In December 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was passed and made significant changes to retirement for Americans. Now there is a new bipartisan bill working its way through Congress. Dubbed “SECURE Act 2.0,” this new...
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Legislation Update: Better Care Better Jobs Act
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Jul 25, 2021 | Legislation
The Better Care Better Jobs Act would have an enormous impact on long-term care and Medicaid home and community-based services. Introduced early in summer 2021, the bill would expand access to these services as well as raise wages for direct support professionals –...
Legislation Update: Elder Abuse Prevention Act of 2021
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Jul 18, 2021 | Legislation
This summer, the US House of Representatives passed a bill to amend the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (H.R. 2922). With this legislation, the establishment of a permanent Elder Justice Initiative in the Department of Justice is demanded. What would this...
Looking Toward Potential Estate Planning Changes
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Feb 19, 2021 | Estate Planning, Legislation
Tax changes are expected under the new administration. We don’t know how quickly President Biden will move to enact his tax proposals, or whether the Democrats’ thin margin in Congress will be a moderating force. Many analysts believe that economic recovery will be...
New 2019 Maryland Estate Planning Laws
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Aug 25, 2019 | Legislation
New laws have been passed in the Maryland General Assembly in the 2019 session which affect estate planning. Let's briefly recap each and what they mean for you. SB192: Elective Share of Surviving Spouse This law was passed to broaden the ability of the surviving...
Changes in Health Savings Account Limits
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Jul 23, 2019 | Legislation
Employers offer various health care plans to employees, one of which is a High Deduction Health Plan (HDHP). It’s typically through this plan that a health savings account (HSA) is offered. These accounts allow individuals to set aside and use money specifically for current or future health care expenses.
Subminimum Wage and Special Needs Trusts
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Apr 20, 2019 | Estate Planning, Legislation
A provision in the Fair Labor Standards Act allows employers to pay disabled individuals less than the federal minimum wage by obtaining a 14(c) certificate from the Department of Labor. As of March 2019, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
2018 Legislative Updates on Estate Taxes
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Jun 5, 2018 | Legislation
The Maryland General Assembly passed multiple bills this year that have significant effects on estate planning. Here is a breakdown of two of the bigger bills and how they could affect you. Amendment to the State Estate Tax Beginning in 2019, the new cap for...
2017 Maryland Legislative Updates To Estate Planning
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Jun 30, 2017 | Legislation
The Maryland General Assembly passed a handful of bills this year that have significant effects on estate planning. Here is a breakdown of the bills and how they could affect you. Requirement for Trustees to Provide Notice to Self This is from SB792 and is an...
2017 Legislative Updates To Probate Administration
On Behalf of Simpson Law, PA | Jun 15, 2017 | Legislation
The Maryland General Assembly passed two bills this year that have significant effects on probate administration. Here is a breakdown of the bills and how they could affect you. SB0073: Share of Intestate Estate SB0073 increases the share of an intestate estate...
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