The Summer’s Events Remind Us To Learn Water Safety (Aug. 2009)

by Elizabeth Berney, Esq. One of the most important courses I ever took was a Red Cross water safety and lifesaving course during the summer of 1969.  Our instructor resembled an army drill sergeant.  We practiced and practiced the right moves for every possible drowning scenario, until we could perform these actions by rote.  The [...]

TAX HIKES IN THE RECENTLY PASSED 1990-PAGE HOUSE HEALTH CARE BILL (Dec. 2009)

  by Elizabeth Berney, Esq. Note:  See my subsequent articles for tax information regarding the final health care bill passed in March 2010, which superceded this bill. Tax on Individuals Without “Acceptable” Health Care Coverage (§ 501): If an individual fails to obtain qualifying health insurance coverage (defined by the new “health choices commissioner”) for [...]

Reverse Mortgage Fraud Increasing

 by Elizabeth Berney, Esq. With the growing number of reverse mortgages in recent years, reverse mortgage scams have also been increasing.  Here are some scams to watch out for: (1)            Title agent misappropriating proceeds:  The Wall Street Journal recently reported that a title agent-scam artist in Florida persuaded ten elderly homeowners to take out reverse [...]