Kramer Green http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/ Recent Posts en-us Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:47:58 -0500 Tenancy In Common: How Not To Own Property http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/tenancy-in-common-how-not-to-own-property/ Tenancy In Common: How Not To Own Property 

Copyright © 2018 by Robert M. Kramer 

Here is a typical estate scenario. Father and Mother own their $1,000,000 homestead jointly with right of survivorship.  They have three children- Sam, Stan, and Dora, all in their 50s.  Father dies and the Mother becomes the owner.  Mother dies a few years later intestate. 

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2018-10-02 09:55:46 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/tenancy-in-common-how-not-to-own-property/
Should Doctors Allow Patients to Record Their Conversations? http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/should-doctors-allow-patients-to-record-their-conversations/ Should Doctors Allow Patients to Record Their Conversations? Copyright © 2018 by Mitchell F. Green According to the Pew Research Center, 77 percent of all U.S. adults own smart phones. With the ubiquity of these devices and their convenient audio-visual recording capabilities, it is no surprise that patients are increasingly requesting to record clinical visits, and, in some cases, secretly recording conversations with their doctors.    

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2018-10-02 09:50:19 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/should-doctors-allow-patients-to-record-their-conversations/
The New Tax Act May Be Complicated, But Don’t Let That Scare You from Significant Tax Savings http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/the-new-tax-act-may-be-complicated-but-dont-let-that-scare-you-from-significant-tax-savings/ 2018-07-16 11:37:04 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/the-new-tax-act-may-be-complicated-but-dont-let-that-scare-you-from-significant-tax-savings/ Fraud Investigation Leads to Prison Time for Fla. Pharmacy Owner http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/fraud-investigation-leads-to-prison-time-for-fla-pharmacy-owner-/ 2018-05-03 09:31:02 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/fraud-investigation-leads-to-prison-time-for-fla-pharmacy-owner-/ Texting of Patient Information among Healthcare Providers http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/texting-of-patient-information-among-healthcare-providers/ 2018-03-09 14:40:55 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/texting-of-patient-information-among-healthcare-providers/ How to Save 20 Percent or More on Federal Income Taxes http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/how-to-save-20-percent-or-more-on-federal-income-taxes/ 2018-03-09 10:23:28 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/how-to-save-20-percent-or-more-on-federal-income-taxes/ Good News: The Alternative Minimum Tax is Going Away for Most of Us http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/good-news-the-alternative-minimum-tax-is-going-away-for-most-of-us/ 2018-03-09 10:17:12 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/good-news-the-alternative-minimum-tax-is-going-away-for-most-of-us/ How the New Tax Law May Benefit Your Business with a 20 Percent Tax Deduction http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/how-the-new-tax-law-may-benefit-your-business-with-a-20-percent-tax-deduction/ How the New Tax Law May Benefit Your Business with a 20 Percent Tax Deduction

Tax advisors will be busy helping doctors, lawyers and other professionals make their practices qualify

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2018-01-22 11:48:04 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/how-the-new-tax-law-may-benefit-your-business-with-a-20-percent-tax-deduction/
Quick Read: How to Protect Your Inheritance from Creditors and Lawsuits http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/How to Protect Your Inheritance from Creditors and Lawsuits/ 2017-08-22 09:21:42 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/How to Protect Your Inheritance from Creditors and Lawsuits/ Sudden Death Can Mean The End of Your Business http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/sudden-death-can-mean-the-end-of-your-business/ No one expected this. Dr. Thomas, age 55, died suddenly when he fell off his bike and hit his head on the pavement.

Dr. Thomas was a well respected internist with several offices, four associates, and 25 employees. As the only shareholder, he was the only signatory on his corporate account.

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2017-06-19 12:33:39 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/sudden-death-can-mean-the-end-of-your-business/
TAX REFORM: DOES IT EVER END? http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/tax-reform-does-it-ever-end/ Although everyone agrees that reform is needed, the devil is in the details. Or in other words, whose ox is getting gored?

