Managing Attorney Robert W. Haley has been recognized in Finance Monthly Legal Awards for 2020 as Elder Law Lawyer of the Year!

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FIRM ANNOUNCEMENTS/PRESS RELEASES:

Brief video message from Robert W. Haley, Managing Attorney on the developing COVID-19 crisis.

 

Our firm has received great news this month: Managing Attorney Robert W. Haley, of the Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia is listed as part of the Super Lawyers list in the category of Elder Law for 2020! He received this distinction starting back in 2007, and onward from 2009 through 2019 as well.

 

We greatly appreciate your support. Our office received First Place in the Best Law Firm category for 2020!

 

Congratulations Are In Order! (Finance Monthly Legal Awards 2020)

Managing Attorney Robert W. Haley has been recognized in Finance Monthly Legal Awards for 2020 as Elder Law Lawyer of the Year!

 

The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia, PLLC is pleased to announce that Managing Attorney Robert W. Haley has been named to the Virginia Business Legal Elite List for 2019!

 

Congratulations Are In Order! (AV Preeminent® Rating, 2019)

We’re delighted to announce that we have been awarded the AV Preeminent® Rating for 2019! We are very proud to bring you the highest level of service in our practice. #avrated #awards

 

Congratulations in Order!!! Certifications in Elder Care Coordination
Congratulations are in order! Managing Attorney Robert W. Haley and Attorney Laura E. Frazier and staff of The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia, PLLC are pleased to announce that our Firm Administrator and Life Care Planning Manager Ryvonda C. "Cricket" Haley has successfully completed her Certification in Elder Care Coordination offered through the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. She joins other members of our staff, Sandy W. Vernon and Stephanie R. Wagoner in this achievement as Certified Elder Care Coordinators for the firm.

 

Our Life Care Planning Team Just Attended Training Through The National POLST Paradigm Program!
Managing Attorney Robert W. Haley along with Attorney Laura E. Frazier and staff of The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia, PLLC are pleased to announce that as part of our on-going training and continuing education today to better serve our clients and our community.  Members of our Life Care Planning team, attended training through the National POLST Paradigm program.

 

Danville Register & Bee Readers' Choice Awards News!
Thank you to all who voted for us in the 2018 Danville Register & Bee Readers' Choice Awards in the law firm category recently:Your vote means a lot! Our firm will continue to do what we do in helping our clients and their families protect what is  most important to them and plan for the future.

 

Robert W. Haley Named To The Top Attorneys 2018 Super Lawyers List!
Our firm has received great news this Monday:  Managing Attorney Robert W. Haley, of the Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia is listed as part of the Super Lawyers list in the category of Elder Law for 2018! He received this distinction starting back in 2007, and onward from 2009 through 2017 as well.

 

Congratulations in Order!!! (AV Preeminent® Attorney Award)
Congratulations to Managing Attorney Mr. Haley as we recognize you for being named an AV Preeminent® Attorney for 2018 by Martindale-Hubbell! An AV rating symbolizes an attorney with the highest possible peer review rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

 

Congratulations in Order!!! (Silver Client Champion Award)

Mr. Haley has just received the Silver Client Champion award from Martindale-Hubbell!  Martindale-Hubbell is a peer review service that rates attorneys in both legal ability as well as by ethical standards.

Fewer than 1% of attorneys have achieved Martindale-Hubbell's Silver Client Champion award, making him part of a select group. This award showcases his and his firm's approach and commitment to the delivering the best in client service.

 

Robert W. Haley Named To The Top Attorneys 2017 List In Richmond Magazine!

Our firm has received great news this Monday: The May 2017 issue of Richmond Magazine lists Managing Attorney Robert W. Haley, of the Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia as part of the Super Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys list in the category of Elder Law!

 

EELC Wins First Place in the 2017 Danville Register & Bee Readers' Choice Awards!

Many thanks to all who voted in the annual Danville Register & Bee's Readers' Choice Awards! The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia placed First in the Law Firm Category in this year's contest. This honor means a great deal to us, and we deeply appreciate all who took the time to make their votes heard!

