Ann Butenhof Attends Special Needs Alliance Conference in Hawaii

Ann N. Butenhof recently returned from the Special Needs Alliance Conference www.specialneedsalliance.org   “Seas of Change” held in Honolulu, Hawaii, from March 3- 5 2016.   The focus of the annual gathering of professionals engaged in advising clients in the area of Special Needs is to exchange information and keep current with the ever-changing legal landscape facing clients dealing with special needs situations.  This

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Ann Butenhof Guest Speaker on “Marc Hebert’s Money Sense”

ANN BUTENHOF was on the air answering callers’ questions on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. as the guest speaker on “Marc Hebert’s Money Sense”, a weekly call in talk show hosted by Marc Hebert, the President of The Harbor Group, Inc. www.HarborGroup.com on WGIR-AM 610 and New Radio 96.7. Marc Hebert is a Certified Financial Planner and registered

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What Happens if I Die Without a Will?

Should you die without having executed a Last Will and Testament, New Hampshire state law directs who will receive your assets and in what amounts. Dying without a Will is called, in legal terms, dying intestate. Your death certificate will be filed with the Probate Court in order to open your estate for administration and the Court will appoint someone – usually

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SSA Notices to Include Explanations on Trusts

Beneficiaries of irrevocable trusts and trustees administering assets for individuals who rely on public benefits based on financial need, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), may be interested in a recent Social Security Administration (SSA) publication of internal instructions (an “Emergency Message – EM”).  EM-16012 instructs SSA staff to provide more detail regarding the reasoning for an agency decision when a trust,

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Homestead Exemption

On January 1, 2016, the homestead protection in New Hampshire increased from $100,000 to $120,000.  N.H. R.S.A. 480:1, allows a property owner to consider $120,000 of the property’s value as homestead, and therefore exempt from judgment by certain creditors with regard to unsecured debts.  The homestead protection does not apply against debts including, but not limited to, those related to tax collections,

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Comparison of Medicaid and Medicare

It is not uncommon to be confused about the difference between Medicare and Medicaid.  Although these two programs have similar sounding names, and are administered by the same federal agency, these programs are very different.  One major difference between Medicare and Medicaid is that Medicare does not have a financial eligibility test; individuals who are disabled or reach retirement age, qualify for

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Welcome Our Newest Associate

Please join us in welcoming our newest associate to the firm, Juli D. Hincks, Esquire.  We are proud and pleased Juli has elected to begin her legal career at Butenhof & Bomster.   As a UNH School of Law, Juli completed her legal residency with us during the Spring of 2015.  As a Daniel Webster Scholar, Juli was immediately sworn in as a

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Medicare Premiums 2016

  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently announced the 2016 annual Medicare premiums and deductibles.     Medicare Part A Medicare Part A covers in-patient hospitalizations, skilled nursing facility care and certain home health services.  The table below, from the CMS web page, provides a comparison of Part A deductibles and coinsurance for the 2015 and 2016 calendar years.  

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Ann Butenhof – a panelist on upcoming ABA Webinar

ABA (American Bar Association) WEBINAR:  Medicaid Risk Analysis – Identifying Medicaid Eligibility and Avoiding Malpractice.   Ann Butenhof  has been invited to participate as a panelist for the upcoming ABA presentation Medicaid Risk Analysis –  Identifying Medicaid Eligibility and Avoiding Malpractice.    Other faculty include Moderator The Honorable Ruth Kleinfeld, and panelists Gary Bauer from Western Michigan University, Thomas Cooley Law School and Jessica

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