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  • News and reviews of recent legislation - and how it affects you and your business.
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  • Advance listings for our Legal Talk television broadcast, plus other upcoming events.

 

Press Release – May 2018 – Local Attorney Named “Pennsylvania Rising Star”

The law firm of O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C. (OWM Law), 41 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA, and 347 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA, is very proud to announce, for the second year in a row, that Rebecca A. Hobbs has been named a ‘2018 Pennsylvania Rising Star’ in the field of elder law by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine and superlawyers.com. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of lawyers from more than seventy (70) practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

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OWM Blog – Do You Pay Income Tax on Social Security Disability Benefits?

do you pay income tax on social security disability benefits

People often wonder: “Do you pay income tax on social security disability benefits?”

The answer is “no” and “yes.”  Private disability policies that you may have through your employment or you have purchased personally are not subject to Federal income tax due to the fact that they are purchased with after-tax dollars. …

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OWM Newsletter – Spotlight on TriCounty Active Adult Center

FEATURE ARTICLE – Kathleen M. Martin, Esq., CELA discusses the various programs and services that TRAAC offers to members.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT – Meet Hilda M. Wilson, Billing Coordinator

PRESS RELEASE – O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C. is Growing Again

OWM FIRM NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS – O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C. will be participating in National Elder Law Month this May by offering a free 30-minute consultation with an attorney to review current estate planning documents (i.e. Wills, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills). Please call our office at (610) 323-2800 or (610) 917-9347 to schedule your free 30-minute consultation with one of our Elder Law or Estate Planning attorneys in either the Pottstown or Phoenixville office.

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OWM Blog – Spotlight on TriCounty Active Adult Center

As part of our continuing spotlight on area non-profit organizations, and also as part of the celebration of Elder Law Month in May, two (2) attorneys from OWM Law met with Brian Parkes, the Executive Director of the TriCounty Active Adult Center (TRAAC) which is formerly known as the Pottstown Area Senior Center. …

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OWM Blog – Parents Living with Adult Children

parents living with adult children

Intrafamily care was common in the United States several generations ago. With today’s aging population, there are indicators that not only baby boomers, but millennials, are inviting their parents to move in with them, renovating their homes to accommodate a surviving parent.  With the rising costs of nursing home care, children are reverting to the “old ways” of multigenerational living, giving the children both peace of mind regarding the parent’s care, and reducing many of the stresses related to long distance caregiving.  A side benefit is the home is then senior-suitable when they need it.

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Family Caregiver Agreement in Pennsylvania: How to Avoid Traps for the Unwary

Family Caregiver Agreement in Pennsylvania

According to a study conducted by AARP and National Alliance for Caregiving study, nearly 40 million Americans in 2014 were providing unpaid care to people who are older, disabled, or otherwise in need of assistance[i]. For those that leave jobs to care for family members, it can become a financial hardship for the family. Frequently, the family does not realize the legal intricacies involved in privately paying a family member or friend to provide care. Payments made to a family member or private caregiver who provides care can be a minefield of potential Medicaid and income tax issues.

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OWM Special Newsletter – National Elder Law Month

Local Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorneys to Offer Free Document Review

O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C. will be participating in National Elder Law Month this May by offering a free 30 minute consultation with an attorney to review current estate planning documents – Wills, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills. Please call one of our offices at (610) 323-2800 or (610) 917-9347 to schedule your free 30 minute consultation with one of the attorneys in our Elder Law Department in either the firm’s Pottstown or Phoenixville office.

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Excessive Bail & Pennsylvania Bail Laws

pennsylvania bail laws

“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted,” Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The New York Times, in a recent feature article on March 31, 2018, discussed the current state of the bail system within the United States. Although the Constitution holds that a criminal defendant shall not be held on excessive bail, the current practice does not always adhere to that. Many defendants on the margins of society find themselves having to choose between incarceration, or using their homes, vehicles or life savings as collateral in order to have their freedom while defending themselves against criminal charges.

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