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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently issued a letter of clarification indicating that room and board paid to an independent living facility should not be considered as a deductible unreimbursed medical expense in most cases. One of the most important eligibility requirements in getting VA...

The Obama Administration has agreed to settle a nationwide class action lawsuit to end the standard practice to require Medicare beneficiaries to show a likelihood of improvement before Medicare would pay for therapy or skilled nursing services. As previously reported in the Texas Elder Law e-letter,...

Senate Bill 3270 has been introduced to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to consider the resources of individuals applying for non-service disability pension that were recently disposed of by the individuals for less than fair market value when determining the eligibility of such...

Attorney & Counselor at LawAlthough the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives the fundamental right to own a firearm, the National Firearms Act of 1936 regulates NFA firearms including, but not limited to, all fully automatic and select fire weapons, short-barreled rifles, shotguns and sound suppressors (silencers). If permitted under state law, you can own an NFA firearm. However, you have to pay a $200 tax on each firearm and you have to register them with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Furthermore, unless you acquire them through a trust or other entity, you have to obtain the consent of your chief of police (which some may be reluctant to do). Failure to do so could result in criminal prosecution, a fine and the confiscation of the firearm(s).