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New Law Allows For Self-Settled Special Needs Trusts

December 20, 2016

By: Eric J. Sachtjen On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act which now allows individuals with disabilities with capacity to create their own self-settled special needs trust. Before the enactment of this law, individuals with disabilities had to rely upon third parties or the court to establish a special needs trust for their benefit. The new law allows capable individuals with disabilities to act in their own best interests without having to rely upon third…

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Defend Trade Secrets Act

December 9, 2016

By, Gregg R. Smith   On May 11, 2016 President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act which created a private cause of action for the owner of a trade secret that has been misappropriated. Prior to the enactment of this federal legislation trade secret law was left to the individual states, resulting in 48 variations of the Uniform Trade Secret Act and two states that relied upon common law.   The Defend Trade Secrets Act requires the…

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