Articles From Lee Beneze

Practice note: transfers of assets, penalty periods and home care services By Lee Beneze & Mary Mayes Elder Law, February 2001 The Illinois Department on Aging provides a variety of services to older Illinoisans under the Community Care Program (CCP).
The top events of 2000: AARP By Lee Beneze Elder Law, February 2001 AARP has released a list of its top events and issues for the year 2000 which had the most significant impact on older Americans.
Notes from the chair By Lee Beneze Elder Law, October 2000 It is my great pleasure to welcome the readers of the Elder Law Newsletter to the pages of this newsletter.
Deceptive practices in prepaid funeral plans By Lee Beneze Elder Law, June 2000 On April 10, 2000, the Senate Select Committee on Aging held a hearing on financially deceptive and fraudulent practices in the prepaid funeral and burial industry.
Identifying and reporting health care fraud: part II By Lee Beneze Elder Law, June 2000 As noted in the first part of this article (See Elder Law, Vol. 5, no. 3, May 2000), the cost of health care fraud and abuse in this country--out of a trillion dollar expenditure for health care--may be as much as a quarter of a billion (not million!) dollars every day.
New assisted living law to be implemented in 2001 By Lee Beneze Elder Law, June 2000 The Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act (Public Act 91-0656) was passed by the General Assembly in the 1999 spring session.
Aging delayed—aging denied? By Lee Beneze Elder Law, May 2000 This article is based on "Can Human Aging Be Postponed?," Scientific American, Vol. 281, No. 6 (December, 1999), pp. 106-111.
Health care fraud is everybody’s business By Lee Beneze Elder Law, May 2000 The Illinois Department on Aging is a participant, along with other state and federal agencies, in a federal initiative called "Operation Restore Trust."
Illinois annual Elder Rights Conference planned By Lee Beneze Elder Law, May 2000 The 14th Annual Elder Rights Conference, organized by the Illinois Department on Aging, will be held in Chicago on August 2 and 3, 2000, at the Holiday Inn City Center.
Judge Keshner dies; fostered creation of Elder Law Section By Lee Beneze Elder Law, March 2000 The Elder Law Section Council, at its meeting in Chicago on December 10, took special note of the passing of Judge Larry Keshner, on November 6, 1999.
Public hearings on guardianship reform scheduled By Lee Beneze Elder Law, March 2000 Equip for Equality, the advocacy organization for disabled persons in the state, has created the Guardianship Reform Project, that is holding several hearings around the state.
2000 Federal Census will include inquiries on grandparental caregivers By Lee Beneze Elder Law, November 1999 Few people stop to think that one measure of the importance of a social, economic or demographic trend is when questions related to it are included in the federal decentennial census.
Brief summaries of some recent legislation signed by the Governor By Lee Beneze Elder Law, November 1999 PA 91-244 (HB 524) (signed July 22, 1999)--Provides that each license application (or renewal form) to a person required by law to report child abuse or elder abuse shall include the telephone numbers where such reports should be made.
Illinois Annual Elder Rights Conference a success By Lee Beneze Elder Law, November 1999 The 13th Annual Elder Rights Conference, organized by the Illinois Department on Aging, was held in Chicago on July 28 and 29.
Medicare-Medicaid “dual eligibles” By Lee Beneze Elder Law, November 1999 Every member of the elderlaw bar should become familiar with the program for low income Medicare-Medicaid "dual eligibles."
How to deal with reporters By Lee Beneze Elder Law, June 1999 Recently, I had the pleasure of listening to an enthusiastic and knowledgeable speaker at the Annual Symposium of the National Association of Legal Services Developers.
United States government issues Cold War Recognition Certificates to veterans, reservists and federal employees By Lee Beneze Elder Law, June 1999 Congress has directed the Secretary of Defense to award a "Cold War Recognition Certificate" to members of the United States Armed Forces (including members of the Reserve components) and federal employees, who served their country during the Cold War Era.
Animal cruelty and domestic violence By Lee Beneze Elder Law, April 1999 Animal abuse is itself disgusting enough. However, for at least the last century, civilized societies have criminalized animal abuse, not just for what it means to animals, but for what it means to humans.
UPDATE: U. S. Justice Department drops section 4734 appea By Lee Beneze Elder Law, April 1999 The infamous section 4734 of the Balanced Budget Act, usually referred to as the "granny's legal advisor goes to jail" clause is in the news again, perhaps for the last time.

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