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2017-03-29 15:25:31 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/tax-reform-does-it-ever-end/
2017 Annual Report Notice Reminder http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/2017-annual-report-notice-reminder/ 2017 Annual Report Notice Reminder  This Notice is for General Partners and/or Limited Partners of Limited Partnerships (Ltd.) and Limited Liability Limited Partnerships (LLLP), as well as Officers and/or Directors of Corporations (Inc. or P.A.) and Members and/or Managers of Limited Liability Companies (L.L.C.).  This is a courtesy reminder that your 2017 Annual Report must be filed by you with the Florida Department of State by May 1, 2017.

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2017-01-20 14:33:57 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/2017-annual-report-notice-reminder/
DIVORCE AND ESTATE PLANNING BY DEFAULT http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/divorce-and-estate-planning-by-default/ 2017-01-20 14:28:41 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/divorce-and-estate-planning-by-default/ PROTECTING YOUR INHERITANCE THROUGH A DISCRETIONARY TRUST http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/protecting-your-inheritance-through-a-discretionary-trust/ 2016-09-12 12:11:33 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/protecting-your-inheritance-through-a-discretionary-trust/ Three Individuals Charged in $1 Billion Medicare Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/three-individuals-charged-in-1-billion-medicare-fraud-and-money-laundering-scheme/ 2016-08-02 11:07:15 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/three-individuals-charged-in-1-billion-medicare-fraud-and-money-laundering-scheme/ HALF THE TAX AND FULL ASSET http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/half-the-tax-and-full-asset-/ 2016-07-18 07:40:11 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/half-the-tax-and-full-asset-/ DIGITAL ASSETS RELIEF http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/digital-assets-relief/ DIGITAL ASSETS RELIEF

Copyright, Robert M. Kramer. 2016. 

Earlier this year, we wrote an article concerning what happens to your digital assets, such as email accounts, social network, on-line bill paying accounts, etc., if you became incapacitated or died.

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2016-04-26 15:38:29 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/digital-assets-relief/
Phishing Remains on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/phishing-remains-on-the-irs-dirty-dozen-list-of-tax-scams-for-the-2016-filing-season/ Phishing Remains on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season  The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2016 filing season.

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2016-03-16 10:37:20 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/phishing-remains-on-the-irs-dirty-dozen-list-of-tax-scams-for-the-2016-filing-season/
Kramer Green profiled in Attorney at Law magazine http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/attorney-at-law-palm-beach-county-and-greater-fort-lauderdale-vol-5-no-1/ Kramer Green profiled in Attorney at Law magazine

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2016-03-11 10:32:47 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/attorney-at-law-palm-beach-county-and-greater-fort-lauderdale-vol-5-no-1/
DIGITAL ASSETS: INTO THE ABYSS http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/digital-assets-into-the-abyss/ 2016-02-19 12:28:03 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/digital-assets-into-the-abyss/ 2016 Annual Report Notice Reminder http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/2016-annual-report-notice-reminder/ 2016-02-09 15:13:56 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/2016-annual-report-notice-reminder/ Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos Pour Millions into New Cancer Test http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/bill-gates-and-jeff-bezos-pour-millions-into-new-cancer-test/ 2016-01-27 15:12:55 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/bill-gates-and-jeff-bezos-pour-millions-into-new-cancer-test/ Miami Today Health Update by Carla Vianna http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/miami-today-health-update-by-carla-vianna/ Miami Today Health Update by Carla Vianna

Some doctors reenter insurance market, others go uncovered

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2016-01-27 14:50:00 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/miami-today-health-update-by-carla-vianna/
21st Century Oncology to Pay $19.75 Million to Settle Alleged False Claims for Unnecessary Laboratory Tests http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/21st-century-oncology-to-pay-19-75-million-to-settle-alleged-false-claims-for-unnecessary-laboratory-tests/ 21st Century Oncology to Pay $19.75 Million to Settle Alleged False Claims for Unnecessary Laboratory Tests 

The following was recently posted of the DOJ web site:

21st Century Oncology LLC, has agreed to pay $19.75 million to the government to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by billing federal health care programs for laboratory tests that were not medically necessary, the Justice Department announced.  21st Century is a nationwide provider of integrated cancer care services that is headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida.

