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Class Action Rule Amendments: What You Should Know

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A class action may well strike fear into the heart of a corporate defendant. Instead of one lawsuit, the class action may encompass hundreds, thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of persons making a claim. Lawyers on both sides of a class action also know that the stakes are high and that they must be at the top of their game. That's why both lawyers and potential class action parties need to be aware of class action rule amendments that went into effect December 1, 2018.

2019 WV Workers' Compensation Bills: Post-Session Update

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Several 2019 WV workers' compensation bills were proposed, but only one passed. Learn about the bills relating to attorney representation in hearing loss claims, scope of coverage, OP and black lung benefits, and the oft-proposed intermediate court of appeals here.

WV Insurance Defense Lawyers Help Insurers Mitigate Loss and Better Serve Clients

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Insurance is a valuable tool that allows people to distribute risk more broadly and prevent the financial devastation that can come with the various tragic and unpleasant situations that inevitably arise in life and business. Insurers in West Virginia (WV), and the WV insurance defense lawyers who assist them, know the importance of preventing and controlling financial losses due to fraudulent or unreasonable claims.

Veterans' Aid and Attendance Benefit in Long-Term Care Plans

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The tristate area of West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), and Ohio (OH) is home to more than 1.3 million United States (U.S.) military veterans. Those veterans and their families should be aware that there is an aid and attendance benefit available through the US Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) to those who qualify.

Confronting Unconscious Bias in WV--A Wise Move for Employers

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We all have personal preferences, and sometimes we don't really know why we favor one thing over another; we just do. These subconscious inclinations impact our daily decision-making, even at work. West Virginia workplaces are affected by the bias of employees, whether it is intended or not. Unconscious bias in WV should be addressed by employers who wish to maintain a positive, diverse work environment and avoid discrimination and harassment complaints.

What You Need to Know about Estate Plans and Social Security

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are both programs of the Social Security Administration (SSA). While these programs have some similarities, it is important to realize there is a difference between SSI and SSDI, especially if you are preparing your estate plans and Social Security is a possible factor.

Mitigating WV Deliberate Intent Claims and Costs

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In West Virginia (WV), a statutory exception allows employees or their representatives to circumvent workers' compensation immunity and file suit for monetary damages in limited circumstances. These WV deliberate intent claims can be complex and costly. A thorough comprehension of state law and the intricacies of workers' compensation in WV are needed to successfully defend deliberate intent cases.

Medicaid Asset Protection Strategies: Fact and Fiction

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Medicaid myths and misunderstandings about long-term care coverage and Medicaid asset protection are abundant. The belief that individuals with significant financial means will never need Medicaid coverage and the idea that all assets must be exhausted before Medicaid coverage becomes an option are among these fictions.

WV Employer Retaliation Defense and Prevention

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West Virginia (WV) employers are required by law to provide a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment. Solidly crafted and enforced employment policies can create a culture that values diversity and deters discrimination. However, when litigation is threatened or arises, employers in the Mountain State may need to develop a WV employer retaliation defense strategy.

Spousal Medicaid Considerations for Long-Term Care Planning

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Preparing for the possibility that you will at some point require long-term care, either in a nursing facility or at home, is an often overlooked aspect of estate planning. This third blog in a series of six on the topic of long-term care planning will discuss Medicare and Medicaid coverage, as well as spousal Medicaid rules and requirements that should be taken into consideration.
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