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Charitable Estate Planning: Benefits for Both Donor and Recipient

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Whatever your age, income, or family status, you have probably heard of and considered estate planning. An estate plan ensures that the money you work so hard to earn protects and benefits your loved ones. However, another planning option you may not have considered is charitable estate planning. Charitable estate planning is a rewarding way to benefit a worthwhile charity or organization, while reaping tax benefits for you and your family both now and later.

Statute of Limitations in OP Claims Affirmed by the Supreme Court of Appeals of WV

On November 2, 2018, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia affirmed a group of consolidated cases involving the time period within which occupational pneumoconiosis (OP) workers' compensation claims may be filed. The statute of limitations in OP claims in West Virginia (WV) is defined by state law. The cases reviewed by the court presented an interesting question of statutory interpretation in workers' compensation OP claims.

Technical Errors in WV Wills: Protect Your Estate from Potential Mistakes

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A will is an important legal document that communicates your wishes about the distribution of your property after your death. In West Virginia as in most states, a will must comply with the standards set out by statute in order to be valid and enforceable. Unintentional, technical errors in WV wills can cast doubt on your intentions or even invalidate your will altogether. For that reason, it's essential to ensure that your will and other estate planning documents are well prepared and free of mistakes.

The WV Workers' Compensation Fee Schedule and Provider Agreements

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In an effort to contain medical charges for workers' compensation claims, West Virginia (WV) imposes a fee schedule for medical service providers. The WV workers' compensation fee schedule for medical reimbursements specifies the maximum amount that can be charged by a provider for a specific service.

What Is the Time Frame for Challenging a WV Will?

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Originally, the statute of limitations for filing a will contest in West Virginia was five years. Over the last century, the West Virginia Legislature has gradually reduced that period, and the time frame for challenging a WV will is now only six months.

WV Undue Influence in Will and Trust Challenges

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Whether you're managing an estate plan for yourself or are involved in a dispute regarding the intentions of a deceased loved one, your legal decisions should be informed by an understanding of WV undue influence law.

WV Estate Planning and Same-Sex Couples: Is Your Inheritance Plan in Place?

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Same-sex marriage was banned in West Virginia until October 9, 2014. Before then, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) couples did not have the right to marry or the same legal privileges under the law as married opposite-sex couples had. When it came to WV estate planning and same-sex couples, the lack of legal rights made the management of assets in the event of one partner's incapacitation and death very difficult.

The Hazards of Not Having a Will in West Virginia

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Did you know that not having a valid last will and testament is risky business? If you have specific wishes about how your estate should be distributed after your death, don't leave those wishes to chance. The only way to assure that your wishes are followed is to execute a valid will. The hazards of not having a will can place the legacy intended for your loved ones in jeopardy.

The Opioid Trust: Estate Planning for Addicted Family Members

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Given the millions of Americans addicted to opiates and other drugs, many parents and grandparents struggle with the question of estate planning for addicted family members. But in a realm where families have very little control over a loved one's actions, estate planning provides one area of control.

Our WV Employer Lawyers: Employer Defense Specialists on Your Side

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WV labor laws, federal labor laws, and employer law precedents provide the framework for labor and employment disputes in the Mountain State. Even with this framework, disputes arise. Employers need seasoned WV employer lawyers to help traverse the myriad of state and federal labor laws and to represent the employer's interests when disagreements reach the trial level.
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