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2016-01-14 12:39:30 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/21st-century-oncology-to-pay-19-75-million-to-settle-alleged-false-claims-for-unnecessary-laboratory-tests/
DYING TOO YOUNG; LIVING TOO LONG http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/dying-too-young-living-too-long/ DYING TOO YOUNG; LIVING TOO LONG

Copyright © Robert M. Kramer.  2015.

An old adage in financial planning is that an individual has two great risks in accumulating wealth:  Dying too young prevents adequate time to create a large estate.  Living too long could cause the money to run out.

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2015-09-02 11:13:02 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/dying-too-young-living-too-long/
THE CASE OF THE $3,000,000 IRA AND THE SHOPAHOLIC SPOUSE http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/the-case-of-the-3-000-000-ira-and-the-shopaholic-spouse/ THE CASE OF THE $3,000,000 IRA AND THE SHOPAHOLIC SPOUSE

Copyright ©Robert M. Kramer 2015

Dr. Allen, a retired surgeon in his early 70s, is not well.  His big concern is his spouse, who is a spendthrift, knows nothing about finances, and has never missed a sale.

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2015-07-27 12:09:25 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/the-case-of-the-3-000-000-ira-and-the-shopaholic-spouse/
NEW CASE MAY ADVERSELY AFFECT ASSET PROTECTION PLANS http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/new-case-may-adversely-affect-asset-protection-plans/ NEW CASE MAY ADVERSELY AFFECT ASSET PROTECTION PLANS       

Copyright © Robert M. Kramer, 2015

Asset protection attorneys are concerned about a new Florida case which increases the Statute of Limitation on certain asset protection-motivated transfers from 4 years to 20 years.  

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2015-06-11 10:13:01 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/new-case-may-adversely-affect-asset-protection-plans/
JOHNS HOPKINS’ PHYSICIAN SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CASE TO COST $190 MILLION http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/johns-hopkins-physician-sexual-misconduct-case-to-cost-190-million/ JOHNS HOPKINS’ PHYSICIAN SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CASE TO COST $190 MILLION

This past July, Johns Hopkins Hospital agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, an employed gynecologist of the facility, who covertly photographed and videotaped women he examined with a pen-style camera.  The settlement resolves one of the largest cases of sexual misconduct by a physician in the United States.

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2015-05-07 09:29:59 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/johns-hopkins-physician-sexual-misconduct-case-to-cost-190-million/
Disability Insurance Benefits . . . Just When You Thought You Were Safe (A True Story)[1] http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/disability-insurance-benefits-just-when-you-thought-you-were-safe-a-true-story-1/ Disability Insurance Benefits . . .

Just When You Thought You Were Safe (A True Story)[1]

By: Craig M. Greene Esq.

 

Dr. Schmukoluvitz (“Dr. S.”) was an orthopedic surgeon practicing in South Miami.  In 1989, Dr. S purchased a Pays A Lot Disability Insurance Policy which provided lifetime disability benefits should he ever become Totally Disabled as defined by the policy.  Dr. S had a thriving surgical practice when, in 1993, he was involved in a skiing accident, suffering a significant injury to his low back.  Dr. S filed a disability claim, and after several insurance company IME’s agreed Dr. S could no longer perform surgery, Pays A Lot began paying benefits.  Under the terms of Pays A Lot’s policy, Pays A Lot was required to determine Dr. S’s disability on a monthly basis.  That is, 12 times a year, the insurance company was required to evaluate Dr. S’s claim and makes a decision whether he was or was not disabled and was therefore entitled to benefits.

 

 


[1] The names and dates have been changed to protect the innocent.  

