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Newsletter Articles From 2002

Reducing unwanted junk mail, e-mail, and telemarketing calls By Mardyth E. Pollard January 2002 As an attorney, you are well aware of the many needs of your client. Some of those needs, such as dealing with telemarketers and junk mail, are of a non-legal nature.
Scam alert! Nigerian global scam in full flower By Lee Beneze May 2002 Over the past months, what certainly must be tens, if not hundreds of thousands of letters purporting to be from Nigeria, or elsewhere in West Africa, have been e-mailed to Americans.
The Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Act December 2002 The Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Act, 320 ILCS 30/1 et seq., enables senior citizens to defer paying their real estate taxes until after their death, a sale of the real estate, or a failure to qualify for the program.
The Senior Health Insurance Program—SHIP By Bryan Padget May 2002 The Senior Health Insurance Program, or SHIP, is a free insurance counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.
Senior lawyers help the community By Stanley B. Balbach December 2002 Whether you are a volunteer in civic activities, alumni groups, retiree's organizations, or a political organization, you are, by participating, making a difference to an organization and to your community.
State Supreme Court invalidates grandparent visitation statute June 2002 The fate of grandparent visitation laws could be seen as an example of the checks and balances of our republic at work: the Legislature giveth and the courts taketh away.
Stops along the Information Superhighway—where to complain on (or about) the Internet January 2002 If you have e-mail and access to the Internet, you may have found some things that irritate or disturb you--unsolicited e-mail that promises (among other things) to get you out of debt, make huge amounts of money or enlarge certain body parts (these messages are known as spam), websites that take money but don't deliver the promised goods or services, and the darker side of the Net: pornography and child exploitation.
Supreme Court dismisses aging disparate impact suit June 2002 The U.S. Supreme Court recently dismissed a case holding that disparate impact suits are not permitted under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. 621.
The Supreme Court goes to the “Waffle House” By Lee Beneze June 2002 In the case of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Waffle House, Inc. (No. 99-1823, January 15, 2002), the United States Supreme Court ruled that the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was not prohibited from filing its own action against the employer on behalf of an employer who had signed an employment contract which included an arbitration clause.
Supreme Court rules on spousal impoverishment determination standards June 2002 The U.S. Supreme Court has decided a case involving the "spousal impoverishment" provisions of Medicaid eligibility for people in nursing homes who have spouses living in the community.
The use of caregiver services contracts in Medicaid eligibility planning By Wesley J. Coulson June 2002 It is frequently the case that before someone enters a nursing home, that person receives home care from a spouse, child, or other family member.
Viatical scams and senior settlements October 2002 A viatical settlement is (or can be) a way for a terminally ill person to get money from his or her life insurance policy before he or she dies.