 

Grand Opening of New Danville Office!

Robert W. Haley with The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia, PLLC is pleased to announce the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the new Danville office on 742 Main Street on Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. A ribbon cutting and refreshments will follow brief remarks from Council Member, John B. Gilstrap and Danville Chamber President, Laurie Moran. 

 

New Year, New Name! (January 2014)

The year 2014 begins a new era for the law firm. 

 

Haley Named 2013 SuperLawyer!

Robert W. Haley of Bassett, Virginia is once again among the Virginia Super Lawyers selected in the practice areas of Elder Law and Estate Planning as announced by SuperLawyers Magazine in its statewide list of "Super Lawyers." The Super Lawyer list consists of the top five percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research of the magazine.

 

Haley Completes Life Care Planning Training

The Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, (LCPLFA), a national network of holistic elder law practices, has announced that Bassett attorney Robert W. Haley has completed The Elder-Centered Law Practice—Life Care Planning for the Elderly, a workshop that equips attorneys to offer Life Care Planning services. 

 

Haley Named Super Lawyer 2010
Robert W. Haley of Bassett, Virginia is once again named among the Virginia Super Lawyers selected in the practice area of Elder Law.

 

Fiduciary Accreditation Received
Robert W. Haley has been awarded the ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY® designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies.

 

Haley Is Named Super Lawyer For 2009
Robert W. Haley of Bassett, Virginia is once again among the Virginia Super Lawyers selected in the practice area of Elder Law, Law & Politics magazine announce.

 

ARTICLES OF INTEREST:

Getting Your Affairs In Order
If you are waiting for the "right time" to begin your estate planning, the right time is now!

 

SENIOR SCAM ALERT: Avoiding 'Trust Mill' Scams
Our offices received a flurry of calls pertaining to a seminar held in the Martinsville area recently given by an out-of-state company, extolling the virtues of incorporating Revocable Living Trusts into your family's Estate Plans.

 

New Owners Take Over Former Blue Ridge Rehab and Blue Ridge Manor In Martinsville
For those who have loved ones in Blue Ridge Manor or Blue Ridge Rehab,  please be advised that these facilities have recently changed hands.

 

October Is Special Needs Law Month!
Special Needs Planning is crucial. If you currently provide care for a child or loved one with special needs (such as mental or physical disabilities), you must have contemplated with concern about what may happen to them when you are no longer able to provide and care for them: We can help! 

 

Obama Administration Announces Intention to Increase Support for Family Caregivers
On Monday, January 25, the Obama Administration’s Task Force on the Middle Class announced a recommendation for increased support for family caregivers.  A proposed $102.5 million increase in funding for the Department of Health and Human Services would include $52.5 million for caregiver support programs that provide temporary respite care, counseling, training, and referrals to critical services and $50 million to programs that provide transportation help, adult day care, and in-home services, such as aides to help seniors bathe and cook, help which eases the burden for family members and helps seniors stay in their homes.

 

More Seniors Eligible For Big Medicare Drug Subsidy
A million low-income seniors have become eligible for a big assist on prescription drug expenses this year under a newly expanded federal program.

 

Reevaluate Insurance Needs When You Retire
Along with many other changes, your insurance needs change when you retire. It is a good idea to look at your insurance options and figure out what you need now or no longer require in coverage.

 

Researched Develop Tests For Efficacy Of Alzheimer's Drugs
A test developed by physician-scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may help assess more quickly the ability of Alzheimer's drugs.

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Robert W. Haley has been awarded the ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY® designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies. The AIF designation signifies training in fiduciary responsibility and follows a course and examination. 
The Center for Fiduciary Studies is the first full-time training and research facility for fiduciaries. The Center, associated with the Center for Executive Education, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, teaches fiduciary standards of care and investment best practices designed for investment professional

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Robert W. Haley of Bassett, Virginia is once again among the Virginia Super Lawyers selected in the practice area of Elder Law. Law & Politics magazine announced in July its national list of "Super Lawyers." The Super Lawyer list consists of the top five percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research of the magazine.