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2015-03-23 12:56:46 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/disability-insurance-benefits-just-when-you-thought-you-were-safe-a-true-story-1/
Florida’s New Information Protection Act – HIPAA for the Rest of Us http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/florida-s-new-information-protection-act-hipaa-for-the-rest-of-us/ Florida’s New Information Protection Act – HIPAA for the Rest of Us
  

 
During the last legislative session, the Florida legislature approved and Governor Scott signed into law the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (“FIPA”), effective July 1, 2014.  FIPA repeals Florida’s existing breach notification statute and significantly expands the obligations of all businesses, including medical practices and other health care entities (defined as a “covered entity”), as well as governmental entities, that maintain data in electronic form containing personal information of individuals.  Some of the highlights of HIPAA, together with changes to existing law include:

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2015-02-25 09:33:14 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/florida-s-new-information-protection-act-hipaa-for-the-rest-of-us/
FLORIDA REVISED LLC ACT NOW IN EFFECT http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/florida-revised-llc-act-now-in-effect/ FLORIDA REVISED LLC ACT NOW IN EFFECT

Copyright© Robert M. Kramer, 2015.

Last year we released four HealthBeat articles on the new LLC law- the Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act.  As of January 1, 2015, all Florida LLCs are now covered under the new law.

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2015-02-10 11:51:47 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/florida-revised-llc-act-now-in-effect/
GOSSIP GIRLS: SHUT UP PROVISIONS IN CONTRACTS http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/gossip-girls-shut-up-provisions-in-contracts/ GOSSIP GIRLS:  SHUT UP PROVISIONS IN CONTRACTS

Copyright © 2014 Robert M. Kramer.   All Rights Reserved.

Many of us have signed agreements with confidentiality /non-disclosure provisions with little thought.  These clauses are often included as part of a Settlement Agreement in a lawsuit.


Here’s what happened to Patrick Snay, the former headmaster at Gulliver Schools (“Gulliver”), a well-known private school in Miami.

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2014-12-17 11:19:50 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/gossip-girls-shut-up-provisions-in-contracts/
PORTABILITY AND YOU http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/portability-and-you/ PORTABILITY AND YOU

           Copyright © 2014 by Robert M. Kramer.  All Rights Reserved.

 
Here is a typical estate planning problem for our clients: Husband and Wife, both in their 60s, have a combined net worth of $9,000,000, with $8,000,000 titled in the Husband’s name and $1,000,000 titled in the Wife’s name.  They wish to leave their assets to their two children with minimal taxes.

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2014-11-25 15:29:04 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/portability-and-you/
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights BULLETIN: HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/u-s-department-of-health-and-human-services-office-for-civil-rights-bulletin-hipaa-privacy-in-emergency-situations/ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights

BULLETIN: HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations


In light of the Ebola outbreak and other events, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), is providing a bulletin to ensure that HIPAA covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways in which patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an emergency situation, and to serve as a reminder that the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during an emergency.

 
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2014-11-19 15:15:20 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/u-s-department-of-health-and-human-services-office-for-civil-rights-bulletin-hipaa-privacy-in-emergency-situations/
OWNING A VESSEL INDIVIDUALLY- NOT SUCH A GOOD IDEA http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/owning-a-vessel-individually-not-such-a-good-idea/ OWNING A VESSEL INDIVIDUALLY- NOT SUCH A GOOD IDEA

 
Recently, one of our physician clients asked our advice as to proper ownership of a vessel that she was purchasing.
 
We explained that there were two aspects to this.  First, we need to be concerned about the possible loss of the equity in the vessel to a creditor, should she be sued for medical malpractice or for any other reason.  Second, unlike a safe asset- such as stocks and bonds- a vessel is a potential source of liability, should someone be injured.
 

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2014-11-04 16:42:24 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/owning-a-vessel-individually-not-such-a-good-idea/
PLACING THE HOMESTEAD IN A REVOCABLE TRUST DOES NOT AVOID PROBATE! http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/placing-the-homestead-in-a-revocable-trust-does-not-avoid-probate/                    

PLACING THE HOMESTEAD IN A REVOCABLE TRUST DOES NOT AVOID PROBATE!
Copyright © 2014 by Robert M. Kramer.   All Rights Reserved.

Sometimes common legal problems are hard to solve.

