities” offered to citizens. Jacob Shuman says, “The truth is that the BOP discriminates against undocumented people by … Continue reading

7 tips for avoiding estate fights

When drawing up wills and other estate planning documents, don’t forget about the person’s personal property, advises estate planner John J. Scroggin. According to CNBC, “The single biggest point of conflict among family members is not the million dollars over … Continue reading

‘Dreamer’ application deadline Thursday

undocumented immigrants

After the Trump administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in March, it said it would continue to process pending and renewal applications received through Thursday, October 4, according to the Los Angeles Times. With that deadline … Continue reading

Liability Medicare Set Asides (LMSAs): October is here! Now what?

By B. Josh Pettingill, MBA, MS, MSCC & Jason D. Lazarus, J.D., LL.M., MSCC The debate regarding addressing Medicare‚Äôs future interest in liability settlements is filled with nuance and subtleties. An essential step in understanding the big picture is starting … Continue reading