goffandgoffattorneys.com https://goffandgoffattorneys.com Ruston, LA Law Firm Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:08:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Avoiding Medicare Scams https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/12/13/avoiding-medicare-scams/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:08:36 +0000 https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/12/13/avoiding-medicare-scams/ By far the largest types of insurance fraud are scams against government and private health care insurers. The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud estimates that tens of billions of dollars are lost annually to these types of fraud. Additionally, medical identity theft is now a top complaint received by the Federal Trade Commission. Billing fraud is also responsible for huge losses to Medicare funds. How does this affect a senior on an individual level? Although scammers […]

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The Pitfalls of the Do It Yourself Divorce Part #4 https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/12/03/the-pitfalls-of-the-do-it-yourself-divorce-part-4/ https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/12/03/the-pitfalls-of-the-do-it-yourself-divorce-part-4/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2018 21:46:05 +0000 https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/?p=49499 This post is the fourth post in a series where we alert you to the pitfalls of the Do It Yourself divorce. Pitfall #4  Letting your spouse hire the attorney. You decided not to hire an attorney.  Instead you will trust your spouse to hire the attorney to do the paperwork.  After all, you know your spouse will be fair.  Besides this will save a ton of money. The Risks That attorney your spouse hired? […]

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VA Penalizes Veterans With New Rules — Making Lemonade Out of Lemons https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/11/19/va-penalizes-veterans-with-new-rules-making-lemonade-out-of-lemons/ Mon, 19 Nov 2018 22:16:44 +0000 https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/11/19/va-penalizes-veterans-with-new-rules-making-lemonade-out-of-lemons/ VA Pension Benefits are cash payments available to some wartime Veterans and their surviving spouses who are disabled and/or have additional medical needs. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)  recently set forth new eligibility requirements for applying. Those new rules went into effect October 18, 2018.   Although the rule changes penalize veterans by making eligibility and the concomitant estate planning more difficult, we are nonetheless taking an optimistic approach. We intend to make lemonade […]

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The Pitfalls of the Do It Yourself Divorce Part #2 https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/11/12/the-pitfalls-of-the-do-it-yourself-divorce-part-2/ https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/11/12/the-pitfalls-of-the-do-it-yourself-divorce-part-2/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 20:34:32 +0000 https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/?p=49452 This post is the second post in a series where we alert you to the pitfalls of the Do It Yourself divorce. Pitfall #2  Utilizing forms drafted by non-lawyers. You may have seen those creative entrepreneurs marketing their divorce document preparation services on social media pages like Facebook.  “Save money!  No attorney needed!  Let me draft your divorce documents for you!”  Just like the problems with internet forms (see Pitfall #1) you risk an invalid […]

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Recognizing and Reporting Elder Abuse https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/11/08/recognizing-and-reporting-elder-abuse/ Thu, 08 Nov 2018 22:07:01 +0000 https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/11/08/recognizing-and-reporting-elder-abuse/ What is Elder Abuse? Many seniors are subjected to elder abuse every day. Tragically, the abuse often goes unreported and the abuser goes unpunished. Before such abuse can be reported, it has to be recognized. Elder abuse is a problem that takes many forms. Elder abuse may take the form of physical abuse, emotional abuse, simple neglect, and financial exploitation.  Physical abuse is often the most obvious and easy to spot. Physical abuse to the […]

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The Pitfalls of the Do It Yourself Divorce Part #3 https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/11/01/the-pitfalls-of-the-do-it-yourself-divorce-part-3/ https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/11/01/the-pitfalls-of-the-do-it-yourself-divorce-part-3/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 20:10:39 +0000 https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/?p=49468 This post is the third post in a series where we alert you to the pitfalls of the Do It Yourself divorce. Pitfall #3 Failure to understand court procedure. Louisiana procedure is technical and not intuitive.  Lawyers are required to take classes in law school to prepare them for courtroom procedure because courtroom  procedure is complex.  Not only does each state have its own rules for courtroom procedure, nearly district within Louisiana has its own […]

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The Pitfalls of The Do It Yourself Divorce Part #1 https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/10/31/the-pitfalls-of-the-do-it-yourself-divorce-part-1/ https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/10/31/the-pitfalls-of-the-do-it-yourself-divorce-part-1/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 19:34:28 +0000 https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/?p=49437 Doing your own divorce in Louisiana without an attorney?   What could go wrong? Just like doing your own surgery, handling any legal proceeding on your own is fraught with danger.     Do you know what you are signing?   Are you sure you fully understand the implications of what you are asking the court to do for you?  Are better options for you?  Do you understand what your obligations are?  This series illustrates just a […]

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Special Needs Trusts 101 – A Tool For Protecting Those With Disabilities https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/10/24/special-needs-trusts-101-a-tool-for-protecting-those-with-disabilities/ Wed, 24 Oct 2018 20:09:24 +0000 https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/10/24/special-needs-trusts-101-a-tool-for-protecting-those-with-disabilities/ In general, a trust is created when property or assets are managed by a person or firm for another person’s benefit. The person or entity who manages the trust is known as the “trustee” and is entrusted with the responsibility of making decisions in the best interest of the person who benefits from the trust, known as the beneficiary. Trusts are advantageous because they provide the ability to place conditions on how and when your […]

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Financial Benefits for Veterans and their Survivors https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/10/09/financial-benefits-for-veterans-and-their-survivors/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:10:15 +0000 https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/10/09/financial-benefits-for-veterans-and-their-survivors/ If you are a veteran, or if you are caring for one, it is important that you understand the many veterans’ benefits programs available through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Financial support is often available to a a veteran, his or her spouse, veteran’s or their survivors based on the veteran’s current age, physical condition, or financial situation. Even if you or the veteran under your care for qualifies for Medicare there can be […]

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Trump Signs Law Encouraging Reporting of Financial Elder Abuse https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/08/21/trump-signs-law-encouraging-reporting-of-financial-elder-abuse/ https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/2018/08/21/trump-signs-law-encouraging-reporting-of-financial-elder-abuse/#respond Tue, 21 Aug 2018 20:02:18 +0000 https://goffandgoffattorneys.com/?p=49400 Financial elder abuse is a growing problem in our country. Financial institutions are often the first to witness elderly clients making unusual transactions that may be linked to a scam. Accordingly, on May 24, 2018, President Trump signed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act into law . That act contains a section  which is designed to encourage the reporting of elder (age 65 and older) financial abuse witnessed by financial institutions. Although […]

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