The objective of the Super Lawyer selection process is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource to assist attorneys and sophisticated consumers in the search for legal counsel. The selection process begins with a survey in which attorneys are asked to nominate the best lawyers they have personally observed in action. Additional names are added to the candidate pool through searches of legal databases, online sources, and in-person meetings. The background and experience of each candidate is then researched for evidence of peer recognition and professional achievement. After grouping the candidates by their primary areas of practice, those with the highest point totals in each category are selected as Super Lawyers.

 Haley, Certified Elder Law Attorney,  has been practicing in the field of elder law for over ten years. He is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorney and serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Haley was also a 2007 Super Lawyer.

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A million low-income seniors have become eligible for a big assist on prescription drug expenses this year under a newly expanded federal program. The subsidy can defray thousands of dollars in costs, and in many cases eliminate prescription drug expenses entirely for participating seniors.

The Extra Help program which is administered by the Social Security Administration subsidizes Medicare Part D prescription drug premiums for eligible seniors. While the program isn’t new, eligibility rules have been changed this year in a way that expands its availability dramatically.

The government estimates the average annual benefit to Extra Help participants at $3,900. That should be welcome news for low-income seniors coping with soaring Part D premiums. Average monthly premiums jumped 11 percent for 2010, and they’ve risen 50 percent since 2006, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Seniors are eligible for Extra Help if their income is no greater than $16,245 a year for singles, and $21,855 for married couples living together. The value of stocks, bonds and bank accounts can’t exceed $12,510 for singles and $25,010 for married couples. The income definition doesn’t include the value of homes or automobiles.

But there are two significant changes in eligibility rules this year. The cash value of life insurance policies is no longer counted as a resource, and assistance received from friends and relatives to pay for household expenses such as food or utilities also no longer are included. The Social Security Administration is urging anyone who didn’t meet the income standards in the past to re-apply.

The assistance helps with monthly premiums, any annual deductibles, co-insurance and co-payments. The program even plugs the notorious doughnut hole the current coverage gap in Part D that starts when beneficiaries exceed $2,830 in total drug costs for the given year. At that point, the beneficiary pays 100 percent of costs up to $6,440, when so-called catastrophic coverage kicks in.

Unlike standard Part D enrollment which occurs annually between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31 seniors can apply for Extra Help anytime during the year. But you’ll receive the maximum benefit if you’re in a Part D plan with a monthly premium below a certain benchmark monthly premium set by Medicare for each region of the country.

"If you enroll in one of these plans, you receive no bills and don’t have to pay up front and get reimbursed," says Kelly Brantley, a senior program manager for Health Assistance Partnership, a non-profit Medicare education organization.

If your already enrolled in a Part D plan and enter the Extra Help program, you’ll be informed whether your premium is entirely covered, or that you need to pay the difference between the premium and the benchmark amount. However, you also have the right to change to a different plan at any time.

Low-income seniors who aren’t already enrolled in a Part D plan should apply for the Extra Help subsidy, and simultaneously enroll in a drug plan. "If you are eligible, the benefit is retroactive to the first day of the month when you apply," Brantley explains.

If your switching plans or enrolling in Part D for the first time, use the Medicare websites plan finder to select a plan that maximizes your Extra Help benefit. You’ll input data about your specific prescriptions and some other personal data; the tool will take into account the expected subsidy when it presents Part D plan options to you. You’ll be looking for the plan with the fewest restrictions on your specific prescriptions, and one that works with a pharmacy you want to use. To learn more about shopping for plans, visit our page on how to shop for Medicare plans.

You can also get free counseling and assistance in selecting a plan from your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), a government-sponsored counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries. To find the SHIP near you, visit http://www.hapnetwork.org/ship-locator/.

To apply for Extra Help, visit this page Social Security Administration website, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or visit your local Social Security office.

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