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August 2015 Archives

Google and Facebook Update Policies Regarding Deceased User's Accounts

Recently, Google updated its service to provide the family members of a deceased and estate administrators additional options when dealing with the deceased's Google account. Under a new Google policy, survivors and estate administrators can upload their loved ones death certificates and obituaries. In addition, current users of Google services have more control over what will happen to their Google accounts after their death. The new Google function is similar to the new "legacy" option that Facebook offers to its account holders.

The Difference Between Individual Education Plan (IEPs) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504 Plans)

Both Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504 Plans) can offer formal help for students in grades K-12 with learning and attention issues. While both are similar in some ways they are quite different in others. Below is a link for a chart that compares them side-by-side to help understand the differences. If you need assistance with educational law issues, contact Rick Rousseau at 254-699-9999.

Income Tax Treatment of Final Medical Expenses

If you are the administrator of a someone's estate, you may have to make an important decision about how the deceased's final medical bills are handled for federal tax purposes. Most final medical expenses will remain unpaid on the date of death. For federal income tax purposes, deductions for unreimbursed medical expenses are generally allowed only on the tax return for the year in which the expenses are actually paid. However, what happens when a person incurs medical expenses and dies before they are paid? Here is short article on How to handle a loved one's final medical expenses by Bill Bischoff published in Marketwatch. 

Disabled Military Child Protection Act

On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Disabled Military Child Protection Act. This law allows a military parent to provide a survivor benefit for a disabled child and have it paid to a special needs trust for that child's benefit.

It's Possible to Discharge a Student Loan Because of Disability

As of 2013 (the last year statistics are available), the average college student (graduate and undergraduate) left school with $28,400 in debt. Repayment of student loans has always been difficult, but with the economy still working its way back, many recent graduates have no jobs and no way to pay back their loans. People with disabilities that prevent them from working face an even more desperate set of challenges.

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