For example, Dr. Kellogg’s mother, Mrs. Kellogg, a widow, died recently.  She owned a $300,000 homestead and various liquid investments. Her estate planning attorney set up a Revocable Trust and transferred all her assets, including the homestead, into it in order to “avoid probate”.   Dr. Kellogg, the successor trustee and sole beneficiary of the Revocable Trust, just found out that the title company is requiring a judicial determination of the homestead.  He also learned that in order to do this, a probate will have to be conducted as this is a prerequisite to a judicial determination. Result- several months delay in being able to convey good title to a third party-buyer and several thousand dollars in legal fees.

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2014-10-31 12:41:32 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/placing-the-homestead-in-a-revocable-trust-does-not-avoid-probate/
THE STEALTH TAX: ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/the-stealth-tax-alternative-minimum-tax/ THE STEALTH TAX: ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX

Copyright ©2014 by Robert M. Kramer.  All Rights Reserved.

 

For years, conservatives have advocated the concept of a “flat tax.”  Under a true flat tax, all taxpayers- rich and poor alike- pay the same tax rate on their income.   The truth is there is already a flat tax in existence that goes by another name- the Alternative Minimum Tax or AMT.  Be careful what you wish for.

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2014-10-24 15:49:38 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/the-stealth-tax-alternative-minimum-tax/
A HORROR STORY FOR A DOCTOR AND HIS FAMILY http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/a-horror-story-for-a-doctor-and-his-family/ A HORROR STORY FOR A DOCTOR AND HIS FAMILY

Copyright © Robert M. Kramer, 2014.  All Rights Reserved.


Meet Mario Webley, M.D. a successful surgeon with a lovely wife, Marcia, and their daughter Julie, age 17.
 
Dr. Webley knew from a wealth preservation seminar that Florida had an unlimited creditor exemption for his home (up to ½ acre) and his qualified retirement plan, and he had each. The rest of his wealth- stock, bonds, a vacation home, and bank accounts were put in Marcia’s name as she was unlikely to be sued.
 

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2014-10-08 15:05:57 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/a-horror-story-for-a-doctor-and-his-family/
MED-MAL RATES TO RISE AS FLORIDA SUPREME COURTS VOID CAPS ON MED-MAL LAWSUITS? http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/med-mal-rates-to-rise-as-florida-supreme-courts-void-caps-on-med-mal-lawsuits/ MED-MAL RATES TO RISE AS FLORIDA SUPREME COURTS VOID CAPS ON MED-MAL LAWSUITS?

This Article is reprinted from a Chicago Tribune article, dated March 13, 2014.  It remains to be seen what will be the effect of the recent actions of the Florida Supreme Court, which declared unconstitutional a 2003 Florida law capping non-economic damages to $1,000,000.  After seeing the cycle of medical malpractice rates over the past 25 years, I can  only assume increasing malpractice premiums will follow, which will likely lead to more physicians going bare. It will also likely make it more difficult to recruit out-of-state physicians. 

 

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2014-10-06 11:05:47 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/med-mal-rates-to-rise-as-florida-supreme-courts-void-caps-on-med-mal-lawsuits/
A PRIMER ON ASSET PROTECTION http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/a-primer-on-asset-protection/   A PRIMER ON ASSET PROTECTION

 
Wealth accumulated over a lifetime can be lost in a lawsuit.  Although Florida is well-known as a hotbed for litigation, it is also well-known as a debtor’s haven.

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2014-10-06 11:03:05 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/a-primer-on-asset-protection/
Affordable Care Act Enrollment Numbers http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/affordable-care-act-enrollment-numbers/ Affordable Care Act Enrollment Numbers

Subsequent to the closing of the 2014 enrollment period, the White House released the following information:

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2014-10-06 10:58:07 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/affordable-care-act-enrollment-numbers/
COLLECTING MEDICAL DEBTS CAN PROVE COSTLY IF NOT CAREFUL http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/collecting-medical-debts-can-prove-costly-if-not-careful/ COLLECTING MEDICAL DEBTS CAN PROVE COSTLY IF NOT CAREFUL

 The Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (the “Florida Act”) defines a consumer debt as one incurred for “personal, family or household use.” Unlike the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the “Federal Act”) which only applies to a third party debt collector, the Florida Act applies to any individual or entity who collects consumer debts on its own account, which would include a medical practice which does its own billing and collections.  This Article will solely address the Florida Act, as the Federal Act is beyond the scope of same.

