Blog – “Altman Speaks”

Three Senators Call For Billionaire Estate Surtax


Three U.S. Senators are calling for a 10% “Billionaire’s Surtax.”  In a letter addressed to their colleagues, the three senators who are advocating for the tax write, “According to Forbes Magazine, there are only 403 billionaires

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Alaska Latest State To Pre-Validate Wills


Alaska has officially joined the short list of states (North Dakota, Arkansas and Ohio) that allow people to safe-guard their wills against challenges after death. The law, signed this month by Governor Sean Parnell, allows

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May is Older Americans Month!


Little known fact:  May is Older Americans Month.  Here’s a passage from Administration on Aging’s web site, detailing the History of Older Americans Month: When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million

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Hospital Discrimination Against Gay & Lesbian Couples


Last week, President Obama signed a memorandum requiring any hospital that received Medicare or Medicaid funding to permit gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.  Prior to this

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Inoculating Estates From Health Costs


April 3, 2010 Wall Street Journal article, “Inoculating Estates From Health Costs” by Kelly Greene: Should you give away your nest egg to your heirs—and then stick Medicaid with your nursing-home tab when the time comes? Outrageous

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