 

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2014-10-06 10:55:36 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/collecting-medical-debts-can-prove-costly-if-not-careful/
NEW CASE MAKES FLORIDA EVEN MORE OF AN ASSET PROTECTION HAVEN http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/new-case-makes-florida-even-more-of-an-asset-protection-haven/ NEW CASE MAKES FLORIDA EVEN MORE OF AN ASSET PROTECTION HAVEN

Copyright © 2014 by Robert M. Kramer.  All Rights Reserved.

As discussed in a number of our articles Florida has a well-deserved reputation as a debtor’s haven. The reason for this is Florida’s generous exemption statute.  It is not so much the category of assets that are exempt under Florida law that is unusual, but that most of these exemptions have no dollar limit.

 

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2014-10-06 10:53:46 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/new-case-makes-florida-even-more-of-an-asset-protection-haven/
SERIOUS CONGRESSIONAL TAX REFORM PROPOSALS LIKELY TO SERVE AS BLUEPRINT FOR FUTURE TAX LEGISLATION http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/serious-congressional-tax-reform-proposals-likely-to-serve-as-blueprint-for-future-tax-legislation/ SERIOUS CONGRESSIONAL TAX REFORM PROPOSALS LIKELY TO SERVE AS BLUEPRINT FOR FUTURE TAX LEGISLATION

Copyright © 2014. Robert M. Kramer.  All rights reserved.

Recently, Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), who is chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, set forth what can arguably be described as the most sweeping tax reform and simplification proposals since the Tax Reform Act of 1986.  These proposals were the result of much study and hearings with representatives of various economic sectors, industries, and includes those suggested by both parties.

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2014-10-06 10:52:05 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/serious-congressional-tax-reform-proposals-likely-to-serve-as-blueprint-for-future-tax-legislation/
LAND TRUSTS: LESS DISCLOSURE MEANS LESS CHANCE OF BEING A TARGET http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/land-trusts-less-disclosure-means-less-chance-of-being-a-target/ LAND TRUSTS: LESS DISCLOSURE MEANS LESS CHANCE OF BEING A TARGET
By Robert M. Kramer.
Copyright © 2014.  All Rights Reserved. 

Physicians are rightfully concerned about being a target in a legal action.   A plaintiff’s attorney will need to know that if he takes the case and wins, there are assets to satisfy the judgment.  In the malpractice arena, a targeted physician will need to disclose his malpractice carrier and the amount of coverage well before litigation is commenced.  While we are not recommending those who maintain malpractice coverage to cancel their policies, many attorneys believe that having malpractice insurance increases your chances for being sued.
 

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2014-10-06 10:47:47 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/land-trusts-less-disclosure-means-less-chance-of-being-a-target/
ESTATE PLANNING FOR THE SAME SEX COUPLE http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/estate-planning-for-the-same-sex-couple/ ESTATE PLANNING FOR THE SAME SEX COUPLE                        
Copyright ©, 2014. Robert M. Kramer. All Rights Reserved

 
Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down part of Federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) which prohibited all Federal agencies from recognizing same sex marriages.  What was not struck down by the Supreme Court was the provision in DOMA permitting the States not to recognize same sex marriages that were created in another State.  

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2014-10-03 15:55:25 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/estate-planning-for-the-same-sex-couple/
Domestic Asset Protection Trusts in Florida http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/Domestic-Asset-Protection-Trusts-in-Florida/ PROPOSED LEGISLATION ALLOWING DOMESTIC ASSET PROTECTION TRUSTS IN FLORIDA

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2013-04-30 15:50:44 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/Domestic-Asset-Protection-Trusts-in-Florida/
Hill vs. Davis http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/Hill-vs.-Davis/ In Hill vs. Davis, Davis, a New York resident, filed a petition for administration where he asserted that he was entitled to be appointed the personal representative for the decedent’s estate because he was the stepson of the decedent and he was nominated as personal representative in the decedent’s will.

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EMPLOYERS MUST INFORM THEIR STAFF OF THEIR WORK PLACE RIGHTS http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/employers-must-inform-their-staff-of-their-work-place-rights/ As a follow-up to my recent email regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s actions regarding social media policies...

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2012-10-16 09:51:42 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/employers-must-inform-their-staff-of-their-work-place-rights/
YOUR WORKPLACE SOCIAL MEDIA POLICIES MAY BE ILLEGAL! http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/your-workplace-social-media-policies-may-be-illegal/ Regardless of your business or profession and whether or not you have union employees, if you are an employer, you should review your company’s internet and social media policies...

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2012-10-16 09:50:57 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/your-workplace-social-media-policies-may-be-illegal/
U.S. to Force Drug Companies to Disclose Money Paid to Doctors http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/u-s-to-force-drug-companies-to-disclose-money-paid-to-doctors/ To head off medical conflicts of interest, the Obama administration is poised to require drug companies to disclose the payments they make to doctors for research, consulting, speaking, travel and entertainment.

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2012-10-16 09:48:16 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/u-s-to-force-drug-companies-to-disclose-money-paid-to-doctors/
Walgreens Pharmacy Chain Pays $7.9 Million to Resolve False Prescription Billing Case http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/walgreens-pharmacy-chain-pays-7-9-million-to-resolve-false-prescription-billing-case/ Walgreens, an Illinois-based corporation operating a national retail pharmacy chain, has paid the United States and participating states $7.9 million to resolve allegations that Walgreens violated the False Claims Act, the Justice Department announced today.

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2012-10-16 09:47:14 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/walgreens-pharmacy-chain-pays-7-9-million-to-resolve-false-prescription-billing-case/
HHS Issues Final Exchange Rules Under Health Reform http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/hhs-issues-final-exchange-rules-under-health-reform/ On March 12, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule on Affordable Health Insurance Exchanges, which combines policies from two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) published last summer.

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2012-10-16 09:22:56 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/hhs-issues-final-exchange-rules-under-health-reform/
Health Care Fraud Prosecutions on Pace to Rise 85% http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/health-care-fraud-prosecutions-on-pace-to-rise-85%/ New government statistics show  federal health care fraud prosecutions in the first eight months of 2011 are on  pace to rise 85% over last year due in large part to ramped-up enforcement  efforts under the Obama administration.

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2012-10-16 09:22:23 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/health-care-fraud-prosecutions-on-pace-to-rise-85%/
HEALTH CARE FRAUD PREVENTION AND ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS RESULT IN RECORD-BREAKING RECOVERIES TOTALING NEARLY $4.1 BILLION http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/health-care-fraud-prevention-and-enforcement-efforts-result-in-record-breaking-recoveries-totaling-nearly-$4.1-billion-/ WASHINGTON –Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report showing that the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered nearly $4.1 billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.

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2012-10-16 09:20:24 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/health-care-fraud-prevention-and-enforcement-efforts-result-in-record-breaking-recoveries-totaling-nearly-$4.1-billion-/
Beware of Corporate Scams http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/beware-of-corporate-scams/ Please be aware that Corporate Records Service, a private business, is mailing to business entities requesting that Annual Minutes and a fee of $125.00 be sent to them for filing. 

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2012-10-16 09:17:53 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/beware-of-corporate-scams/
IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/irs-releases-the-dirty-dozen-tax-scams-for-2012/ As we are now in the midst of tax season, I thought it timely to share the following information recently issued by the IRS, which information has been reprinted from their web site.

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2012-10-16 08:56:33 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/irs-releases-the-dirty-dozen-tax-scams-for-2012/
New Offical Website of Kramer, Green, Zuckerman, Greene, & Buchsbaum, P.A. http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/New-Offical-Website-of-Kramer-Green-Zuckerman-Greene--Buchsbaum-P.A./ PaperStreet Web Design launches kramergreen.com, the new official website of Kramer, Green, Zuckerman, Greene, & Buchsbaum, P.A., a Hollywood Florida based law firm.

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2012-09-11 10:11:52 http://www.kramergreen.com/blog/New-Offical-Website-of-Kramer-Green-Zuckerman-Greene--Buchsbaum-P.A./